Ok, let’s talk gluten-free beers for a moment. For those who don’t know gluten is considered to be “wheat grain protein.” The offending protein, gluten, is found in wheat, barley, rye–obviously, for beer drinkers, no barley is a bad thing! If you are allergic to this, then “gluten” is a toxin to your body–read more here: Celiac Sprue
So there are several companies out there who are now making beers that are gluten-free–that means the beer is made from sorghum, or buckwheat, rice, or any other non-gluten grain. This list is based on beers my wife (who is gluten-intolerant) tells me are good to her (it doesn’t matter if they are good to me — I can drink any beer I want!)
So, from someone who is a “Celiac,” here’s her beer opinions:
Bard’s–this beer is ok, but not her favorite. This would probably be the last gluten-free beer she would chose. It’s just too light, not enough character.
Green’s — these guys make several gluten-free beers. The ones my wife has had are English or Belgian-style beers which are basically a Belgian Strong Pale Ale (Quest), a Dubbel (Endeavour), and an English Strong Ale (Discovery). I know what the beer advocate ratings say, but these are very good gluten-free beers. She would recommend these to any Celiac. (They are higher alcohol beers, though, so be careful)
Redbridge – Yeah, I know, an Anheuser-Busch beer. But she really likes this one–it is her daily go-to beer. I keep a stash of this in the fridge for her and, when she’s not drinking wine, she likes to grab one of these.
Finally, the last beer she had was a Spanish beer that is gluten-free: Estrella Damm. This one has won a gold medal the last couple of years … it is an excellent, gluten-free beer. This one is probably moving up to be her favorite.
She will continue to sample other gluten-free beers as she gets the chance–the selection is growing … which is wonderful for her!