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As a service to the community, Kosher Beers publishes a list of the beers which I
know to be kosher certified, on a semi-annual basis. The lists are published on
Labor Day and again on the Sunday prior to Purim.

Does beer require a hashgacha? The major kashruth organizations utilize the
chazakah that unflavored beer does not require a hashgacha as unflavored
beers are made only from four ingredients: malted barley, hops, water and yeast.
For a great article by Rabbi Tzvi Rosen on kashruth in alcohol, including an in
depth analysis of beer making please click here http://www.star-
k.com/kashrus/kk-thirst-highspirits.htm .

Additionally, for those trying to make sense of the different styles of beer which
can be found in your local beer store - please click here for the Beer Advocate
beer style list which breaks down the beers both by their type and country of

Assuming that you are looking for a beer with a hashgacha, I have compiled a list
of beers along with their certifying agency. Contact information for each agency
follows at the bottom of this document.

Please note that the list below is not meant to be exhaustive as it only reflects the
results of my individual research. Finally, to my friends, I have not tried every
beer on this kosher beer list and merely because I list them here does not mean I
recommend them for your consumption. If you find a beer which looks interesting
to you, please feel free to search the archive on the kosherbeers site to see if I
have reviewed it.

Samuel Adams - as per the Star-K, the following varieties are kosher even
without a certification on the label. Please note that not every variety of Sam is
on this approved list. To see the Star-K LOC for Samuel Adams, please click

Black Lager; Blackberry Wit Beer; Boston Ale; Boston Lager; Brown Ale; Cherry
Wheat; Coastal Wheat; Cranberry Lambic; Cream Stout; Double Bock;
Hefeweizen; Holiday Porter; Honey Porter; Imperial Stout; Imperial White Ale;
Irish Red Ale; Latitude 48; Light; Nobel Pils; Octoberfest; Old Fezziwig; Pale Ale;
Summer Ale; White Ale; Winter Lager.

Gordon Biersch - the following beers are certified kosher by the Va'ad of Detroit:

Blonde Bock; Czech Style Pilsner; Dunkelweizen; Festbier; Hefeweizen; Marzen;

SommerBrau; WinterBock.

Josephs Brau – JB is one of the trade names that Trader Joe’s uses for its store
brand beers. Please note that not every Trader Joe’s store brand beer is certified
kosher, however those which are certified kosher have a Va’ad of Detroit logo on
the front or back label. The following beers are certified kosher by the Va'ad of

Black Toad; Bohemian Lager; Dunkelweizen; Hefeweizen; Hofrau Bock; Hopfest;

Oktoberfest; Stockyard Oatmeal Stout, Summer Brew; Vienna Style Lager;

Brick Brewery - This Canadian Brewery only sells its fine product in Ontario.
However, should you be lucky enough to find some where you are located, the
following varieties are approved by the COR.

Brick: Amber Dry; Anniversary Bock; Premium.

Conners: Best Bitter.
Laker: Honey; Ice; Premium Lager; Premium Light; Red; Strong.
Red Baron: Blonde Lager; Light; Lime.
Red Cap: Red Cap.
Waterloo: Dark Lager, Wheat.

Brooklyn Brewery - This beer company brews in multiple locations including

Brooklyn, New York and Utica, New York. The following beers which are brewed
in Utica and sold in 12 oz bottles are certified kosher by the Va'ad of Detroit.
Please note that none of the larger sized bottles of Brooklyn Brewery products
are certified kosher by the Va’ad of Detroit.

Brooklyn: American Ale; Black Chocolate Stout; Brown Ale; East India Pale Ale;
Lager; Monster Ale; Oktoberfest; Pennant Ale; Pilsner; Summer Ale; Weiss Beer;
Winter Ale.
Post Road: Pumpkin Ale.

Cobra Beer Ltd: The following beers are certified kosher by the London Beis Din
(KLBD). I have never seen them in the United States, but since they are available
in Canada, I have listed them here:

Cobra 5% Beer; King Cobra Beer, Low Calorie/Low Carb Beer.

Compania Cervecera Del Tropico S.A. de CV: The following beers are certified
kosher by the OK Laboratories:

Corona Cerveza; Corona Extra; Corona Light; Coronita Cerveza; Coronita Extra;
Leon; Modelo Especial; Modelo Light; Montejo; Negro Modelo Beer; Pacifico
Clara; Victoria.

Coopers Brewery (Australia) - The following beers are listed on the LOC from
Kosher Australia which can be found by clicking here
http://www.coopers.com.au/media/54992/kosher_cert.pdf .
Coopers - Best Extra Stout; Dark Ale; Extra Strong Vintage Ale; Mild Ale; Original
Pale Ale; Premium Ale; Premium Light Beer; Sparkling Ale; Special Old Stout.

Coors – See MillerCoors


Kirkland - the following beers which are sold at Costco under their Kirkland
house brand are certified kosher by the Va'ad of Detroit.

Kirkland Signature Amber Ale; Signature German Style Lager; Signature

Hefeweizen and Signature Pale Ale.

Lakefront Brewery - also certified by the Star-K. Very difficult to find outside of
the Midwest, although some are available in Brooklyn at American Beverage on
Court Street in Cobble Hill. Unlike most of the kosher certified Samuel Adams
products, the Lakefront Brewery beers do have a Star-K on the label. The
following varieties are found on the Star- K LOC which can be viewed here -
http://www.star-k.org/loc/kosher_letter_8197_lakefrontbreweryinc.pdf .

Big Easy Lager; Bock Dark Lager; Cherry Lager; Cream City Pale Ale; East Side
Dark Lager; Fuel Coffee Stout; Holiday Spice Lager; Klisch Pilsner; New Grist
Beer; Oktoberfest; Organic Barleywine; Organic ESB; Pumpkin Lager; Riverwest
Stein; Snake Chaser Stout; White Beer.

FX Matt Brewing - this company brews many different brands of beer at its Utica
factory. To my knowledge all beers produced at FX Matt (in addition to their
sodas and juices) are certified kosher by the Va'ad of Detroit. However, to make
it easier on the consumer, below is a list of the beers which are on the most
recent LOC.

Lake Placid: 46’er Ale; Honey Rye; IPA; Ubu Ale.

Saranac: Adirondack Lager; Amber Ale; Amber Wheat; Belgian Ale; Belgian
White; Big Moose Ale; Black Diamond Bock; Black Forest; Black Lager; Black &
Tan; Bock; Brown Ale; Caramel Porter; Chocolate Amber; Dunkel; ESB; Golden
Pilsner; Hefewiezen; Helles; High Peaks Imperial IPA; High Peaks Imperial Stout;
India Brown Ale; India Rye Pale Ale; Irish Red Ale; Irish Stout; Kolsch; Light;
Maple Porter; Marzenbier; Mocha Stout; Mountain Ale; Nut Brown Ale; Oatmeal
Stout; Oktoberfest; Pale Ale; Pale Pale Ale; Pomegranate Wheat; Pumpkin Ale;
Rauchbier; Roggen Bock; Rye Pale Ale; Rye Pilsner; Season's Best; Scotch Ale;
Single Malt; Stout; Summer Ale; Summer Brew; Traditional Lager; Vanilla Stout;
Winter Wassail; Winter Lager.
Utica Club : Light, Pilsner.

MillerCoors – Following the merger of SAB Miller and MolsonCoors, many of the
Miller family beers became kosher certified by the Orthodox Union. Prior to the
merger, most (if not all) Coors products had been kosher certified by the OU and
bore the OU on their labels. As the SAB Miller beers are newly certified, they do
not yet bear the OU on their labels, but according to the LOC I received from the
OU, they have been kosher certified since April 1, 2010 (the LOC expires 3/3/11).
The following beers are listed on the LOC:

800: Ice Beer.

Aspen Edge: Edge.
Blue Moon: Belgian Ale; Full Moon Winter Ale; Grand Cru; Harvest Moon
Pumpkin Ale; Honey Moon Summer Ale; Pale Moon Pale Ale; Rising Moon
Spring Ale.
Coors: Banquet Beer; Edge; Golden Ale; Light; Winterfest.
Hamm’s: 3.2% Beer, Genuine Draft Beer; Special Light Beer.
Herman Joseph’s: Private Reserve Beer.
Icehouse: Ice Beer, Light Beer.
Keystone: Ice; Light; Premium.
Killian's: Irish Red.
Leinenkugel: 1888 Bock; Amber Classic Ale; Berry Weiss Ale; Classic Lager;
Creamy Dark; Honey Weiss Ale; Imperial Russian Stout; Oktoberfest; Original;
Red Beer; Summer Shandy Ale; Sunset Wheat Ale.
Miller: Chill (Chelada) Beer; Genuine Draft (MGD); Miller Genuine Draft Light;
MGD64; Miller High Life; Miller Lite and Miller Lite Ice.
Milwaukee’s Best: Beer; Ice Beer; Light Beer.

New Belgium -only select beers produced by the New Belgium Brewing
Company are certified kosher under the LOC which I received from the Scroll-K:

1554 Black Beer; 2 Below; Abbey; Blue Paddle; Fat Tire; Frambozen; Mighty
Arrow; Mothership Wit; Old Cherry; Skinny Dip; Sunshine; Trippel.
Pete's Brewing Company - The following beers are certified kosher by the
Va'ad of Detroit and bear the Va’ad of Detroit logo on the label.

Pete's Wicked Ale; Rally Cap Ale; Strawberry Blonde; Wanderlust.


President's Choice - PC is the private label brand for the Loblaws supermarket
chain. The following PC beers are listed as are approved by the COR on their
website - http://www.cor.ca/en/20177 :

Choice 2.5, Dry, Genuine Draft, Genuine Lager, Honey Red, Light, Low Carb 2.5,
Pilsener, Wheat.

Redhook Brewery - This brewery produces beer on both the East Coast (New
Hampshire) and West Coast (Woodinville, Washington). Both breweries produce
beers which are under the kashruth supervision of the OU (all Redhook bottles
which I have seen have the OU on the label) including:

Blonde; Copperhook Spring Ale; ESB; Expedition 8-4-1; Longhammer IPA;

Tripel; Winterhook Winter Ale.

Spoetzel Brewery - This small town Texas brewery has a cult like following
among those who have tried its product. The following beers (brewed under the
trade name Shiner) are certified kosher by the Va’ad of Detroit.

Blonde; Bock; Bohemian Black Lager; Hefeweizen; Holiday Cheer; Kolsch;

Kosmos Reserve; Light; 99 Helles; 100 Commemorator; Smokehaus; Spezial

Contact Information for the above Kashrus Authorities:

COR – Kashrus Council of Canada

3200 Dufferin St
Toronto, Ontario M6A 3B2

Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit (Va’ad of Detroit)

18877 W.10 Mile Road, Suite 101
Southfield, MI 48075
Kosher Australia
81 Balaclava Road
Caufield 3161

London Beis Din

305 Ballards Lane
North Finchley
N12 8GB
United Kingdom

OK Laboratories
391 Troy Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11213
(718) 756-7800

Orthodox Union
11 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
(212) 613-8241

Scroll K – Va’ad Hakashrus of Denver

1350 Vrain Street
Denver, CO 80204

122 Slade Ave. #300
Baltimore, MD 21208

Any questions – feel free to email me at kosherlawny@gmail.com