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An Intro to Gluten-Free Beers

Gluten-free beers have become increasingly popular, and fortunately, even more readily available in recent years. While more people are seeking out beer without gluten and more breweries are satisfying demand, there is still some confusion around this relatively new drink to the market.

There are many reasons why people would want gluten-free beers. One in 100 people worldwide has celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that leads to damage in the small intestine when gluten is ingested. People also have gluten sensitivities or intolerances. Others simply feel better without gluten.

When it comes to beer, there are three categories to consider. Dedicated gluten-free beer is made with gluten-free ingredients (such as millet, chestnuts and buckwheat) in a facility that only produces gluten-free beer. Other gluten-free beers are made with gluten-free ingredients but in facilities that also process non-gluten-free ingredients, meaning there is a risk of cross-contamination.

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