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Hi,

I'm a young 20-something living a gluten-free life in the UK. Socialising can be very difficult as I don't like wine and don't trust the distillation process used on liqueurs such as Jack Daniels (previously my favourite option).

Does anyone with a severe gluten sensitivity have any trusted mainstream brands of alcohol which are 100% gluten-free (aside from wine)? Preferably ones that can be found in a typical UK pub. 

Thanks in advance!

 

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1 hour ago, RB_1990 said:

Hi,

I'm a young 20-something living a gluten-free life in the UK. Socialising can be very difficult as I don't like wine and don't trust the distillation process used on liqueurs such as Jack Daniels (previously my favourite option).

Does anyone with a severe gluten sensitivity have any trusted mainstream brands of alcohol which are 100% gluten-free (aside from wine)? Preferably ones that can be found in a typical UK pub. 

Thanks in advance!

 

Unflavored rums, Bacardi, Admiral nelson are safe. Rums are made from molasses and sugar cane not wheat or grains. There are a few true potato vodkas out there still, and a grape vodka, most are made from wheat now. While these are distilled/gluten free, I like you distrust them regardless if they even come from wheat.  I personally can not drink anymore but I still love cooking with rums, they tend to caramelize veggies, add nice notes to BBQ, stir fries, and sautes. There are some nice hard ciders from apples like angery orchard which are also gluten-free unsure if you have those there. Avoid anything on tap or in a glass, get disposable if you can for a container and bottles at bars -_- and DO not eat anything directly with your hands after touching the counter or from a open container there, beer everywhere CC in those god forsaken bars.


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Celiac (Gluten Ataxia, and Villi Damage dia. 2014, Villi mostly healed on gluten-free diet 2017 confirmed by scope)
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Olives (Seems to have resolved or gone mostly away as of Jan, 2017), Sesame (Gone away as of June 2017, still slight Nausea)
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5 hours ago, RB_1990 said:

Hi,

I'm a young 20-something living a gluten-free life in the UK. Socialising can be very difficult as I don't like wine and don't trust the distillation process used on liqueurs such as Jack Daniels (previously my favourite option).

Does anyone with a severe gluten sensitivity have any trusted mainstream brands of alcohol which are 100% gluten-free (aside from wine)? Preferably ones that can be found in a typical UK pub. 

Thanks in advance!fe

As a beer substitute Cider should be fine. You're ok with strongbow which is one of the most readily available. Magners is another option, that's typically in bottles. Kopparberg also ok. Be careful however that there are some products which look like cider but are actually a beer. Either find a mainstream brand you can stomach and stick to it or ask and google. Preferably in advance rather than on a night out when you want to forget all this B*llocks and have a good time :) You can also ask or google in advance to see if there's a gluten free beer option. I was in a tiny place a little while ago and was astonished to see gluten-free beers available, turned out the barman was coeliac and made sure he had some in stock for when he was off duty :D

Coeliac UK insist that distilled liquor is fine and there are super sensitive people here who will back that up, but I'm like you, I didn't want anything from a gluten grain after I went on the diet, physics be damned!  As above, rum is an option. Also wine, you should be ok there also.  

Be careful with post mix drinks. I avoid them because the combined nozzles are to my mind a risk, at least if there's anything gluten filled in the other feeds.

Oh and be really careful about snacks. Walkers crisps for instance are in every sodding pub in the country but even the ready salted are to be avoided. If you've not yet joined Coeliac UK you should, even for one year to get the guide they produce. It will tell you what the safe brands are and it will be money very well spent.

Bottoms up! 

 

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