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Gluten-free barley/wheat beer? CAREFUL!

The only barley- or wheat-based gluten-free beer I’ve tried since my diagnosis is Estrella Daura Damm, and I got sick. Supposedly an enzyme added to negate the active gluten compounds reduces the levels to 3ppm, but I wasn’t about to try Omission or any of the extraction-style gluten-free beers. I did think that my testy digestive tract might be reacting more to the alcohol (of which I don’t partake very often), but a recent article suggests that testing for gluten in barley/wheat-based beers may not be accurate. Just be careful, and follow your gut! Here’s an extra review of a few beers by NPR, as well as Gluten Dude’s take and reader comments.

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4 thoughts on “Gluten-free barley/wheat beer? CAREFUL!

  1. Amanda on said:

    I’m glad that i never liked beer!

    • Yeah I used to enjoy it before my diagnosis, but I’ve had a surprisingly easy time more or less giving it up, with an occasional TRULY gluten-free brew. Amazing what you think you have to have or what you think you will miss and how this changes when you must let it go! I just worry about others who have become attached to these unsafe beers, and hope the message gets around!

  2. I’m glad this message is continuing to be spread… I got sick from Estrella and I have tried to educate restaurants in my area. It is challenging when Omission has the audacity to market it as gluten free through the distributors event though they are not allowed to label it as such outside of Oregon. Let’s keep fighting for safe options for celiacs.

    • Yep, I got sick from Estrella, too, and do not even want to touch Omission. Many “gluten-free” beers in Europe contain barley or wheat and are de-glutenized with some sort of enzyme (Green’s is ok, though, from what I’ve experienced and read). I saw “gluten-free wheat flour” at a natural food store this weekend- what the? This is scary for gluten-free newbies in particular, which is why, as you say, we need to spread this warning!!!

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