Cheers for Beer Lovers - Now we drink Organic, Gluten Free Beer
From poor man's food, millets. This ancient whole grain has got the place of super food status. They are extremely popular today due to health benefits. Millets are no more a poor mans food and costs more than rice and wheat.
While there is explosion of recipes of millet food, millet drinks are very limited. Tapping this opportunity, brewers are experimenting different taste and flavours from beer's made of millets. Millet beers are a perfect alternative for the gluten sensitive people those affected by celiac disease.
Millet beer is a good alternative for people with dietary restriction, bored of the usual choices or just looking for a twist to your beer craving. Millet beer are hitting the shelve along with the craft beers with its unique taste of bitterness and sweetness.
Millet Beer and Africa?
Millets based beer is not an innovation which is new. For centuries south africa is producing and consuming millet beers and it is part of their social and religious culture. Millet is an ancient grain with a sweet, nutty flavor.
Millets are major food sources in arid and semi arid places like africa. Millets are traditionally grown in africa and millet brewing is part of their culture for ages. Commonly used millet beer varieties are Bantu beer, malwa, kaffir beer, pombe "Tchouk" or opaque beer.
There are many references of millets usage in making of alcoholic drinks across world for ages.
Millets are more than just an alternative for wheat, rice or barley. Millet refers to variety of grains like Foxtail Millet, Barnyard Millet, Kodo Millet, Sorghum, Proso Millets etc. Health benefits of millets are widely accepted by all the leading world health organisation. Millets have important nutrients, including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Millets are also gluten free and rich in fiber.
Millets are just not nutritious but are healthy in many ways. Few of the healthy reasons are
Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Development and Repair of Body Tissue
Helps Prevent Gallstones
Protective against Breast Cancer
Popular Millet beer are made from rice and sorghum combined. Millets beer has moderately bitter taste.
Millet Beer and India -
This good news is yet not applicable for indian beer drinking community. India is the largest producer of millets in the world. It is time our local brewers innovate this healthy and organic grain to include in our beverage.
Beer aficionados are not quite upbeat about taste or quality of gluten free beer, but alcohol companies see a niche segmet with many avoiding gluten foods.
when the articles is going live we could not spot any Indian brands selling millet based beer in India. do let us know if we have missed out.