The Top 12 Gluten-Free Canned Cocktails, Compared

When you're throwing a party and the guests want gluten-free, what do you do about drinks? Get some delicious gluten-free cocktails-in-a-can, that's what! And if you don't know which ones are gluten-free or where to get 'em? Read on, we've got the best ones lined up here. Enjoy!

For those living with Celiac disease, (an autoimmune disorder impacting approximately 3 million Americans), wheat allergies, or non-Celiac gluten sensitivity, eating anything can be a significant challenge. Although there are countless gluten-free options to choose from, and some sites even provide gluten-free grocery and wheat-free alternatives lists for easy shopping, it still takes time (and patience) to adjust to a new way of eating, cooking, and even drinking.

The good news is, most beverages, including most alcoholic beverages made with distilled alcohol, are gluten-free. Out of all alcohol types, rum, tequila, and potato vodka are almost surely always gluten-free, while wine usually is, and whiskey might be. Beer, on the other hand, most frequently is not, unless otherwise stated to be so, like these brands, or maybe these

But what about your favorite mixed drinks and cocktails? What can you serve at your next soiree if you've got gluten-sensitive pals on the guest list? If you're accustomed to just tossing a few cans in the cooler for people to grab, things might look complicated — but not around here! We've found a selection of gluten-free canned cocktails that should work out just fine. Come check them out, and try not to get thirsty as you browse our tasty gluten-free cocktails in a can:

Cutwater Spirits

In 2016, Southern California's Cutwater Spirits began creating their world class distillery. Now they make their own full line of vodka, gin, whiskey, rum, liqueur, mixers, and canned cocktails.

And out of their 14 refreshing canned cocktails, 12 of them are gluten-free, including the tangy Grapefruit Tequila Paloma:

As well as the Fugu Vodka Mule, the Lime Tequila Margarita, the Old Grove Gin & Tonic, and the Fugu Horchata Cold Brew, when you need a little caffeine with your vodka:

You can browse all their canned cocktails here.

Where can I purchase this? You can purchase Cutwater Spirits in over 30 states; find a retailer near you here.  It looks like ShopWineDirect sells them as well as stores like Walmart. Cutwater Spirits merchandise can be purchased here. If you have trouble finding their products, you can also email them at wheretobuy@cutwaterspirits.com

If you're in San Diego, you can enjoy lunch, dinner, drinks, or a tour of their 30,000 foot facility in person. Military and First Responders get 15% off when they show appropriate ID at the Cutwater Spirits' Tasting Room and Kitchen.

How much is it? Varies by store. We found some at this liquor store for $3.40/can and around $13/4-pack.

Are they gluten-free? 12 of their 14 cocktails in a can are gluten-free. You can see the 'gluten-free' designation beside each description on their website here.

Joia Spirit


Considered by some to be the "Most Refreshing" canned cocktail drink of the summer, Joia Spirit makes several varieties of all natural, gluten-free, vegan, carbonated cocktails in a can.

At only 110-125 total fizzy calories per 6 oz. serving (Note: each can is 12 oz.), you can be sure these won't add to your waistline. They're also guaranteed to contain nothing artificial — and no preservatives, either.

You could start with a Sparkling Greyhound, made with grapefruit, chamomile, and cardamom and a splash of premium vodka:

You can also snag a ginger-apricot-lime and vodka Sparkling Moscow Mule, or a tart pear, cranberry and lime Sparkling Cosmopolitan, also with the perfect amount of vodka:

Since they're all gluten-free, you can grab a few ready-to-drink packs of each kind for your party's cocktail cooler, or keep a 4-pack of your favorite flavor in the fridge for your next Netflix night!

Where can I purchase this? There's a store finder on their page which you can use here.

How much is it? They're sold in singles and 4-packs at prices of $2.99 and $11.99, respectively.

Are they gluten-free? Yes, all flavors are gluten-free, preservative-free, vegan, low-calorie, sweetened with evaporated cane sugar, and are labeled to contain nothing artificial.

Spiked Seltzer

You start with fermented sugar infused with the cold-pressed citrus essence of a range of fruits, then pour it into cans adorned with 1920's era art deco mermaids, and voila - you've got the lightly alcoholic seltzer drink that started it all - Spiked Seltzer. 

All Spiked Seltzer canned alcoholic drinks are gluten-free and naturally flavored, with only 6% total alcohol content and 5 grams of carbs per drink.


Each 12 oz. can contains appx 14o calories.

Spiked Seltzer has been mentioned in popular magazines and networks like O, The Oprah Magazine, Food Network, PopSugar, and Esquire:

Available in 4 main types, Spiked Seltzers are made with a hint of flavor to be enjoyed chilled in their own can, poured over ice in a glass, or stirred in with a few other ingredients in a homemade recipe (Just make sure everything you add is gluten-free, too)!

You can stock up on Cape Cod Cranberry, Valencia Orange (their take on the mimosa), West Indies Lime (a mojito), or Indian River Grapefruit (their Paloma-inspired drink).

And if you're interested, you can shop for Spiked Seltzer merchandise on their site, too:

Co-owners Nick Shields (formerly of Nantucket Nectars), and businessman Dave Holmes are hoping you'll send in your ideas for quotes, thoughts, and other such wisdom they can print on their bottle caps as well. If they like yours, they'll use it!

Where can I purchase this? There's a store locator on their site which you can use here.

How much is it? You can buy a 12-pk ranging in price depending upon your location and store from $13-$17. This store has a variety pack of 12 for $12.99.

Are they gluten-free? Yes.

WheelHouse

When you feel like drinking something kinda fancy, but you really want it to be in a can, it's time to go with WheelHouse artisanal canned cocktails.

Promising the proper balance of sweetness and refreshment, this Colorado-based company offers gluten-free canned alcoholic drinks celebrated through images of their finest creations with the #BecauseCansCanGoWhereBottlesCant hashtag across social media:

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Their elegant packaging design created by Watermark sets the tone for a light, yet flavorful cocktail  conveniently stored in a slender can for sipping at the beach,  poolside, nature trail, mountaintop, or anywhere else bottles can't go.

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You can get 3 tasty flavors at this time: the Grapefruit/Mint/Lime with a splash of Gin, the Black Tea Thyme Lemonade Vodka, or the Mint/Cucumber/Elderflower and Lime with Vodka.

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Where can I purchase this? Although limited to distribution within Colorado currently, interested parties are welcome to contact retailers in their location finder for further information and possible shipping options. You can also email: Quinton@WheelHouseCocktails.com for further info.

How much is it? It varies by store. This Colorado shop has a 6-pk for $16.99, and this spot has single 12-oz cans for $4.49 each.

Are they gluten-free? Yes.

Portland Sangria

While continuing our quest of the best gluten-free canned alcoholic drinks, we must insist that no summer (or early autumn) get-together is complete without the fruity blend of Portland Sangria in the cooler.

Adding the perfect touch for a late-summer picnic or kick-off BBQ for your first (or 4th...or 5th? We'll stop there, but you do you!) fall session of college, Portland Sangria fits in just as well in an elegant wine glass or served over ice at the dinner table with a fresh sprig of rosemary.

Available in thirst-quenching Lemon-Ginger with Rosemary, Blueberry Basil, or Raspberry-Loganberry Cardamom, each gluten-free can is all-natural and filled with just the right amounts of juice, wine, herbs, and fizz.

Bring some along on a hike or bike ride, or blend some up in the Vitamix with fresh fruit and ice for a frosty after work treat.

Born from an accident of too much wine and not enough bottles in 2010, Portland Sangria took shape as a last-minute idea of winemaker Ryan Sharp, and two months later became an area favorite with people requesting more.


Today it's available via distributors in several states — or you can buy some online.

And while it stores easy, either chilled or not, it doesn't stay on the shelves long in either condition!

Where can I purchase this? Check distributors in several states here, or try purchasing online here. They offer free domestic shipping, but cannot ship to Utah or Massachusetts.

How much is it? Normally $20.00 for a 4-pk, currently marked down to $15.00 per 4-pk.

Are they gluten-free? Yes.

Pampelonne

Inspired by the stress-free beaches of lush St. Tropez, the low-carb, low calorie, and gluten-free Pampelonne Sparkling Wine cocktails in a can are available in 7 bubbly flavors -the favorite French 75, Blood-Orange Spritz, Rose Lime, Negroni Sbagliato, Watermelon Americano, Harvest Pear Palmetto, and Black Cherry Bicicletta.

Pampelonne comes in 250-ml colorfully striped cans you can toss in the cooler for the backyard BBQ guests to grab, or pour chilled into pretty glasses when you want to impress. 

Each 8.4 fl. oz (250-ml) can has only 120 calories.

Served in a variety of places, Pampelonne has been named in publications like Refinery29, Fortune, Epicurious, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart, the Today Show, and InStyle.

So let's see... Pampelonne wine cocktails in a can are low calorie, gluten-free, easy to transport, and servable at any type of event. It seems the only question left is which flavor to try first!

Where can I purchase this?  Their site has a store locator here, or you can email them at info@enjoypampelonne.com. You can also call 1-866-568-7176.

How much is it? This site has them for about $3.00/can, and this site has 4-packs for $10.00.

Are they gluten-free? Yes.

Vrai

Chicago-based Vrai organic gluten-free cocktails in a can started with founder Nicholas Piekoszewski's idea for upgrading on college canned drinks. 

Piekowszewski believes millennials want something better, made with traceable ingredients. "You drank through college on the  cheapest stuff available, but now you have a job and you trade up,"  Piekoszewski says. "Consumers today care where ingredients come from." 

Vrai canned cocktails are made without sodium, artificial coloring, or high fructose corn syrup.

And as we look around at how Vrai's products are holding up since last summer's kickoff in Whole Foods and Mariano's Chicagoland locations, we can gauge that he's right. 

Plus, when Thrillist calls your product, "not only... one of the best hard teas on the market, it's one of the better 'cocktails-in-a-can' you can buy, period" you know you have arrived.

If that's not enough, Sherrie Rosenblatt of D.C.'s Can Manufacturers Institute assesses Vrai hard teas as, "easy on the go, keeps the flavor you're looking for, and (more easily) recyclable" too. So this stuff pretty covers the priorities of most conscious consumers today - and tastes phenomenal to boot.

Get it in refreshing Grapefruit Paloma, Tangy Tangerine, or the popular hard Green Tea:

Where can I purchase this? You can find a store near you using this locator.

How much is it? 4-packs are about $12.00.

Are they gluten-free? Yes.

Root Sellers

Are you more of a hard soda person than a canned whiskey, canned vodka, or canned tequila drink person? No worries — we've got something for you, too! And yes, it IS still gluten-free. Enter Root Sellers:

Enjoy or serve up a few ice cold cans of Pedal Hard Ginger Beer or Row Hard Root Beer, each a full 16 oz. 

According to co-owner Kit Maxfield, "Our root beer is gluten-free because we wanted to make our product the traditional way. Root beer was always alcoholic back in the day  before it was turned into soda pop. We took that same traditional  recipe, but with new brewing techniques, found out how to make it with a  higher alcohol percentage – 6.7 percent."

The Missouri-based company distributes their canned beverages well throughout the Midwest and New England, combining into their recipes such grain-free ingredients as pure cane sugar, molasses, ginger root, spices and botanicals - and for the newest product, their Himmel & Erde Carrot Apple Ale - carrot and apple juices. (But you'll have to be in select Missouri area restaurants or pubs to try the Carrot Apple Ale - it's served on draft only.)

Wanna make hard root beer floats or something else extra fun for your party with these products? Check the recipe list here.

Where can I purchase this? There's no store-finder on their site, but you'll likely find these products throughout Missouri, New England, and some other locales as well. If not, you can contact the company for further info here.

How much is it? We found some here for $8.89 per 4-pk and a range of prices here. We called several locations locally and no one had it in stock - but some indicated they could possibly order it for me.

Are they gluten-free? Yes!

Abita's Bayou Bootlegger

If you need gluten-free alcoholic drinks, and your guests would probably be more interested in a hard soda than a premixed cocktail or other types of drinks, try this:

Louisiana's Abita Brewing Company has created the all natural, gluten-free Bayou BootLegger hard root beer. Inspired by the adventurous spirit of NOLA-famed French pirate Jean Lafitte, Bayou Bootlegger is a favorite throughout New Orleans and beyond. 

With products found mostly on the east side of the Mississippi River, the flavor of Bayou Bootlegger sodas is described as having 'wintergreen, sassafras, and vanilla with hints of clove and anise.'

If you're in Louisiana, you can visit the Abita brewery in person! Join a guided tour, or start a self-guided tour, by going here

And they're partnering with two transportation companies in New Orleans, too, so if you're in town, be sure check out the Nola Brew Bus and New Orleans Brews Cruise.

Where can I purchase this? Use this locator to help find Bayou Bootlegger hard root beer near you. (You don't have  to live in the Bayou to find this stuff, either - I was able to find two  stores selling it - about 80 miles away from my central Michigan home).

For anyone interested in the non-alcoholic version, Abita's regular root beer is also gluten-free and sold in cans:

How much is it? There's a 6-pack here for $10.99. Although often sold in bottles, Abita also makes cases of twelve 12 oz. cans, like the ones found here.

Are they gluten-free? Yes.

Truly

Continuing on our tour of the best canned gluten-free cocktail drinks comes the light and refreshing Truly Spiked and Sparkling

Made in 8 refreshing flavors (Wild Berry, Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Pomegranate, Blueberry & Acai, Raspberry & Lime, Lemon & Yuzu, and Sicilian Blood Orange), Truly is low calorie, low sugar (1g per serving), 5% ABV, and gluten-free.  

Their newest flavor is Wild Berry:

They've been mentioned in some big name publications, too:

And they love when their fans share their good times and stories with the #LiveTruly hashtag across social media.

So what do you think your favorite flavor will be?

Make sure you've got a few of each for the cooler!

And if you can't decide on any certain flavors, try a mixed pack, like this Citrus Mix below, which features the Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Lemon & Yuzu, and Sicilian Blood Orange:

Or a Mixed Berry Mix with Wild Berry, Blueberry & Acai, Raspberry Lime and Pomegranate:

Where can I purchase this? Enter your zipcode here to find a location near you.

How much is it? This site has 6-packs starting at $8.99 and single cans starting at $4.50.

Are they gluten-free? Yes, all flavors are gluten-free at this time.

Social Lite

Are some canned cocktails just a little too sweet for you? Well, feast your eyes on these! Canadian Social Lite canned drinks are unsweetened, made with premium distilled vodka, citrus juice concentrate, natural flavors, and carbonated water. They contain only 4% alcohol and 80 calories per can (355 ml) — and, of course, they're gluten-free, too.

Available in flavors like Grapefruit Pomelo, Spiked Lemon Iced Tea:

As well as Lime Ginger, Lemon Cucumber Mint, and tropical Pineapple Mango.

Social Lite was made simply for people who often can't find a drink they like at the company BBQ or neighborhood luau — something light and refreshing, flavorful, but not so sweet. If that's you, and you're in one of the 6 provinces (or South Carolina) they distribute in currently - you've got it made!

Where can I purchase this? You can purchase Social Lite in 4-packs throughout 6 Canadian Provinces and in South Carolina of the United States. Check for locations near you here.

How much is it? A 4-pack of their slim 12-ounce cans are appx $8.99.

Is it gluten-free? Absolutely!

Bloomery MixAlchemy Canned Cocktails

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Last but most certainly not least is our favorite find yet.

Made in the most-awarded farm distillery in the United States (including the Whole Foods Good Food Award and the Double Gold from the San Francisco International Spirit Competition), Bloomery Distillery's MixAlchemy canned cocktails are about to make their debut in 3-6 flavors:

The first flavors are:

  • Moscow Mule
  • Tuscan Lemonade
  • Raspberry Lemon Ruby Red Grapefruit Crush

     and they hope to include:

  • Black Manhattan
  • Cranberry Clementine Gin & Tonic
  • Pumpkin Spice AppleSauced

Although currently in Kickstarter phase, we have high expectations for these cocktails in a can, as just about every single guest who has wandered into this West Virginia locale has left a 5-star review - numbering well over 800 on the 4 top review sites combined (see links below).

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Ever heard the song 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' by John Denver? Well, that famous tune's 3rd stanza was written steps away from the company's historic log cabin distillery, where they've hosted nearly 100,000 visitors at the spot "where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Shenandoah River."

Need some evidence that these are top shelf hand-crafted canned cocktails? Check their Yelp, FaceBook, and TripAdvisor pages, where you'll find over 800 5-star reviews. Now that's how you do business!

Are you in or near West Virginia? You'd be wise to pledge $10 or more on  their Kickstarter since this fall is their goal for a sampling party,  canning party, and more at their distillery in Charles Town, West  Virginia. And since they can their cocktails by hand, they've consulted  with an approved canning company in Baltimore, so that, as their site  explains, they have someone "who can take over the canning process if  they become overwhelmed with orders."

You can also read up on their regular business here, where they describe their work as 'An Artisanal Blend of Vice and Virtue,' or visit their article in the Distillery Channel, highlighting the history of the distillery cabin and bootlegging history of the Bloomery region, where they make their own line of 190-proof moonshine-based 'SweetShine' and other treats while simultaneously growing their own lemons, ginger, raspberries, pumpkins, black walnuts, roses, and cranberries. 

They hit their goal in July, as stated here:

Now, the planning for distributing begins. Pledge the following amounts to take part in several ways:

A $17 Pledge gets you a ticket to a Saturday Sampling Party where you can sample the canned cocktails, enjoy live music, and indulge in a full tasting of their SweetShine as well.

$25 Pledges get an artistic original WV Can 'vase' for your flowers - shipped anywhere in the world.

$60 Pledges get a poster featuring Bloomery's original label artwork.

Big backers of $500 or more get tickets to a private canning and signing party for 6 individuals at the historic distillery.

Where can I purchase this? Right now, it's still in Kickstarter phase, but they've just started selling in one location: Rob's Hillside Liquors in Knoxville, MD.

How much is it? Prices aren't up just yet.

Is it gluten-free? Yes, according to their site.

And there you have it! Our favorites of the top gluten-free canned  cocktails. Do you think you'll try one? Did we miss anything? Do you  have a different favorite? Share in the comments below - we'd love to  hear your thoughts on the subject!

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Think you can brew an IPA better than your favorite brewery? Here are the best home brewing kits for IPAs, porters, and other types of beer. Craft brewers, unite!

Want to brew up a batch of your favorite beer at home? You're not alone. Craft brewing itself has exploded in popularity, with many beer fans wanting to try their hand at brewing at home. 

We took a look at the best home brewing kits for several styles of beer, and brought back the goods — whether your favorite is a stout or porter, IPA, Pilsner or pale ale, come check out the best beer making kits for each of the most popular styles of beer. 

Not sure what your favorite style is? For an overview of the world's major beer styles and their sub-styles, take a peek here at a list used for competition by the American Homebrewers Association. 

Some of these are perfect for beginners, but some are best done in the presence of an experienced brewer. We've organized them from light to dark as well — enjoy!

Best home brew kit: American Lager

Next stop on our tour is one of the best home brewing kits for lagers, and a number one best seller on Amazon, the American Lager Starter Kit from Mr. Beer.

You'll get everything you need to whip up a 'case' of beer at time (appx 2 gallons), with easy to clean, refillable containers and thorough instructions.

Mr. Beer's kits are a popular place to start up home brewing — millions have ventured into the hobby via Mr. Beer. This kit comes with its own shatterproof, wide-mouth topped brewing barrel with a locking spigot for easy pouring.

But wait — Does Mr. Beer offer kits for any other types of beer? 

Why yes, yes they do! 

When you get the hang of it, you could also try Mr. Beer's Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner home brewing kit, also on Amazon as a refill for $21.83 here.

Or, you could try their Oktoberfest Lager here.

Or their Aztec Mexican Cerveza style brew here.

Now back to the American Lager Kit:

Price: The Mr. Beer American Lager Starter Kit is $44.95. (Subsequent Mr. Beer refill kits are priced above.)

Where can I buy this? You can get it on their website here or on Amazon.

Is this kit good for beginners? Yes, as instructions are clearly understandable, easy to follow, and explanations are provided at each step. 

Anything else cool about this? You can reuse the kit supplies with most refills of Mr. Beer's home brewing ingredients, such as several suggested above.

Pros:

  • Fun to make with easy to follow instructions
  • Excellent equipment for small amounts of beer
  • Resulting beer, if made correctly, is delicious and great quality
  • A perfect gift

Cons:

  • Some say the flavor was much richer malt-wise than expected, but still good and they still drank it

Bottom Line:

Plan out your brewing and give yourself the space and time you need. If you have no clue, look at some tutorials on the subject here before you get started. Some users reportedly couldn't wait and drank their home brew before it was officially ready - and, of course, they disliked the flavor. Rule #1 with home brews: don't rush it, follow directions precisely!

You can also find Mr. Beer promo codes here. Mr. Beer Support Promo codes  and Offer codes on their websites. 

Best home brew kit: American Pale Ale

The first of our brew kits results in an American Pale Ale creation described as, "a crisp, hoppy and bitter pale ale with light malt flavors."

This American Pale Ale brew kit comes from Craft-A-Brew, and contains everything you need to start brewing, including reusable equipment (minus the bottles/caps for your final product, of course).

They also include a brewer's guide to teach you how to brew, and all the fixings for the Craft-A-Brew American Pale Ale recipe.

Price: $45.00 on the regular website; $42.50 on Amazon.

Is this kit good for beginners? Yes, it is listed to be so.

Anything else cool about this? Sign up for emails from Craft-A-Brew and you could win in their weekly gift card giveaways (hint: free beer!).

Pros:

  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Kits include only 100% malt extract, world-class specialty grains, fresh hops and high quality yeast
  • The kit also states that fans of the Sierra Nevada pale ale will love this recipe
  • Responsive customer service

Cons:

  • Some reported there are a lot of steps to this beer-making process
  • Some disliked the taste of the beer upon completion

Bottom Line:

Follow the instructions carefully and you'll have a delicious product. Beginners may do well to read through the entire brew guide before starting. (Helpful hint: You'll need bottles to put your beer in when it's done — and a capper, unless you have something else in mind.)

You can also find Craft-A-Brew promo codes here.

Best home brew kit: Sour Beer

Next up for our tour of the best beer brewing kits is the Flanders Red Ale home beer making kit, from More Beer!

This kit makes a tart, sour, and fruity red Belgian-style ale once its aging process is complete at the end of 6 months (or if you can't wait that long, at least 8 weeks).

Due to their rich, red color and fruity tones, Flanders Red Ale was once named the 'Burgundy of Belgium', and is often described as having a 'wine-like' flavor. Pair this beer with some roast duck or a simple vinaigrette salad, per suggestion here.

Price: $38.99

Where can I buy this? Get it here.

Is this kit good for beginners? No.

Anything else cool about this? It dates back at least 200 years into the beer-making history of Belgium.

Pros:

  • Excellent beer kit for those who know what they're doing and like Flanders Red Ale
  • Uniquely delicious sour, fruity flavor 
  • 5-7% alcohol content

Cons:

  • Takes at least 8 weeks to 6 months to age properly
  • Complicated process

Bottom Line:

This is a complex beer for an experienced palate to enjoy by the pint. Rich, red, sour, and fruity, pair it well as directed. It also takes a long time to complete its process in the home-making kit - so be patient!

You can also find More Beer discount codes here. More Beer Supports Promo Codes and Offer codes on their website. 

Best Home Brew Kit: Cream Ale

According to BeerAdvocate, cream ales were spun out of the light lager style, all falling within the "pale straw to pale gold in color" spectrum when poured. The flavor is smooth with a balance of malty sweet and bitter, perfect to pair with spicy Asian foods, chili, or hot jalapeño salsa. 

This Cream Ale Home Brew Kit comes with everything you need for a 5-gallon batch.

Boasting of the "most streamlined, straight-forward, brewing experience ever", this kit from Midwest Supplies is surely a win for beginners and advanced home brew enthusiasts alike.

Price: $22.99.

Where can I buy this? Grab it here.

Anything else cool about this? Use Promo Code TAKE20 at the checkout to get 20% off your order. 

Is this good for beginners? Yes, it definitely is.

Pros:

  • Great for a beginner's first batch
  • Excellent value for the buck
  • Customers were very happy with the kit and enjoyed giving/receiving as a gift as well

Cons:

  • Some said they needed a bit of guidance from experienced brewers to save their first batch from certain doom

Bottom Line:

Most felt the contents of the package and instructions included were sufficient to complete the home brew cream ale process. Others, however, needed a bit more hands-on help from some advanced hobbyists. Read over the instructions and some of the cream ale reviews online for Midwest Supplies kits before starting yours to see which kind you are.

You can also find Midwest Supplies coupon codes here.

Best home brew kit: American Amber Ale

Our best home beer brewing kit for an American Amber Ale stands with Northern Brewer's Brewery-In-A-Box kit.

The American Amber Ale Extract Kit lets you enjoy the classic flavor of a brew described as, "not quite a pale ale and not quite a brown," while having a "firm malty base supporting assertive American hops, a reddish-amber hue and a lingering off-white head of foam."

Suggested as versatile enough to serve alongside nearly any dish from pizza to seafood, it takes 6 weeks to bring this tasty brew to fruition — but you'll have a plentiful 5 gallons to sip on after that.

Price: $37.99.

Where can I buy this? On the company website here. (They have it on Amazon, too, but it's more expensive.)

Is this kit good for beginners? Yes, it is categorized that way — but do note that not all kits come with all the necessary equipment. Newbies can also view the site's Knowledge Base for starters, or follow their YouTube channel for video guidance.

Anything else cool about this? Take a look at some of the other Brewery-In-A-Box kits here, like their Goose Island Home Brew starter kitThere's also a fun 'Caribou Slobber' brown ale recipe included with this larger kit (for a bit higher price). 

Pros:

  • You'll get free shipping with orders over $30 (read details pertaining to weather-related delays)
  • They have a wide selection of options on Amazon, too
  • Includes premium Cascade hops
  • Pairs well with almost any foods

Cons:

  • Takes 6 weeks to fully brew

Bottom Line:

Most amber ale lovers will like this flavor. Follow directions precisely for best results. Be sure to review all the kits before making your choice; there are so many variations, i.e. a Smashing Pumpkin Spiced Amber Ale for fall, it's a shame not to give them a proper browse.

You can also find Northern Brewer discount codes here.

Best home brew kit: IPA

We all know that IPA stands for India Pale Ale. But why did it get that name? Here's a brief history of how it got its name for anyone interested.

You might want to read that later over a cold one, though, so we can get started bragging about our best IPA home brewing kit, the Everyday IPA kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop.

The kit contains everything you need for your first batch of Everyday IPA, including tubing, a gallon-sized glass fermenter, your all-grain ingredient mix, and more.

Boasted as being one of the best beer brewing kits for beginners, this kit has many cousins — check out this page for more Brooklyn Brew IPA home brew kits, like the Unicorn IPA, the Brew Dog Punk IPA, the Black IPA, and several others.

Price: $40.00 on the Brooklyn Brew Shop site, and $36.99 on Amazon.

Is this kit good for beginners? Yes, fantastically so. They even have a whole section on their website for the newbs.

Anything else cool about this? Brooklyn Brew Shop has gift cards in amounts from $15 on up to $150, in case you aren't sure what style of beer your friend likes best.

Pros:

  • Takes about a month from start to finish
  • Superb for first-time brewers
  • Maintains a solid 4-star rating on Amazon after almost 300 reviews
  • Streamlines the process of all-grain brewing

Cons:

  • Some did not feel the instructions were thorough enough for their beginner level

Bottom Line:

These are highly-rated, top quality home brewing kits remarkably good for beginners. If you're a novice and you just got your first kit: you might want to read up on the process before you consider starting — you'll need some big pots, in addition to what's in the kit, and several hours up front, for starters.

You can also find Brooklyn Brew Shop discount codes here.

Best home brew kit: Porter

Our favorite porter brewing kit from Brewbitz actually combines a chocolate stout and a coffee porter. 

Regardless, this box contains the perfect-for-winter, best porter beer brewing starter kit we could find. Why is it the best? Welp, it makes 30 pints of 5.8% ABV mocha porter, for one thing.

Price: £21.95 and £24.95.

Where can I buy this? This one's available at Brewbitz, The Home Brew Shop, and Home Brew Online. Looks like they ship a lot of places, but not the U.S. 

Is this kit good for beginners? Unknown, but looks like it might be.

Anything else cool about this?  A favorite among the Brits since the 18th century, porters and stouts were combined during the American Craft Beer Movement's inception in the 1970's to make this American classic - the American Mocha Porter. 

Pros:

  • High quality ingredients
  • Specially selected yeasts sourced from an American craft brewery and Newcastle Dark Ale yeast are used
  • Very affordable
  • A favorite among chocolate and coffee lovers

Cons:

  • Can't be shipped to the U.S.

Bottom Line:  If you can get it delivered to you, order it now. Dark beer lovers will drool over this rich and roasty, sudsy and chocolate-y blend as you pour it into a tall glass, ending with a fat, frothy white head.

You can also find Brewbitz promo codes here.

Best home brew kit: Russian Imperial Stout

According to BrewAdvocate, Russian Imperial Stout was initially brewed in England for Peter the Great of Russia. These brews are higher in alcohol than the regular English stouts, and have aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, or dried fruits, and are often dry. 

Russian Imperial Stouts go well with Gorgonzola cheese, fine steaks or burgers, chocolates, or a decadent brownie. And this kit from  Brewer's Best makes 5 gallons of the brew.

Price: $41.70.

Where can I buy this? Grab it on Amazon, or get the recipe on Brewer's Best.

Is this good for beginners? It seems to be, yes.

Anything else cool about this?  Some made slight modifications to theirs and it turned out even more delicious (i.e. adding crushed espresso beans, Jack Daniels, molasses, or bourbon-soaked oak chips to the process)

Pros:

  • Makes a tasty, strong brew
  • Affordable for this type of brew
  • Good for anyone new to stout flavor
  • Maintains 72% high (4 and 5-star) ratings on Amazon

Cons:

  • Some did not like the taste and felt it should have higher alcohol content at the end

Bottom Line:

Be sure to follow directions precisely, seek the supervision of advanced brewers if possible, and pair this brew appropriately for best results. Peter the Great was no slouch, so be sure to feel grand as you sip this one. According to experts, it's best after having been bottled for 3-4 weeks.

You can also find Brewer's Best coupon codes here.

Best home brew kit: Oatmeal Stout

If you're a stout lover and haven't tried a Rogue Shakespeare Stout, you're in for a treat with this American-style oatmeal stout.

First served in Rogue's Ashland, Oregon pub in 1988, this tasty culmination is their most highly-rated product, and has won 3 sophisticated awards: 1. A Silver in the World Beer Championship of 2017, 2. A Silver in the World Beer Championship of 2016, and 3. A Bronze in the Australian International Beer Awards of 2015.

And now you can make it in your own home!

Price: $49.99.

Where can I buy this? You can buy it here, at Brewcraft USA - or at any of their physical locations: 

Is this kit good for beginners? There is no specific answer to this listed, but it looks like you might need some previous knowledge to brew this one.

Anything else cool about this? You can buy the finished product on the Rogue website here or find a retailer near you with this locator

Pros:

  • Contains all you need for a 5-gallon, all-grain batch
  • Superior quality ingredients
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Rogue supports several charities, and there's a really great story behind why. Read it here, and check out some of the charities: 

Cons:

  • Problems may occur with these kits where you cannot ship yeast through the mail; this can be resolved, as suggested on the site, by visiting a local home brew shop
  • Some said they ended up with a beer that didn't taste like a Rogue Shakespeare Stout — however it still tasted good, and they drank it anyway

Bottom Line:

Oatmeal stout lovers will surely savor this blend. They also have some of the best home brewing kits for Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Dead Guy Ale, and their Brutal IPA. Support Rogue charities with every purchase from their site, too.

Best home brew kit: American Imperial Stout

This Southern Bourbon Stout Beer Brewing Kit isn't specifically listed as an American Imperial, but it's definitely a stout - and this guide gave us some closely-connected examples of what an American Imperial stout would taste like. So we rest our case.

Anyhoo — BOURBON. This kit from UncommonGoods includes ingredients and supplies sufficient for a one-gallon batch of a tasty Southern Bourbon Stout. You'll need to soak the toasted oak chips provided in your own separately purchased Kentucky bourbon, however — so be sure not to skimp on that end. The end result? It's described as, "rich with vanilla and oak notes." NOM.

We know we're looking forward to it — how about you?

Price: Kits are $45.00. Refills are $20.00.

Where can I buy this? Snag it here.

Is this kit good for beginners? Based on the brewing instructions provided here, it looks like you may be able to brew this one as a beginner. A very, very focused beginner.

Anything else cool about this? Kits are assembled in Orlando, FL, with all U.S.-grown ingredients.

Pros:

  • Makes a great gift (Hint: holidays approaching)
  • Arrives on time in great condition
  • Simple, easy-to-read instructions
  • Kits use 100% malt extract, fresh hops, high quality yeast, and specialty grains
  • Maintains a high rating on their own customer website

Cons:

  • None to be found!

Bottom Line:

This is a super fun gift for the right person, and one of the best stout brewing kits to boot - include some booze to make the kit complete using the bourbon guide here. If you like the brew, keep the equipment and order the ingredient refill for only $20.00. And yes, you'll need bottles and caps (as you likely will with all of these kits. They have some available for purchase on the site.)

Also, you can find Uncommon Goods coupon codes here.

Well, there's a few of the basic beer styles for you to start with. Remember, some home beer brewing kits contain all equipment and all ingredients you need to make the brew; others don't. Read instructions carefully before you start so you'll know if you have everything already or what you still need to get! 

Is your favorite beer style in there? Do you prefer a different style? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to tell us if you tried any of these kits! Happy crafting!