Let’s talk about navigating alcohol when you have food allergies and celiac disease. You would think a drink is a drink, but there are actually so many things to consider when ordering a drink with food allergies.
Sticking to simple drinks like wine and beer seems like the simplest solution, however, even those can have hidden allergens like wheat, egg, fish, or dairy. Mixed drinks are a whole category of their own, with liquors, mixers, garnishes, bar ice, and not to mention bars are not the cleanest environments, to begin with!
So how do you even begin to navigate alcohol when you have food allergies or celiac disease? Luckily there are some great resources that have been put together by people who get it and don’t want to just sip on a bottle of water at the bar.
How to navigate alcohol with allergies in social situations
• Drinking responsibly with food allergies
So you have found a safe drink, now what happens when you’ve had one too many? Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself for a night out and make sure you are safe. Learn more >>
• Going to a bar with food allergies
Do you insist on a mixed drink? Here are some things to look out for and tips on how to do it as safely as possible. Learn more >>
• How to choose your drink when you have food allergies
Allergy-Friendly Beer, Wine and Alcohol Resources
Do you like lists? So do I! Here are some lists of allergy-friendly alcohols and some to stay away from.
“Keep an eye out for Sweet Stout, Cream Stout, and Milk Stout, all of which may contain lactose for sweetness and body. […] And there are some not-so-obvious sources of hidden dairy, including margaritas!” – Go Dairy Free
Gluten-Free Beer and Wine Resources
What about gluten in beer and wine? Gluten in wine, how could that even be? Here are some guides on how to navigate gluten in wine and beer.
• Gluten-Removed Beer – Bane or Blessing?
Is gluten-removed beer safe for someone with celiac disease? What does ‘gluten-removed’ even mean? Margaret explores these two ideas and shares a better option for beer when it comes to staying safe and gluten-free.
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“Until the FDA declares hydrolyzed and fermented items (which include hydrolyzed yeast and malt extracts) truly safe for those with Celiac Disease, I will dissuade my readers from consuming them.” – MI Gluten-Free Gal
• Could there be gluten in that wine?
• The difference between Gluten-Free and Gluten-Reduced beers
The difference between the various kinds of gluten-free beer, how they are made, and whether they are actually safe for people with celiac disease or a wheat allergy. We explore all of these questions and a taste test from Zestfull contributor, Lindiwe Lewis.
Kortney is your typical atopic triad who manages asthma, eczema and multiple food allergies. Kortney is a co-creator of the online community Allergy Travels and co-host of The Itch Podcast. She wants to spread joy in a community that can easily see the hard side of life with atopic disease and believes that you can have a full life with food allergies, it may just be lived a little differently!