bard\'s beerHere is our more comprehensive gluten free beer list; you can buy many of them online at Internet Wines. You might also want to check out the helpful site Gluten Free Beer Festival, which presents the results of a panel of tasters as well as general public reaction.

  • Anheuser-Busch, Inc., the company that produces Budweiser, Michelob, Busch, Bass, Beck’s, Kirin, Stella Artois, Rolling Rock and a ton of other alcoholic drinks, has come out with a full-bodied gluten free beer called Redbridge. Redbridge is brewed from sorghum and is sold at “stores carrying organic products.” It has a very light, clear amber color with a smooth texture and a floral, sweet aroma.
  • Bard’s Tale Beer Company, LLC—The Original Sorghum Malt Beer, sometimes known as Dragon’s Gold Lager, is an American Lager with low bitterness and a floral aroma, containing sorgum, yeast, hops, and water (no wheat, oats, rye, or barley).
    1. Mission – Amber beer -undergoes secondary fermentation
    2. Quest – Tripel Blonde beer – undergoes secondary fermentation – available in North America – light body with spice and herb nose and flavors of candied fruit, long finish.
    3. Pathfinder – Dubbel Dark beer – undergoes secondary fermentation
    4. Discovery – beer – available in North America- caramel and nut nuances with herbal hop aroma
    5. Endeavour – Double Dark beer – available in North America – dark-sugar and toffee flavor with traditional Belgian yeast bouquet
    6. Herald – Ale
    7. Pioneer – Lager
    8. Trailblazer – Low Carb Lager
  • New Grist Beer is a lager made by a locally-owned microbrewery, Lakefront Brewery, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and it contains sorghum, hops, gluten-free yeast grown on molasses, rice, and water. It is a clear pale gold color with aromas of toffee, honey, and vanilla and complex flavors with a “warming taste of chewy toffee flavours.”
  • Nick Stafford’s Hambleton Ales of the UK makes 2 gluten-fee beers, and one is now available in the continental U.S.
    1. Hambleton GFA (U.S.A. aka Toleration Ale) – available in the U.S. – nut brown color and smells of nuts and raisins. Syrupy, viscous, and heavy. “Burnt lingering toffee aftertaste.
    2. Hambleton GFL – straw-colored with “burnt citrus flavors,” and very sweet.
  • O’Brien is an Australian gluten-free brewer.
    1. Brown Ale – a traditional old English dark ale with maltiness and a golden brown color.
    2. Premium Lager – full-bodied, pale gold beer with a hay meadow aroma, fruity flavor and no malt.
    3. Pale Ale – a light golden ale with a malty flavor and abundant hop bitterness.
  • Les Bières de la Nouvelle-France, a Quebec microbrewery, responded to a challenge by the Quebec Celiac Foundation in 2001 to create a beer its members could drink. The demand is so high that now it sells more GF beer than non-GF beer.
    1. La Messagère – a very pale gold with a slight apple aroma and a faintly citrus flavor.
    2. La Messagère Red Ale – a rice and buckwheat beer with a woodsy taste.
  • Ramapo Valley Brewery: Passover Honey Beer is brewed from honey and flavored with molasses. As the name implies, it is not only gluten-free but kosher for Passover. It’s a sweet beer with a sharp apple aftertaste. At the Gluten Free Beer Festival this Honey Beer won an award for “an original range of flavors.”
  • Sprecher Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in Glendale, Wisconsin.
    1. Mbege – This limited release beer, made in the East African tradition, is brewed with bananas, sorghum, and millet and remains unfiltered.
    2. Shakparo – This light session ale was conceived in the West African tradition and is brewed with sorghum and millet. It has cider and fruit notes and is also limited release.

Which gluten free beer is your favorite?