The 12 Best Tasting Gluten-Free Beers On The Planet
Gluten-free diets are all the rage right now–mostly for weight loss and overall wellness purposes. But, in the beer market, it is so much more than that. Anyone with Celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disorder that affects 1% of the population, is required to control the disease by taking gluten out of the diet. This means no bread, pasta or birthday cakes in their diet. Bummer. It also means that those with the disease are unable to enjoy the vast majority of delicious beers available on the market, since they can’t consume anything brewed from grains, which includes barley. While we can’t provide you with a number of options in the birthday cake industry, we do know a thing or two about gluten-free beer. So don’t worry, my dear friends–we’re here to rescue you from your overpriced wine and limited options of spirits that have been limiting your alcohol consumption.
There are quite a number of options now available in the beer industry to satisfy the gluten-free crowd, or anyone looking for healthier options. Just because you have to sacrifice barley doesn’t mean that you should have to sacrifice flavor, and this list is here to prove that. Here are the 12 best tasting gluten-free beers on the planet.
Omission Pale Ale
Omission’s line-up of gluten-free beer has a number of award-winning brews in the mix, including their Pale Ale. It has a well-balanced blend of hops and malts, and has a hint of citrus flavor with a caramel body and somewhat bitter taste–but not overly bitter. It doesn’t taste like most of the other gluten-free options because of Omission’s patented process which allows the beer to brew with regular barley, and then the gluten is removed afterwards.
Steadfast Golden Blonde Ale
Steadfast’s Golden Blonde Ale isn’t just a great gluten-free blonde ale, but it is a great blonde ale period. It’s brewed with sorghum, but Steadfast adds honey and their own blend of spices into the mix which create a unique beer. It’s also notable that Steadfast takes a subtle jab at Omission on their website by saying that their beer is not “gluten removed.” Subtle, guys, subtle.
So nice, we included them twice! Omission’s IPA is also well worth the mention for its tastiness. With a clean taste typical of IPA, it’s loaded with piney taste with a nice balance of citrus. It is crisp, refreshing, and has a bit more carbonation than typical IPAs. So if you want to drink a gluten-free brew that isn’t short on flavor, try Omission IPA.
Ipswich Ale Celia Saison
Formerly brewed by The Alchemist (Heady Topper, anyone?), Celia Saison is now brewed by Ipswich Ale Brewery. It has a moderate aroma of coriander and a hazy golden yellow color to it. It’s brewed with orange peel, which becomes apparent at the first taste. Earthy notes are also prominent, as well as an almost peppery taste.
Green’s Amber Ale
Green’s is well known among those with celiac disease, and sports an impressive line-up of gluten-free options. In fact–Green’s ONLY creates gluten-free beer. Imported from Belgium (that’s where daddy’s from), their Amber Ale is a beautiful dark brown with lots of frothy head. It has warming characteristics and is an overall well balanced brew.
Green’s Dubbel Dark
Green’s Amber Ale is good, but their most delectable option is their Dubbel Dark. And, it is the world’s first version of a dark ale made without barley. Its flavor is typical of classic dubbels–toffee and molasses. It also has a nice 7.0% ABV, which is unheard of in the gluten-free beer industry.
Estrella Damm Daura
Estrella Damm Daura is an import from Spain that is in the style of a Euro pale lager. It has a slightly sweet aroma that is followed by a malty, fruity and hoppy taste. Its rich carbonation creates a bubbly mouthfeel that is perfect for when you’re looking to quench your thirst.
Bard’s Tale Dragon’s Gold
Ahh–a beer fit for Daenerys Targaryen herself! Bard’s Tale Dragon’s Gold is very close to New Castle. Very close. It pours a nice golden honey color with a pleasantly sweet aroma. It has slight caramel notes with a toasty grain flavor. The sorghum is noticeable, but it has a creamy mouthfeel so it goes down easy. It’s definitely the best of the Bard’s bunch.
You’ll first want to pick up Brunehaut Ambree because of its elegant-looking label, but you’ll come back for its incredible taste. Like Green’s, Brunehaut is a Belgian import. It pours with a huge frothy head and a smell that draws you in close. Ambree tastes like none of the other gluten-free beers, and carves out its own place in the amber ale market with its mildly spiced hops and slightly sweet flavor. It’s omparable to Stella Artois, as far as elegance is concerned.
Dogfish Head Tweason’ale
Dogfish Head is well-known for its creativity in the beer market, and their gluten-free offering is no exception. Tweason’ale is easily the most unique and interesting gluten-free brew on the market. It is made with sorgum, but its flavor is masked by the overpowering strawberry notes and honey taste. You won’t find anything else like it on the market.
Lakefront New Grist
Lakefront was the first to bring a gluten-free beer to market with the official label approval by the U.S. government. It has a beautiful golden color and bubbly head with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Its fruity flavor has a hint of green apple that makes the sorghum hardly noticeable.
Harvester Brewing IPA
Harvester Brewing is a dedicated gluten-free brewery out of Portland, Oregon that prides itself in sourcing its ingredients as locally as possible. Their beers are not only gluten-free, but they’re vegan as well. But, if the idea of a vegan beer turns you off, don’t be. Their IPA is delightfully piney with hints of citrus, but also has a nice nutty taste, thanks to the roasted chestnuts they brew it with.