Glutenberg is Coming Back to Town

Earlier this summer, we noticed a lack of Glutenberg beer at our local NSLC. We asked an NSLC employee what was going on, and we were told that it was being discontinued. In a panic, we tweeted at Garrison Brewing, who imports the beer from Quebec microbrewery Brasseurs Sans Gluten. It was all a mistake, they said. In fact, they were working on bringing another variety (in addition to the blonde) into Nova Scotia.

Fast-forward six weeks and the Glutenberg shortage got worse. In fact, it was taken off the NSLC’s website entirely, and as of today, it’s still missing. We tweeted at Garrison again and were told that it was some kind of trade dispute at the provincial level that was out of their hands. Since then, both Garrison and the NSLC have reassured us that Glutenberg will be back on shelves by the end of October.

I sincerely hope that they’re right. Right now, we have three gluten-free beer options available at the NSLC: La Messagere, Bard’s Gold, and Schnitzer Brau. Personally, I think that Glutenberg tops them all (and their performance at the World Beer Cup and the Canadian Brewing Awards seems to indicate that a lot of people agree). In other provinces, I’ve had some other excellent gluten-free beers such as Mongozo, Estrella Damm Daura, and various varieties of Green’s. The NSLC will not bring any of these beers in. (They have had Mongozo in the past, but delisted it due to poor sales.) My only option is a custom order, which requires that I purchase a pallet (which is 36 cases if memory serves me correctly). Clearly, that’s not an option for an individual.

It’s incredibly disappointing to see more gluten-free beer options across the country and the world, and fewer options here at home. Let’s hope that Glutenberg reappears on store shelves soon!

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  1. #1 by gfandme on October 1, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    We’re from Alberta and have never heard of glutenberg and some of these other gf beers. Thanks for the info. We like New Planet Blonde Ale and pick it up whenever we’re in the US. Haven’t found it here yet.

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on October 1, 2013 - 4:30 pm

      You’re welcome! I actually picked up a few varieties of Glutenberg, as well as Estrella Damm Daura and Green’s, in a liquor store in Leduc. Craft Beer Market in Calgary also has half a dozen different options, as well as lots of gluten-free food!

      • #3 by gfandme on October 1, 2013 - 5:29 pm

        Awesome. Thanks so much!

  2. #4 by kim swindley on October 1, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    We were out to dinner in Aug at Finbar’s and I had the last Glutenberg. Then just the other week we were at Saege and I had the last Glutenberg there too. Thank you for clearing up what’s been happening. I just got back from Ontario and went to several beer stores and they did not carry any GF beer (at least at the locations I went to). They had a GF beverage New Grist that I purchased, it was OK. I would be curious to know what province you purchased the Green’s products as last year in Florida I had Amber Green and it was totally awesome! I tried to google it but it didn’t seem to be for sale in Canada.

    • #5 by glutenfree4hfx on October 1, 2013 - 4:29 pm

      Yes, unfortunately the Glutenberg shortage extends to restaurants and bars, but hopefully that will be cleared up by the end of the month too! I purchased Green’s at a small liquor store in Leduc, Alberta in August.

      • #6 by Ross on October 2, 2013 - 12:34 am

        I had a meeting with someone from Garrison today and I asked and Glutenberg out of curiosity. She assured me that it was for the same reasons you mentioned above so I feel fairly confident we’ll get our beer back soon.

      • #7 by glutenfree4hfx on October 2, 2013 - 8:28 am

        Excellent! Brasseurs Sans Gluten also replied to us over Twitter, apologizing for the situation and assuring us that we’d see Glutenberg back here soon. 🙂

  3. #8 by Marc on October 17, 2013 - 1:50 am

    I really like the blond glutenberg beer. Here in Quebec, the Gluten-Free market of beer and sausage seem’s to explode. Some years ago, it was difficult to found products but now some big groceries really care about us. One store here did add one by one products that Gluten-Free members asked for. Now there are a whole corner just dedicated to us, including beer 🙂

    • #9 by glutenfree4hfx on October 17, 2013 - 8:42 am

      The Blonde is my favourite too, although I tried the Glutenberg 8 while in Alberta and really enjoyed it. It’s so great that you are seeing more gluten-free options!

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