Can beer, wine or whisky be a gluten free gift?

Love celebrating, but hate gift shopping? We hear you.

Gift-giving can be fraught with obstacles. Clothes don’t fit, books are thoughtful, but lack pizzaz and your interior décor style may not be to everyone’s taste.  

Giving a bottle of whisky or beer paired with a food they love seems a much better option. Fresh, flexible and always a crowd-pleaser – even if it’s a crowd of two, it’s a great idea.

Best of all, wine, whisky and some beers are suitable as a gluten-free gift.

Here are some of the best gluten free food and drink combinations for gift hampers to take the stress out of buying gifts for your loved ones.

Raise a glass to celebrate with the best alcohol gluten-free gifts.

Recommended wine gift hamper

According to Coeliac UK, cider, wine, sherry, spirits, port and liqueurs are gluten free.

Christmas Celebration Gift Box

A winning combination of Cotes du Rhone red wine with gluten free Christmas pudding, deep-filled mince pies, and a selection of gluten free cakes and bakes, award-winning cheese and savoury treats. Something for everyone.

Recommended gluten free beer gift hamper

Beer, lagers, stouts and ales contain varying amounts of gluten and are not suitable for a gluten free diet, but there are gluten free options available.

There are two types of gluten free beer – naturally gluten free and gluten removed. 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 gluten removed beer made from barley must, by allergen labelling law, state on the label that it ‘contains barley.’  You can find out more about how gluten free beer is made and tested on the Coeliac UK website here.

*Note – Daura GF lager (pictured) is currently not available. Peroni GF has been added in its place.

Beer Lovers Gift Box

An ideal gift for lovers of gluten free beer with a choice of Peroni Gluten Free lager, Thirsty Cross cider and Crabbies ginger beer to be enjoyed with a delicious selection of sweet and savoury gluten free snacks. Shop here.

Recommended whisky gluten free gift hamper

Pure distilled whisky (or whiskey), even though made with wheat, barley, or rye is considered gluten free.

As Coeliac UK explains on their website, “Even when a cereal that contains gluten is used as an ingredient, all spirits are distilled during the manufacturing process and 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.”

That said, be cautious about hidden gluten in whisky that adds add flavourings or other additives after distillation.

Create your own gift hamper selection

Create an extra special gift by making your own gluten free whisky hamper using our easy-to-use menu. Recommended pairings include dark chocolate, cheese and rich desserts

Recommended brands:

Famous Grouse whisky

A rich, sweet well-rounded whisky with citrus notes.

Laphroaig 10-year single malt

A full-bodied, smoky gem, with a long warming finish

Glenlivet Founders reserve single malt whisky

Smooth, fruity whisky with an oak nose.  

Glenfiddich 12-year-old malt

Smooth elegant flavours with subtle oak

Isle of Jura single malt

A nice balanced all-rounder. Pleasant sweetness with subtle smoke.

So, there you have it, a few suggestions to ease the stress of gift shopping. Lift the lid on our entire Hamper range for even more delicious ideas.

Featured Photo by Aleksander Fox