Ger­man tip­ple packs punch

Lit­tle or­ganic num­ber proves pleas­ant sur­prise

Isis Town and Country - - Easy Eating | Life - Letea Ca­van­der Letea.Ca­van­der@apn.com.au

USU­ALLY I turn up my nose at gluten free, but a lovely lit­tle Ger­man beer tout­ing this very at­tribute caught my at­ten­tion in the beer aisle and I thought I would try it. Sch­nitzer Brau is a mil­let malt num­ber from Of­fen­burg that boasts or­ganic and gluten-free sta­tus on its la­bel (just about the only words in English). Food and Bev­er­age In­dus­try News re­ported last year that gluten-free beers in Aus­tralia was a grow­ing mar­ket and Sch­nitzer Brau was lead­ing the way along with O’Brien, brewed in Vic­to­ria. Gluten-free beers are typ­i­cally made with non-gluten ce­re­als such as mil­let or sorghum. If all gluten-free beers taste as good as Sch­nitzer Brau, the mar­ket will grow based on the qual­ity of the prod­ucts alone. Of course, a gluten-free of­fer­ing will also at­tract those with coeliac dis­ease or suf­fer­ing other gluten-induced di­etary is­sues.

The Ger­man Sch­nitzer Brau

The beer has a light, clean taste with a cit­rus un­der­tone and sweet af­ter­taste. It would be a per­fect dessert beer with some kind of cit­rus treat like a lemon cheese­cake or or­ange cake. It weighs in at 5% al­co­hol con­tent, or about 1.4 stan­dard drinks per 330mL bot­tle. In all, it’s another per­fect beer for a balmy and hu­mid evening on the Coast.

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If all gluten-free beers taste as good as Sch­nitzer Brau, the mar­ket will grow based on the qual­ity of the prod­ucts alone.

PHOTO: LETEA CA­VAN­DER

NICE DROP: Sch­nitzer Brau is a Ger­man, gluten-free beer.

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