Open a Cold One: The Best New Gluten-Free Beers


Traditional beers aren’t an option when you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Most beers, whether you’re a fan of an American-style beer or a dark stout, are made from barley or wheat.

Lucky for us, a few major companies and a number of microbreweries now offer gluten-free beer, enabling you to have one while you watch the game, enjoy a summer picnic or indulge in your favorite gluten-free pizza.

What’s the status of the booming gluten-free beer market? We’ve gone ahead and “researched” the various offerings (and had plenty of fun while doing it!).

We’re happy to present you with our findings on the various big-name brands, as well as the less-known beers that are definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

The Big Name Gluten-Free Beers


While you won’t find gluten-free beer in every liquor store or bar, a few brands are becoming more common.

    • Redbridge is an American-style beer produced by Anheuser-Busch. If you enjoy American beers, Redbridge won’t disappoint.


    • New Grist is a very light beer, without a lot of flavor. If you don’t like beer, but do enjoy fizzy drinks, you might like New Grist, otherwise you may be disappointed.


  • Bard’s offers a rich flavor, with tones of fruit and caramel. This is a bolder beer, and may appeal if you favor microbrews over standard American beers.


The Lesser Knowns: Gluten-Free Ales Worth the Search


    • New Planet offers microbrews to the gluten-free crowd. Offerings include a fruity, bubbly raspberry ale and an excellent pale ale called Off the Grid.


    • If you favor European-style beers, Green’s, from Belgium, can provide you with a pricey, but tasty traditional beer. Green’s makes a Belgian-style Dubbel Dark Ale, a fruity Tripel Blonde Ale and an Amber Ale. The Amber Ale is a balanced, drinkable beer without a bitter finish.


    • St. Peter’s is a British offering. The G-Free Sorghum beer is very much a European lager with a slight orange flavor, somewhat comparable to Blue Moon.


  • If you have a local brewery, check their offerings. A few small breweries produce, but don’t ship, gluten-free beers. In Wisconsin or surrounding states, look for brews from the Sprecher Brewery.


A Just-as-Fun Alternative: Hard Cider


If you can’t find gluten-free beer in your area, hard cider is a tasty gluten-free alternative. You’ll find a variety of hard pear and apple ciders in most liquor stores. Most often, they’re simply fermented apple juice, pear juice or a mixture of the two. Flavors range from sweet and bubbly to rather dry. You’ll also find cider available at many well-stocked bars and pubs.

So this summer when you get tired of the same old wine or gluten-free cocktail, perform your own “research” and find your favorite gluten-free beer!


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Comments ( 10 )

  • Thamy

    If you come to Costa Rica on vacation you will find Bard´s available in mayor supermarkets and some restaurants. Absolutely wonderful!

  • Andrea

    Dogfish recently came out with a craft, gluten free beer “Tweason’ale” I personally haven’t had it yet, but I have heard great things from other celiac friends.

  • M. Ranieri

    I have CD and cannot have sorghum either.
    Which of the beers in your research fit my needs?
    Thanks so much!

  • Rolando Gail

    Thanks for the note, but I would prefer to read more information on what’s the raw material of each mentioned beer, and how was it analyzed to guarantee GF condition.
    The assay to measure gluten on beers is extremely complicated, and when analyzed with same methods as common foods, give several errors. From my point of view, none beer derived from wheat, rye, Barley or oats can be safely considered GF.
    Corn or sorghum could fit, but only if cross contamination is avoided with GMP.

  • M. Ranieri

    So are there any current GF beers made WIThOUT sorghum??

  • Bryan

    Meadan Craft Brew is a new, tested, Gluten Free beer made from Buckwheat, Quinoa and honey. It has a rich hoppy taste and a strong flavour. Unfortunately, it’s only available in Israel at the moment, but there are apparently plans to export to the U.S.

  • ParkerSmith

    There are a lot of blogs and articles out there on this topic, but you have acquired another side of the subject. This is reliable content thank you for sharing it.

  • Bryan Meadan

    Regarding free beer ingredients other than sorghum, I produce gluten-free beer from buckwheat b Meadan Craft Brewing. Unfortunately, it can only be purchased in Israel, until we can find investors to expand our operations to the U.S.

  • ParkerSmith

    A healthy beer? Does that not defeat the purpose? It is like having a healthy Twinkie.

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