This spring, Omission Beer announced it would be launching a "gluten-free" beer made from de-glutened barley in the U.S. beer market, starting in Oregon. The beer joins Estrella Damm Daura, another barley-based beer being marketed as gluten-free, and between the two, they aim to provide options to those who want their beer to taste like "real" beer but yet remain gluten-free.
From the reviews out there, both beers seem to succeed pretty well in the taste department. But do they succeed in the "gluten-free" department? That's not clear, but there are some troubling (but unverified) reports online involving glutenings the writers attributed to Daura beer.
Omission says its proprietary brewing process brings the gluten level down well below the generally accepted standard of 20 parts per million (although the company doesn't name a figure). Daura states it contains 6 parts per million of gluten -- again, well below 20ppm.
I should state up front that I'm not going to review either of these beers -- I'm much too sensitive to willingly drink something with detectable levels of gluten in it. But I know many readers are interested in these beers, and some may even have tried them. If this describes you (or if you have an opinion on this subject), I'd love it if you'd vote in this one-question poll:
Also, if you have more thoughts on this (or even reviews of these beers), share them in the Comments section below. And if you're looking for information on what different beers are available, see my article Gluten-Free Beer.
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