Celiac.com 11/25/2020 - Ginger beer is basically ginger ale that is fermented into an alcoholic beverage. True ginger beers are made with sugar, ginger and water, and nothing else! Most top brands of ginger beer are made the old fashioned way and are gluten-free.
However, not all brands of ginger beer are gluten-free. These brands of ginger beer go the extra mile to make sure their products are labeled "Gluten-Free." That means that you can breath extra easy about serving them to people with celiac disease.
Top Gluten-Free Ginger Beer Brands
Barritt's is available in two versions: Barritt's Original Ginger Beer, and Barritt's Sugar Free Ginger Beer, sold in cans, bottles and small bottles. Both Barritt's Original Ginger Beer, and Barritt's Sugar Free Ginger Beer are gluten free.
Bundaberg Ginger Beer
Bundaberg Ginger Beer gluten free and does not contain any barley, malt extract, wheat products or hops.
Cock'n Bull Ginger Beer
Invented by Jack Morgan, owner of the famous Cock'n Bull restaurant in Hollywood, California, Cock'n Bull Ginger Beer was part of Morgan's original Moscow Mule! All natural ingredients, real sugar and ginger root extract give this English-style ginger beer its distinctive spicy flavor. Cock'n Bull Ginger Beer is gluten-free.
Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Beer
Unlike other ginger beers, Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Beer is not too sweet, which makes it a great mixer for Moscow Mules. Naturally sourced and made with three types of ginger from Nigeria, Cochin and the Ivory Coast, it’s a great middle-of-the-road choice that’s sure to satisfy any palate. Unlike other brands, this one’s particularly smooth too.
Hollows & Fentimans Ginger Beer
Inspired by Thomas Fentimans original recipe, Hollows & Fentimans alcoholic ginger beer is made using all natural ingredients and is certified gluten free.
Old Jamaica Ginger Beer
Old Jamaica Ginger Beer comes in Regular, Light, and Extra Fiery Zero Sugar. All Old Jamaica Ginger Beer is gluten-free.
Reed’s Ginger Beer
Reed’s Jamaican-style Ginger Beer contains a blend of fresh ginger, pineapple juice, lemon juice, lime juice, honey and spices. Reed's comes in Original, Extra and Sugar-Free Extra (with double ginger), and Strongest with quadruple ginger. All versions of Reed’s Jamaican-style ginger beer are gluten-free, and contain no GMO’s, Preservatives, or Caffeine.
Regatta Ginger Beer
Regatta Ginger Beer is unique for brewing their ginger beer using an authentic Bermuda tradition, which uses stone crocks to ferment both Caribbean and African ginger to with sugar, water and yeast. This creates a brew that has the normal bit of ginger beer without the peppery “ginger burn” found in many Caribbean-styled ginger beers.
Stoli Ginger Beer
Vodka maker Stolichnaya brews both regular and diet ginger beer. Made with ginger extract and other all-natural flavors, this mixer has zero calories and is gluten free.
With literally dozens of varieties of ginger beer coming on the market, it's likely we've missed a few worthy additions to our list of gluten-free ginger beer. If we missed one of your favorites, let us know in the comments section.
Two More Ginger Beer Cocktails
Since at least the 1940s, ginger beer has been a staple in numerous cocktails. Besides the aforementioned Moscow Mule, two more favorite ginger beer cocktails include:
Dark n’ Stormy
As the second most popular ginger beer cocktail in the USA, the dark n’ stormy is gaining recognition. To make this cocktail, mix ginger beer with dark rum and serve over ice. Add a splash of lime juice if you’re feeling fancy.
If you're looking to move away from the classic summer margarita; this might just be the best choice. The añejo highball requires ginger beer to be mixed with bitters, orange curaçao, aged rum and lime juice, then served over ice in a highball glass.