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The 15 Best Gluten-Free Beers in America, Ranked

What's a beer without wheat or barley? It's a pretty good beer, as it turns out! This list proves that gluten-free beer is worth a sip.

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Lakefront Brewery New Grist

Sometimes, the original is the best. New Grist was the first beer to receive federal gluten-free certification all the way back in 2005, and has been a fan favorite for its crisp, easy-drinking taste ever since. It’s a pilsner, so it’s agreeable with just about every beer lover out there. Don’t miss our guide to 50+ must-know types of beer!

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Omission Brewing Co. Ultimate Light Golden Ale

If you want something smooth and citrusy, this brew hits the mark. Since each drink has only 99 calories, you won’t feel as full as with traditional, heavier beers. And all of Omission’s brews are specially crafted without gluten, so if this one’s not your jam, try another.

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Holidaily Brewing Co. Favorite Blonde Ale

Blonde ales are a classic beer for a reason: They’re light and easy-to-drink thanks to mellow malts, but with a slight hoppiness that makes for an interesting flavor. Bonus: This Colorado-based brewery is female-owned and totally gluten-free. Find the right glass for your ale.

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New Planet Pale Ale

This award-winning pale ale is perfect for hop-lovers. Its bold, bitter flavor is balanced with notes of citrus, making for a complex drinking experience. We’d recommend bringing it to a backyard barbecue, as it pairs well with spicy dishes.

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Duck Foot Brewing Co. Drink This or the Bees Die

The brewers behind Duck Foot Brewing Co. found an innovative way to make gluten-free beer: Using lemon’s natural enzymes to remove gluten from brews. Thus, “Drink This or the Bees Die” was born, a refreshing honey ale we can’t stop from sipping. Portions of the proceeds benefit Planet Bee Foundation, too.

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Burning Brothers Brewing Pyro

Don’t forget about the IPA’s lesser-known little brother, American Pale Ale. This citrusy brew is a lighter take that’s still bitter and perfectly drinkable all year round. With notes of orange and grapefruit, we particularly love pouring the brew on a hot summer’s day. Pair with a tasty homemade gluten-free snack.

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Alt Brew Rustic Badger

If you’ve never heard of a farmhouse ale, don’t worry—you’ll probably like it. This version is slightly bitter like most farmhouse ales, but with the addition of apple for a fresh, crisp taste. We’d pair it with a homemade cheeseburger on the grill.

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Ghostfish Brewing Co. Grapefruit IPA

If we had to choose one beer to sip on all summer long, it would be this award-winning citrus IPA. It’s bright and flavorful with the signature bitterness of an IPA thanks to a grapefruit-based hop. With its explosion of citrus taste, this brew isn’t for the faint of taste buds.

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Alpenglow Beer Co. Buck Wild

If you’re looking for a not-too-light, not-too-heavy beer, this one’s for you. It’s a standard pale ale, so it’s sweet and citrusy and yet slightly bitter and hoppy, with a rich taste. We’ll toast to that all year round.

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Ground Breaker Brewing Dark Ale

What sets Ground Breaker apart is its dedication to the 100% gluten-free principle: Its equipment has never before been used, so there’s no chance of prior gluten contamination. We’re fans of the Dark Ale when we want something a little heavier, thanks to roasted chestnuts and notes of chocolate.

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Evasion Brewing Tantamount Stout

For a dark, complex brew, look no further than Evasion Brewing’s Tantamount Stout. It balances hints of sweetness with full flavors like coffee and chocolate for a beer that’s as complex as a full meal.

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Ipswich Ale Brewery Celia Saison

Inspired by the rustic farmhouses of Belgium, this complex drink is still smooth and easy-to-drink. It uses special Curacao orange peels for an authentic taste and a peppery Belgian yeast that’s quite unlike anything else we’ve tried in a sorghum base.

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Aurochs Brewing Co. Amber Ale

Brewed with millet and quinoa, this medium-bodied amber ale is a solid selection. Its roasted millet brings out notes of toffee and toast, perfect for when you want something in between a light beer and a full-bodied brew. Kick back and relax with this brew and a gluten-free slow cooker dinner.

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Redbridge

Perhaps one of the first gluten-free beers from a major legacy brewer, Redbridge is brought to you by Anheuser-Busch and made from sorghum. It’s a full-bodied lager that’s moderately hoppy, so it should appeal to a wide variety of beer drinkers.

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Odd13 Codename: Superfan

This American IPA is called Superfan for a reason. With its fruity, sweet-yet-bitter taste, it has no shortage of gluten-sensitive (or otherwise!) fans. Though it’s technically a gluten-reduced beer rather than a totally gluten-free one, it’s generally still a good choice for even those with sensitivities.

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Megan Mowery
Megan is a freelance writer based in Des Moines. You can usually find her shopping at the farmers market, reading a book or scrolling through Instagram.

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