Is Beer Off Limits If You’re Gluten-Free?

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If you’re gluten-free, does that mean you have to give up beer? Not necessarily!

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It’s what gives bread its chewy texture and beer its foamy head. For people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, ingesting gluten can cause serious health problems.

Does Beer Contain Gluten?

For many people, beer is the perfect way to unwind after a long day. But if you’re gluten-sensitive, you might be wondering whether beer is safe to drink. The good news is that many types of beer are gluten-free. In fact, many breweries now offer gluten-free options for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. However, it’s important to check the labels of any beer you purchase, as some brands do contain gluten. If you’re unsure about a particular beer, you can always contact the brewery directly to ask about its ingredients. With so many delicious gluten-free options available, there’s no need to miss out on the joy of beer drinking. 

What Gluten-Free Beers Are Available?

Until recently, beer lovers who were gluten-sensitive had few options available to them. However, the craft beer movement has led to the development of a number of gluten-free beers that are now widely available. Gluten-free beers are typically made with gluten-free grains such as sorghum or rice, and they often have a slightly different flavor from traditional beers. However, many gluten-free beers are still highly enjoyable, and they provide a welcome option for people who are sensitive to gluten.

Some brands to look for include Green’s, Estrella Damm Daura, and Redbridge. When choosing a gluten-free beer, be sure to check the label to make sure that it does not contain any barley, wheat, or rye.


If you’re gluten-free, that doesn’t mean you have to give up beer. There are now many brands of gluten-free beer available on the market. There are plenty of alternatives if you want to avoid gluten. Cheers!

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Carla Lauter was the founder of The Beer Babe and has been a beer blogger and expert for several decades. She's been interviewed in beer publications and podcasts about her favorite brews and the craft brewing scene. While she's ceased her involvement with The Beer Babe, her legacy remains in the various reviews and articles she has written.