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Gluten Free Beer: Discovering the Options

 

Ipswich's Celia, Element's Plasma and Glutenburg American Pale Ale

I’ve always eaten whatever I want, from ants to Uni, and all the more mainstream foods too. I grew up in a family famous for massive plates of steaming pasta and the ubiquitous bowl of warm bread to sop up the sauce my mom made. I’ve loved beer and wine equally as an adult; but more recently, beer was my focus as local craft brewers began popping up and producing amazing brews both traditional and far out.

However, over the past few years, I’ve had some digestive challenges that have forced me to change what I eat and drink. Based on elimination diets, I’ve learned my body has difficulty processing gluten, among other things. After several months of attempting to remove gluten from my diet, I feel great empathy for anyone who must remove one or more food categories from their diet.

No pasta, no bread, no beer, no crackers, no cakes, no cookies, no cannoli. Yes there are substitutes and some are very good, but corn or rice pasta doesn’t come close to traditional durum wheat pasta. Bread is one of the biggest challenges. Sometimes all I want is a slice of good levain toasted up and slathered with great butter… not gonna happen. Similarly, all I want is a cold glass of beer. Continue Reading »

Cleaning Out the Cellar to Make Room for Beer

Cellaring beer is a hobby of mine. It started with barley wine. The deep caramel notes on a snowy winter night fill the body with a pleasant warmth.

Porter: The Most Misunderstood Style of Beer

If there was a contest for most misunderstood beer style the woebegone porter would probably win. IPA’s are perennial favorites, stouts are synonymous with winter, but porters are the forgotten little brother, constantly fighting for attention and respect.

2014: Taking A New Look at Our Beer Section

As the new beer buyer at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge, I will be delving further into an area of food and drink that has fascinated me for a long time.

Beer and Cheese Pairings: St. Patrick’s Day 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with an Irish cheese plate? We have put together a selection of some of our favorites and Eric, our beer buyer, has given us a list of fantastic beers to pair with them.