Gluten Free Beer List

On a gluten-free diet? This gluten free beer list should come in haindy for you. Beer is normally brewed with barley, something which celiacs and those with gluten-intolerance cannot consume. However, there are gluten-free beers on the market that actually tastes very similar to regular beer. Some are malted and others are not. Brewers can use either rice, sorghum, buckwheat or corn instead of barley. Sorghum and buckwheat are the most used. What you should be aware oHambleton f is that some manufacturers use barley. They state that the barley disappears during brewing, and when tested for gluten it measures up to the other gluten-free beers. Below you will find my gluten free beer list with descriptions. If you cannot find any of these brands in your area, check out the homemade gluten free brew kits. Mugs up! Рchilled of course!

UPDATE:¬†The TTB does not allow any alcohol manufacture, of beer or otherwise, to label a product gluten free if it is derived or contains a gluten ingredient. This means that Omission Beer (See Update Below) and Estrella Damm Daura are no longer able to make a gluten free claim on their products. In addition, I have read many reports of those with celiac disease to have a “slight” or “short-lived” reaction to Estrella Damm Daura.

UPDATE Nov. 21, 2013: The Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) now certifies Omission Beer to be under 5 parts per million (ppm) gluten. Some experts in the gluten-free community are still unsure of the accuracy of its testing. The FDA and TTB are still working on gluten-free labeling rules for fermented products.

UPDATE Feb. 2014; TTB announced that it would allow use of the statement
‚Äú[Processed or Treated or Crafted] to remove gluten,‚ÄĚ along¬†with one of the following¬†statements: 1) the product was fermented or distilled from a
grain that contains gluten; 2) the gluten content of the product cannot be verified; or
3) the product may contain gluten.

You can purchase gluten free beer at Internet Wines or BevMo, however, local grocery stores now are beginning to carry them. I found Redbridge at our local Raley’s grocery store.

Bard's Gluten-free Beer Six Pack

Gluten Free Beer List


Founded by celiacs, Bard’s gluten-free beer is the one I hear about the most. I have seen it top a survey as the best in taste. You can read the rave reviews on many gluten-free blogs and forums, probably because it is America’s first gluten-free beer. It is malt brewed with 100% malted sorghum. In a response to my inquiry, Bard’s states that their beer tests at 5 parts per million (ppm) gluten.

Estrella Damm Gluten-free Beer Six Pack

Estrella Damm Daura

Damm Daura is imported into the U.S. from Barcelona,¬†has been awarded, for the second time, the “world’s best gluten-free beer”. It is known for¬†retaining the same taste and as regular beer, its creamy hops-flavored froth,¬†and tests at less than 6 ppm (parts per million) gluten. The FDA’s proposed allowance is 20 ppm. However, it is made from barley and then later extracted. The testing for gluten in beer is unreliable as beer breaks down the gluten. For those who are not gluten intolerant, you will be able to enjoy this beer. Estrella’s motto is “The Beer of Barcelona.” In Chicago Tribune’s gluten-free beer taste taste, done by non-gluten-free dieters,¬†it was stated that Estrella’s gluten-free beer “tastes like a can of beer.”

Note:¬†Estrella makes two beers, one with gluten and the other gluten free. Be sure to purchase the one that includes “Daura” in its title. Plain “Estrella Damm” contains gluten.

Other beers tested were in the taste test were:

√Āmbar:¬†√Āmbar is the first dark lager beer produced in the Dominican Republic. It is made from feature-defining low temperature active yeast and spicy malt. It is¬†brewed with¬†barley malt, but tests below 6 ppm.

Schnitzer Brau Gluten-Free Beer: Two flavors – Original and a citrus and lemon blend. Organic without chemicals, pesticides or insecticides. The company states that their gluten-free beer is lower in gluten than those found in the U.S. Brewed from raw materials derived from certified organic cultivation.

St. Peter’s G-Free‚ĄĘ Beer: Brewed with sorghum. In a separate taste test in the UK, of 16 gluten-free beers, by gluten-free and regular beer drinkers, it was¬†praised for it’s excellent flavour and drinkability from across the range of tasters.


Premium Golden Ale marketed in the UK: is an amber colored beer brewed with natural spring water and unglutenised barley malt.

Premium Pils: is brewed with natural spring water and de-glutenised barley malt.

New Bottle Refermented – Blonde, Dark and Brown Ales:¬†A Blonde, Dark and Brown Ale brewed with de-glutenised barley malt and hop varieties.¬†Winner of the “2011 Free From Awards”.

New Grist: brewed with sorghum and rice. Made by Lakefront Brewery and is currently only available in Milwaukee. In the Chicago Tribune’s taste test it was stated, “tastes like a summer beer, with its litchi [fruit] aroma, champagne color and tropical, citrusy taste.”

Redbridge - Part of the lLst of Gluten Free Beer List

Redbridge – Anheuser-Busch (the makers of Budweiser) is a full-bodied lager, brewed from sorghum. It has a fruity aroma, a toasted sorghum flavor, and My husband is not gluten free and a moderately hopped flavor. Note that if you have other intolerances, it also is made with¬†yeast, hops and corn. (Hops is gluten free.) However, Redbridge is not brewed with any gluten. My husband enjoys this beer. He said, “They did an excellent job with it, for a lager made without gluten.” He usually enjoys Bud, Bud Light and Corona.

Other gluten-free beers include:

  • Nick Stafford‚Äôs Hambleton Ales : 2 varieties of gluten-free beer, made in the UK: GFA –¬†A tawny ale with aromas of Cascade, Liberty and Challenger hops and specially prepared dark sugars providing full bodied initial sweetness giving way to pronounced fruit and hop character with a strong citrus finish; and GFL –¬†Pale lager style beer with an initial fullness complemeted by a fruit character, dervived from East Kent Goldings and Continental Styrian hops, finishing with bitterness and citrus notes. Uniquely balanced and best served chilled.
  • Ramapo Valley Brewery Gluten Free Honey Beer – its main fermentable is amber honey. Molasses is used for flavor, nutrients and color. Bright golden in color, the taste naturally has notes of honey and hop. Hops add a touch of bitterness to balance out the sweetness. It is also¬†Kosher certified for Passover. They have distributors throughout the United States.
  • Microbrasserie Nouvelle France makes 3 gluten-free beers: Messag√®re (a limpid and crystalline pale ale, with a bouquet of honey, reminding a touch of citrus fruits);¬†Messag√®re Red Ale (is a¬†gluten free rice and buckwheat beer with a delicate, woodsy taste); and¬†Messag√®re Millet (is¬†malted millet lager gluten-free beer).¬†Their beers are ELISA tested and is made in Canada.
  • Joseph James Brewing Company makes a gluten-free beer in a can! The best part is that they test every batch! It’s called Fox Tail. Fox Tail is a light bodied beer with a slight citrus flavor. It’s made from organic rice, nectars and North American hops. You may read some reviews. Or visit their site to fine¬†where they sell Fox Tail.

UPDATE September 23, 2012:

New Planet Beer Company¬†makes 3 gluten free beers: Treadlightly Ale, 3R Raspberry Ale, and Offgridpale Ale. The founder has celiac disease, and had a master brewer friend of his create gluten free beer that he’d enjoy. They went through many different beer until he discovered one he liked. A matter of fact when it debuted at his 40th birthday party it received rave reviews, even by those without a gluten intolerance. Together they launched¬†New Planet Beer with Tread Lightly Ale.¬†Each batch of their gluten free beer is tested for gluten, under 20 ppm (parts per million). It is made from sorghum and gluten free yeast.

UPDATE: April 25, 2013:

Omission Beer

Omission beer is made from barley, water, and yeast. They have a proprietary process that removes gluten. It is tested using the¬†R5 Competitive ELISA test for gluten for less than 3 ppm. As stated on their site, “Omission Beer may contain gluten.” This testing method is known to be unreliable on gluten free beer. When beer is fermented it breaks down gluten, possibly to undetectable levels. Visit their site and click on the “Test Results” for more details. Meanwhile, you’ll find rave reviews on the taste of this beer below in the comments section.

UPDATE March 16, 2013:

Woodchuck Hard Cider РWoodchuck is made from apples rather than grains. All their varieties are gluten free, and always have been. See all of their Gluten Free Hard Cider choices.

Non-Alcoholic Gluten Free Beer

Ambar Green РMade in the U.K., Ambar Green has a slight honey taste and is low in calories. Known as a Spanish beer it consists of water, barley malt, antioxidant E-300, stabilizer E405, fiber and natural flavors. The barley malt has been treated it leaves less than 6 ppm (parts per million) gluten. The FDA standards are 20 ppm.

Update – October 5, 2013:

Corona Extra and Coronita Extra

My husband brought home what he thought was Corona for a guest we were having over. I noticed the bottles were a 7 oz. size. He had no idea what he had purchased. It was the only Corona beer available at the store he visited. It has a Corona bottle cap and the label reads, “Cornita Extra”. He mentioned it was gluten free beer. With a little more research, I discovered on that someone from Canada had tested it along with several other gluten free beers and it turned out to be one of two that tested negative for gluten. Mind you it was a few years ago and it was a product of Canada, not the U.S. or Mexico. You should check out Coronita Extra (7 oz. bottles) and Corona Extra (12 oz. bottles). Also check out the test results of one blogger using EZ Gluten Testing Strips.¬†If you find out any further information, please share it in a comment below. One person wrote a review on Corona Extra after hearing from a Celiac friend that it was tolerable with gluten intolerance, more so than many beers labeled gluten free. According to¬†Sinebrychoff, a company owned by the¬†Carlsberg Group, Corona Extra contains: water, barley malt, rice and/or corn, hops, yeast, antioxidant (ascorbic acid), stabilizer (propylene glycol alginate). They describe Cornoa Extra as a¬†light lager.

Glutenberg Gluten Free Beer¬†(LINK NO LONGER AVAILABLE) containS 0 ppm gluten. (There isn’t a recognized test for 0 ppm gluten in the U.S., but there is one for 3 ppm.)

Offering three different beers, Glutenberg comes in Blonde, American Pale Ale, Red, and India Pale Ale.

Blonde: Bronze winner of the World Beer Cup 2012 and Winner of the Silver Award Canadian Brewing Awards 2013.

Ingredients: water, millet, corn, demerara sugar, hops, yeast

Flavors: white pepper, green tea and lemon peel


American Pale Ale: Winner of the Silver Award World Beer Cup 2012

Ingredients: water, millet, buckwheat, corn, candy syrup, demerara sugar, quinoa, hops, yeast

Flavors: candied orange and caramel


Red: Gold Winner of the World Beer Cup in 2012

Ingredients: buckwheat, millet, molasses, chestnuts, candy syrup, quinoa, hops, yeast. Allergens: contains chestnuts.

Flavors: toasted bread, coffee and hazelnuts


India Pale Ale:

Ingredients: water, millet, buckwheat, corn, black rice, corn maltodextrin, hops, yeast

Flavors: light caramel, apricot, tangerine


Nickel Brook Gluten Free Beer (They make many gluten beers, as well.)

Blended with sorghum, demerara sugar and pear juice, and then balanced with traditional pale ale hoping.

Flavors: classic Pale Ale.

Sold in individual 473mL cans for $2.95; and manufactured in Canada and distributed in the United States.


Epic Brewing Company (Glutenator)

A blend of light-bodied millet, brown rice, sweet potatoes and molasses along with plenty of American hops.


Harvester Brewing Ground Breaker Brewing

A dedicated gluten free brewery making year-round and seasonal beers:

Pale Ale РCrafted from chestnuts, sorghum, certified gluten-free oats, and pure cane sugar; and generously hopped with Nugget, Cascade, and Meridian.

Dark Ale –¬†extra dark chestnuts lend a roasty flavor and aroma with notes of chocolate and dark fruits. The hops take a supporting role in this beer allowing the roastiness to come forward in the palette.

IPA No. 3 –¬†citrusy¬†characteristics¬†with¬†the addition of tropical and stone fruit¬†aromas from the heavy use of Santiam¬†hops.

IPA No. 2 –¬†ntense hoppy bitterness and a strong hop aroma loaded with grapefruit, pineapple, and lemongrass.


Dogfish Head¬†Tweason’ale

Offered in 12-ounce 4-packs, this sorghum-based brew contains hints of molasses and pit-fruit balanced with strong strawberry notes and a unique malty-flavored buckwheat honey.


Update – Sept. 9, 2014:

Angry Orchard

When a reader in a comment below mentioned Angry Orchard, I contacted them to see how safe their product was for those who are intolerant to gluten. See below for their reply,

“Our ciders are made with all naturally gluten-free ingredients. We make every effort to avoid cross-contamination of ingredients, and periodically test our cider and cider making equipment.”

They offer three flavors:

Strawman which is a combination of apples with accents of oak,

Iceman which is a combination of apples with accents of caramel and toffee, and

The Muse which is a bubbly concoction of apples with accents of French oak.

Their website is a delight to visit. It is so unique!


GFB Gluten Free Lager

Trader Joe’s carries GFB which is brewed by Minhas Craft Brewery; and is a vegetable/fruit beer. Fruit/vegetable beer is a flavored beer which some breweries use fruit or vegetables. Others use syrup or extracts. While others use processed flavorings. They are usually ales, but do not possess many of ale characteristics. Malt flavor is usualy added; however, very little hops are used. (Hops are gluten free.)¬†The reviews for Trader Joe’s GFB varies widely. You can read them here¬†and here.

I contacted Minhas Craft Brewery to learn more about their beer. Here’s what they had to say,

“It is definitely the best tasting Gluten Free beer on the planet.¬† We have been making it for a while, and continue to improved with every batch.¬† The first batch we made a couple of years had a lit cider like taste which many liked but some did not.¬† We have since improved the recipe and that cider taste is no longer there.¬† All the consumers love it now.¬† In fact, you do not have to be drinking for Gluten Free taste or content – many buy it for its wonderful taste.”


Boxer Gluten Free Beer

Still only available in Canada, Boxer Gluten Free Beer will soon be available in the United States. Boxer is a lager. as is GFB. Since it is made It is moderate on hopps, is made from sorghum with a light citrus flavor. Boxer is also made by Minhas Craft Brewery.


Looking for more than just beer? Visit¬†Carla’s Gluten Free Online Store.


23 Replies to “Gluten Free Beer List”

  1. I just read about Holidaily (a dedicated gluten free brewery in the US) – you might check them out! Also, for the Mexican beer fans, Ocho Reales is doing four gluten-removed beers. They tested below 7.5 parts per million in a UK test and are sold as gluten free here (they’d have to be labeled “processed to remove gluten” in the US though.) I just wrote about gluten free beer on my blog, including the differences between US and UK/Europe labeling!

  2. My wife has a gluten intolerance, and after reading about Modelo Especial testing at 20ppm she decided to try it. She has had no side effects at all, and was really happy to find a Mexican beer that she could drink!!

    1. Anthony,

      Thanks for sharing. Do you have celiac disease?

      From what I have read, the test of under 20 ppm was done by an individual using E-Z Gluten test strips, which foes not test for gladin. A separtate article suggests that gladin tests would pick up barley where E-Z Gluten does not. I’m not sure if this true, but because Modello may contain “other grains” I do not recommend it.


  3. Love Angry Orchard GF beers. We were recently at a Murder Mystery Dinner show in Pigeon Forge who offers GF dinner. I noticed when we walked in that they had display of beer and wine the sold and saw Angry Orchard. So excited. I explained to those behind counter that Angry Orchard was GF so when customers call about GF dinner options they can also let them know about GF beer. I was so excited. Delicious

  4. I was sad to notice that Burning Brothers was not on your list. A fabulous, totally gluten free beer brewed in St. Paul, Mn. It is so good that the City of St. Paul set them up with an abandoned brewery and helped fund the refit.

  5. I buy New Grist in Indianapolis, so I know it’s sold outside Milwaukee. It’s my favorite gf beer. I was a Coors light fan before going gf.

    1. Thanks, Kay. I added New Grist to this list a very long time ago. Thanks for the update on where it is sold. I just checked out their site again, but I suppose they haven’t updated it. I only find Milwaukee listed.


  6. Good article, I haves started a Gluten free beer review site. Part of the initial problem is finding new beer to review personally. Your article has helped give me a good starting point.

    1. Eli,

      It all depends upon where you live. Here’s a map of bars and stores that carry gluten-free beer in NYC:,-73.99086&spn=0.150124,0.304871&source=embed. I scanned it for chain restaurants and found Pizzeria Uno on the list. We have them here in California. To find other locations you can check out their locator at


  7. I’ve been looking for a gluten free none alcoholic beer can anyone who has found one let me know and where to get it thanks Dave

  8. You don’t mention Omission from Portland, OR. It’s by far the best on the market. They brew the beer as normal then remove 99.9 % of the gluten afterwards. The make a lager and a pale ale.

      1. According to their website, Omission beer does not get shipped until the third party lab reports for gluten are received and are in the acceptable range. There is a code on the bottles with which consumers can access the lab results for their bottle. It is very very tasty!

  9. Mikes hard- light lemonade too is glutenfree! I came across that by surprise when a guest bought a six pack to a party. I was never much of a flavored beer drinker* but these are nice to have occasionally.

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