Gluten Free Ciders You Should Be Drinking

Gluten Free Ciders You Should Be Enjoying

Unfortunately, one of the consequences of taking on a gluten free lifestyle means no more traditionally crafted beer. Most beer is brewed from barley or wheat, which are soundly in the “no” category when you’re avoiding gluten. While cider is not the same type of beverage as beer (and some people do prefer cider), it is a viable alternative. There are many varieties of cider, so I have sampled a few of them for you and provided a review of each! In case it doesn’t go without saying, these beverages should only be enjoyed by those of the legal drinking age.

Schilling Mischief Maker

Schilling Mischief Maker

4 out of 5 stars

This hard cider is made with Washington apples, Washington cranberries, and California pomegranates, coming out of the Pacific Northwest. I found it at our local Total Wine store in a can, and to my pleasant surprise, it wasn’t see-through when I poured it into a glass! While it is a sparkling cider, it was quite smooth to drink. Mischief Maker is still quite sweet, but the cranberries give it a nice tart finish. I really enjoyed the taste, although CA still called it out as being too sweet to enjoy with a meal (although I thought it went fine with tacos). I will definitely be enjoying this again. The can also suggested a cocktail called The Troublemaker, which uses this cider and whiskey. You better believe I’ll be mixing that in the future!

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

4 out of 5 stars

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple is their widely available and widely popular cider. It has a good amount of carbonation and a sweet, crisp taste. I prefer Angry Orchard in general to most mainstream ciders because it has more flavor, but I would not describe it as strong. However, it is easy to drink, and fun to grab when you might have grabbed a Bud Light or Corona in your past. If you are new to drinking cider, I definitely recommend this Crisp Apple flavor to the other Angry Orchard varieties. It’s the most basic of the flavors, and it will give you a baseline as you branch out and try new varieties. This cider does not upset my stomach at all, but start slow if you’re not used to sugary drinks – it’ll likely sit heavier than a light beer.

Angry Orchard Easy Apple

Angry Orchard Easy Apple

3 out of 5 stars

Angry Orchard Easy Apple is newer to their lineup – it has been out for less than a year. It recently made its way into our local grocery stores, so I decided to give it a try. Angry Orchard describes this particular blend as “less sweet” than its other varieties, but that wouldn’t be my description. It is less carbonated than the Crisp Apple, but it also seemed to have less flavor. There was also really no hint of alcohol (although that can be said of most ciders). I’m not sure this will be a drink I pick up often, but I recommend it to anyone who wants something easy and sweet to drink.

Magner's Irish Cider Original

Magner’s Irish Cider Original

4 out of 5 stars

I found Magner’s Irish Cider in Total Wine, and I was intrigued to learn more about it since the company has been making cider for over 80 years. They age their cider, sometimes over 2 years, and taste it during the process to determine when it has reached peak deliciousness. I really do like this cider – like the Schilling Mischief Maker, it actually has some color when poured into a glass! It is quite carbonated (which I enjoy), and while it is sweet, it isn’t overwhelmingly fruity. I love its distinct tart flavor that I haven’t seen matched by any other ciders. It seems that, because Magner’s has been around so long, it’s not trying to appeal to people looking for a sweet drink. Instead, it’s a unique and delicious experience.

Smith & Forge Hard Cider

Smith and Forge Hard Cider

3 out of 5 stars

Smith and Forge is a cider brewed in Memphis, TN with Washington apples, and it is certified gluten free. This is another great cider for someone new to this type of beverage with a crisp taste, with a distinct fruity flavor. It is very similar to Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, but it does have a stronger apple flavor. Smith and Forge has less carbonation than other ciders on this list, but still more than a cider like Woodchuck. To me, this cider is nothing special, but it is a great option when you are at a restaurant or bar with limited selection.

 

The Schilling Mischief Maker is my favorite of this list, but I do see myself enjoying all of these ciders again in the future! Do you drink hard cider? Do you have a brand or flavor preference? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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