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Drinking a chilled bottle of beer is always a pleasurable experience unless you suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitives. If you fall into that camp, then you’ve probably been searching for some gluten-free beers you can enjoy instead.
The wheat that forms most beers at supermarkets and restaurants is often intolerable for individuals who have gluten allergies and can end up wreaking havoc on their bodies. The fact is, however, that beer is really a product of wheat, so creating a gluten-free beer has required breweries to put on their thinking caps and use some creativity.
To create gluten-free beers, breweries typically turn to alternative ingredients instead of using wheat. They often use other grains and grasses like sorghum, buckwheat, rice, millet, and gluten-free oats.
Gluten-Free Beers That Are Winning
While some gluten-free beers are bland, some breweries have successfully created delicious gluten-free beers that taste just like the real deal. Here are our top picks:
Short’s Brewing Space Rock
This pale ale has citrus-y notes that make it great for washing down tacos, shrimp, or any other foods you usually like to pair a cold beer and lime with.
Ipswich Ale Brewery: Celia Saison
If you’re looking for a Belgian-inspired beer, look no further than Celia Saison. This flavorful beer has orange notes and is relatively crisp and tart. The brewery that crafted this beer relied mostly on sorghum syrup to make this the gluten-free beer that it is.
Ground Breaker Dark Ale
Like the name implies, this dark ale is truly groundbreaking as it was created from a mixture of lentils, roasted chestnuts, and dark Belgian-style candi (a sort of caramelized sugar).
Joseph James Brewing Fox Tail
If you’re looking for a pack of canned beer you can pick up, look no further than this pale beer by Joseph James Brewing. This gluten-free beer is made with organic rice and features a slightly sweet and bitter flavor profile similar to cider.
Stone Delicious IPA
This gluten-reduced IPA has a definitively citrus flavor profile thanks to the El Dorado and Lemondrops used to make it. If you’re looking for a beer that tastes similar to lemon-flavored candy, look no further than this IPA.
Steadfast Beer Co.: Oatmeal Cream Stout
Most gluten-free beers are of the pale variety, but not this cream stout. Steadfast Beer Co. does offer pale beers, but they have also created this rich and creamy stout made with roasted oats for those enjoying a darker brew.
Where to buy gluten-free beer?
You can find gluten-free beer at many natural food markets and even some at regular supermarkets.
What is gluten-free beer made of?
Gluten-free beer is often made with alternative grains and grasses like sorghum, buckwheat, rice, and millet.