Since summer is upon us, vacations, picnics, and bonfires are as well, which often means cocktails and beer. Sometimes that can be difficult if you are living a gluten-free lifestyle, so I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to go without. Here are some thoughts on my favorite gluten-free beverages and reduced-gluten beers.

Good Intent: (Not pictured) This local cidery in Bellefonte is amazing! I can’t say enough about this place so if you’d like to know more, please visit their website. If you haven’t been there, I really recommend going for a tasting. They have expanded their inside seating and also have live music on their patio Friday nights. (You can check with them for a schedule) They typically have 10-14 different ciders ready to sample and also offer local cheeses, crackers, and fruit products. My favorite: North Meets South.

Wyndridge Cider: This has been one of my favorite ciders for a few years. This is a PA cidery, that is located on the farm. I typically get the Cranberry Cider but recently decided to try the Hopped Cider and it was pleased. If you typically like beer but want something a little ‘lighter’, I’d highly recommend you try this.

Crispin Rose Cider: I had this for the first time a few weeks ago and really liked it. I typically wouldn’t go for a pink drink, but this is a blend of apple and pear juice brewed with rose petals and hibiscus. Crispin makes good cider all around and this is a nice new addition to their repertoire.

Jack’s Hard Cider: I grabbed one of these on a recent outing at Mad Mex. This cider is awesome! It’s low in calories AND sugar and has a nice crisp taste. I’ve only ever had the original, but they also offer: Helen’s Blend, Dry Hopped, Peach, and Pear. This is another PA cidery.

New Belgium Glutiny: This is a favorite in my house, even for my beer-enthusiast husband who doesn’t need to be gluten free. I really like their Pale Ale.  Note: This beer is crafted as a reduced-gluten beer. The gluten content of this beer cannot be verified, so if you have Celiac Disease, visit their website to read more about the process or contact them directly.

O’Mission: I first learned of the O’Mission products in 2014 at a conference I attended in Autin, TX. Yes, they actually had samples of beer there. 😉 I like hoppier beers, so I typically get the IPA. They also offer a Pale Ale, Lager, and Ultimate Light Golden Ale. Note: Just like the Glutiny, this beer is crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content of this beer cannot be verified, so if you have Celiac Disease, visit their website to read more about the process or contact them directly.

Disclaimer: This is purely my opinion and I am not affiliated with any of the above companies. Also, if you have Celiac Disease, I cannot guarantee that these products do not contain any gluten. Please contact the companies directly if you need more information.

Be safe. Have fun. And BeWell!