Woodchuck Hard Ciders are a great gluten-free beer alternative. Many will argue that it doesn’t taste like beer and I will give them that. It doesn’t. However, if you aren’t a wine or hard liquor drinker and want to enjoy an alcoholic beverage while dining out, Woodchuck Cider is a gluten-free option often carried by many restaurants.
While I had sampled many of the Woodchuck varieties in the past, I had never sampled the Amber. After reading that it is a little more like a beer, I was excited to give it a try. Here is a little more about the Amber:
The original Woodchuck. People liked it so much we made four more styles. The Amber is sweet (but not too sweet) with a nice golden color and crisp finish.
I really liked this variety of the Woodchuck Ciders. It was crisp with a touch of sweetness without being overly sweet. It was perfect on an unseasonably summer hot day in Columbus, Ohio. It really paired nice with my bison burger and sweet potato steak fries.
Since the news broke about Mike’s Lite Hard Lemonade being gluten-free, I have seen a few posts about people reacting to it. The drink does have barley malt as an ingredient, but is tested to show less than 5ppm of gluten. Our very own Tiffany Janes reviews it here. If you have reacted to Mike’s, don’t like it or don’t want to try it, Woodchuck is made a in a gluten-free facility and is tested by an independent lab. More on the gluten-free status of Woodchuck:
We take Celiac Disease seriously, and since Woodchuck has always, and only, been made from apples (not wheat, barley or rye) none of our cider varieties have ever contained gluten. Further, we have all our ciders tested by an independent lab and we maintain a completely gluten free facility.
**I received the samples of the Woodchuck Amber Hard Cider free of charge to review. The opinions stated here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.