10 Best Gluten-Free Beers (Slideshow)
April 15, 2014
Just because you're gluten-free doesn't mean you need to give up beer
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.
8. Harvester Brewing Company
This Portland, Ore. brewery makes their gluten-free beer out of oats and chestnuts, among other things. Its IPA No. 1 is gaining in popularity and has a piney, citrusy flavor as well as the bitterness that IPAs are known for. Another key ingredient in Harvester’s IPA is organic tapioca maltodextrin.
Montreal-based Glutenberg only makes 100 percent gluten-free beers and uses a dedicated gluten-free facility to brew its product. Consumers can choose from three brews: blonde, American pale ale and red, which is made with chestnuts.
6. Celia Saison
Reminiscent of the rustic farmhouse ales of Belgium, Celia Saison is produced by Ipswich Ale Brewery in Massachusetts. This sorghum-based beer is made with Belgian yeast strain as well as Curaçao orange peels and Celeia hops.
Brunehaut makes several gluten-free varietals including Brunehaut Bio Blonde gluten-free that also happens to be organic and vegan to boot, as is the Brunehaut Amber Ale. These beers are brewed with gluten and then “de-glutenized” during the brewing process, according to its website.
Omission has a tasty line of three craft beers (lager, IPA, and pale ale) brewed with traditional beer ingredients, and specially crafted to remove gluten. The pale ale is bold and hoppy, containing a floral aroma and delicious caramel malt body. The lager is brewed in a traditional lager fashion and the IPA has notable pine, citrus, and grapefruit aromas and flavors.
3. New Planet
The New Planet Beer Company based in Colorado is dedicated to making delicious, gluten-free beer while donating a portion of its profits to environmental efforts. But the planet aside, this line of beer is taking off in the gluten-free community. It offers pale ale, amber ale, blond ale, raspberry ale, Belgian ale, and brown ale. Its pale ale has bold hop flavors coupled with rich caramel, grapefruit notes, and a hoppy finish.
If anyone knows their beer, it’s the folks in Belgium. Green’s produces nine different gluten-free beers that range from golden ale to IPA to amber. They are currently being brewed by the best of Belgian craft brewers and have the European accreditation of being gluten-free. Green’s Endeavour is quite popular in the gluten-free community for its double dark beer.
1. Estrella Damm Daura
This Spanish gluten-free beer varietal is picking up awards left and right when it comes to its amazing taste. Most recently, the beer won the Superior Taste Award of the International Taste & Quality Institute of Brussels for its third consecutive year. It is the first beer in Spain to guarantee a gluten content below three ppm (products with a gluten content below 20 ppm are suitable for people with celiac disease), according to its website.