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Severely allergic to peanuts and all treenuts what alcohol is safe

I'm severely allergic to peanuts and all treenuts, what beer and alcohol and I able to drink safely? Can I drink bud light and miller light?

By tep55 on Sun, 11-08-15, 17:54

Lifelong PA / Tree Nut sufferer and have experienced two reactions to beer; 1) Harp Lager Beer - my reaction included hives and strong tingling in the mouth / throat - required a single Benadryl. 2) Sam Adam's seasonal brew - this actually occurred at the brewery in Boston in 2007 on a family vacation. Reaction was severe (nausea, hives and all-body pain) but did not go to an ER - took 3 Benadryl and several hours later was quasi-normal. (At 235 pounds the reactions are not debilitating but still painful).

Based on these experiences I will only drink Bud-Lite / Miller-Lite and stay away from imported beers and seasonal offerings. My libations of choice are Single Malt Scotch and wine.

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By PeanutAllergy.com on Sun, 11-08-15, 08:52

Answer: Question of the Week: Answered!

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Thank you for reaching out to our community with your concern.

For many people with lifelong food allergies, drinking can mean a whole new challenge. In fact, this is a hot button issue for many PA individuals, as you might notice on our community board through threads like this, this, and this.

In busy bars and pubs, the risk of cross contamination is high, and most cocktail menus don’t list the full ingredients of each drink. There are, however, ways to stay safe while out for a drink; most important of all is that you are assertive with you order and very clear with the bartender about your dietary needs.

Your question specifically mentioned Bud Light and Miller Light beers. Beer has very few ingredients, which makes it a safer option for a night out, but to be safe it’s best to steer clear of special, seasonal beers, which may incorporate flavoring that is an allergy trigger. Here is a list of alcohols deemed both yummy and safe for sufferers of peanut allergies!

We also reached out to our Facebook community with you question, and you can see their responses here.

We hope this information is helpful. Take care!

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By Sidume on Tue, 08-18-15, 16:51

Most beer is fine. You do need to read labels if you go for some of the specialty beers. I know you should avoid Uber Goober Oat Stout (peanuts) and Monteith's Golden Lager (cashews). If you are really sensitive, avoid Beefeater or Sapphire Gin (both use almonds, I don't know about other gins). Frangelico liqueur (hazelnuts) and Amaretto (almonds) are off limits. If you are sensitive to coconut you may need to avoid a whole bunch of rums.

Hope that helped.

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