Gluten-Free Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Gluten Free advice for Quebec, Canada

Gluten-free food seems hard to come by in Montreal, except for the usual over-packaged, over-processed and over-priced gluten-free goods that are increasingly lining the shelves of health food stores and even some supermarkets. Since my diagnosis, I have relied almost entirely on my own cooking skills, to the point where one could say that I have a phobia of going to restaurants (considering that I discovered a dairy intolerance at the same time as finding out about my gluten intolerance, I have twice as much poison to watch out for).

However, just a few days ago, I discovered something wonderful: a gluten-free beer, made right here in Quebec, that actually tastes like beer. La Messagère Pale Ale, made by the Microbrasserie de Nouvelle France, is good for a light beer, even by regular microbrew standards. And it appears to be available in some health food stores as well as in large grocery stores, at only a slightly higher price than "normal" local microbrews (around $12 Canadian for a six-pack of bottles). I haven't yet explored the dépanneurs of my area to see if any of them carry it, but it's certainly possible. According to their website, Nouvelle France also makes a gluten-free Red Ale, but I haven't been able to find it yet. I'll be on the look-out, as it promises to be even more tasty than the Pale.

Hopefully, the future will see more gluten-free awareness here in Montreal, with restaurants, bakeries, and local brands understanding all the ins and outs of gluten-free cooking. Until then, at least there's good beer.
Contributor: rosemary


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