Approximately 1 in 100 people have a sensitivity to gluten. A diagnosis of gluten-intolerance can make life incredibly confusing and difficult for the afflicted.
Favorable things that we take for granted like beer or pizza become untouchable as the effects outweigh the enjoyment of the consumption itself. Luckily, those with a gluten intolerance no longer have to miss out.
There is now a wide range of gluten-free beers available for the consumer and these have become easily accessible in recent years.
Read on to discover a list of beers that are gluten-free yet packed full of flavor that will compliment any season and give a new lease of life and zest to those who experience them.
1) Holidaily Brewing Company: Buck Wit Belgian.
This Colorado-based brewery uses millet and buckwheat to make a gluten-free beer that is packed with flavor. This beer is similar to a traditional Blue Moon, and it’s zesty elements infuse citrus with grainy greatness.
2) Duck Foot Brewing Company: Drink This Or The Bees Die.
This company’s founder, Matt DelVecchio suffers from Celiac disease and this diagnosis encouraged him to start making gluten-free beer. This craft beer utilizes honey to make this sincerely sweet yet dry beer.
3) Glutenberg Craft Brewery Blanche
This Canadian brewery has recreated it’s renowned hazy Belgian beer by using buckwheat, quinoa amaranth and millet embellished with a flavorsome, punchy, citrus twist
4) Burning Brothers Brewing Roasted Coffee Strong Ale
Co-founder, Dane Breimhorst, was diagnosed with Celiac disease and decided to launch his own brewery alongside his friend Thom Foss. This beer is infused with caramel and cold-brew coffee.
5) Stone Brewing Delicious IPA
Stone has brewed some of America’s finest and most reputable IPAs for over two decades and Delicious is another example of this brewery’s excellence and notable ability to adapt to health and flavor trends. This IPA does not disappoint and the lemony essence coupled with a watermelon twist makes it a refreshing option for a summer’s day.
6) Odd13 Brewing Codename: Superfan
Owner, Kristin Scott, also suffers with gluten sensitivity and this flavorsome, juicy amalgamation of hazy warmth and salivating sweetness is perfect for IPA lovers. The bittersweet balance makes the drink undoubtedly addictive and I’m sure that many beer drinkers are super-fans of this Superfan!
7) Ghostfish Brewing Company: Grapefruit IPA
Seattle’s Ghostfish includes buckwheat, millet and brown rice. The addition of Grapefruit gives this IPA a bittersweet kick and the citrus infusion only adds to the paradoxical zest of this drink.
8) New Planet Beer Blonde Ale
This blonde ale is perfect for summertime barbecues. It’s formed from millet, gluten-free oats and blue corn. The blue corn gives this blonde a light flavor that doesn’t feel sickly or acidic. It is undoubtedly ‘moreish’.
9) New Belgium Brewing Company Glütiny Pale Ale
New Belgium has struck like lightning with this Pale Ale. They have been making elite beer since 1991, and their reputation is notably positive for a reason. This gluten-reduced beer delivers a warm, sweet, amber scent of papaya and guava that is guaranteed to make you fall in love.
10) Omission Beer Ultimate Light Golden Ale
For those who are concerned about gluten and calories. Omission has crafted this 99-calorie excellence. There are only five carbs per 12 ounce bottle and the melon-y, punch aroma is definitely suited to golden beaches and good times!
11) Two Brothers Artisan Brewing Prairie Path Golden Ale
The gluten-free golden ale boasts a subtle, zesty-lemon flavor that makes it the perfect accompaniment to light bites or some smoked fish. This drink will not make you feel heavy like a lot of IPAs can do. Instead, it is lightly infused and not as acidic as most golden ales are.
12) Ground Breaker Brewing Dark Ale
The hints of espresso don’t come from coffee. Instead, this Portland-brewed gluten-free beer uses roasted chestnuts and lentils to create a unique flavor that is similar to a dark chocolate, coffee cake.
Whilst beer is typically brewed from cereal like barley.
None of these beers lose anything by not using gluten-laden grains in their composition. The elitism of ‘craft beer experts’ is completely overridden when looking at the sheer variety of gluten-free craft ales that are now available.
There has undoubtedly been a revolution with regards to taste and experimentation and this phenomenal selection of gluten-free beer is a testament to the creativity and persistence of the brewery industry. This innovation has brought a newfound peace of mind to many celiac disease sufferers worldwide and helps to prevent the isolation and alienation that may feel after a gluten-allergy diagnosis.
The gluten content varies in each beer but is undoubtedly limited. Some breweries will only produce gluten-free beers to avoid the risk of cross contamination.
For this reason, it is important to know your own individual sensitivity to gluten and to choose a beer from a specifically gluten-free brewery if you are concerned or anxious about contamination.
To conclude, there is a misconception that coeliacs are just difficult or tricky eaters and that the condition has no real symptoms or consequences.
This is a really unhelpful opinion, especially when considering how difficult it is to maintain a gluten-free diet and to avoid the painful symptoms that result from exposure. Luckily, those with a gluten tolerance can silence unwanted opinions and still have a good time by enjoying the zesty taste of these craft ales.
To be considered gluten-free, these products contain less than 20ppm (parts per million) of gluten. There are strict rules in place to ensure that these standards are maintained but if you are in any doubt, then you should contact the brewery directly to ask them about the measurements that are in place to prevent contamination and ensure that the gluten levels are kept under 20ppm.
For the most part, those breweries with founders and co-founders that are celiac themselves are the best companies to place your faith in as the brewer’s will undoubtedly understand the importance of avoidance.