Gluten Free Beer Guide

Most people with Coeliac Disease think they have to give up beer altogether, but that is simply not the case anymore. You may be surprised to find out that there are breweries out there that can craft a gluten free beer that is not only coeliac friendly, but tastes so good you will actually want to drink it.

Quick Guide:

Whether you have an intolerance to gluten, or simply decided to cut it from your diet, you will be sure to find something to suit you in this gluten free beer guide.

We also cover some of the most common questions you might find yourself asking when adjusting to this new lifestyle.

See also: Gluten Free Cupboard Staples That Have You Covered
Disclaimer:
We cannot give medical advice. If you have Coeliac Disease or a Gluten Intolerance, we recommend consulting a medical professional before consuming any gluten free beer and always drinks responsibly.

The Gluten Free Beer Hit List

Last updated: Friday, 28th April 2017

That’s enough talk, let’s dive straight in and explore the different gluten free beer options available to you:

Brewery Beer(s)
Bellfield Brewery
  • Bohemian Pilsner (4.5% ABV)
  • Lawless Village IPA (4.5% ABV)
Black Isle Organic
  • Goldfinch (3.5% ABV)
Brewdog
  • Vagabond Pale Ale (4.5% ABV)
Celia Lager
  • CELIA Organic (4.5% ABV)
  • CELIA Dark (5.7% ABV)
Daura Damm
  • Daura (5.4% ABV)
  • Daura Marzen (7.2% ABV)
First Chop
  • PIP – Grapefruit Saison (6.3% ABV)
  • SYL – Black Jaggery IPA (6.2% ABV)
  • AVA – Hoppy Blonde Ale (3.5% ABV)
  • HOP – Ultra Pale Ale (4.1% ABV)
  • SUP – Session IPA (3.9% ABV)
  • POP – Citrus IPA (5.4% ABV)
  • POD – Vanilla Oatmeal Stout (4.2% ABV)
  • RED – Salford Red (4.6% ABV)
  • JAM – Mango Pale (4.0% ABV)
  • MCR – Modern Manchester Bitter (4.4% ABV)
Glebe Farm
  • Greene King IPA (3.6% ABV)
  • Daura Marzen (5.0% ABV)
Greene King
  • Night Mission (4.2% ABV)
  • Old Speckled Hen (5.0% ABV)
Green’s
  • Discovery (6.0% ABV)
  • Premium Pilsner (4.5% ABV)
  • Golden Ale (4.8% ABV)
  • Blond (5.8% ABV)
  • Dark Ale (5.8% ABV)
  • Amber (5.0% ABV)
  • Dry Hopped Lager (4.0% ABV)
  • India Pale Ale (5.0% ABV)
  • Tripel Ale (8.5%% ABV)
  • Dubbel Ale (7.0%% ABV)
Hambleton Ales
  • Gluten Free Ale (4.8%)
  • Gluten Free Lager (5.2%)
  • As Good As Gold (4.5%)
  • Stud Blonde (4.3%) *Cask Only
Hepworth & Co Brewery
  • Blonde (5% ABV)
  • Saxon (4% ABV)
  • Sussex (3.5% ABV) *Bottle Only
  • Pullman (4.2% ABV)
  • Prospect (4.5% ABV) *Bottle Only
  • Iron Horse (4.8% ABV)
  • Old Ale (4.8% ABV) *Bottle Only
Hop Back Brewery
  • Crop Circle (4.2% ABV)
Le Brewery
  • Mysterieuse Lady (3.9%)
  • Norman Gold (4.9%)
Marks & Spencer
  • Belgium Premium Pilsner (4.5%)
  • Belgian Golden Ale (4.8%)
Monty’s
  • Masquerade (4.6%)
  • Dark Secret (5.6%)
Peroni Nastro Azzurro
  • Alta (5.1%)
  • Piccola (5.1%)
  • Classico
Piddle
  • Gluten Free (4.3%)
Redwell Brewery
  • Kofra Stout (5.9%)
St Peter’s
  • G-Free (4.2%)
  • Dark G-Free (3.9%)
Westerham Brewery
  • Freedom Ale (4.8%)
  • British Bulldog (4.3%) *Bottle Only
  • Scotney Pale Ale (4.0%)
  • Scotney Bitter (4.3%)
  • Viceroy India Pale (5.0%) *Bottle Only
  • Audit Ale (6.2%) *Bottle Only
  • Double Stout (5.1%)
  • Hop Rocket IPA (5.5%)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (5.0%) *Bottle Only

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do you craft a gluten free beer?

A. Some beers are made without any gluten containing ingredients to start with, such as rice or maize, whilst others include a process that aims to remove or reduce the levels of gluten from the final product.

You will often find that breweries tend to favour the latter of the two methods and their beers are likely to be made from barley or oats, but generally not wheat. The gluten is then either removed or the levels are reduced to below 20 parts per million.

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Q. Don’t they taste rubbish?

A. There seems to be a common misconception that just because a beer is gluten free, it will not taste the same. As with any beer, poor taste is usually because the beer was not any good to begin with.

Rest assured going gluten free does not mean a compromise in quality, as removing, or reducing the level of gluten found in a beer should have minimal impact on its taste.

So much so, I bet your friends would not notice the difference of a gluten free beer vs regular beer.

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Q. Can Gluten Free Beer make you ill?

A. The answer to this is not clearcut, as the processes involved cannot guarantee that all of the gluten has been removed. What you will often find is the levels of gluten have been reduced to below 20 parts per million, which some would recommend is safe for people with an intolerance to gluten.

However, some people are intolerant to even trace amounts of gluten and will therefore be unable to drink gluten free beer. You should always exercise caution when consuming gluten free beer, as depending on your sensitivity, they may not be suitable for you.

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