Gluten sensitivity, or celiac's disease, can make everyday eating and drinking laborious. For many, that means many beers and whiskeys are off limits (whiskeys are made with gluten-containing cereal grains). So, what are the best gluten-free liquor options? Good news. There are plenty. Of course, you know yourself better than anyone, so if you aren't sure, stick to something you know works.
What's traditionally gluten free
Most wine is considered gluten-free because it is made from grapes, which are naturally GF. However, it might not be the wine but the aging process that might affect those with extreme sensitivity, because some winemakers use some flour or wheat paste to seal oak barrels. If your not sure, check out website of the winemaker.
Cider beers are also great option for those who want a cold, crisp GF option. Most are gluten free, but read labels to ensure barley isn't added.
- Angry Orchard Traditional Dry Hard Cider - A traditional English-style cider is bittersweet and slightly spicy with a bright apple aroma and a dryness that makes you pucker.
- Stella Artois Cidre - Crisp and refreshing Belgian cider made with hand-picked apples.
- Woodchuck Granny Smith Draft Cider - Made from 100% Granny Smith apples, this cider has a mouth-watering flavor that is tangy and tart, with just a touch of sweetness.
Though beer isn't traditionally thought of as GF, more and more options are becoming readily available for those on a gluten-free diet. Here are some terrific options:
- Lakefront New Grist - A crisp, refreshing session ale brewed from sorghum, hops, water, rice and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses.
- Green's Dry-Hopped Lager - A Belgium lager with a mix of citrus-floral aroma sensations clean with a light malt taste, but with an herbal, hoppy aftertaste.
- Omission Lager - A refreshing and crisp beer, brewed in the traditional lager style from Oregon.
While most whiskey is off-limits, we have two GF options worth trying from Koval.
- Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey - Organic, single barrel bourbon made with corn, millet, finishes with peppery caramel, a diminuendo into a wisp of clove-spiked tobacco lingering on the tongue.
- Koval Single Barrel Millet Whiskey - Grains sourced from a local organic farmer collective in the Midwest. Unfiltered 100% Millet.