What Alcohol is Gluten Free?

gluten free alcohol

And………breathe. Yes, you can still drink. Sure there are things you need to give up, but there is still plenty you can enjoy.

Here’s the Gluten Dude breakdown:

Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila

As long as they are non-flavored, they are safe. Yes, I know some of them are made with wheat. But the distillation process removes all gluten, leaving them with a whole lot of goodness behind. And if you want to be extra careful with the vodka, there are plenty made from corn, grape or potato.

gluten free vodkaMy personal favorites:

  • Vodka: Titos
  • Gin: Hendricks, Bombay Sapphire East
  • Rum: Not a big fan, but I’ll drink a Capt. Morgans every blue moon
  • Tequila: Casamigos (amazing!!), Don Julio, Cabo Wabo. If making margaritas, just stick with good old Cuervo Gold

Scotch, Bourbon, Whisky

Although some may disagree with me, these are indeed gluten-free. Like anything else, if it doesn’t agree with you, don’t consume it. I’d offer my personal favorites here, but I don’t drink any of these.

My dad would enjoy one scotch (or two or three) every night after work. This eventually lead to his downfall and early death. Perhaps sub-consciously that’s why I don’t drink it. Or maybe it’s just because I hate the taste.

Beer

I am a self-proclaimed beer snob and when I first got my diagnosis, I was crushed. No more 90 Minute IPA?? At the time, my only choices were Red Bridge and Bards. Not a fan of either. But the past few years has been a gluten-free beer smorgasbord. Yes, you can drink real beer again. Joy to the World!!

My personal favorites: Glutenberg, GhostFish, Groundbreaker

And a word of caution: Stay away from the “gluten-removed” beers like Omission and Daura until they can come up with reliable tests to indeed prove they are safe. Oh…and though I’m not a cider kind of guy, there are lots of gluten-free ciders on the market too. 

Wine

Wine is gluten-free. And you can ignore the rumors about the barrels being sealed with wheat paste. Wine is fine. Especially when you dine. Just don’t take mine. And don’t drink nine. Ok, that’s my last line.

My personal favorites: Red, White

Wanna learn more? Of course you do. Here are all of the blog posts I’ve written about alcohol. Yes, I have a “writing about drinking” problem.

Cheers! Santé! Salut! L’Chaim!

#NoCureNoChoice

24 Comments

  1. 1

    Justine

    Hey man, thanks for this. I got diagnosed two years ago…while working in alcohol sales. I had no idea what I could still drink and the internet was full of people bickering on Celiac forums about hard alcohol and the weird myths about wheat in wine barrels. I even had people at social gatherings tell me that I “must not really have Celiac disease” because I’m able to drink vodka without issue. Come on, food police, I’m totally on the level about what I can and cannot eat.
    Just discovered Glutenberg…I missed IPA’s. And for any cider drinkers who miss the hoppy flavor of really piney IPA’s, I totally recommend the Anthem Hop cider.

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  2. 2

    Gluten Dude

    Lots of fear mongering and bad info out there. The truth shall set you free ;)

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  3. 3

    Tim Haselman

    Just discovered your website today. I was diagnosed a few months ago so looking for resources and this is a great one!
    I live in San Francisco. Is it hard to find those gluten free beers you mention? Maybe BevMo?
    Thanks!

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    1. 3.1

      Gluten Dude

      Thanks Tim. Glad you found us. Not sure. I’m lucky enough that Glutenberg is a mere 20 minutes away. Contact them directly and see if they’re out west. Cheers.

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        Lisa Creece

        Hi I was diagnosed with CD 2 months ago. I have been eating Gulten Free but I am still feeling exhausted and have bad migraines.
        I live in the Caribbean I think we don’t have the support we need. I have been reading your comments and advice and it’s really great to get support from people who experience the same symptoms that have been feeling for a long time now.

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  4. 4

    GF Canadian

    I’m not so sure about rye/whiskey Dude! A few weeks ago I had a reaction to a Rye & coke. I looked into it and interestingly enough most north American resources say the distillation process removes all gluten (which is why I thought I was safe!) however… Many European sources don’t agree and say to avoid it.

    From some of the forums I searched through it seems to be hit/miss. A friend of mine and my mother both also react to it but one of my co-workers does not. It may be brand dependent??

    Would love to hear from others – maybe I am missing something?

    (Thanks for your site!! Diagnosed in Jan – follow up biopsy next week!)

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    1. 4.1

      Gluten Dude

      Strange. I’ve reached out to a few distillers but have not heard back from any of them. Would love to know more about this.

      Good luck on the follow-up. May your intestines be full of villi once again :)

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      Alex

      It you have dermatitis herpetiformis like me, you will likely react to any trace of gluten. I didn’t want to except it at first because I hated to give up my Bourbon’s but eventually I had to. It seems the longer I’m without gluten, the more sensitive I become. So, if it was distilled from gluten, you will react.

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        Chris

        Hi Alex, I’m trying to live with DH too… stressful. You mentioned the longer you’re without gluten, the more sensitive you become?

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  5. 5

    Heather

    Thank you for writing this blog! I’m planning on writing one myself. After years of health problems I discovered that I had celiac disease a couple of months ago. Eating and cooking gluten free is a whole learning process for me. So far I have lost 30 lbs but I can olny afford to lose another 15 before I start looking like a underfed model. Any suggestions on how to maintain my weight?

    Thx. :)

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  6. 6

    Delaney

    Have we heard any news on if Champagne is considered Gluten-Free? I have heard SO many mixed reviews!

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  7. 7
    SourMelissa

    SourMelissa

    Have you had a chance to try Green’s GF beer yet? Great stuff, especially the amber ale.

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    Heather

    I’m not too hip on the gluten free beers, but Growers Raspberry cider is really nice. For the hard stuff there’s Gran Marnier, Sambuca , and chocolate liquor,( hooray martinis!)

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    Ashley Bailey

    I literally just found out I has Celiac disease last night. Hahaha. Right away I started looking up what alcahol I can drink especially because I like beer. But fortunately I love wine to. (: So all in all it’s fair game for me. This blog helped me from making myself rule out fun every once in awhile. Keep it up! I’ll most likely be back. Since I’m a newbie to all of this. But a very good researcher and could also care less about gluten. (; Now.

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  10. 10

    Alex

    I have a gluten allergy called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) and it causes skin rashes. Its one of those thing that hit you mid life. In my case, I am ultra sensitive to ANY trace of gluten. Any thing with or ever in contact with gluten, including alcohol that was distilled, I have a reaction. So, not all gluten is removed in the distillation process. If you are still having reactions like I was, it might be the alcohol. I’m sad because I really miss a good bourbon like Makers Mark.

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    1. 10.1

      Sharon

      Do you get rashes in your scalp, on your face or chest? My daughter suffers from a rash all of the time in these areas and it’s a mystery to us. A dermatologist once told her the rash in her scalp is dandruff and her face has rosacea. I believe they were totally wrong.;(

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    Jeff

    First off, thanks so much for this site! Ive been doing a poor job of managing Celiac on my own for the last 6 months or so. My brain fog comes in such strong spurts that the doctors have repeatedly suggested going on disability. Finally, I’m finding good information that isn’t just fear mongering and making me feel like my life is over.

    Quick thought, I used to work in the beer industry and have several friends who still do. In a conversation about the distillation process we’ve come up with a working theory as to why some people might not have a reaction to whiskey while others do. Caramel coloring. Many whiskeys, including expensive stuff has caramel coloring added after the distillation process. If the color was derived from a gluten source, it might explain some of the differences people experience.

    So I stay with Bourbon to be safe!

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  12. 12

    Stacy

    “Wine is fine. Especially when you dine. Just don’t take mine. And don’t drink nine. Ok, that’s my last line.”
    Cheers

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  13. 13

    Tisha

    Can anyone tell me about Cayman Jack Margaritas or their new Cuban Mojitos? It does say malted beverage but I heard the margaritas are gluten free or under the 20ppm. Wondering about the Mojitos. I have emailed the company but haven’t heard back yet. Thank you in advance

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  14. 14

    George Thomas

    Potato vodka and red wine is best for gluten-free drinking.

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    Mary Lou

    I may have mentioned this about 100x, but when the doc called me to tell me I had celiac. I asked what that meant. He said my life was going to completely change and I would have to make huge adjustments to my lifestyle and diet. My only question was ‘are vodka and Chardonnay GF?’ He said yes and I said I will be fine! That was 8 years ago and other than overdoing, never had a problem! 😎

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  16. 16

    Craig

    My wife drinks La Messagre here in Canada. She has tried quite a few others but says it’s the best tasting. She prefers the blonde but is still happy with the red. Cheers

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  17. 17

    Paul

    Is there a reason I react to red wine though? I got mouth ulcers and gut pain from red wine, is it the alcohol?

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  18. 18

    ChrizzyT

    Ref: “Sharon
    October 20, 2016 at 11:52 am
    Do you get rashes in your scalp, on your face or chest? My daughter suffers from a rash all of the time in these areas and it’s a mystery to us. A dermatologist once told her the rash in her scalp is dandruff and her face has rosacea. I believe they were totally wrong.”

    I had all of this too. It was gluten hidden in things. Body gels, shampoo, lotions, hand soaps etc…I threw them all out and went to LUSH where I could see all their ingredients. Then i got chickens- started rashing out again- I was polluting myself with the pet food. Detergent- Tide free & clear or dreft. I pray this information helps you with your daughter.

    There are a ton of great vodka’s out there- Tito’s & Blue Ice are my fav’s. Be careful many others are not GF.
    Also, I have ventured into the hard ciders- yum. Just make sure it isn’t a malt beverage- malt=gluten!

    Best wishes!

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