Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Gluten-Free Beers That Don't Make Us Sad

  1. Begin Slideshow
    opener2

    2.2K

    SHARES

    15 comments
    See All Slides

    There are few things so truly satisfying a sip of a crisp, cold beer — a pleasure that even our gluten-free readers have a right to enjoy. So, we delved into the surprisingly deep world of gluten-free beer to find out which (if any) of the many available brews were worthy of our your refined palates.

    As we've learned, the gluten-free beer market is quite unlike its mainstream counterpart. Many brews are only available regionally, in limited or seasonal runs, or on-tap only. Stocking your fridge them will probably require an online bulk purchase (though you can get lucky at Whole Foods) and they're rarely available at your local saloon. As well, no two breweries have quite the same method for achieving a gluten-free product, so overall quality varies greatly. Ultimately, none of them offers a full "beer" experience (many are downright awful). Right now, gluten-free beer just can't approach the taste and feel of the real thing — but some of our picks get damn close.

    To test the drinkability of these eight, nationally available, non-seasonal beers, gluten-free beers, we brought them to the ultimate alcoholic proving grounds — a private, slightly sloppy birthday party at the Gowanus Ballroom. After mixing them into coolers filled with the real stuff, we asked the rather tipsy attendees to rate each product. What could possibly go wrong, right?

    Begin Slideshow

MORE SLIDESHOWS

The Best Beauty Products On The Web

We love buying products online, but it comes with one caveat: You can't test drive them. So, in order to figure out whether a lipstick or shampoo is worth its salt, you scour the web trying to find the one that's right for you. And, while there are a bevy of places to get information, the most reliable source for honest read

Shopping

5 Solid Reasons To Splurge For Designer Clothes

For whatever reason, we feel the need to justify our designer purchases with phrases like, "It only cost me [fill in the blank]," or "But, there was an amazing sale." Or, our favorite, the "I just had to have it" spiel. Though, oftentimes this is more for our own peace of mind than for those we're giving excuses to. read