What is Kosher Beer?

Kosher means fit for consumption by Jews according to traditional Jewish law. The basic tenets of keeping kosher are easy to remember. No bacon, no fins-and-scales-free seafood like shrimp, no chicken parm, or other meat-and-dairy combos. And beer can be kosher, too. But when it comes to beer, though, the rules start to get a bit fuzzier. Most breweries in the United States are not certified kosher.

Based on the kashrut, most beers produced by typical methods don’t violate dietary law. In other words, beer is kosher; none of the raw ingredients and additives used to brew regular beer present kashrut concerns. That’s because all the ingredients permitted in brewing by the 500-year-old Reinheitsgebot, or German purity laws, are fair game. In their natural, unprocessed state, barley, yeast, hops, and water are all considered parve. They contain neither meat nor dairy and are okay for consumption.

These days, plenty of breweries add more ingredients, both for the sake of flavor and production. The coffee beans in your porter or the cacao nibs in your bourbon barrel-aged stout need rabbinical approval. As the gelatin used as a clarifying agent does. The latter is especially problematic. Since it’s never listed on the label and may contain bones of animals not slaughtered according to the strict rules of kashrut. Fish can also cause issues, even though only trace amounts remain in the finished product.

More and more consumers care if there are sulfites in their wine or artificial flavorings in their beer. There is much higher consumer demand for accountability than saying, We can assume that it’s kosher.

Obtaining kosher certification is both time-consuming and expensive, which is why so few breweries in the U.S. attempt it. To be considered kosher certified, a brewery is subject to random inspections by rabbis and must use traceable, individually certified ingredients in its brews.

Beers Without Kosher Certification

All unflavored beer with no additives is considered to be kosher, even without certification. This generalization applies to both U.S.-produced and imported beers, including nonalcoholic and dark beers.

All unflavored beers, including dark or malt beer, from the following countries, are kosher. Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Norway, and the Netherlands.

Any beer that contains lactose (milk sugar) is non-kosher due to its inclusion of dairy ingredients. Lactose is used to make Sweet Stout, which may also be marketed as Milk Stout or Cream Stout.

Although the safest route is to buy beer with kosher certification, in circumstances where facts of evidence prove no kashrut concerns exist, the Torah yields to whatever the evidence shows.

Kosher Certification Agencies


They provide valuable kosher supervision as the demand for kosher-certified products rises. Experience the Star-K advantage; Service, Technical Knowledge, Acceptability, Respect, and Kosher Supervision.

Scroll K

The Scroll K is a non-profit kashrus agency that is recognized by rabbinical associations around the world. They enjoy the support and cooperation of thousands of synagogues and rabbis representing kosher consumers.

Vaad of KC

The Vaad of KC is a provider of kosher supervision and certification services.


The world’s largest kosher certification agency certifying over 1 million products worldwide.

Oregon K

Oregon Kosher’s first project was ensuring that the local communities of Portland and Eugene had options for kosher food. As the availability for kosher foods grew, through the introduction of Kosher programs in Fred Meyer, Safeway, and Trader Joes, the directors of Oregon Kosher took on more of a role in supporting the community through education and building important relationships in the field of Kosher around the world.


OK, a symbol of kosher quality appears on more than 600,000 products, produced by 6,000 manufacturers and private label companies on six continents.


KSA is the largest, recognized and accepted, kosher certification agency based in the western United States that certifies thousands of companies worldwide.

Kosher Australia

Kosher Australia was formed in 1994 from an amalgamation of Mizrachi Kashrut and Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick’s Kashrut activities. Since then our responsibilities have continued to expand with an ever-increasing number of businesses and services seeking our hashgacha.


KLBD Kosher Certification is a leading international agency operating across six continents. Certifying many multi-national food processors and raw material manufacturers. They are committed to offering a professional and affordable kosher certification service worldwide.


Kosher is an international organization providing the highest standards of kosher food certification.


Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit

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