Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Peroni beer bira Italy celiac low gluten free lager bottle test results Italian bier celiac
Beer: Peroni Nastro Azzurro
Style:Pale Lager
Brewing location: Rome, Italy
Originating country: Italy
Alcohol by Volume: 5.1% 
Ingredients: Brewed with barley malt, maize, hops, water, yeast
Format tested: 12 oz. bottle purchased in Los Angeles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: 65/100
Ratebeer rating: 6/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • The Peroni company was established under the founding family name in the town of Vigevano, Italy in 1846.
  • Nastro Azzurro was launched in 1963.
  • The name means “Blue Ribbon” in Italian, in honor of the Blue Riband won by Italian ocean liner SS Rex in 1933.
  • The London-based brewing giant SABMiller bought the company in 2003

Test result photo
Peroni beer bira Italy celiac low gluten free lager test results Italian bier celiac

Test result
More than 20 parts per million (ppm).  Though standards vary from country to country, according to the FDA, "In order to use the term 'gluten free' on its label a food must meet all the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 ppm gluten." It is said that products with a gluten content below 20 ppm are suitable for people with celiac disease.

My experience drinking Peroni
A delicious beer, in my opinion. Very refreshing, well-balanced and pairs perfectly with pizza. I am not sure where I fall in the gluten tolerance spectrum; I am gluten intolerant but not celiac. I definitely know what it feels like to be “glutened” i.e. gluten exposure, but I have not deliberately pushed my gluten consumption limits with any food or beer. I consumed this 12 oz. bottle in 30 minutes and felt no noticeable gluten-type reaction.