Lincolnwood, IL — To celebrate May’s National Celiac Disease Awareness month, the team at Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. thinks that even Chicagoans with wheat allergies can and should celebrate with a hearty cheers. The Chicagoland distributor offers an impressive list of gluten-free beers, meads, and ciders from around the world.
“We’re really excited to work with some incredible companies that make great-tasting gluten-free beverages,” says Anthony Norkus, craft and specialty brands manager at Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. “Ciders and meads have always been good gluten-free choices, but gluten-free beer has come a long way in flavor and variety. We carry beers that are safe and delicious for people with gluten intolerances, giving them a chance to crack open a cold one.”
New Planet Brewery: Colorado, United States
The brewery began when Founder Pedro Gonzales discovered he was celiac and refused to give up craft beer. Soon enough, New Planet was a bustling brewery churning out brews with the most extensive selection offered from a USA brewery: Blonde Ale, Raspberry Ale, Pale Ale, Amber Ale, and seasonals, such as Belgian Ale and Brown Ale.
Green’s: Lochristi, Belgium
Green’s beers are inspired by strong European beers, these gluten-free beers are brewed with a full body and crisp, refreshing finish. Their selection includes Discover Amber Ale, Endeavour Dubbel Ale and Quest Tripel Ale.
Samuel Smith Brewery: Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England
Established in 1758, Samuel Smith Brewery has long produced a line of impressive award winning beers. The brewery has also released a gluten-free apple cider that can hold its own. Samuel Smith Organic Cider has a bright straw gold color, light body with a crisp clean flavor and satisfying dry finish.
Makana Meadery: Grahamstown, South Africa
Mead is a fermented honey drink. The recipes for Makana MeaderyiQhiliki are based on a 20,000-year-old African honey beverage. Their selection includes: Herbal Blossom Mead, Chili Mead, Fig Mead, Dry Mead and Tranaskei Gold Coffee Mead.
Wyder’s Ciders: Vermont, United States
Wyder’s extensive lineup of ciders includes apple, pear, and peach varieties. The raspberry cider offers a clean, crisp, and balanced flavor, and a tart raspberry nose gives the cider its unique flavor.
Brasserie de Brunehaut: Belgium
Brunehaut beers are brewed using traditional Belgian methods and only the finest ingredients. The barley is grown on the brewers’ family farm and certified organic. To remove the gluten, a proprietary, organic process is used to solidify the gluten during the mash process, and then it is removed via filtration. The result is a great-tasting beer with less than 5ppm measurable gluten (Elisa R5 competitive testing method), as low as any beer on the market.
About Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.
Founded in 1888 by Louis Glunz I in Chicago, Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. is among the oldest beer distributors in the United States and the recipient of the 2012 Distributor of the Year award by Beverage World Magazine. The 125-year-old company is family-owned and operated by President Jack Glunz, the grandson of Louis Glunz I, with day-to-day operations led by five of his seven children as members of the fourth generation and with members of the fifth generation also on staff. Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. is an innovator in Chicagoland, proudly offering the most comprehensive selection of craft, specialty and import beers representing over 190 breweries around the globe. The company is dedicated to quality service and to educating its customers and the public about beer tastes and trends. For product descriptions, food pairings, and a list of local retailers through a “Find it near me” ZIP code search, visit www.glunzbeers.com.