Hi and WELCOME! Perhaps you’ve recently come over to the gluten-free / Celiac side and are mourning the loss of what you previously knew as really good beer. But I’ve got you! In my 12+ years as diagnosed Celiac, I’ve sampled a LOT. I’m happy to report that great gluten free beer options are plentiful, if you know where to look. Yes, you may have to be less spontaneous. You might need to order your beer online. You may need to drive to that one obscure liquor store on the other side of town. But the world of GF beer is fun to explore and ever-expanding. Here are the deets.
The Definitive List of Gluten Free Beers You Should Be Drinking (IMO)
These are my top five favorite gluten free beers. But first, a few notes. I don’t mess around with “gluten-removed” beers or “beers crafted to remove gluten.” Just not worth it to me as a Celiac. But if you’re intolerant, you do you. All the beers below are fully gluten-free.
Second, you need to know about Marina Market. They ship in the U.S. (unless you’re one of those states with laws against that type of thing). They sell some of my favorite beers – Groundbreaker Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing, and Green’s Beer. Always read labels, as ingredients change…but at the moment, I’m very pleased to introduce you to the very best gluten free beers.
You cannot go wrong here. I’m a blonde ale / pale lager gal, so Shrouded Summit and Meteor Shower (only 125 cal for that one) are my faves. However, the Grapefruit IPA also is great. And if you can get your hands on their Hazy IPA (limited edition) and Pumpkin Harvest (in the fall) – do not miss out.
Another great dedicated gluten-free beer company out of Portland, Oregon, perhaps the OG?? I have only tried their Dark Ale, and it’s definitely more of my winter vibe but very good. Harder to find their product so if you see it, snatch it!!
Exported from Canada and relatively widely available, including Whole Foods. This was probably one of the first GF beers I tried, and the Blonde Ale is my jam. I’m not a diet gal, but I find their other beers have too many calories for easy drinking.
I visited this brewery in Golden, Colorado, and decided immediately I should move there. I didn’t, and now I have major regrets as I can’t get it in Illinois. The Blonde Ale and the Buckwhit Belgian are my faves. I have not yet been able to try the Big Henry Hazy IPA and cry myself to sleep about it at night. Jk xoxo.
Greens’s is from the UK, and it’s been around for ages. It’s not the sexiest packaging, but I’ve recently re-discovered Green’s gluten-free beer and lemme tell ya I’m on board. It’s brewed in Belgian tradition. NOTE – some of their beers contain barley malt, crafted to remove gluten. I haven’t seen those in the U.S. but I only mess around with their fully gluten-free beers. My fave is the Pale Dry-Hopped Lager – it’s only 4.0% abv which is great for easy sipping.
Let me know of any of your favorite gluten free beers in the comments! Happy sipping.
Until next time,