Bye Bye Barley

By far the most depressing thing about going gluten free was the realization that I was going to have to give up drinking beer.  I loved beer.  Very, very much.  I was so sad.

It isn’t even the taste of beer that I miss so much.  After all, I came to learn that there were several gluten free variants of beer available and I quickly sampled them all.  While I don’t like them nearly as much as the real thing. some of them aren’t half bad.  Taste isn’t the main problem.

The real issue is availability, particularly in social situations.  Now, I go out for beers with the boys and can’t drink beer.  wtf.  Work events serve only beer and wine.  I skip them to avoid the taunts that I imagine coming from my not so cultured friends as I sip on a glass of Pinot Grigio.  I go to a burger place with a chick.  She gets a beer and I get a super fruity (but admittedly refreshing) Swedish pear cider. WTF!

Sure, I feel great now that I’m gluten free.  More importantly, I’ve actually discovered many alcoholic beverages that I like even better than beer (haha, just kidding about order of importance).  But how I miss being able to walk into a bar, quickly scan what’s on tap, and order a tasty draft.

Bye Bye Barley.

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