In recent years, the trend of organic and gluten-free alcohol has seen a steady increase in popularity. And it’s safe to say that people are raising their glasses in appreciation.
According to studies compiled by Statista, the gluten-free foods market is projected to be valued at $7.59 billion by 2020. Wine and beer makers are also getting in on the action, producing some seriously tasty results.
Meanwhile, the organic wine market is seeing its own influx of offerings. As of 2016, 98 percent of New Zealand’s vineyards were considered to be “sustainable,” reports the New Zealand Winegrowers trade group. The United States and Canada have also seen an increase in the consumption of organic wines, according to an organic wine market analysis.
So whether you’re on a gluten-free diet or looking for something organic to sip, we’ve got you covered. Check out these organic and gluten-free alcohol options below.
If you have Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, check with your doctor about whether these beverages are safe for you to drink.
- Known for: sustainably grown, natural wines that are low alcohol and gluten-free
- Price: $159 for 6 bottles; $299 for 12 bottles
Founded around the idea that there’s a healthier way to enjoy wine, Dry Farm Wines produces wines that are sugar-free, low alcohol (less than 12.5 percent), mold-free, and made with wild native yeast.
Dry Farm, which markets itself as low-carb as well as paleo- and ketogenic-friendly, operates as a wine club. Customers are offered collections of either 6 or 12 bottles delivered to their door every month or every other month.
- Known for: being America’s first organic and biodynamic winery
- Price: $9 and up per bottle
Frey, which has been around since 1980, makes wine that’s not just gluten-free, but also vegan-friendly. They also feature no added sulfates. One of the many varieties is the 2015 Umbra Zinfandel, featuring fresh-crushed cherries and wood-smoke accents.
For the eco-conscious consumer, an added bonus is the brand’s aim to reduce, and eventually eliminate, its carbon dioxide emissions.
Frey currently applies various eco-friendly practices, including the use of efficient lighting and motors as well as tree planting and forest protection in the surrounding area.
- Known for: inventive fruity beers
- Price: varies
Dogfish is known for its untraditional beers — think flavors like coconut, cantaloupe, cucumber, dragon fruit, and yumberries. In 2012, they took a cue from fans looking for a gluten-free beer and came up with Tweason’ale.
It’s based on sorghum instead of barley and is brewed with strawberries and buckwheat honey. The flavor is a combination of tart, fruity, and sweet, and goes well with fatty fish, salted nuts, and dried fruit.
- Known for: a vast selection of traditional beers, brewed gluten-free
- Price: varies
U.K.-based Green’s was founded in 2003 by a British beer lover and a Belgian professor with a shared interest in finding at-that-time unavailable gluten-free beer. Together, they nixed barley and tinkered with ancient alternative grains, like sorghum, millet, buckwheat, and brown rice.
The duo eventually produced their first variety, fittingly named Discovery. Green’s has since added gluten-free Dry Hopped Ale, India Pale Ale, and Premium Pilsners, which have earned the company the distinction of having the largest gluten-free beer selection in the world.
- Known for: all-organic wines with unique flavor balances
- Price: $15 per bottle and up
This father-son vineyard was the first certified organic vineyard in Washington state’s Columbia Valley. Badger Mt. Vineyard has also been certified Salmon Safe, a Northwest distinction for sustainable growing practices that protect biodiversity, water quality, and habitats for fish and wildlife.
As for the grapes, the rich volcanic soil and cool climate of Columbia Valley is ideal for producing a hearty crop, which winemakers use to make sulfite-free varietals. The 2016 Pure Red, for example, opens with mountain blackberry and currant notes and hints of dark chocolate before exploding with blueberries and spice.
- Known for: being one of the largest craft brewers in the United States
- Price: varies
This San Diego-born business offers a wide range of specialty and limited-release brews, including the Stone Delicious IPA.
This IPA, released in 2015, is fermented in a way that breaks down and removes gluten to a level that qualifies it as “gluten-reduced” per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It’s hoppy and citrusy with a splash of lemongrass flavor — great on a hot summer’s day.
- Known for: both gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers
- Price: varies
From the mountains of Denver, Colorado, New Planet Brewery produces gluten-free and crafted-to-remove-gluten beers. Its gluten-free Blonde Ale is made with water, millet, gluten-free oats, maize, cane sugar, hops, and yeast.
The result is a light and refreshing ale with mild citrus notes and a crisp clean finish. Other beers, like Tread Lightly Ale, are brewed with traditional ingredients, like barley, but in a way that minimizes the gluten content.
This process grants these brews with a “crafted to remove gluten” label, approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
- Known for: assertive but accessible craft beers, including a reduced-gluten pale ale
- Price: varies
You might know New Belgium for its Fat Tire beer. But it also brews something for the gluten-shy. Glütiny Pale Ale is crafted using a special enzyme-based brewing process that breaks down gluten.
This means there might still be gluten present but in reduced amounts. Heavy in exotic Equinox hops, this pale ale has tinges of breezy guava, papaya, and stone fruits, and undertones of grass and green tea.
Kelly Aiglon is a lifestyle journalist and brand strategist with a special focus on health, beauty, and wellness. When she’s not crafting a story, she can usually be found at the dance studio teaching Les Mills BODYJAM or SH’BAM. She and her family live outside of Chicago, and you can find her on Instagram.