I have never thought much about a gluten-free diet. Thankfully, I have no issues with eating just about anything, but millions of people do. I keep hearing about gluten-free diets and seeing products marketed as gluten-free and now at my local grocery store you can find a whole aisle of product devoted to being gluten-free. With so much news, I decided to try going gluten-free for a month. Well, about a week into the program, everything was fine, until one evening I wanted a beer and I discovered I couldn’t have one because it was not gluten-free. That was not going to work. My quick research discovered there is gluten-free beer available.
The legal requirement to be considered gluten-free is less than 20ppm. Some brews like Budwieser and Corona can be tested that low but if you are suffering from Celiac disease, you may not want to risk it. There are also brewers who consider their product safe if it is made from rice or corn instead of wheat. This is still being debated.
I found two gluten-free brews at the local market to test.
The first was Tweason’ Ale from Dogfish Brewery in Milton, Delware. This is a Vegetable Style of beer. As the bottle notes, you can definitely taste the strawberries and honey. While the taste was good, it is not what I normally go for in a craft brew.
The other one I tried was Estrella Damm Daura from Damm Brewing in Barcelona, Spain. This is a Euro Pale Lager style of beer. This has a more traditional lager taste and the Damm Brewing claims this beer has a gluten content of only 3ppm. Estrella Damm Daura has won several awards as the best gluten-free beer.
So if you are concerned about gluten in your drinks, give one of these a try. Here is more information and resources for people suffering with Celiac disease: http://www.csaceliacs.info/