Editor's Note: This article has been corrected to only include gluten-free beer and not gluten-reduced beers.
Having a gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease can be a lot for some to deal with every day. While some choose to avoid gluten, for others, consuming wheat can actually be quite serious. However, that doesn't mean folks with gluten intolerance have to miss out on everyday things. If you're a beer drinker and following a gluten-free diet, there's great news. Thanks to craft breweries around the U.S., more and more breweries are crafting gluten-free beers for everyone to enjoy.
Traditional beer is made with ingredients like water, hops, yeast, and wheat, rye or barley. The wheat, rye, and barley is a no-go for those avoiding gluten. Gluten-free beers are now being made with ingredients like millet, sorghum, gluten-free oats, and even quinoa. We've compiled a list of 15 delicious gluten-free beers on the market right now.
11 Delicious Gluten-Free Beers
1. Glutenberg Craft Brewery Blanche
Glutenberg Craft Brewery, based in Canada and distributing their GF beers around the U.S., offers a soft and refreshing Witbier called Blanche. They've created this beer with ingredients like buckwheat, millet, amaranth, quinoa, cilantro, and orange peel, giving it a bold grainy and floral profile.
2. Ghostfish Brewing Grapefruit IPA
Ghostfish Brewing is dedicated to serving folks some of the best gluten-free beers around. Their award-winning Grapefruit IPA is nothing but a juicy citrus bomb, giving the drinker intense grapefruit peel and citrus notes.
3. Ghostfish Brewing Watchstander Stout
Another award-winning beer from Ghostfish Brewing in Seattle, Washington offers a dark, gluten-free stout. With malted millet, buckwheat and brown rice, this rich brew gives off flavors of dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow and coffee.
4. Holidaily Brewing Co. Buckwit
Belgian Witbier, 4.8%
Cancer survivor and beer lover, Karen Hertz of Holidaily Brewing Company, is dedicated to serving folks with gluten sensitivity 100% gluten-free beers. Their Witbier pours with a nice yellow hue and has a spice and citrus aromas. You'll taste the flavors of buckwheat, coriander as well as spices and lemon.
5. New Planet Pale Ale
Pale Ale, 4.5%
When New Planet's founder found out he had celiac disease, New Planet Brewery was born. Serving only gluten-free beers, their pale ale is a standout. Citrusy, bold and hoppy, their Pale Ale is great to share outside with friends.
6. New Planet Blonde Ale
Blonde Ale, 4.5%
Another GF beer from New Planet Brewing offers a Blonde Ale that's perfect to drink year-round. With ingredients like millet, gluten-free oats, maize cane sugar and hops, this light and crisp beer will give you subtle notes of honey and citrus.
7. Glutenberg Craft Brewery Gose
The Glutenberg Gose (pronounced "go-suh") is a sour-styled beer that is brewed with salt. You might be thinking that adding salt to a beer is a little odd, but the saltiness is all balanced out by the other flavors in the beer.
The Gose from Glutenberg Brewing has a bunch of different flavor profiles going on-sweet, tangy, acidic and salty. It's low in ABV, making it ideal for a summertime cookout. You'll notice lemon and lime aromas and will be left with a dry and bold finish.
8. Burning Brothers Brewing Pyro
American Pale Ale, 4.6%
No need to fear gluten-free beer drinkers! Burning Brothers Brewing Company is dedicated to crafting beers in their completely gluten-free facility. With their own blend of American hops, Pyro is a lightly fruity beer suitable for any time of the year. With hints of orange and grapefruit, you'll find it hard to believe that it's gluten-free.
9. Alpenglow Beer Co. Buck Wild
Pale Ale, 5.5%
After many home brewing experiments, Buck Wild, from Alpenglow Beer Company, was born. California's first 100% gluten-free beer, Buck Wild is a Pale Ale made with organic malted buckwheat and millet and includes Magnum, Cascade and Chinook hops.
It's the perfect balance of slightly sweet and bitter and is one to drink year-round.
10. Ipswich Celia Saison
Inspired by the rustic farmhouses ales of Belgium, Celia Saison from Ipswich Ale Brewery in Massachusetts offers a sorghum-based Saison. With its unique zesty and spicy flavor profile, Celia Saison is wonderful for those avoiding gluten.
11. Ground Breaker Brewing Dark Ale
Dark Ale, 5.5%
With ingredients sourced locally, Ground Breaker Brewing, based in Portland, Oregan serves only gluten-free beers. Their Dark Ale delivers roasty flavors with hints of chocolate and dark fruit and just enough bitterness.
Brewed with roasted chestnuts and lentils, this beer is full-flavored with a smooth, earthy finish.
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