How to Stein at Home: A Gluten-Free Oktoberfest

Endless steins of malt-filled beer and plenty of floury, bread-based treats to munch on; that’s a pretty typical picture of Munich’s major yearly celebration. While it’s not ideal for anyone with a gluten intolerance or coeliac disease, there’s no reason why you still can’t enjoy the festivities this year.

Of course, 2020 has come with a few surprises, causing the famous festival to be cancelled. Don’t be downhearted, though, as all this means is that you can organise your very own socially-distanced Oktoberfest that’s gluten-free and perfect for you!

Carry on reading to find out our tips for picking the right products this party season.

Beers to Suit You

Unfortunately, only beer that’s in keeping with the Reinheitsgebot is served at the annual Bavarian bash. The only ingredients that can be used in the production of these drinks are water, barley and hops. Yep, that means all the brews sold there will have gluten in.

When you stein-at-home, though (see what we did there?), you don’t have to follow this classic tradition. Whether you’re after a glass of ale, IPA or lager, you can glug back whatever you’d like, thanks to the large range of gluten-free beers available online!

Go for one of the creative cans from Nene Valley Brewery, or if you’d prefer, you can even order a mini keg of ale. However, if you do want to stick to German styles, you can, by trying Green’s take on a wheat beer.

Or, why not opt for a beverage that’s a bit different to the Volksfest classics? Maybe a glass of  Galipette Brut cider will help to quench your thirst? There really is no shortage of options to choose from.

Free-From Food

Just because you’re staying away from gluten, doesn’t mean you can’t relish a few traditional German meals. Nowadays, there’s a superb selection of ‘free-from’ food in the supermarkets, so you can pick up your favourite choices for your special spread.

Grab a pack of gluten-free sausages to pair with homemade sauerkraut, or whip up some Obatzda as a dip for your go-to bread option.

If you simply don’t fancy all the fuss of making a meal, we know a snack or two that tastes great when washed down with a cool pint. Savour a handful of sugar-coated nuts or chocolate-covered fruit, just like those they sell from the stands at the festival.

Get Cracking

Sick of hunting the shelves for drinks that those with coeliac disease can enjoy? No problem. Now, you can receive a quick delivery of the top gluten-free bottles directly to your door. For your Oktoberfest celebration, get your hands on a mixed case, which features a huge variety of styles and brands.

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