This is a review of Harvester Brewing’s Dark Ale gluten free beer, one of the first 100% gluten free craft breweries in the US.
Given my own preference for dark beers, I am starting this review series with the 3rd beer in the Harvester Brewing line up; the Dark Ale. The Dark Ale is brewed with roasted chestnuts, gluten free oats, sorghum, cane sugar and hops.
The beer pours with a slight, medium brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is a nice toasted nut and carmel with slight hops. This is a very nice beer that I will definitely drink again. The flavor is complex; I will describe it as coffee and chocolate with slight hops. This beer does not have the strong bitter after taste of many gluten free beers. Harvester Brewing has definitely created a nice, drinkable beer. This beer will also fit well in any gluten free recipe that requires or could benefit from beer, especially with chocolate.
I have been following Harveter Brewing since they announced their intentions to open a dedicated gluten free brewery. It has taken a lot of work, time and money on their part. Well let me say it was worth the wait and anticipation. I look forward to trying their other creations.
If you find yourself in Oregon or Washington then there are a number of places you can buy Harvester Brewings beers. Check them out at www.harvesterbrewing.com.