Whether you’re newly diagnosed or you parted ways with beer years ago, beer can provoke some strong feelings for people with Celiac Disease — confusion and loss among them. But there are reasons to be optimistic and even joyful about beer. Commercial gluten free beer options are improving and a growing community of home brewers and professionals have coalesced to make gluten free brewing one of the most dynamic and exciting branches of the craft today.
If you have more than just a passing interest in beer, the key message here is you can brew great gluten free beer yourself with a little patience, perseverance, and of course group support.
Why brew your own? Freedom to make whatever type of beer your heart desires. The joy of creating something good from scratch and sharing with others. The security and satisfaction of knowing exactly what is in the beer you’re drinking.
Where to get started? The Zero Tolerance Gluten Free Homebrew Club is THE place for gluten free homebrewers. Now in its fourth year of operation, the volunteer group has more than 1300 members worldwide. (Canadians represent the third largest demographic). It’s a welcoming and supportive group that caters to all levels of knowledge. The club is free to join and operates “virtually” — with online video meetings and webinars happening on a monthly basis. There is a very active Facebook group and a wiki (an online reference guide) with information for absolute beginners, more advanced brewers and everyone in between.
Look for more information online using the following links:
- Zero Tolerance Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ZeroToleranceGF/
- Zero Tolerance on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zerotolerancegf/
- Gluten Free Brewing Wiki (including info on how to get started and answers to frequently asked questions): https://zerotolerance.mywikis.net/wiki/Main_Page
- YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9qq5qjEEz8ONkjwPjaH5jQ
- February meeting covered planning advice for new gluten free brewers: Planning & Troubleshooting February 2021 Meeting