What Alcohol Can I Drink Now That I Am Gluten-Free?

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Gluten Free AlcoholNow that you are gluten free, you don’t have to cut out alcohol. Being gluten free means you are excluding gluten – a starchy protein, from your diet. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten has many applications. It is used as a thickening agent. Many cosmetic brands have this substance in their constitution. Confectionery products use gluten to enable them to add artificial coloring and preservatives.

There are many types of alcohol that you can drink when you are on a gluten free diet. But yes, you have to stay away from beers that have been manufactured using barley. There are many rye whiskey brands that you ought to avoid. Male beverages are a complete no-no.

Alcohols that advertise as distilled spirits may contain gluten. Ensure you read the fine print before committing yourself to drinking such distilled spirits.

Hard liquor which is gluten free

Gin, rum, and tequila have a distillation process that completely filters out gluten. This process is followed in the preparation of vodka too. So it can be conclusively said that these types of hard liquors are completely devoid of gluten.

If you love Scotch whiskey, you can continue to love it. Because Scotch does not have gluten. Bourbon lovers need not worry as well. This type of liquor has no traces of gluten.

Other Confirmed Gluten-Free Spirits

  • Brandy
  • Khalua Coffee Liquer
  • Campari
  • Kirschwasser (cherry liqueur)
  • Old Deadly Cider
  • Champagne
  • Vermouth
  • Cointreau
  • Grappa
  • Midori
  • Prosecco
  • Cognac
  • Sambuca

Wine

When it comes to wine red or white, you don’t even need to go gluten free shopping for wine products. Most wines are gluten free. Champagne, the most popular of them all, is completely free of gluten. Let’s say you like Italian grappa wine. You could be thinking if this is gluten free or not. Yes, it is gluten free. And joyfully so!

Ok, ok you wine drinkers, you don’t get off completely scott free. Sometimes in the wine making process a manufacturer may use a flour or wheat paste as a seal for their oak barrels for the aging process. This process normally does not produce wine that contains 20 ppm, however when it comes to someone with a high intolerance to gluten, for instance Celiac Disease, this may be a problem. If you are at all concerned on whether this process is used, do not hesitate to call your favorite wine manufacturer to assure yourself.

 

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Some beer products don’t use barley. They use rice, corn, and buckwheat instead. Some others use sorghum in their beer products in addition to having all the aforementioned ingredients. Beer product manufacturers do label their products as gluten free. And if a beer does not have this label, it is a strong indication that it is made of barley. Your safest bet would actually be to brew your own gluten-free beer. Here is a book with 75 recipes to make you own.

According to popular forums, here are some great tasting gluten-free beers:

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44 thoughts on “What Alcohol Can I Drink Now That I Am Gluten-Free?”

  1. The best gluten-free beer out there is actually Omission Pale Ale. It’s relatively new but I’ve seen it available in CA, OR, and FL, among others.

    1. I agree, Omission is a good gluten-free beer. Cheesie Bob’s Bleu cheese House, located in King Wi. also has it along with other gluten_free beers.

  2. I thought Omission (pale ale and the lager) were pretty good, but personally I like Greens a little bit more and of course Estrella Damm by Duara. Like Omission, Estrella is a reduced gluten-free beer, meaning it contains 20 ppm or less of gluten and can be labeled as gluten-free. What’s great about gluten reduced beers is that they still contain traditional ingredients such as barely. Its the process they go through which eliminates the gluten and preserving those flavors we love in beer.

  3. •Armagnac – made from grapes.
    •Beer – A number of premium and craft brewers now produce specialty grain gluten-free beers using non-gluten ingredients such as buckwheat, sorghum, rice, corn, etc. Not all the beers listed below use specialty grains, and some of them have had the gluten removed using special filters and/or enzymes, and in such cases they may not be 100% gluten-free (although each claims to test below 20 PPM gluten).

    ◦Against the Grain, World Top Brewery (United Kingdom)
    ◦Bards Tale Dragons Gold, Bard’s Tale Beer Company (USA)
    ◦BeerUp Glutenfrei, Grieskirchen (Austria)
    ◦Birra 76 Bi-Aglut, Heineken Italy (Italy)
    ◦Blonde (also Ginger and Apple Beers), Billabong Brewing (Australia)
    ◦Daura, Estrella Damm (Spain)
    ◦G-Free, St. Peter’s Brewery (United Kingdom)
    ◦Green’s Endeavour Dubble, Green’s (United Kingdom)
    ◦Koff I, Sinebrychoff (Finland)
    ◦Lammsbräu, Neumarkter (Germany)
    ◦Messagère, Les bières de la Nouvelle-France (Canada)
    ◦Mongozo’s exotic flavorded pilsners (The Netherlands)
    ◦New Grist, Lakefront Brewery (USA)
    ◦Nodogoshi, Kirin (Japan)
    ◦O’Brien Brown Ale, O’Brien Brewery (Australia)
    ◦Passover Honey Beer, Ramapo Valley (USA)
    ◦RedBridge, Anheuser-Busch (USA)
    ◦Residenz Bio-Reis-Gold Dunkel, Liebharts (Germany)
    ◦Schnitzer Bräu (Germany)
    ◦Sorghum Molasses Brown, Outer Banks (USA)
    ◦Toleration, Hambleton (United Kingdom)
    ◦Tread Lightly Ale and 3R Raspberry Ale, New Planet (USA)
    ◦Tumma Kukko, Laitilan (Finland)

    •Bourbon – Makers Mark
    •Brandy
    •Champagne
    •Cider – fermented from apples or other fruits. Some are safe, however, many add barley for enzymes and flavor.
    ◦Old Deadly Cider
    •Cognac – made from grapes.
    •Gin
    •Grappa
    •Kahlua
    •Kirschwasser (cherry liqueur)
    •Margarita Mix:
    ◦Jose Cuervo.
    ◦Mr. & Mrs. T.
    •Martini:
    ◦Club Extra Dry Martini (corn & grape).
    ◦Club Vodka Martini (corn & grape).
    •Mead – distilled from honey.
    •Mistico:
    ◦Jose Cuervo Mistico (agave and cane).
    •Mixes & Cooking Alcohol:
    ◦Club Tom Collins (corn).
    ◦Dimond Jims Bloody Mary Mystery.
    ◦Holland House – all EXCEPT Teriyaki Marinade and Smooth & Spicy Bloody Mary Mixes.
    ◦Mr. & Mrs. T – all Except Bloody Mary Mix.
    ◦Spice Islands – Cooking Wines – Burgundy, Sherry and White.
    •Ouzo – made from grapes and anise.
    •Rum
    •Sake – fermented with rice and Koji enzymes. The Koji enzymes are grown on Miso, which is usually made with barley. The two-product separation from barley, and the manufacturing process should make it safe for celiacs.
    •Scotch Whiskey
    •Sherry
    •Sparkling Wine
    •Tequila
    •Vermouth – distilled from grapes.
    •Vodka
    •Wine – all wines, including port wines and sherry, are safe for celiacs.
    •Wine Coolers:
    ◦Bartle & James – their wine-based beverages (EXCEPT their malt beverages – read the label carefully!).
    ◦Boones – their wine-based beverages (EXCEPT their malt beverages – read the label carefully!)

    1. Hi all, we have recently discovered that there is actually gluten containing substances introduced into the wine making process by many wine makers. Oak barrels that the wine is aged in are often sealed with a paste that contains gluten, and in other cases there is a gluten product used to fine the wine as well! So if you seem to have a reaction to wine, this could be why. Don’t assume wine is GF if you are really sensitive.

  4. Gluten is the composite of a gliadin and a glutenin, which is conjoined with starch in the endosperm of various grass-related grains. The prolamin and glutelin from wheat (gliadin, which is alcohol-soluble, and glutenin, which is only soluble in dilute acids or alkalis) constitute about 80% of the protein contained in wheat fruit. Being insoluble in water, they can be purified by washing away the associated starch. Worldwide, gluten is a source of protein, both in foods prepared directly from sources containing it, and as an additive to foods otherwise low in protein.

  5. Check out this new gluten free alcoholic beverage — low carb, 100% gluten free with a crisp refreshing citrus taste.. and 6% alcohol. Essentially, half the sugar of Bud Light with higher ABV%. Spiked Seltzer

  6. Eliminating all alcohol except Red Wine has been the best choice for me to live a gluten free lifestyle. This removes the stress for me. Your suggestion to look at all labels prior is very good advice. Thanks for your detailed list, it is appreciated. Best Regards, Wendy

  7. Be careful with these blanket statements. Some whiskey barrels are sealed with wheat paste. Rendering their contents very glutenous.

  8. If you’re lucky enough to live in Illinois, you can get Two Brothers Prairie Path, crafted to eliminate gluten. I drank it BEFORE I was forced to go gluten-free because it’s great tasting beer. Now I’m thrilled to have SOMETHING that tastes like the great beers I used to be able to drink.
    Estrella Dam Daura is also good tasting, more like a European style beer, and the Omissions (IPA, & pale ale) referred to above also taste like the real thing, not like a funny tasting (sorghum) or citrusy tasting carbonated beverage.

  9. Just found out some wines are stored in oak containers that are sealed with wheat paste! Need to beware of Wines made by Constellation! There are a lot of brands made by them! I got very sick on one gulp of wine!

    1. Probably some of them but it would be surprising if it were all.
      from Constellations website:
      FACILITIES
      We operate more than 40 facilities around the world.

      Wines are produced according to the type, and some, like unoaked chardonnay is aged in stainless.

  10. Looking for a gluten free low carbohydrate beer. Anyone?? I saw someone wrote Spiked Seltzer. What is that and where can I find?

  11. If you live in the Twin Cities, MN, metro area, you have access to one of, if not THE best, gluten-free beers ever made: Burning Brothers Pyro. For those in other states, keep your fingers crossed for more widespread future distribution.

    1. I was literally just about to comment this. Wtf is a ‘male beverage’? Why are we gendering drinks now lmao stop

  12. This information is not entirely right since there is a lot of wines to be worried about. Most of them are aged in oak barrels. The culprit will be the wheat paste used to seal the wooden wine casks used to age the wine. So you have to call the companies to know wich of there wines are aged in other sorts of barrels free of the wheat paste.

  13. Redbridge is good, however rather weak in the flavor dept. O’Mission is good as well. I’m pretty sure all ciders are Gluten free, except Reds apple Ale( notice the Ale in title) Good luck!

  14. Very false. Many hard liquors including bourbon are not gluten free. Many grains involved and distillation does not remove it. Titos vodka claims gluten free and it isn’t. Investigate this further

  15. Good quality tequila is made ONLY from the blue agave plant which is completely gluten free. If the label says “100% Blue Agave” it’s 100% gluten free.

  16. sorry, but many Scotch, whiskey, wine, and other alcohol beverages, are supposed to have gluten distilled out of it, but in reality, some have enough wheat, barley, rye or gluten in them to cause sever reactions in people with Dermatitis Herpataformis. It’s because of misinformation on pages like this, that my husband was not able to find what was causing his outbreaks for many months. A disclaimer would be nice.

    1. hi, i have finally admitted to this very issue and have stopped drinking most whiskeys. I look forward to getting rid of the pesky rash I have been blaming on the dry winter and the laundry detergent. I had a difficult time because I LOVE bourbon. so rats. I have found online and will try sorghum whiskey and 100% corn whiskey.

  17. Not all red wine is gluten free because they use floured sieves to filter wine. White wines don’t use this process. Also if you remove the protein from the alcoholic triple distilled items made with wheat, barley and rye such as whiskey and vodka etc you are left with water so you are literally dumping gluten into your body on your intestines, triple distilled or not. So make sure you chose vodka made with grapes or potatoes or corn unless of course you have a sensitivity to those things too. Don’t believe what they wrote above and research a more reputable source.

  18. I have suffered for 20 plus years on and off of cramps , nausea gut, and more lately bowels that empty nearly after any meal so I don’t eat.
    I decided to try gluten free as my father in law also suffered for years and it helped him.
    I am just find it so unpleasant that I can be fine one minute and the next stomach aches and nausea feeling.
    Hot packs help and rest as makes me feel worst standing up.
    Also not going out last minute due to feeling awful or declining invites in case I don’t feel well.
    Tonight tried to doing some cooking for my mums 80 th birthday this weekend but have stopped due to feeling nauseated and feeling faint from standing.
    I love my champagne and wine so any tips to any way to start and what brands of champagne (French if possible) that could be safe.
    Thanks
    Lindsey

  19. Actually, more often than not, wine has plenty of gluten to make you very very sick. Wine brewed in oak barrels is often smeared with wheat paste. Look for wine that is brewed in stainless steal, or wine that says “unoaked” on the label. I’ll be sick for weeks if I drink the wrong wine. Please update your website!

  20. Be careful some of these beers (including Omission) are brewed with gluten containing ingredients and CANNOT be labeled gluten free in the US. They are labeled “crafted to remove gluten” since most of the gluten is removed after brewing. Some people have reactions, others not.

  21. you are not intelligent enough to be writing an article like this.
    its due to people like you that make the internet a bad place to try to learn something.
    for some people, consuming gluten is detrimental to their health in small amounts such as people with Celiacs disease or some cases of Irritable bowel syndrome….but of course its evident you dont know this so please stop writing and do your research.

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