Gluten, barley and wheat free beer

Most gluten free beer is made from barley. Some includes wheat.

The safety to coeliacs of these beers — which are typically made by the addition of an enzyme to break down the gluten fragments — remains hotly debated.

In the UK / EU, such beers can be described gluten-free.

In the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, they can’t. They are often described instead as ‘gluten removed’ or ‘gluten reduced’, and can be labelled ‘processed to remove gluten’.

Some celiacs / coeliacs, not unreasonably, avoid all such wheat- or barley-based beers — which are now widely available.

So for them, here is a list of beers made only from alternative and GF grain sources — for example, quinoa, rice, millet, sorghum, buckwheat, corn — available in UK, and US/Canada, and Australia.

 

United Kingdom / EU

Autumn Brewing
Use rice, quinoa and millet.
Three in the range: Bavarian Style Pilsner (#1 — 4.5%), English Pale Ale (#2 — 4.5% — pictured right), Dark Roast Stout (#3 — 4.5%).

Driftwood Spars
‘Unexpected’ Ale – brewed from sorghum.

Golden Era Ancient Grain
An American beer, made with millet, quinoa, and buckwheat, available only from UK stockists Beer Hawk.

Green’s 
Some barley beers, plus five beers made using sorghum, brown rice, buckwheat, millet too.
Include Discovery (an amber ale), Dry Hopped Lager (below right), an IPA, plus stronger Tripel (8.5%) and Dubbel (7%) ales.
Distinguishable from their barley-based beers as they carry ‘naturally’ gluten free labelling.

Quinoa Italia
Italian brewed quinoa beer, albeit sold in a sparkling wine bottle!

St Peter’s 
Use sorghum.
Two gluten-free beers — G Free (4.2%) and Dark G Free (3.9%)

 

Unites States / Canada

Alpenglow 
Buck Wild Pale Ale — made with millet, buckwheat and brown rice syrup.

Alt Brew 
Large variety of naturally GF beers — from grains such as rice, millet, sorghum and Ethiopian teff.

Aurochs Brews
Large selection — uses millet, buckwheat, quinoa.

Bard’s
‘The Original Sorghum Malt Beer’

Burning Brothers Brewing
Large selection, including Irish Red Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout and more.

Dogfish Head 
Tweason’ale — sorghum-based fruit ale.

Epic Brewing
Glutenator — made with millet, sweet potatoes, and brown rice.

Evasion Brewing
Use oats in most products, as well as millet, rice and buckwheat.

Ghostfish Brewing
Uses rice, millet and buckwheat.

Glutenberg (Canada)
Use quinoa, corn, millet, amaranth and other naturally GF grains, plus coffee, chocolate, chestnut, orange and other botanicals.
Ten beers, including an APA, IPA and a Stout.

Ground Breaker Brewing 
Use ingredients such as chestnuts, lentils, tapioca, brown rice and sorghum.
Includes a Dark Ale, Light Ale and an IPA.

Holidaily Brewing
Colorado-based wholly GF brewery.

Ipswich Ale Brewery 
Their Celia Saison is brewed with sorghum and citrus peel.

James Page Brewery
Sorghum beer – A Capella.

Joseph James Brewing 
Their Foxtail Brown Ale is brewed “from a base of organic rice”, also sorghum.

Lakefront Brewery
New Grist, made with rice and sorghum.

Lakeland Brewery 
New Grist pilsner-style beer — brewed using rice and sorghum.

Moonshrimp Brewing
Vegan millet beers from Oregon.

New Planet Brewery 
Some gluten-reduced beers made from a barley base, but also three (blonde ale, pale ale, raspberry ale), using no gluten-containing ingredients (sorghum, brown rice, corn).

Redbridge 
Sorghum beer.

Steadfast 
Small selection of sorghum-based ales.
Also offer an Oatmeal Cream Stout, which uses certified GF oats.

Whistler Beer Co 
Forager Lager — made from millet and rice.

 

Australia

Billabong Brewing 
Uses millet, rice, sorghum, amaranth and buckwheat.
Australia Pale Ale and Blonde Low-carb.

O’Brien Beer 
Use sorghum and millet.
Pale ale, brown ale and several lagers.

Wilde Beer 
Gluten free ale using sorghum — one, raspberry flavoured.

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