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7 Gluten Free Beers to Indulge in This Football Season


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Who remembers the awesome Budweiser Frogs commercial? It first debuted during Super Bowl XXIX in 1995 and has been listed as one of the greatest Superbowl commercials of all time. If you can’t remember the commercial let me refresh your memory.

A classic, isn’t it? For some, Superbowl Commercials are the highlight of football season. Others enjoy getting together with friends and watching their favorite team.  As a Wisconsinite it’s pretty much a given that I’m a huge Packers fan. My Sundays are planned around the game and any potential “Packer Parties” I might attend.  These parties typically involve adult beverages, including beer. Now I’m the first to admit that, when it comes to beer, I don’t have the fanciest taste buds. I don’t go out often but when I do it’s usually a Budweiser or a Spotted Cow for me. Like I said, nothing too exciting.

However, for the 5%-10% of Americans who suffer from some form of gluten sensitivity, finding the perfect game time beverage can be a challenge. Thankfully, gluten-free beers are becoming more popular and better tasting.

Wait…There’s Gluten in Beer?

Yes, there is. So if you’ve been religiously avoiding foods with gluten but are hitting the bars hard on the weekends and can’t figure out why you still don’t feel good…check your drink! Gluten proteins are found in barley, wheat, rye and spelt; all common ingredients in beer. According to, as it relates to beer, hordein, gliadin and secalin are gluten proteins which can cause problems in people who are sensitive to gluten.

7 Gluten Free Beers to Try

After much research (and perhaps some taste testing) here they are…7 gluten free beers for you to try this football season. Go Pack Go!

  1.  Woodchuck Hard Cider. Woodchuck is made from apples instead of grains and comes in a variety of gluten free options. You can choose from Amber, Granny Smith, 802 Dark & Dry, Crisp, Raspberry and Pear.Woodchuck
  2. Shakparo Ale. This beer is brewed from sorghum and millet. It has a light fruit profile and is great with light dishes like sandwiches, salads, chicken, fish and spicy foods.Shakparo
  3. Mbege Ale. This beer is brewed with real bananas giving it a light hint of banana flavor and aroma. This beer is also brewed with sorghum and millet making it a great tasting gluten-free option! Mbege
  4. Bard’s. Bard’s sits near the top of many “best of gluten free beer” lists. It’s brewed with 100% sorghum and was one of the first gluten-free beers sold in the U.S. Bards
  5. Green’s. Green’s Belgian Ales are made from gluten-free ingredients including millet, sorghum and rice. They have many options including the Enterprise Dry-Hopped Lager, Discovery Amber Ale, Endeavour Dubbel Ale and Quest Tripel Ale. Greens
  6. Redbridge Beer. This Anheuser-Busch product is made without wheat and barley and is a rich, full-bodied lager. It is brewed with sorghum and has a balanced, moderately hopped taste. Redbridge
  7. New Grist. This is a gluten free beer that is brewed from sorghum, rice, hops, water and yeast. It has a crisp, refreshing flavor and offers a light, fruity aroma. New Grist


So there you have it…7 gluten-free beers for you to try! Did I miss any of your favorites?

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10 Responses to 7 Gluten Free Beers to Indulge in This Football Season

  1. Kevin Donnelly September 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    What about hard alcohol, is there gluten in my Makers Mark too?

    • Laura Miller September 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      Thanks for reading, Kevin! For more gluten-free alcohols check out the link below. It looks like your Makers Mark is gluten free. 🙂

    • Mary Bloomer December 31, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      Yes, Kevin, unfortunately, if you are gluten-free, Makers Mark is made almost exclusively from wheat. Hope this helps!

      • Lee Graham March 16, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

        I hate to disappoint you all, but distilled alcohol beverages, ie hard liquors, are gluten free. The gluten in the grain is removed during the distillation process, thus does not to be filtered

        Brewed alcoholic beverages, however, are and entirely different matter and will still contain gluten despite filtration

  2. Gluten Free Vodka October 20, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I recently tried the Woodchuck cider at a local beer fest and it was surprisingly good!

    Much better than the more popular Strongbow cider (imported from England).

    I’ve heard good things about Green’s Amber Ale too:

    • Laura Miller November 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      Thanks for reading–I too tried Woodchuck at a beer fest in Wisconsin last winter and was impressed.

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  4. Jessica A February 2, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    I like the Micalob Ultra Cidar – not as sweet as Woodchuck

    • Laura Miller February 3, 2014 at 8:04 am #

      Thanks for the recommendation!


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