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Where Spotted: Cork & Fork, 1522 14th St. NW
Daura is the first of its kind, a beer made with barley (and thus, gluten) that is safe for people with celiac disease. The company won’t say how, but they get the gluten levels down to 6 parts per million, well below the recommended limit of 20 ppm. Seeing you can count the number of gluten-free beer brands on one hand, the fact that this vaguely tastes like “real” beer is a ray of hope for celiac sippers.
Daura tastes like an ordinary European lager, with the light palate and mild skunkiness you’d find Stella Artois, Tuborg, Carlsberg, and all the other beers they give you on trans-Atlantic flights. That might be unappealing for able-bodied drinkers, but it’s not hard to imagine myself shelling out $2.50 a bottle were I stranded in the desert that is the gluten-free beer aisle. Gluten-sensitive drinkers, my thoughts are with you; may someone invent a cheap, tasty beer for you soon.