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    Is Ginger Beer Gluten-Free and Safe for People with Celiac Disease?

    Scott Adams
    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

      Before you go mixing up that Moscow Mule, find out if ginger beer is gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease.

    Moscow Mule cocktail. Image: CC BY 2.0--Wine Dharma
    Caption: Moscow Mule cocktail. Image: CC BY 2.0--Wine Dharma

    Celiac.com 11/24/2020 - We get more than a few questions about beer. One question we see a lot is about ginger beer. Specifically, is ginger beer gluten-free, and safe for people with celiac disease? 

    Ginger beer is a popular cocktail mixer, and a key ingredient in the currently popular Moscow Mule cocktail. Perhaps because of the word 'beer' in the name, many people with celiac disease wonder if ginger beer gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease to consume.

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    The answer is that most all true ginger beer is naturally gluten-free. That said, there are plenty of imposters, so read labels and beware. True ginger beer made with sugar, ginger and water. That's it. So you can rest easy when you add vodka and lime juice for that Moscow Mule. 

    Oh, and more good news about that vodka. The FDA and the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) have issued new rules that allow gluten-free labeling on all distilled spirits. That means Manufacturers of distilled foods and beverages can now label their products as gluten-free, even if made from gluten ingredients. You can enjoy that Moscow Mule with a clean conscience. As always, listen you your gut. If something doesn't seem to work for you, even if it's labeled gluten-free, then avoid it. 

    Click here for questions about gluten-removed, and gluten-free beers

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    On 12/2/2020 at 7:53 AM, Guest Scotty said:

    In my opinion the best tasting non alcoholic ginger beer on the market is Bundaberg Ginger Beer and it is confirmed gluten free and safe for coeliac

     I haven’t tried Bundaberg but my favorite ginger beer of all time is Fever Tree. It has actual ginger and no high fructose corn syrup in it.

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  • About Me

    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.

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