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Ireland has the highest rate of coeliac sufferers in the world per capita so the market for gluten free drinks is substantial. Drinks Industry Ireland reports on the current gluten free market in Ireland

 Gluten is found in three types of cereal grains: wheat, barley and rye so it means that many alcoholic drinks can be a non-runner for those excluding gluten from their diets

According to the Coeliac Society of Ireland, an estimated 100,000 people are living with coeliac disease in Ireland, and a further 450,000 are gluten intolerant. Coeliac disease is a common digestive condition whereby a person has a bad reaction to gluten. Gluten is found in three types of cereal grains: wheat, barley and rye so it means that many alcoholic drinks can be a non-runner for those excluding gluten from their diets for whatever reason. Luckily there is a growing range of drinks on the market to accommodate people who wish to avoid gluten.

Taste of Italia

Peroni Nastro Azzurro, the most iconic beer in Italy is catering for coeliacs with Peroni Nastro Azzurro Gluten Free. Although not new to Ireland, Peroni Gluten Free remains popular among beer drinkers, without compromising on taste and quality.
Crafted by Peroni’s esteemed Italian brew masters, Peroni Gluten Free offers the same delicate balance of bitterness and citrus aromatic notes as its traditional counterpart. What sets it apart is its gluten-free finish, achieved through the addition of a specific enzyme at the end of brewing. This ensures the removal of gluten while preserving the beer’s exceptional flavour profile.

Endorsed by the Italian Coeliac Association, Peroni Gluten Free provides a refreshing and satisfying option for those with gluten sensitivities or who choose a gluten-free lifestyle. Available nationwide, Peroni Gluten-Free continues to delight Irish consumers with its taste and quality.
Peroni Nastro Azzurro exemplifies the traditions of Italian craftsmanship, passion, and flair. Born in Rome, 1963, Birra Peroni brewed what was to become their greatest and most famous export: Peroni Nastro Azzurro. The No 1 premium Italian Beer Brand Globally, Peroni Nastro Azzurro is gently brewed for an effervescent, refreshing, and crisp taste that’s full of life.

Best gluten-free beer in the world!

Launched in 2006, Daura from Damm has won international awards on several occasions as the Best Gluten-Free Beer in the world and in Europe at the World Beer Awards, as well as winning the Superior Taste Award of the International Taste and Quality Institute of Brussels for six consecutive years. Daura was also awarded with the gold medal for the best gluten-free beer by the Beverage Testing Institute since 2015 and has obtained several consecutive awards at the Free From Food Awards in London, among many others.
Daura retains the same taste and respects the properties of traditional beers because it is produced with barley malt, as well as having gluten levels below 3 ppm (well below the 20 ppm considered acceptable by the Codex Alimentarius for consumption by people with coeliac disease). All product batches are analysed by the Gluten Unit of the Scientific Research Council (CSIC) before going onto the market, ensuring absolute safety.
In its commitment to people, Damm works continuously to bring beer to the groups that cannot consume it and this is why it embarked on the project to obtain a new beer suitable for coeliacs. To develop this product, Damm had support from the Gluten Unit of the National Biotechnology Centre of the CSIC to turn beer into a product suitable for all kinds of people, including those with coeliac disease.

Easy drinking

Comeragh Challenger Pale Ale from Dungarvan Brewing Company is an English style gluten free pale ale. It’s single hopped with English challenger hops to give it a malty profile. The floral hops make for a delicate and understated ale which is very easy drinking. The Comeragh Mountain range inspired the name of this ale, as it’s the backdrop most prominent when enjoying the much loved Waterford Greenway. Light and refreshing, this beer works well with most foods – especially barbeques. At 3.8% ABV and certified gluten free, it’s the perfect choice for those opting for an easy drinking craft beer.
Available via distributor Fourcorners ( ) in The Wine Centre in Kilkenny, The Bald Eagle in Dublin and Westport House when enjoying some glamping and throughout Ireland. Also locally in Dungarvan in EuroSpar Abbeyside, Garveys SuperValu & Lorraine in Number 21 in town.

No worries

An easy-to-drink American-style session IPA, The Little Fawn is brewed with 100% Irish malt for a pale, clean base, layered with Mosaic hops, famous for their ever-changing fruity aroma.
The Little Fawn has won hearts far and wide and is now officially gluten-free certified. The recipe remains the same but having recently had it tested they discovered it is gluten free, and have treble tested to ensure they can certify it as so, meaning customers can dive into the flavours they know and love, minus the gluten worries.
A hoppy citrus American pale ale with a soft body and a dry crisp. Stuffed with American hops, added in different stages of the fermentation. It’s both refreshing and thirst-quenching.
Ninth Wave Beer has also been triple tested for its gluten content and the company is delighted to share that Ninth Wave is officially gluten free. Both beers are available in their online store as well as in independent local off licenses and bars around Ireland, and in Dunnes, Supervalu and Lidl.

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