What are the best UK Gluten-Free Beers available to ale-drinking coeliacs?
If you’re a beer-loving coeliac or a gluten-intolerant ale-drinker, finding really good UK Gluten-Free Beers can be a nightmare. Never fear, though – I’ve put together this guide to the top gluten-free beers available in the UK. You can now get hold of some of these gluten-free beers in supermarkets, and all of them should be available at your local indie beer shop – if they’re not, go in and request them!
Retailers can (understandably) think that there isn’t a market for gluten-free beers in the UK, and so they’ll stock one line of gluten-free lager (if we’re lucky!). Next time you’re in your local specialist craft beer shop, off-licence or independent bar, make sure to ASK about gluten-free beer – you might be the one to persuade them to stock up!
Full disclosure: Some of the beers on this list were sent to me by the breweries for review. Some I bought myself. I’m not going to tell you which is which (though I am grateful to the breweries for supplying them). I thoroughly enjoyed all the gluten-free beers on this list, and would never include a beer I didn’t think was one of the best, regardless of whether or not I’d received it on a complimentary basis – honesty is essential to the EatsLeeds blog.
The Best UK Gluten Free Beers:
Redwell Brewing’s Kofra Gluten-Free Stout
I’ve made it clear before how much I love Redwell’s Kofra Stout. It is an absolutely delicious, thick, rich, coffee-tasing, after-dinner treat. Brewed in Norfolk, using Kofra coffee from their local barista, Redwell’s gluten-free stout pretty much tops my list
Bellfield Brewery’s Bohemian Gluten Free Pilsner
Bellfield brewery was only launched earlier this year and is run as a totally gluten-free brewery – completely eliminating the worry of cross-contamination, and making Bellfield’s gluten-free beers completely safe, even for the most sensitive coeliac. So far Bellfield have produced this hoppy, Czech-style pilsner and an American-style IPA, but I hear they plan to launch anothe three or four before the end of 2016
First Chop’s Pod Gluten Free Stout
First Chop Brewing Arm brew up a range of ten beers at their rapidly-expanding brewery over in Manchester. Though they don’t only produce gluten-free beers, that is perhaps what they are best known for. First Chop’s range includes the citrussy grapefruit gluten-free saison, Pip; the mango gluten-free pale Jam; and my favourite, Pod, the gluten-free stout, is a gorgeously sweet, vanilla-scented oatmeal stout.
Brass Castle’s Sunshine Gluten Free IPA
Brewed in Malton, North Yorkshire, Brass Castle brewery are another mainstream brewery, making a name for themselves in gluten-free circles by de-glutenising many of their brews, including Hoptical Illusion gluten-free pale ale, Helles gluten-free lager, and one of my favourite hoppy gluten-free IPAs, Sunshine.
Brewdog’s Vagabond Gluten Free Pale Ale
No list of great UK gluten-free beers would be complete without craft beer behemoth Brewdog’s gluten-free offering. Vagabond is the gluten-free beer most likely to be offered in your local bar, off-lisence or supermarket, and is a definite step up from the bland gluten-free lagers that were previously the best gluten-intolerant beer drinkers in the UK could hope for. Brewed at BrewDog HQ in Aberdeenshire, vagabond is a really drinkable session pale.