Great Beer Minus The Gluten
In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, we’re exploring the latest phenomenon in the craft movement: gluten-free beer!
If you have celiac disease, you know how frustrating it can be to find a beer you can actually drink. That’s all changed over the past few years as more craft brewers are offering gluten-free and gluten-removed products.
The gluten-free sensation is everywhere. Many of your favorite foods are now available without the gluten protein, and it’s gaining traction among the masses, including many people without celiac disease. It was only a matter of time before it started affecting your alcohol, too.
According to gluten.org, “a gluten-free beer uses grains that naturally are free of gluten in the fermentation process. So, the beer does not have any gluten in it from start to finish.”
Some beers, including several featured in this article, are actually classified as “gluten-removed,” which means that they use wheat, barley or rye to ferment the beer, and then remove the gluten through an enzyme extraction process. These beers only contain trace amounts of gluten.
WARNING: Although gluten-removed beer shouldn’t induce an immune response in a person with celiac disease, some studies have shown adverse reactions. Current testing methods aren’t accurate when it comes to fermented products, so just be mindful. If you have celiac disease, start off with a small sip, and see how you feel before indulging in a full bottle.
Top 5 Brews Minus The Gluten
Green’s Discovery Amber – Gluten Free
Made exclusively from gluten-free ingredients like rice and buckwheat, this delicious ale is fermented with a classic strain of Belgian yeast. Medium bodied with subtle caramel flavors, this refined brew is ripe with an herbal hop finish.
ABV: 6%, IBU: 32
Glutenberg IPA – Gluten Free
An explosion of flavors, this Canadian craft brew is the perfect harmony of citrus aroma, hop freshness and bitterness. Enjoy lemon and floral notes on the nose with a dry bouquet of apricot and soft caramel on the palate.
ABV: 6%, IBU: 76
Stone Delicious IPA – Gluten Reduced
Character abounds with bright and intense flavors of sharp lemon, herbs and lemongrass. Boasting a beautiful balance of hoppy spice and tart sweetness, Stone knows all about making a good IPA. Gluten reduced to well below 20 ppm.
ABV: 7.7%, IBU: 75
Omission Lager – Gluten Reduced
Brewed in the traditional lager style, this crisp and refreshing brew offers bright flavors with scarcely a hint of gluten. The aromatic hop profile makes it unique and easy to drink. Gluten reduced to below 10 ppm.
ABV: 4.6%, IBU: 18
Sufferfest Epic Pilsner – Gluten Reduced
Big, bright and satisfying, this full-bodied brew features rich earth tones and hints of spice. The initial taste is zesty, followed by a rich grain flavor and incredibly smooth finish. Gluten reduced to below 5 ppm.
ABV: 5.1%, IBU: 30
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