Pale ale, 6%
Fort Collins, Colorado
Oh, sure, New Belgium isn't making any gluten-free cookie dough to go with the Ben & Jerry's beer the brewery put out a couple years back. But that doesn't mean that the grain-averse aren't being attended to. Glutiny packs a wallop of hoppy flavor you'd expect from New Belgium -- Cascade, Chinook, Crystal, and Equinox all factor in here -- but not an intense bitterness. Still, take note: This one is more recommended for the gluten-averse than the Celiac crowd. The beer's brewed with enzymes designed to neutralize the gluten. If you're the kind of person who sometimes sneaks a bite of a cookie (but not a cookie beer), you're gonna be just fine. Hell, if you're highly intolerant you're likely gonna be fine. But fair warning!
Lakefront's nothing short of a brewing pioneer. Back in 1996, they made the first certified-organic beer, leading a charge for more sustainable suds. And with New Grist, they were the first to score a certified gluten free label, ditching malt for sorghum and rice and emerging with an outstanding session beer. Making it more impressive, it's done in the style pilsner, a deceptively difficult type of beer that doesn't leave a lot of room to screw up. They didn't. That's just how pioneers roll.