Gluten-Free Beer

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?

21 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Beer”

  1. I have looked at many sites and not come across one as good as this that tells everyone everything they need to know. I have added you to my bookmarks, can anyone else suggest other gluten free related topics that I can search for to find out more information?

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  3. I tried St. Peter’s Sorgum beer – a british brew, a couple of weekends ago in a bar in Rehoboth Delaware. As gluten free beers go this was a good one. Comes in cool 1/2 liter green oval shaped bottle. I’ll be asking my local beer store if they can get it in.

  4. This is good site since it is difficult to find gluten free beer. In Finland there are a few: Kukko Pilsner, Kukko Lager and Kukko Dark by Laitilan Virvoitusjuomatehdas ( and one internationally owned Koff Light.
    The Kukko beers are sold as regular beers and most people won’t even notice or ever get to know that when selecting Kukko, they’ve drank gluten free beer.

  5. Has anyone heard of Saxon beer? I think it comes from Finland. We had it here in the States a while back just for a Celiac meeting, but can’t get it here. Any ideas?

  6. Hello I had heard that shiner bock / blonde was gluten free. Alsowas wondering about michelob amberbock? Budweiser? Any beers that are commonly found in us? I just found out I have gluten intolerance and am a every weekend beer drinker so trying to find something out thanks!!!!

  7. Brunehaut’s Gluten Free is now imported in the US. Made from 100% barley, it taste like beer! Gluten free, vegan and organic!

    Winner of Gold and Silver at the 2011 US Beer Open!

  8. Redbridge is a good gluten free beer if you like Budweiser it the closet I found . Also to Ed McGrath how can brunehauts be gluten free if it’s made from 100% Barley

  9. I am now not sure the place you’re getting your info, however good topic. I needs to spend a while finding out more or understanding more. Thanks for excellent information I used to be searching for this info for my mission.

  10. My husband recently found out he has Celiacs and the hardest part was giving up beer. But we found he doesn’t have to. Woodchuck and Angry Orchard are very good. We live in AZ and have found them at Walmart. Bevmo is the store we have found many gluten free beers at unfortunately they are only located in WA, CA, and AZ. Hope this helps someone. Celiacs for us is only a 2 month old thing so we are still researching and trying new things. Good luck!!

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