Gluten free beer is a type of beverage made from ingredients that don’t contain gluten. The protein can be found in cereals like wheat and can trigger symptoms in those suffering from gluten intolerance disorders like celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis. Those people are on a strict diet and can’t drink regular beer. In Australia only beers with no detectable gluten are considered “gluten-free”, while in the European Union a beer with less than 20 parts per million gluten is accepted.
Most brewers use ingredients such as rice, corn, buckwheat, millet and sorghum that are safe for those who are gluten intolerant. Rarely two breweries have the same gluten free beer recipe and many brews are available only regionally or on a limited stock. They attempt to recreate the taste of traditional beer with the atypical ingredients and luckily many delicious beverages were produced in the last few years. Here is a list of the best gluten free beer brands based on popularity:
New Planet Beer
The New Planet gluten free beer was created by Pedro Gonzalez after being diagnosed with celic disease. The brewery offers three types of brews certified with less than 20 parts per million gluten proteins. The Raspberry Ale is made of sorghum syrup and sweetening corn. Its fruity champagne flavor comes from Oregon raspberry puree and orange peel. The Blonde Ale has strong hints of cider and the Pale Ale is described as being very beer-like. New Planet is available mostly in Colorado at a price of $9 a six-pack.
The award-winning New Grist is produced by Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee and is the first gluten free beer certified in the United States. Brewed in the pilsner style, the Grist is made from sorghum and rice. It tastes slightly sour but most people say it recreates the traditional beer flavor. A six pack costs about $9.
Brewed 100% from malted sorghum, Bard’s Tale beer was created by two celiacs. The sorghum is carefully sourced and the beer is crafted in a gluten-free environment to avoid any contamination. With a strong flavor, Bard’s Tale is one of the most popular gluten-free beers. You can find it in large health stores and bars or order it online.
Green’s Gluten-Free Beers is a company from United Kingdom that imports three types of beer into North America. Its awarded Belgian and English-style beverages are made in the style of small breweries with millet, sorghum buckwheat and rice. Endeavor is sweet, dark and malty with a dark chocolate smell while Quest Triple Blonde Ale has a fruity taste. Discovery is made with buckwheat, sorghum and rice. Suitable also for a vegan diet, Green’s Beers can be found in outlets on the West Coast or ordered online.