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Experts’ Picks: 7 Gluten-Free Beers
Local gluten-free experts recommend their favorite beers. By Melissa Romero
Who said folks avoiding gluten can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a good beer? Local gluten-free experts say these picks give regular beer a run for its money.
Comments () | Published March 14, 2013

Suffering from celiac disease or a gluten intolerance is no picnic, especially when a typically beer-soaked occasion like St. Patrick’s Day rolls around. Lucky for the growing gluten-free community, lots of breweries have created their own gluten-free beers that are giving regular suds a run for their money. Read on for local gluten-free experts’ favorite picks.

1) Omission
Diane Eblin of the Whole Gang says Omission is a favorite of everyone she knows who drinks gluten-free beer. Her son, who drinks both regular and gluten-free beer, touts the pale ale for having a pleasant hint of citrus with a clean aftertaste

2) Daura
Blogger Valerie Mirko of City Life Eats admits she’s not a huge fan of beer, but says she’s only heard good things about Daura. The beer is brewed by Estrella Damm. 

3) New Planet Raspberry Ale
If you’re a fan of fruity beers, check out New Planet’s Raspberry Ale, suggests Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod, executive editor of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine. The brew has won numerous awards at national beer festivals and goes well with foods rich in herbs and spices. 

4) New Grist
Made by Lakefront Brewery, New Grist is a pilsner-style beer with 5.1 percent alcohol. It was the first beer to be certified gluten-free by the US government.

5) Redbridge
Registered dietitian Cheryl Harris says Redbridge is the easiest gluten-free beer to find—it’s even sold at Nationals Park. The sorghum-based beer is brewed by Anheuser-Busch. 

6) Dogfish Head Tweason’ale
Dogfish Head’s gluten-free beer replaces barley with sorghum to create a beer with a taste of strawberry, molasses, and malty buckwheat honey.

7) Bard’s Craft Sorghum Beer
Weisbrod says this beer is great for cooking. “The malted sorghum does wonders for baked goods and braised brisket or corned beef.”


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  • Thanks for the great list. Useful! :-)

  • SagaciousB

    I created a petition on to require labeling of allergens, as well as nutritional information. Would really help people with food sensitivities be able to enjoy various drinks (or at least avoid the bad ones). Please sign! https://petitions.whitehouse.g...

  • M K

    @334e4f0c3c77c292559f23cc75d28a64:disqus you should consider putting this petition on It will get to thousands more people than the site. Just a thought

  • Guest

    Disappointing list. "...but says she's only heard good things about Daura." Heard good things? How about you all buy some of the beers and actually taste them? And in that case, Redbridge wouldn't be on the list. As you note, it's brewed by A-B, and it's worse than Budweiser.

  • krt

    agreed. and daura is at least 6 ppm gluten, however, i have discovered that the testing that is done is NOT the same as the testing that is required to label something GF and that is actually on many tests much more than that... it is NOT safe for a celiac. which to me was heartbreaking because it is really good!

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