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Sat Dec 20 10:41:58 SAST 2014

Daas launches gluten-free beer

AFP Relaxnews | 13 October, 2011 11:32
Daas Beer, gluten-free beer from Belgium.

While most commercial beers contain gluten in the form of barley and wheat, a growing number of craft and artisanal breweries are responding to consumers like Celiac sufferers who've had to grudgingly cut out beer because of gluten intolerances.

Belgian craft beer maker Daas Beer, for instance, used the Restaurant Show in London to launch its organic, gluten-free beer made with hops and barley.

The Daas Organic Blond beer is described as a strong, golden beer with honey spice aromas and a dry hop finish.

The brew is 6.5 percent alcohol and made with water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. The company's production is the first Belgian beer to be certified organic by the Soil Association UK.

The Daas Ambré, meanwhile, is described as a rich, complex amber ale with aromas of smooth caramel and mellow malt flavors that lead to a dry and spiced hop finish.

As demand for gluten-free products rises, products previously considered off-limits for consumers with intolerances are being modified to cater to these dietary restrictions.

Other gluten-free beers include Redbridge, Bard's Tale Beer, Green's and New Grist.

In 2006, the first international gluten-free beer festival, hosted by the Campaign for Real Ale, was held in the UK.

The Daas brand is available in the UK at Waitrose and Abel & Cole and retails for about £15 (€17) for six bottles.

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