Triumph Dining launches Gluten-Free Beer Week by blasting off with New Planet Brewing

7393aa84039653fb_New-Planet-6pak_12oz_glass-e1289410543219For the start of Beer Week on the Triumph Dining Blog we had the pleasure of trying three beers from New Planet Brewing in Boulder, Colorado.

Seneca Murley over at New Planet Brewery reached out to us and sent their Treadlightly, 3R Raspberry and Off Grid Pale Ales.

For a long time, the different styles of beers available to the rest of the market have not been easily available for celiacs and other gluten-free drinkers.

New Planet definitely shifts the table toward the rest of theindustry with these three libations. We live in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale country, which is THE local favorite. New Planet’s Pale Ale stacks upwell against Sierra and has an expected hoppy bite that retreats to a smooth aftertaste. One of our reviewers even tasted a hint of scotch flavor.

The Raspberry brew is just like the fruit beers made in the Belgium tradition. In fact, we served them to some friends without telling them they were drinking gluten-free beers and no one knew the wiser. It had the sweet taste that many people like, especially on a hot day.

Treadlighty was actually my favorite – I usually like lagers and this met my needs and taste well. It had a crisp flavor and was exactly what I would choose while watching a football game on a cool Fall day.

You can’t go wrong with any of the New Planet offerings and we can onlyhope that they have enough success to allow them to expand their¬† portfolio of beers to other styles in the future.


6 thoughts on “Triumph Dining launches Gluten-Free Beer Week by blasting off with New Planet Brewing”

  1. The huge problem with all available GF beers, including these from New Planet, is that they are not “sessionable”, that is, one can’t drink a number of them in a sitting and have them continue to satisfy. GF beers are often OK at first blush, especially if you are adventurous in your beer tastes. Most reviews I’ve read tell me just that. But try drinking two or more bottles in a row. By the bottom of the second bottle, the aftertaste of the oddball grains just doesn’t cut it. And the third bottle, which goes down much slower and therefore loses it’s chill, really tastes BAD. Sierra Nevada, and other good barley-based beers, don’t have that problem. They taste great no matter how many you drink. And the best beers get better as they warm. (The dregs of the third pint of Wells Bombardier is one of the best tastes known to man. Even PBR holds it’s own a few tallboys in.) You mention football. Well that’s at least three or four 12-ouncers for the beer-drinking football fan, maybe even a six-pack. Give that an honest try with New Planet (or any of the GF others) and then tell us what you think of the flavor.
    Despite my negativity, I do understand that many people drink beer only occasionally and in small quantities. OK. But a good food&beverage review should take into account the expectations of enthusiasts too. And when it comes to beer, there are legions of us.
    I am dismayed at the large number of totally positive reviews I’ve seen of GF beer when it’s obvious that the reviewers gave it only a cursory try. A real-world review, with real-world beer enthusiasts, might lead to a bit of negativity but could also spur the GF brewmasters out there to up their game.
    That said, I continue to cling to the belief that someone will make a GF beer that is actually deliciously drinkable at any time, in any situation, and in any quantity. Hope I’m not wrong. Bring on the football!

  2. Just want to let everyone know about Omission Handcrafted Pale Ale. I just tried this and wanted to let everyone know it is great! Tastes exactly like Sierra Nevada. The best gluten free beer I have had and I have tried numerous ones. Brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Portland Oregon.

  3. Just want to let everyone know about Omission Handcrafted Pale Ale. I just tried this and wanted to let everyone know it is great! Tastes exactly like Sierra Nevada. The best gluten free beer I have had and I have tried numerous ones. Brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Portland Oregon.

  4. To Mark in St Paul – listen to Jim! I’m an Englishman ( so love a good ale or seven) living in the US. Loved all the micro brews from the Pacific Northwest etc., but had to give ’em up 3 years ago after getting diagnosed celiac. Omission by Widmer has saved my life – hope you can get it where you are. The pale ale rivals any of the beers I used to drink. I know because I snuck a quick sip of Bridgeport IPA recently (one of my previous favourites) just before drinking an Omission pale ale, and amazingly I preferred the Omission. I know some will say it has gluten containing ingredients, but it tests lower than 20ppm and I can drink 5 or 6 in a row and enjoy them all with no gluten effects or the aftertaste you talk about.

  5. To Simon – “an Englishman”. Thanks for your input. Actually, I was able to start enjoying Omission Pale Ale as soon as it was available in Minnesota thanks to my gluten-aware “beer guy” at Heritage Liquors. No bad aftertaste because no bad ingredients. Even better is the just-arrived-in-Minnesota Omission IPA. While I was never a fan of many of the outrageously hoppy American IPAs, I find the Omission IPA absolutely perfect. Of course, a three year fast may have warped my… no I’m going to say it’s just plain goooood. Portland indeed has the best microbrews. I was lucky enough to imbibe hand-pulled Bridgeport IPA at their Ale House on Hawthorne Blvd a few years ago. WOW! I’d “sneak” one right now. And I mean the whole pint. CAMRA would approve.
    And also thanks to Jim – but IMHO Omission Pale Ale is way better than the Sierra Nevada.

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