Triumph Dining Cider Week | Angry Orchard Part II

winter-crisp-heroTriumph Dining had the pleasure of speaking with Dave Sipes, a cider maker at Angry Orchard. We love learning more about cider making and about Angry Orchard!

How does making cider differ from brewing beer?

Making cider is actually more like making wine than brewing beer. Hard cider is the result of apple juice that goes through a fermentation process. For Angry Orchard, we use a select blend of apples to create a balance of tannins, acidity and sugar in our hard ciders. Instead of using a yeast that imparts a flavorful character, we use a neutral wine yeast during the fermentation process that allows the apples to express themselves for a fruit-forward cider. We age some of our ciders on oak, including Crisp Apple and Traditional Dry and our Cider House Collection, to give the cider an additional layer of complexity.  Continue reading “Triumph Dining Cider Week | Angry Orchard Part II”

Gluten-Removed Beer

While I never developed a taste for beer, and therefore have never craved a gluten-free beer, there are many hops lovers who need to stick to the gluten-free diet. One such imbiber is Joe Casey, a “brewmaster” at Widmer, who has been spending years testing beer recipes that he and his fellow gluten-intolerant wife could safely drink.

Being a bit of a beer connoisseur, Casey was tired of the “beers” brewed with gluten- free sorghum grains that are frequently substituted for barley, but leave beers with a bit of a sour after-taste. Casey decided to experiment with a new technique – rather than brewing with gluten-free grains, he would see if he and his wife could tolerate beer that was brewed traditionally with barley, but then remove the gluten from the beer. After getting the nod from his gluten-free wife and beer-loving boss, Casey is lobbying to get his gluten-removed brew on the market.

His greatest obstacle? Federal alcohol regulations. Much to the appreciation of celiac beer-drinkers and frustration of Craft Brew Company, they are barred from calling this “gluten-removed” beer “gluten-free” as it is misleading to consumers. Casey is seeking to sell his celiac-friendly beer to the gluten intolerant community. Unfortunately, based on scientific analysis, tiny traces of gluten have been detected in the beer.

What do you think? Is this beer gluten-free or gluten-removed?

Squat and Gobble Gluten-Free Crepe Contest

If you live in San Francisco, you’ve probably heard of Squat and Gobble. They are a chain with five locations across the city.

Squat and Gobble sell lots of gluten-containing dishes such as crepes, burgers and sandwiches so they aren’t known to be the most celiac friendly of restaurants, although they do offer some gluten-free items on both lunch and dinner menus.

Known best for it’s savory and dessert crepes, Squat and Gobble are sponsoring a recipe contest for customers to create a fantastic gluten-free crepe which they can use across all of their stores.

Applicants are encouraged to use whichever filling they like in their crepe but chefs would like a fantastic, great tasting gluten-free crepe that can be used with all of the restaurants crepe fillings.

If you’re interested, check out out the rules on the Squat and Gobble website. The winner will receive $300 and dinner for two once a month for an entire year.

Happy Crepe Making!

Gluten-Free Givers

celiac5krunThough I imagine most readers of this blog are adults who are diagnosed with Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, many of whom probably weren’t diagnosed until after childhood (as I was), there are many parents who also look to this blog for advice for running a gluten-free house for their celiac son or daughter. Any medical diagnosis is certainly life altering, but trying to explain to a young child why they can’t eat certain foods that their friends, siblings, and parents eat on a regular basis can be a heart breaking challenge.

A couple of parents from Westfield, New Jersey took that challenge and have changed it into an opportunity to teach their child what it means to be special, not different.  The Kesslers have 4-year old twins, a daughter, Sydney, with celiac disease, and son, Alex, without. In just one year after being diagnosed with celiac disease, Sydney has been feeling much better, thriving with the gluten-free lifestyle. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Givers”