With summer around the corner, I love the idea of a cold beer on a Sunday afternoon. But, with more and more of us becoming intolerant to gluten, I’ve had my eye on a number of gluten free beer alternatives.
For a beer to be listed as gluten-free in Australia it cannot contain any gluteneous ingredients. These beers must also be independently tested by a professional body. Their results must find that the beer does not contain any more than 3ppm of the gluten protein. As such, certified gluten-free beers will use grains such as millet and sorghum instead. This slightly alters the taste, but as our allergies become prominent, more and more businesses are investing in a gluten-free alternative. Watch this space.
This article is ONLY SUITABLE for those over 18 years of age. ALWAYS DRINK RESPONSIBLY.
CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE ALTERNATIVES
John O’Brien was diagnosed with coeliac disease in 1998. John was frustrated that he couldn’t find any decent gluten-free beer on the market. So, he set out to create his own. Both beers are brewed from the gluten-free grains millet and sorghum hops and are certified gluten free. They definitely don’t taste exactly the same as a standard beer, but they are a great alternative for coeliac patients. They have a range of varieties available from pale ale, lager, indian pale ale and more.
Again, another certified gluten free alternative for coeliac patients Wilde beer is also the only beer on the market certified as FODMAP friendly. They currently have a pale ale and raspberry ale on offer, with plans to develop a dark ale in the near future. Again, their beers are lighter on flavour than traditional varieties.
This millet-made German beer is light and refreshing, organic and gluten-free.
This beer is not to be confused with it’s close Spanish relative the Estrella Beer (which contains gluten, so coeliacs steer clear!). The Daura Damn is hands down my favourite tasting gluten free beer on the market. HOWEVER, it’s not available here in Australia (just yet). This beer has won countless awards internationally and I personally I think it’s because it’s slightly bolder than other gluten free alternatives. If you’re overseas, enjoy one for me – but ALWAYS DRINK RESPONSIBLY.
ALLEGED LOW GLUTEN ALTERNATIVES
Before we get carried away, I must state that these beers have NOT been independently tested by a professional body and hence, I do NOT claim that ANY of these beers are safe to consume if you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance.
All test results (other than Burleigh Brewing Company & Pickled Big Brewery) were found at the ‘Gluten in Beer’ Blog; again, not a professional independent body, who also state that they do NOT claim that ANY of these beers are safe to consume if you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, so please if you have a gluten allergy or intolerance, steer clear of the beers below.
BURLEIGH BREWING COMPANY (Australian)
After reading their “HOPPENINGS”, I discovered that the Burleigh Brewing Company sent three of their beers for gluten testing in August 2016 (Bighead, Duke Premium and 28). The lab reports indicate that the Level of Reporting (LOR) for gluten is 3 mg/kg and that none of the three beers tested contained gluten at a concentration exceeding the LOR; however the beers contain malted barley and as such, cannot legally claim a GF label.
Corona Extra contains barley malt, rice and/or corn, hops, yeast, ascorbic acid, and propylene glycol (not great – see this post for a breakdown of this ingredient) as a stabiliser. As per the Gluten In Beer Blog, the Corona tested for less than 10ppm of gluten.
PICKLED BIG BREWERY GLUTEN FREE RANGE (Australian)
The Pickled Pig Brewery, have two “gluten free beers” (I have no word on whether or not they are certified gluten free, so please ask staff upon arrival); their CCILLIACC ALE and JINJA BEER. Both are only available at the brewery in Tweed Heads (NSW). The brewery wins bonus points for running completely on solar power, and using recycled materials for their packaging.