Going out for a drink just got a whole lot more exciting for those with a gluten intolerance. Many places, from bars to your local liquor store, are now carrying more alcoholic beverages that are gluten-free. For those who don’t know, having a gluten intolerance means that the gluten protein found in wheat causes a reaction in the body that can lead to bloating and gastrointestinal pain. People with gluten intolerance need to be wary of foods such as: wheat, barley, rye, yeast (brewer’s, baker’s, nutritional), instant coffee, and milk chocolate. Learn more about what makes someone gluten intolerant here.
Beer is an alcoholic beverage that is typically derived from wheat, but there are now breweries that produce gluten-free beers, such as Harvester Fresh Hop IPA from Harvester Brewing. They are an entirely gluten-free brewery, and Harvester’s Fresh Hop IPA is made with certified gluten-free oats.
Other gluten-free beers:
An extremely popular trend lately has been gluten-free hard cider. Not all hard ciders are gluten free, because some brands use barley for enzymes and flavor4. Most ciders are gluten-free because they are not brewed from wheat, barley, or rye, but rather apples. Here are a few to look for:
For all the wine-enthusiasts, wine is generally gluten-free. The term “generally” refers to the possibility of cross contamination. Enzymedica GlutenEase™ is a great tool to help your body in the event of accidental cross contamination. Gluten from wine will usually come from the wheat paste used to seal the wooden wine casks used to age the wine3. Many prefer stainless steel tanks these days, but if you react to a wine that has been aged in a cask, you may possibly be reacting to that wheat paste3. Despite the very rare occasion that there is a trace of gluten in wine, you can still feel relatively at ease with this beverage.
Sometimes it is just easier to make cocktails at home, so you’re aware of everything that is going into your beverage. The first step would be to make sure that the alcohol base you are using is gluten-free. Here are a few that are:
Gluten-free alcoholic beverage brands will vary in availability, depending on where you live and the local breweries around you. If you are unsure about whether your drink is gluten-free, be sure to check the ingredients on the label for wheat, barley, etc.
Don’t be alarmed if you’re halfway through your drink only to realize there is gluten in it! Taking digestive enzymes can help support your digestion of gluten, like Enzymedica’s GlutenEase™. This vegan and kosher dietary supplement will assist the body in a natural digestion process6. There are also extra strength capsules to help with those moments when you treat yourself to that glutenous drink that sounded just too delicious.
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