I’m asking a question here because I’m not quite sure. I’m planning a visit to London with colleagues tomorrow and received this very helpful response from CAMRA about whether there would be any wheat and/or gluten free beers available.

Last year there was ONE beer! And very nice it was too. I had quite a lot of it.
Montys gluten free beer
This is what they said this year:

“We would say there would be at least 3 real ales and some international beers. All bars will have an allergen list.

So far, we know of these 3 – but can’t 100% guarantee they will be there.”

So these beers may or may not be there… I’ll let you know.

But if you do go, watch out for the following:

  1. Allendale, GFPA – Golden Ale, The End of the Rainbow
  2. Monty’s, Masquerade (Gluten Free)- Bitter or Best Bitter, There and Back Again
  3. Wold Top, Scarborough Fair – IPA, The End of the Rainbow

Some of these may be available in bottles or may be on tap… it’s not clear here.

I can tell you from first hand supping, Monty’s is very, very nice ale. I think I have also had Wold Top before – again top beer. Get there quick as they usually run out of many beers before the week is out.

If these three beers are in fact present at the CAMRA Real Ale Festival in London this week this will be a 200% increase on what was provided last year. Not bad but still not brilliant. I hope I can find them amongst the hundreds on offer.

And to all you real ale drinkers out there – hands off the gluten free beer – it’s just for us wheat allergics and coeliacs. You can try a half but then get back to your wheaty ales.

But don’t forget, there will be more cider than you can possibly dream of, so if the beer lets you down, you know what to do.

Eat plenty before you go as there probably won’t be any freefrom snacks available!



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website http://whatallergy.com/ and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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