What alcohol can I drink?
Cider, wine, sherry, spirits, port and liqueurs are gluten free.
All spirits are distilled during the manufacturing process, so even when a cereal that contains gluten as an ingredient is used, this process removes any trace of gluten. Therefore, all spirit drinks (including malt whisky which is made from barley) are safe for people with coeliac disease.
Beer, lagers, stouts and ales contain varying amounts of gluten and are not suitable if you have coeliac disease, but specially manufactured gluten free beers are available. You can find a list of these in the ‘Drinks’ section of your Food and Drink Guide, or, if you are a member, on our online Food and Drink Information and our Gluten Free Food Checker app.
There are two types of gluten free beer – naturally gluten free and gluten reduced. For both types, by law, manufacturers can only label their beer gluten free if it contains 20 ppm or less of gluten (the legal definition of gluten free). In addition, a beer made from barley must, by allergen labelling law, state on the labelling that it ‘contains barley.’ You can find out more about how gluten free beer is made and tested by clicking here.
This advice has been discussed and continues to be approved by Coeliac UK’s Food Standards Committee, April 2020.