Gluten-free beer and low-gluten beer are becoming more common in our beer aisles, as beer lovers have demanded more options for gluten-free enjoyment.
Gluten-free beer is generally brewed using sorghum, rather than barley or wheat malt, as the sweetening ingredient. For those wanting a gluten-free beer with gusto, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has made available year-round its fruit-forward Tweason’ale, which offers hints of molasses and stone fruits, vibrant strawberry notes and a unique complexity from the addition of a malty buckwheat honey, brewed with a mild, high-maltose sorghum base.
Beers categorized as Low-Gluten are produced by several brewers, including Spain’s Estrella Damm (with its Daura beer) and Oregon’s Widmer Bros. (the Omission brand of beers), using barley malt with the gluten proteins stripped away to well below the 20 ppm required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and international standards for gluten-free beer. Note that these products may contain some trace amounts of gluten. Consumers should consult with brewers of products labeled as gluten-free beer and low-gluten beer to ensure the items meet their health requirements and objectives.
ABV range: Varies by base beer style
IBU: Varies by base beer style
Popular Gluten-Free beers: Bard’s Gold Gluten Free Beer; Dogfish Head Tweason’ale; Estrella Damm Daura; Green’s Gluten Free Discovery, Endeavor and Quest; Lakefront New Grist Gluten Free; New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale, Off Grid Pale Ale and Tread Lightly Ale; Omission IPA, Lager and Pale Ale; Redbridge Gluten Free Beer; St. Peter’s G-Free
Serving Temperature: Cold, 39-45°
Cheese Pairing Ideas: Sharp Cheddar, Emmental, Gruyère, Jalapeno Jack
Food Pairing Ideas: Pair with virtually any gluten-free foods