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#1 alucard4545

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:55 AM

Hi, so I'm 21 now and I would like to be able to go with friends to bars without worrying so much about getting glutened. Can anybody recommend alcohol brands that are safe? Have any favorites?
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#2 eatmeat4good

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 09:02 AM

http://www.celiac.co...ages/Page1.html

I don't drink much but when I do it is something from this list. Good luck!
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#3 Reba32

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 09:22 AM

where do you live? Brands will vary by country.
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:39 AM

where do you live? Brands will vary by country.


I'm in the United States. NYC
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:46 AM

http://www.celiac.com/articles/222/1/Gluten-Free-Alcoholic-Beverages/Page1.html

I don't drink much but when I do it is something from this list. Good luck!


Thanks, I'll save that link.
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#6 TeknoLen

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:39 AM

Anheuser Busch makes a gluten-free beer called Redbridge, I had it for the first time this past weekend. It was good, but not great like the full-bodied hoppy IPA's I used to enjoy before I became aware of this cursed gluten sensitivity.

I also found the Estrella Damm Daura good but a little pricey.

I have read that Estrella has trace amounts of gluten (albeit well below 20 ppm). Not sure about the Redbridge but I would have to assume it contains a trace. If you are super-sensitive you may want to stick with a truly gluten-free liquor or wine from the link previously posted....
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 01:07 PM

Anheuser Busch makes a gluten-free beer called Redbridge, I had it for the first time this past weekend. It was good, but not great like the full-bodied hoppy IPA's I used to enjoy before I became aware of this cursed gluten sensitivity.

I also found the Estrella Damm Daura good but a little pricey.

I have read that Estrella has trace amounts of gluten (albeit well below 20 ppm). Not sure about the Redbridge but I would have to assume it contains a trace. If you are super-sensitive you may want to stick with a truly gluten-free liquor or wine from the link previously posted....


Redbridge is truly gluten free it is made from sorghum and has no barley at all. The Estrella is made with barley but it is 'processed out' and personally I wouldn't touch it any more than I would drink a regular Budweiser.
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#8 ScarlettsMommy

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:58 PM

I know Dekyuper is safe...like the sour apple pucker and stuff...any vodkas..if you like red bull and vodka ..red bull is safe. I drink Jolly Ranchers (which is cranberry juice, peach schnapps, and sour apple pucker) mostly whenever I drink.
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 03:49 PM

I know Dekyuper is safe...like the sour apple pucker and stuff...any vodkas..if you like red bull and vodka ..red bull is safe. I drink Jolly Ranchers (which is cranberry juice, peach schnapps, and sour apple pucker) mostly whenever I drink.


Not all of us tolerate distilled gluten. Best to stick with potato vodkas when you are new to the diet.
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celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45
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Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002
Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007

Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56
Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15

Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom


Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007

Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:47 PM

First off, it may be hard finding gluten free beer in a bar. Stick with moderate distiled drinks. I did try a beer called Off Grid Pale Ale. It is excellent. I love IPA beers. After going gluten free, I missed it. This beer is the replacement for an IPA. Good luck in your searches, remember however to drink in moderation.
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#11 ScarlettsMommy

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:19 PM

Ive only been gluten free for a few weeks and i was told all distilled vodka is safe. I keep hearing different information!!
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#12 psawyer

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:34 PM

For the vast majority of people with celiac disease, any distilled alcohol is safe. A minority of us react to distilled alcohol from grain sources, although the reason is not clearly understood. The gluten molecule is huge, and science says that it cannot pass into the distillate, but there seem to be some fragments that do and they can cause problems for a few of us.
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#13 ravenwoodglass

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 05:05 AM

For the vast majority of people with celiac disease, any distilled alcohol is safe. A minority of us react to distilled alcohol from grain sources, although the reason is not clearly understood. The gluten molecule is huge, and science says that it cannot pass into the distillate, but there seem to be some fragments that do and they can cause problems for a few of us.


Yep. Should have made that clear in my response. If your drinking distilled with no issues then there is no reason not to. IMHO it is something to avoid while still healing though so that there is no confusion about 'what have I eaten or drank that got me or do I have another intolerance' if someone is one of the rather rare celiacs who do react.
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celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45
Blood tested and repeatedly negative
Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002
Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002
Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007

Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56
Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15

Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom


Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007

Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

#14 Metoo

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 05:56 AM

I love Woodchuck hard cider, almost all bars have hard cider of some kind. Crispin Hard Cider is also excellent, and looks just like beer in a mug.

Also Redbridge and Malibu and Diet Pepsi are fantastic!
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#15 Aly1

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 05:25 PM

I'll start by saying that I am new to being gluten-free so I don't know yet how sensitive I am compared to average. But re the above posts on vodka: I cannot tolerate vodka no matter how many times they distill it. For the past 5 years I thought I just couldn't tolerate alcohol anymore(note, I was always a vodka girl for other dietary reasons I won't bore you with) and avoided it like the plague; I'd get 3 day hangovers and it just wasn't worth it. I went gluten-free 3 months ago and then read some interesting articles that put me on to the potato vodka vs regular/grain vodka. I know they say that distilling supposedly makes it okay but I say no way. A couple of weeks I dared to try the potato vodka, and I was worried about the effect it would have the next day (I have a two year old to chase around and couldn't afford to be ill) - but it was amazing, I had no ill effects whatsoever.

So. This post assumes you are a vodka drinker - if so I recommend limiting yourself to the potato until you are gluten free a while and can do a challenge with regular vodka. Don't assume that distilled alcohol will do the trick, it sure doesn't with me. :blink:
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