Gluten-Free Beer: Behind the Labels

in Celiac, The Celiac Expert
Published: August 22, 2013

Gluten-Free Brews

Following are brews fermented from gluten-free grains that have obtained gluten-free labeling status.

U.S. Gluten-Free Beers

Bard’s Gold Craft sorghum beer brewed by Bard’s Tale in a dedicated facility. Also available in Canada.
Green’s Gluten-Free U.K.-based brewery ferments Belgian ales from millet, sorghum, buckwheat, rice, hops, water and yeast. Varieties include Discovery Amber Ale, Endeavour Dubbel Ale and Quest Tripel Blonde Ale. Also available in Canada.
Ground Breaker Brewing Ale Not a speck of gluten enters their dedicated facility, where chestnuts and certified gluten-free oats are used to produce IPA, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Dark Ale and seasonal brews.
New Grist Lakefront Brewery’s pilsner-style gluten-free beer, brewed with sorghum, rice, hops, water and yeast. The first gluten-free beverage that the government allowed to label as “beer.”
New Planet Beer Exclusively brews gluten-free ales, with a collection that includes Pale, Blonde, Belgian, Amber and Raspberry. The latter is made from an unusual quartet of sorghum syrup, corn, orange peel and Oregon raspberry purée.
Redbridge Readily available sorghum-based lager produced by Anheuser-Busch.

Canada Gluten-Free Beers:

Heady’s Honey Citrus Heady Brewing Company in Toronto produces their single selection from rice and sorghum in a dedicated facility.
La Messagère La Messagère Pale Ale, Messagère Red Ale and Messagère Millet Lager are brewed by Les bières de la Nouvelle-France in Quebec using rice, buckwheat and millet.
Nickel Brook Gluten Free Ontario’s original gluten-free beer is fermented from sorghum, Demerara sugar and pear juice, but brewed in classic Pale Ale style. Better Bitters Brewing Company follows strict sanitation protocols for gluten-free production.
St. Peter’s G-Free This sorghum-based beer hails from England, but is brewed with citrusy American hops. They also brew a dark GF beer, but it’s not available in Canada at this time.

Shelley Case, RD, is an international celiac nutrition expert, consulting dietitian and author of Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide. See