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. In a world where most people who couldn’t ingest gluten were limited to drinking wine, a restricted list of spirits, and cider, they now have the option to not only drink gluten-free beer, but drink really good gluten-free beer.
Other countries like Belgium (who just happen to know a thing or two about beer) are making delicious, gluten-free beers like Green’s which is finding its way onto many bar and restaurant’s specialty beer lists. In Spain, Estrella Damm Daura is picking up beer tasting awards left and right when it comes to its high quality taste. In fact, many Estrella Damm drinkers (who remember what wheat and barley filled beer tastes like) think it most resembles regular beer.
Smaller home-grown breweries like Harvester Brewing Company in Portland, Ore. are also crafting gluten-free beer to cater to the growing demand. Harvester primarily crafts its beer from certified gluten-free oats and chestnuts. Omission is another beer gaining in notoriety for its lager, IPA and pale ale varieties.
The Daily Meal’s Top 10 gluten-free beers show a range of international novelties from Spain to Belgium and back to the United States while ranking them based on flavor, popularity amongst the gluten-free community, availability in the marketplace, and dedication to using gluten-free ingredients.
These beers are merely suggestions and some may not be approved by the TTB ruling. Please consult with a physician regarding your choices before trying one of the following beers, depending on your gluten sensitivity and severity.
If you’re searching for a gluten-free beer at your local bar, chances are they carry a RedBridge. It’s produced by Anheuser-Busch and is a sorghum-based lager that happens to be the top-selling gluten-free beer on the market in the U.S. RedBridge is also in the process of partnering with The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness to help spread the word about Celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
Touted as the world’s first craft gluten-free beer, Bard’s is brewed with a 100 percent malted gluten-free sorghum. Bard’s American lager is made with sorghum, yeast, hops, and water. The company is very conscious about its brewing methods and makes sure the beer contains no wheat, barley, rye, or oats and is naturally gluten-free.