What beers are 100% gluten-free?

Answered by Ian Ramirez

As an expert sommelier and brewer, I have come across many different types of beers, including those that are gluten-free. For individuals who have Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, it is important to find beers that are completely free of gluten. While there are many gluten-reduced beers on the market, I will focus on beers that are 100% gluten-free.

1. Gluten-Free Beers Made with Gluten-Free Ingredients: Some breweries specialize in producing beers that are made with ingredients that are naturally gluten-free. These beers are typically brewed with alternative grains, such as rice, corn, millet, quinoa, or sorghum. By using these grains instead of barley or wheat, the beers are inherently gluten-free. Examples of breweries that produce gluten-free beers using gluten-free ingredients include Ground Breaker , Ghostfish Brewing, and Glutenberg.

2. Gluten-Removed Beers: Another option for those seeking gluten-free beers are those that have undergone a gluten-removal process. These beers are typically brewed using traditional ingredients, including barley or wheat, but then undergo a process to remove or break down the gluten molecules. One popular method is using an enzyme called Brewer's Clarex, which breaks down gluten proteins. However, it is important to note that even though these beers have been treated to reduce gluten levels, they may still contain trace amounts of gluten. Examples of breweries that produce gluten-removed beers include Omission Brewing and Stone Brewing.

3. Certified Gluten-Free Beers: To ensure that a is truly gluten-free, some breweries obtain certifications to guarantee that their products meet strict gluten-free standards. One such certification is the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which tests products to ensure they contain less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. Some breweries that have obtained this certification include New Planet Beer, Green's Gluten-Free Beers, and Redbridge.

It's important to note that individual sensitivities to gluten may vary, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's always a good idea to read labels carefully and consult with a healthcare professional if you have specific dietary concerns.

In my personal experience, I have tried several gluten-free beers and have found them to be quite enjoyable. The use of alternative grains in brewing can impart unique flavors and characteristics to the beers, making them a worthy alternative to traditional beers. It's exciting to see the growing availability and variety of gluten-free options in the market, catering to the needs of individuals with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivities.

To summarize, there are several options for individuals seeking 100% gluten-free beers. These include beers made with gluten-free ingredients, gluten-removed beers, and certified gluten-free beers. It's important to consider personal sensitivities and preferences when choosing a gluten-free beer, and to always read labels and consult professionals when in doubt.