Ultimate Gluten Free Alcohol List – Beer and Hard Cider

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Before we share our list of favorite gluten-free hard ciders and beers, it’s worth noting that we ourselves carry all gluten-free products.

This is not necessarily by our intentional design. It’s just nature’s way of allowing us to enjoy great cider without any of the negative side effects typically associated with drinking regular beer or even gluten-free beer (which is usually just a watered down version of regular beer).

Blake’s Hard Cider carries a variety of different products to enjoy that are sure to satisfy your thirsty tastebuds.

Nationally, we’re widely known as the gluten-free alcoholic beverage of choice. It’s a great pleasure to make available products everyone – gluten-allergic or not – can truly enjoy without any of the negative consequences typically associated with glutinous beverages.

Below is a list of other gluten-free hard cider and beer of your choice:

GLUTEN-FREE CIDER ALCOHOL LIST

~ ~ Woodchuck ~ ~

Woodchuck is one of several big name hard cider brands with a variety of gluten-free options including Amber, Granny Smith, Dark ‘N Dry, Crisp, and Raspberry.

A company statement prominently featured on their website says, “We take Celiac Disease seriously, and since Woodchuck has always, and only, been made from apples (not wheat, barley or rye) none of our cider varieties have ever contained gluten. Further, we have all our ciders tested by an independent lab and we maintain a completely gluten free facility.”

~ ~  ANGRY ORCHARD ~ ~

“All of our products are naturally gluten-free made from the highest quality ingredients” said Ryan Burk, head cider maker at Angry Orchard Cider Co. In Walden, New York. “Our ciders offer responsible drinkers with celiac disease or any other form of gluten-related intolerance a refreshing alternative to wine or beer”.

Ryan recognizes that this fact provides a healthier and tastier alternative to most beers traditionally made from wheat, rye and barley.

~ ~ SMITH AND FORGE ~ ~

In 2014, Smith & Forge (S & F, for short) was conceived. It’s “Made Strong” banner slogan on all of its products makes drinking hard cider ‘cool’ again in America. Traditionally, hard cider got a bad rap for not being a drink for men. Now, with an ABV of 6%, S & F is on the forefront leading the charge with tasty gluten-free hard ciders for the public to consume and enjoy.

~ ~ STRONGBOW ~ ~

Strongbow Hard Cider is one of the few hard ciders that don’t taste like your standard American ‘hard ciders’ in that it has a much dryer taste as opposed to the sweeter alternatives available.

It has such a crisp, smooth taste with little to none of the flavoring that it’s a great alternative to beer drinkers who need to ‘lay off on the gluten’ for a while

~ ~ SOMERSBY CIDER ~ ~

Somersby gluten-free hard cider was originally intended for the Danish market. But unbeknown to them their small operation turned into what is now one of the top ten cider brands in the world recognized in more than 46+ markets and counting.

Their flagship cider contains fermented apple juice and natural apple flavoring with ZERO artificial sweeteners (all-natural). It’s a light, easy-to-consume cider better served on ice. Try their Apple, Pear and Blackberry varieties for an extra kick!

~ ~ HARPOON ~ ~

According to Harpoon Craft Cider, “Our cider is naturally gluten-free with its gluten content independently measured at less than 20 parts per million, meeting the FDA’s proposed threshold for gluten-free.”

This is a gluten-free cider brand with no artificial coloring, flavors or preservatives – just freshly pressed apples grown from scratch and a bit of elbow grease to provide a delicious end product to consumers.

~ ~ ORIGINAL SIN ~ ~

Original Sins American Craft Cider is fermented in small batches to preserve flavoring and natural enzymes. Their products such as Apple Original Sin – a dry traditional cider fermented using Champagne yeast, Apricot Cider – featuring the natural taste and smell of fresh apricots with a balance of acidity and tartness and Elderberry – a balanced cider mixing apples and the darkness of elderberries, are naturally gluten-free, too, according to the company’s website.

~ ~ ACE CIDER ~ ~

According to ACE Ciders spokesperson, “All our ACE ciders are gluten-free and suitable for consumers with celiac disease”. As a hard cider there’s little reason not to believe this statement since apples, by nature, are already gluten-free; perfect for those with an itch for a great alcoholic beverage without the watered down variety of gluten-free beers flooding the markets.

They offer five types of cider including Apple, Apple-Honey, Perry (Pear), Berry and Joker.

~ ~ CRISPIN ~ ~

Like it’s name suggest, ‘Crispin’ offers a ‘crisp’, clean, refined and refreshing gluten-free offering ‘to DIE for’.

It’s considered a super-premium hard cider naturally fermented from fresh apple and pear juice, non-concentrate, with no additional malt, grape wine or spirits added.

All of their products are naturally gluten-free such as Honey Crisp, Browns Lane, Pacific Pear, Blackberry Pear, and Lion Belge.

~ ~ LEPRECHAUN PREMIUM ~ ~

Leprechaun’s Premium Hard Cider website claims that all of its products are naturally gluten-free because it comes directly from apples which contain zero gluten.

Some of their products include Golden Cider, Dry Cider Green Apple and Pomegranate Cider.

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GLUTEN-FREE BEER ALCOHOL LIST

~ ~ GLUTENBERG ~ ~

Unlike most beer companies that offer gluten-free options as a means to charge premium prices ($1.50 – $2.00) and to tap into the gluten-free market, there’s ONE company that was founded BY and FOR gluten-intolerant beer drinkers – Glutenberg!

This microbrasserie brewing company was founded on the collaboration of best friends, Julien Niquet and David Cayer. Julien had a strong love and passion for beer, unfortunately, due to gluten-intolerance and a significantly lacking variety of options for people with the same disease, he decided to ‘step out on the limb’ in the winter of 2011 and embark on a new adventure.

Finding the most perfect gluten-free beer that tasted like ‘real beer’ made from hopes was no easy task. It took 18 months of grueling hair pulling and dozens of tests, blind tastings, and failed experiments to finally stumble upon a gluten-free beer that was given the proper treatment it deserved.

Aptly named the Gutenberg Blonde, the result is a golden hue, dry, perfectly hoppy concoction with hints of lemon peel that tasted like real beer!

As you know MOST gluten-free options taste like watered down ‘piss poor’ variations of the real thing. Sort of like sugarless candy’ or ‘fat-free’ ice cream. It just doesn’t taste quite the same without the key ingredients – but with sheer persistence and determination the Glutenberg team ‘cracked the DaVinci code of gluten-free beer’.

This was such a monumental event that they were awarded gold, silver and bronze awards in the “Gluten-free beer category” at the World Beer Cup – a first in its history. It was well-deserved because Glutenberg’s popularity skyrocketed in Canada from the very beginning and they haven’t looked back since.

If you can manage to get your hands on this little gem, it’s well worth searching for.

~ ~ NEW GRIST ~ ~

Lakefront Breweries New Grist ‘Gluten-Free’ Pilsner Style beer has the unique distinction of being the first US Government FDA approved gluten-free beer without wheat or barley in its ingredients list. It’s also the first of its kind to be enjoyed by those suffering with Celiac Disease.

They set the standard for ‘quality gluten-free beer’ on par or better than gluten options.

Although not required to maintain their status as ‘gluten-free’, Lakefront goes out of their way to ensure every last bottle is tested for gluten contents before its bottled and shipped.

The New Gist comprised of sorghum, rice, hops, water and yeast. It strikes a very tight balance to deliver the crisp, refreshing ‘session ale’ brew taste it’s well-known for across the country.

The beer itself pours golden, with a bubbly head and light, fruity aromas. Hints of green apple slice makes this an incredibly well-balanced, well crafted Craft Beer regardless if your gluten intolerant or not.

~ ~ RED BRIDGE ~ ~

Of all the gluten-free beer options Redbridge, manufactured and produced by none of than Anheuser-Bush, is the most widely available on the market today due to sheer distribution outlets, marketing, and brand recognition.

Usually, this is a ‘bad’ thing. But for a gluten-free beer this is a welcome addition to the family. Though it’s considered a premium craft beer option it has mainstream prices similar to Corona, Blue Moon, and other regular beer choices.

At 4% ABV with its key ingredients being Sorghum you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this widely available beer.

~ ~ COORS PEAK ~ ~

In an effort to compete with the ever-popular Red Bridge from Anheuser-Busch Coors released Coors Peak Copper and Golden Lager.

Their story is simple. They noticed a trend of beer lovers lacking in rich, gluten-free choices that didn’t sacrifice on taste, so the brewmaster wondered, “Can a great tasting beer be crafted entirely gluten-free?”

This question spearheaded a movement to brew a beer with the depth, complexity and nuances you’ve come to love in traditional beers with naturally gluten-free American brown rice.

~ ~ OMISSION ~ ~

Omission. A fitting name for a beer that excludes gluten from its beer to create a delicious gluten-free beverage that tickles your taste buds.

Made with Citra hops with a touch of tropical complexity, Omission’s mission was to make gluten-free beer taste just like beer to the point where you can’t tell the difference between the two. So they use low protein barley treated with special enzymes to break down the proteins and gluten even further to micro-levels. As good as it is it’s not FDA certified ‘gluten-free’ but if you have a very mild case of gluten intolerance you may be able to get away with this unique offering.

CONCLUSION

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We’re proud to be your choice of gluten-free hard cider to enjoy. Our team works incredibly hard behind-the-scenes to create an experience you can share with family and friends over breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Every one of products is ‘gluten-free’ including El Chavo, The Famous Tonic, Flannel Mouth, Beard Bender, Wakefire and many more.

Generally speaking if you’re gluten intolerant you are severely limited in your beer drinking options, and those that are available are poor representations of the real thing. What makes our hard cider unique is that we don’t have to try to make it gluten-free when it already naturally is. It’s simply not a hurdle we have to overcome to deliver the best product possible.

Come visit us at 17985 Armada Center Rd. Armada, MI 48005, give us a call at 586-784-9463 or shoot us an email at: info@blakefarms.com if you have any questions or inquiries and check out our website for more exciting product updates and news releases!

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