Restaurants

Ramapo Valley Brewery

16 Comments 02 August 2004

122 Orange Ave.
Suffern, NY
(845) 369-7827

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"Hello, my name is Kelly and I’m a … Celiac Chick."  Sound familiar?  If your inner Homer Simpson is thirsty for a beer (like it was in your pre-celiac diagnosis days), Ramapo Valley Brewery is here to deliver.  Yep … delivered right to your doorstep if you wish.  Otherwise, it’s a fun visit upstate New York to check out the beer and the bar which provides a rustic wood finish decor and a live rock scene.  Our city dwelling group quickly settled in and had a great time!  Oh, and we think that the Ramapo Valley Brewery’s GF Beer tastes quite good and certainly satisfies the need for a beer … a light and sweet lager type flavor.

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Kelly & Kim before drinking Ramapo Valley Brewery’s GF beer.

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Kelly & Kim after drinking a few Ramapo Valley Brewery’s GF beers. Can you even tell?

*Celiac Chicks always drink responsibly.  Even though we may look under age, *ahem*, we are of legal age to drink.  We discourage the use of alcoholic beverages by underage persons.

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    linda says:

    A question-was there anything on the food menu that we can have? I called there a while back and the manager didn’t seem to think so.
    To drive there and drink without eating something would cause my abilities to go way down.

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    Joyce says:

    What a riot! Love the before and after photos. I’ve been dying to get up to that brewery. It’s my first GF summer and every once in a while I miss having a nice cold beer. I used to enjoy Zimas too but they are a malt beverage 🙁

    My husband found champagne called POP that comes in single serv individual bottles that I’ve been drinking this summer. Very pricey but I’m worth it 🙂

    Hmmm. Wonder if I can use the difference in the cost as a tax deduction? Dear IRS I had to drink expensive POP instead of beer because POP is GF and beer is not! LOL

    Joyce from
    New Jersey

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    Kim says:

    That’s a really good question, Linda. Obviously Kelly and I were too “impaired” to be bothered writing a review of the FOOD at the Ramapo Brewery! [blush] While chatting with the owner we suggested that he should look into doing a GF menu since his beer attracts us Celiacs, and he IS working on one, which is great. But, if you’re not super sensitive, the place offers bar food + … you could get by with a salad, bunless burger, or fries? Otherwise, you could eat at the Outback Steakhouse, right around the corner, which offers a GF menu (http://www.outback.com/menu/menuglutenfreeprinterfriendly.asp) … and then Ramapo Brewery GF Honey Beer for dessert! Hope you make it out there, and thanks for asking about the food.

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    Melissa says:

    it’s so funny that you talk about the Ramapo Valley Brewery this week! My mom and I are both Celiacs and just tried their beer for the first time this weekend. We brought it to a BBQ with us and it even went over big with the non Celiacs in the family!
    and hey! thanks for the info about Outback-I had no idea there was a GF menu there….

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    Dina says:

    I was just diagnosed in April and this was my first summer of being GF and i have always enjoyed my beer on a hot summer nite here at the Jersey shore. I ordered the beer and I didn’t think it was too bad. I really enjoyed drinking my coronas but now i just pretend that it is corona. I went to my local liquor store and asked them about it. They told me they get products from Ramapo Brewery and they would just order me the case…works for me. Enjoy.

    Dina, New Jersey

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    Christina says:

    I called Rampo and they suggested that I go to Whole Foods on 23rd street he said that they now cary the GF beer. Haven’t been yet but I will let you know.

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    Christina says:

    It is Official, GF beer can now be found at Whole Foods on 24th Street, for a mere $11.99. I don’t know about the rest of you, it is worth it to have a cold one on a hot day. Enjoy!

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    Mell says:

    Wow! I just found your site and this is amazing. The one thing that alot of people seem to be shocked by is the fact that being GF I can’t have beer…everyhing else they can handle…just dont take away the ale! So now I can say to them I can have beer, unfortunately some of the gf products are a bit pricey for a starving college student. Also I live in california and it seems like we’re often the last ones to receive the neat gf stuff. There are alot less celiacs here, probably because of the higher mexican percentage. Oh well, mexican foods usually pretty gf if you watch it, so I’m not complaining. but thanks for the site.

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    Gustav says:

    Thanks for the info on Ramapo. I’ve been doing a lot of research on this topic, and I found two other companies, but have yet to try their product due to problems of availability:
    bardsbeer.com

    and in Quebec, and a seeming inability to send over the border:
    http://www.baluchon.com/contenu/nos_bieres_ang.cfm

    One thing about Ramapo is that the beer is basically a honey wine, whereas these two companies are producing a grain based beer that is gluten free, so I’m hoping they’ll taste pretty much like regular beer. It’d be fantastic if we could convince Whole Foods to carry all of these brands.

    Thanks for a great site; I’ll be checking in frequently. –Gustav

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    Amy P says:

    Hey…also wanted to comment that you can get the beer, along with GF Pizza and their NEW GF pannini sandwiches at the Risotteria listed on this site….YUM YUM!!

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    Angela Matuszkiewicz says:

    I’ve been trying to but Ramapo Valley’s gluten free beer online on their website, but I don’t see how to. Will someone please let me know how nto get it? Thanks!

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    henry grunebaum says:

    Hi is there any way we can get your beer in boston, buy here, ship. thanks henry

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    BevMo Troll says:

    Ramapo Valley’s gluten free beer is also available in store and on-line @ bevmo.com

    Just thought you would like to know…

    BevMo Troll

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    Colleen says:

    I just learned about 3 years ago that I needed to learn the gluteen free diet. I am not a big beer drinker because it made me sick all the time. But I love being able to come home and have a beer from time to time. I live near Kansas City,KS and I can not find a gluten Free beer. Anyone out there know where I could find Gluten Free Beer?

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    suzy says:

    hello all. i live in PA and i purchase my Ramapo Valley Beer from Jr’s Beer Warehouse in Rochester. their phone number is 724-774-9332. with tax it comes to a little over $37.00. very, very pricey (for me anyhow)…but…i still buy it! LOL! sincerely, suzy
    p.s. i purchased the Redbridge from Anhauser Busch. i did not have a good experience with that beer! i became very ill. I contacted Anhause Busch questioning whether or not it is gf and they said as of this time they can not put the gf seal on it. it is wheat free but not gluten free. they sent a courier to pick up 2 full bottles from the case i had purchsed as they were wanting to analyze the product further. they are still trying to perfect it to make it gf. for now, i will stick with Ramapo Valley! anyone else have a bad experience with the Redbridge?

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    don rupp says:

    ANY OUTLETS IN OR NEAR SAN ANTONIO TEXAS


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