Now, I don’t know much about lager, it’s been years since I last drank it. But the lovely people over at CELIA have this beautifully handcrafted gluten-free lager that I MUST tell all of you about.
CELIA is brewed by the Žatecky brewery located in the historic Czech town Žatec. Something that they are incredibly proud of, because of Žatecky Brewery’s strong history. They use traditional methods, such as manual controls and hops which are still dosed by hand to keep this rich heritage alive! The Saaz hops, used for this beer come from an award winning Crop in Zatec where they have grown the hops since 1004!! These give CELIA that distinctive aroma.
CELIA is also naturally carbonated, to make the drink very light, with a refreshing feeling after you drink it. This I can absolutely confirm! Not only that, but the filtration system used for this lager, makes it not only gluten free, but vegan friendly too! Win win for all!
So, what about all the barley? What makes it gluten free?
According to CELIA:
We wanted to remove the gluten so that we could create a truly light tasting lager that could be enjoyed by everyone. After years of research the CELIA team identified an enzyme to bond with the gluten which works its magic during the lagering process in the castle cellars. When run through our innovative silicone filtration system, CELIA retains <5 ppm of gluten.
The patented de-glutenisation process enables the brewery to use only the finest local organic ingredients and ensures no substitutions are required to remove the gluten from CELIA. This ensures great tasting beers that don’t compromise on flavour.
Here’s little bit about CELIA’s two organic Lagers…
CELIA Organic (alc.4.5% vol)
The Organic Version is such an easy drink, very refreshing with some citrus notes in there. It’s very light with only very little bitterness. As CELIA is #BrewedForFood, I can tell how it would be perfect paired with fish, chicken and grilled meats with how light it is, with only very little bitterness. So it’s perfect for the summertime!
CELIA Dark (alc.5.7% vol)
Now this is VERY different to it’s sister lager, the Organic one. This one is very smooth, and has a very distinctive bitter coffee/toasted malt flavour! It’s more rich, with a dark colour to it, and a red hue. On the #BrewedForFood front, this one would pair very well with those warming winter meals, rich meats, crumbles and desserts such as Sticky Toffee Pudding.
They both have their own flair and character about them!
And where can I get them?
Currently, CELIA is available from Ocado, Oddbins and Whole Foods Market for an RRP of £2.50. The Organic version is also available at Booths and Waitrose (£8 for a pack of 4). It’s also available in selected restaurants, pubs and bars, such as Ed’s Easy Diner, so keep an eye out for it. You can find more about CELIA at celialager.co.uk
I absolutely LOVE the Organic version, so much that I decided to make these simple Gluten free Beer Battered onion rings, that would go down well at any Vegan + Gluten free get-together.
RECIPE: Gluten Free Beer Battered Onion Rings using CELIA Organic Gluten Free Lager.
2 Large onions
1 Cup CELIA Organic Gluten Free Lager
1 Cup Doves Farm Freee Self-raising flour.
Put the flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle.
Pour the CELIA into the well, and mix until well combined.
As the batter is resting, Peel the onions, and slice cross-wise into 1cm slices. Separate the slices into the rings.
Heat a saucepan filled with oil, or a deep fat fryer on a medium heat.
Dust some extra flour on the onion rings, coat in the batter, and then fry a few at a time, in the oil, until golden brown and crispy.
Remove them from the oil with either tongs or a slotted spoon, and transfer onto kitchen roll/paper towels to drain. Season & Serve!
So there you go, Celia is perfect, and I will certainly be picking up some more of the Organic, which is my favourite of the two! If you’ve tried it, let me know what you think!
Thanks again for reading,