With the rise of gluten intolerance and celiac disease worldwide, beer masters and craft brewers around the world have decided the beer industry needs to produce delicious and tasty gluten free beer options.
Typically, anyone on a gluten free diet is limited to only drinking wine, a few select spirits and liquors, and hard ciders. But now, they have the option to not only drink gluten free beer, but also drink really tasty gluten free beer.
Below, you’ll find 12 of the most deliciously refreshing gluten free beers and hard ciders that actually taste pretty good.
A sorghum-based craft beer that’s made with no wheat, barley, oats, or rye.
2. Dogfish Tweason’s Ale
A sweet and tart beer that’s sweetened with strawberries and buckwheat honey.
The Bud Light of gluten free beer. Cheap and perfect for anyone who loves the Bud Light type of beers.
4. Green’s Gluten Free Endeavor Beer
A Belgian style beer that has a strong and fruit flavor. It smells of licorice and dark chocolate, while it drinks smooth and creamy.
5. Shakparo Ale by Sprecher Brewing Company
A West African style aile that is made with sorghum and millet. It’s taste somewhat resembles that of hard apple cider.
6. Angry Orchard Hard Apple Cider
A sweet and crisp hard cider that can be found at most major restaurants and bars.
7. Daura by Estrella Damm
A light and bitter Spanish gluten free beer is made with a barley malt, who’s gluten is removed using a proprietary technique. This means that this beers tastes very close to the real thing.
A pale ale and crisp lager made with Citra hops for just a little touch of tropical complexity. But if there’s one thing you should know about this beer is that it’s made with a low protein barley that’s treated with a special enzyme that breaks down proteins and gluten. So because of this, they can’t be labeled as gluten free beer. But it’s still pretty good!
9. New Grist by Lakefront Brewing
This is the first of it’s kind beer that can be enjoyed by those with Celiac Disease because it’s the first gluten free beer that’s been granted a label of approval by the United States Government. Plus each batch that’s brewed is tested for gluten before it’s even bottle and shipped. This is truly a great beer that’s made free from wheat or barley.
10. New Planet Raspberry Ale
A delightfully drinkable crisp yet complex ale that’s brewed with natural raspberry puree and orange peel for a zesty and citrusy finish. Plus there are other great flavors that you can check out at this entirely gluten free Colorado brewery whose owner has Celiacs Disease.
11. Stella Artois Cidre
A delicious hard cider made from hand picked apples. Plus you can get one in pear too!
12. Redbridge Beer
A red lager that tastes just about as good as other Anheuser-Busch beers. Kudos for trying.
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This is a good article… lots of good info. Your gluten free beer research is apparent.
I have two other comments/critiques/ suggedtions.
#1. Please ammend your cider selections. Contrary to your gluten free beer knowlege, to have Angry Orchard as your 1st or main cider suggestion shows how little you know about Hard Cider. I am a celiac, have been cooking truely Gluten free for 25 years and Angry Orchard is literally my LAST choice for hard cider. Stella Artios, on the other hand is truly excellent.
#2. Hard Liquor, distillates, regardless of what grain or main ingredient was used to make the mash, contain NO GLUTEN as it is all removed in the distilling process. The only danger, is if the distiller re-introduced some gluten AFTER distillation, during the final blending and flavoring process that may have contaminated the mix. Other than this exception, Distillates are Gluten Free across the board.
Despite these two shortcomings, I thoroughly enjoyed your article and will be seeking some of these Gluten Free Beers tonight for my Darts Night. Thank you.
GLUTENBERG HANDS DOWN
New Belgium Brewing Co. (of Fat Tire Fame), has two GF options, both called Glutiny. They have a golden Ale which is good beer, and a Pale Ale. I love Pale Ales, but not this one so much, but your palsy may be different. I switch off between Omission Lager, Glutiny Golden Ale and Daura Lager. Usually have all three in my refrigerator. The pure Sorgum brewed beers…might as well drink ciders, because they DO NOT taste anything like beer,
Duckfoot breweries in San Diego is by far the best gf beer on the market. they have a bar at the brewery with everything in tap! when was the last time you had a pint of stout?!
Uinta Belgian blonde is comparable but less options.
Glutenburg from Montreal is also great and has about 5 different kinds to choose from. Tall cans only.
I’m all about the ciders, gluten free. Stella, Cider Boys, Strong Bow, Ace, Vanderbilt Mill Crown Valley Blackberry, Crispin…just to name a few!!!
The best one I’ve tried here in Canada is Savanna ,it’s a premium cider,dry, closet thing I’ve tasted to beer!
Brunehaut is by far the best gluten free beer I have tasted. Hard to find, import from Belgium.
where do I buy these beers at, I live in the Bronx, will I be able to buy at a brewery.near me.thank you
New Grist is horrible, Bard’s and Redbridge are not far behind (Redbridge is from Bush). Green’s is the best but super expensive. New Planet has about 6 different beers that are all pretty good, even a new brown ale. And they cost about the same as most micros. The new Stella cidre is very good if you like ciders, so is magners.
Green’s make a few good gf beers. Ipa and dry hopped lager are both good but ipa is my favourite as it has more of a beer flavour. They are both made from sorghum so no gluten at all.
New Grist is my favorite. I miss Blue Moon and Guiness, any suggestions?
I enjoy Angry Orchard “crisp apple” cider. I’ve also tried Omission beer and enjoyed that. I’m looking forward to trying a couple of others on this list!
Trader joes makes a gluten free beer that tastes great and is cheaper than all the others.
GlutenBerg! IPA & RED ale by far the best. Had some on a visit to Canada. Nice. Got to see if I can get it in the states.
Glutenburg- This is the only brand I trust for 100% gluten free beer. My reactions are so severe and long lasting it must be 0-ppms for me.
Redbridge is by far the best.Unlike most of them it’s a lager
Redbridge is the best tasting GF beer.
New Grist and Redbridge should NOT be on this list!
New Planet has a lot of really good beers. The new Brown Ale is the best.
Daura is NOT gluten free, research it
Yes some so-called gf beers are made from barley but then have the gluten removed – not ALL of it! They will taste more like regular beers but I react to these and am sure many other coelics will too.
All three Green ‘ s have been my top choice for gluten free beer….tasting g the most like beer. Greens is the only one that I have not had reactions to. Ciders are too sweet but hope to find some more flavorful and tart ones at local pubs and breweries. The best so far is Easy Eve Cherry…..very good!
Two Brothers Prairie Path. It never gets mentioned in lists. It’s even GMO free.
Fox Barrel, Strong Bow
Omission, then Estrella – The other beers just don’t have that beer taste….
I can only drink so much cider. However, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer is a nice alternative even if it tastes nothing like actual beer.
That’s my favorite beer but I don’t think it is gluten free right?
Fox Tail made in Nevada is the best. It is even available in a can.
Most of these GF beers are good (Tweason’ale is my favorite, and I also just tried Daura this past weekend, which almost tastes too good to be GF), but I’m a big fan of mead! It’s a great alternative to beer and cider, and lots of local meaderies are popping up everywhere. Check out B. Nektar if they sell it in your area – they make a ton of fantastic meads, and also started making ciders that are delicious. My favorites are Zombie Killer (apple/cherry cyser mead) and Slice of Life (lemon/ginger cider).
That sounds good I’ll check it out thanks!
New Grist is the worst beer I ever tasted. This should NOT be on this list. Also the Dog Fish is a big disappointment too fruity not beer. Strawberry? gross.
ESTRELLA DAMM DAURA is the best gluten free beer in my opinion. Stella Cidre is the best cider. Woodchuck cider and Johnny Appleseed cider should make the list.
Woodchuck is far better than Angry Orchard, in my opinion, should definitely be on the list.
I totally agree.
I like New Grist…. its the closest gluten free that I can find thats close to a pilsner.
Bold Rock cider! The Amber isn’t as sweet as you find with most ciders/ more beer like. The also have a virginia Apple cider that’s lighter. So much better than angry orchard!