Gluten intolerance and sensitivity is the mortal enemy of pizza lovers everywhere, not to mention it also inhibits you from, GASP, beer! MillerCoors recently announced that they are coming to the rescue, releasing a gluten free beer for those who suffer from a gluten allergy or who are following a gluten free diet.

Using brown rice, malted brown rice and protein pulled from peas brewers have replaced the barely, and created Coors Peak Copper Lager. The gluten free brew is described as a “light to medium-bodied crisp copper lager” with a “malty, slight caramel profile”. And don’t let the gluten free label fool you, the lager is not for those watching their waist line, containing 170 calories per 12 ounce serving.

MillerCoors is one of the first bigger brands to release a gluten free option, and will be competing in a small pool. However, the lager will only be sold in Seattle and Portland, and unfortunately there are no plans in place to distribute nation wide just yet. We can only hope, for the sake of our friends with a gluten intolerance that the beer will do well out on the West Coast and soon be available nation wide.