Pop That Bubbly

Food isn’t the only thing those who are gluten-free/wheat-free/have celiacs need to be careful with. Lots of drinks, especially alcoholic beverages do contain wheat/gluten. Beer is an obvious no for those who are gluten/wheat free and/or have celiacs but there ARE some gluten-free beers out there. Some alcohols such as rum and sparkling wine are always gluten-free but you still have to be careful and read EVERYTHING!  Drink mixes are also hidden gluten/wheat carriers and need to be checked as well. Below is a list from Celiac.com with gluten-free alcohols and mixes that takes some of the guess work out but again, read EVERYTHING!
  • Armagnac – made from grapes.
  • Beer – A number of premium and craft brewers now produce specialty grain gluten-free beers using non-gluten ingredients such as buckwheat, sorghum, rice, corn, etc. Not all the beers listed below use specialty grains, and some of them have had the gluten removed using special filters and/or enzymes, and in such cases they may not be 100% gluten-free (although each claims to test below 20 PPM gluten).
    • Against the Grain, World Top Brewery (United Kingdom)
    • Bards Tale Dragons Gold, Bard’s Tale Beer Company (USA)
    • BeerUp Glutenfrei, Grieskirchen (Austria)
    • Birra 76 Bi-Aglut, Heineken Italy (Italy)
    • Blonde (also Ginger and Apple Beers), Billabong Brewing (Australia)
    • Daura, Estrella Damm (Spain)
    • G-Free, St. Peter’s Brewery (United Kingdom)
    • Green’s Endeavour Dubble, Green’s (United Kingdom)
    • Koff I, Sinebrychoff (Finland)
    • Lammsbräu, Neumarkter (Germany)
    • Messagère, Les bières de la Nouvelle-France (Canada)
    • Mongozo’s exotic flavorded pilsners (The Netherlands)
    • New Grist, Lakefront Brewery (USA)
    • Nodogoshi, Kirin (Japan)
    • O’Brien Brown Ale, O’Brien Brewery (Australia)
    • Passover Honey Beer, Ramapo Valley (USA)
    • RedBridge, Anheuser-Busch (USA)
    • Residenz Bio-Reis-Gold Dunkel, Liebharts (Germany)
    • Schnitzer Bräu (Germany)
    • Sorghum Molasses Brown, Outer Banks (USA)
    • Toleration, Hambleton (United Kingdom)
    • Tread Lightly Ale and 3R Raspberry Ale, New Planet (USA)
    • Tumma Kukko, Laitilan (Finland)
  • Bourbon – Makers Mark
  • Brandy
  • Champagne
  • Cider – fermented from apples or other fruits. Some are safe, however, many add barley for enzymes and flavor.
    • Old Deadly Cider
  • Cognac – made from grapes.
  • Gin
  • Grappa
  • Kahlua
  • Kirschwasser (cherry liqueur)
  • Margarita Mix:
    • Jose Cuervo.
    • Mr. & Mrs. T.
  • Martini:
    • Club Extra Dry Martini (corn & grape).
    • Club Vodka Martini (corn & grape).
  • Mead – distilled from honey.
  • Mistico:
    • Jose Cuervo Mistico (agave and cane).
  • Mixes & Cooking Alcohol:
    • Club Tom Collins (corn).
    • Dimond Jims Bloody Mary Mystery.
    • Holland House – all EXCEPT Teriyaki Marinade and Smooth & Spicy Bloody Mary Mixes.
    • Mr. & Mrs. T – all Except Bloody Mary Mix.
    • Spice Islands – Cooking Wines – Burgundy, Sherry and White.
  • Ouzo – made from grapes and anise.
  • Rum
  • Sake – fermented with rice and Koji enzymes. The Koji enzymes are grown on Miso, which is usually made with barley. The two-product separation from barley, and the manufacturing process should make it safe for celiacs.
  • Scotch Whiskey
  • Sherry
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Tequila
  • Vermouth – distilled from grapes.
  • Vodka (SOME NOT ALL ARE GLUTEN FREE)
  • Wine – all wines, including port wines and sherry, are safe for celiacs.
  • Wine Coolers:
    • Bartle & James – their wine-based beverages (EXCEPT their malt beverages – read the label carefully!).
    • Boones – their wine-based beverages (EXCEPT their malt beverages – read the label carefully!)
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