Gluten-free beer lovers have another option: Estrella Damm DAURA beer, made in Barcelona with barley malt, now is available in the United States. The company says it uses a proprietary process to strip the gluten protein from the barley malt, "leaving only the 'real beer' taste," according to importer United States Beverage.
"Because the gluten protein has been stripped away, DAURA's gluten content level is less than 6 parts per million, far below the 20 ppm required for gluten-free products," according to the importer.
DAURA, which won "Best Gluten-Free Beer" honors in both 2008 and 2009 at the annual World Beer Awards, resulted from a four-year investigative research project between the Estrella Damm brew masters, the Gluten Unit of the Centre of Research of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, and various celiac organizations, the importer said.
I have to tell you: I won't be drinking DAURA. I'm sensitive enough to trace gluten to react to liqueurs and vinegars distilled from gluten grains, so I have trouble believing a product made from barley malt wouldn't provoke a reaction as well. I'd also urge caution in others who are sensitive to trace amounts of gluten in food and products.
But if you're not particularly sensitive and long for the taste of "real" beer, DAURA might provide that for you. DAURA will be distributed nationally through Whole Foods, Publix, Harris Teeter, Total Wine & Spirits and BevMo. The suggested retail price is $7.99 for a four-pack.