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Distilling may eliminate unacceptable levels of gluten from wheat, rye 
and barley based alcohol.
Here's a list to help decide what is right for you.


WINE

Wine made from grapes is naturally gluten free. Although, in some manufacturing processes (mainly European wines) gluten may be used as a fining agent to clarify the wine or in a wheat paste used to seal the aging barrels. These do add trace levels of gluten to the finished bottles. Almost all wines manufactured in the US do not use these methods, so you can be more confident in enjoying your glass of wine.

Fortified wines like marsala, vermouth, port and sherry are distilled from wine and are gluten free. However a few varieties may have added colorings or flavorings which could contain gluten.

Rice wine and sake are both made from fermented rice. However, some brands do add malt (gluten) to their mixtures, so be sure to check the label.


VODKA
Traditionally Vodka it is made from wheat, barley and rye. However there are more and more varieties on the market made from non-grain ingredients like:
•    Blue Ice (potato)
•    Bombora (grape)
•    Boyd & Blair (potato)
•    Cayman Blue (sugar cane)
•    Krome (corn)
•    Smirnoff (corn)


GIN
Gin is made from a combination of grains (barley, corn, rye), which has been infused with juniper berries and spices. For some alternatives:
 Maine Distilleries' Cold River Gin - made from potatoes,    
  G-Vine Gin is made from grapes.

LIQUEUR

Liqueur falls into one of these four categories: *Dairy liqueurs (eg. Bailey’s Irish Cream, bean or kernel liqueurs (eg. Amaretto), herb liqueurs (eg. Crème de Menthe) and fruit liqueurs (eg. Grand Marnier).

WHISKEY

Whiskey is almost always made from barley. However Queen Jennie Whiskey is made entirely from sorghum.

BOURBON

Is a blend of corn, wheat, barley and rye. NO gluten free that I know of.

RUN AND BRANDY

Rum is distilled from sugar cane, and brandy is distilled from wine, both are gluten free. Flavored varieties may be an exception to the rule, so be sure to check with the manufacturer if you are unsure.

TEQUILA

"100% agave" is gluten-free. If it is called ‘mixto’ and contains added sugar it might contain gluten (due to cross contamination).

Preservative and dye-free Wines

CIDER

Cider is made from fruit juice, mainly from apples, and is gluten free, although (as always) some brands may use barley in its production, so you will need to check the labels to be sure.

PREMIXED COCKTAILS

Mixed drinks can contain barely malt, and are therefore not gluten free, like Bartles & Jaymes and Smirnoff Ice. The majority of wine coolers are gluten free, so you should have a lot of options to choose from.

Mike's Hard Lemonade is a considered to be a bit controversial as it does contain malt. However, according to their proprietary filtration process (similar to distillation), the gluten is removed leaving less the 5ppm in the finished product (which is well below the US government’s threshold of 20ppm to be classified gluten-free).

Beer is usually made from Hops
Hops are wheat and contain gluten.

This is a list of Gluten Free Beers:
  • Redbridge is brewed from sorghum and is sold at many local stores and restaurants. Manufactured by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., the company that produces Budweiser, it’s a light amber beer with a slightly sweet taste.
  • Daura
  • Honey Beer-Kosher
  • G-Free
  • Green’s Gluten Free Beers undefined this  U.K. company makes Belgian style Vegan, Gluten Free beer from millet, buckwheat, sorghum, and rice. Green’s makes several varieties of G-Free beer, and has become a favorite of Gluten Free beer aficionados.
  • New Grist Beer is a lager beer, and at the moment, is our Founder’s favorite Gluten Free beer, made by Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. New Grist is made with sorghum, hops, gluten-free yeast grown on molasses, and rice.
  • Nick Stafford’s Hambleton Ales makes a Gluten Free ale called GFA created with Cascade, Liberty and Challenger hops and specially prepared dark sugars.
  • Ramapo Valley Brewery makes a Gluten Free Passover Honey Beer brewed from honey and flavored with molasses. Ramapo is Kosher certified, and this Honey Beer provides a unique flavor & option for those on a Kosher Gluten Free diet.
  • Microbrasserie Nouvelle France makes several well-received Gluten Free beers called Messagère in Canada.  They are beginning to venture into the United States.
  • Steadfast Ale
  • The Glutenator
  • T'Weason Ale
  • NEW RELEASES:
    • The Alchemist: Celia Saison
    • Greens - Dark Ale
    • Sprecher Brewing Co. - Shakpro Ale
    • Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales - Tweason'ale
    • Harvester Fresh Hop IPA
    • Epic Brewing Company - Glutenator
    • New Planet Gluten Free Beer - Raspberry Ale
    • New Planet, Tread Lightly Ale
    • Lakefront Brewery: New Grist
    • Fox Tail Gluten Free Ale
    • Green’s Tripel Blonde Ale
 
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