Omission Gluten-Free Beer


Update: Based on new information about the inaccuracy of testing this kind of product for gluten, I cannot recommend Omission beer. It has received approval from the Celiac Sprue Association, but many others disagree with that. The process that is used to remove the gluten may leave fragments of gluten behind. The test they use is not designed for detecting gluten in such circumstances. There are many gluten-free beers available that are not made from gluten containing ingredients and recommend you try those.

I have never liked beer so it wasn’t something I missed when I went gluten free.  But I know many of you do like beer, and I wanted to tell you about a new one.

Omission Beer is a new brand of gluten-free craft beers.  Brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, Ore., Omission is the first craft beer brand in the United States focused exclusively on brewing great-tasting craft beers with traditional beer ingredients, including malted barley, that are specially crafted to be gluten-free.

Each batch of Omission Beer is tested using the R5 competitive ELISA test to ensure that it contains gluten levels that are well below the international standard for gluten-free of 20 ppm. You can find test results for each batch on their web site.

Omission was originally only available in Oregon, but beginning this week, they will start distributing the beer nationally. The phased rollout will begin on the West Coast and is expected to be available nationwide by mid-June.

Omission sells two gluten-free beers, a lager and a pale ale.  I was sent a sample of each.  I had a taste and then passed the rest on to my gluten-free son (yes, he is now 21!) and my husband.

We haven’t tried a lot of gluten-free beers, but we all thought this had a genuine beer flavor.  Both versions were typical of what you would expect from those varieties.  It is definitely a brand that my son will be looking for when it is released nationally.

Sorry, but because this is an alcoholic drink, the company is not allowed to do a giveaway.

orange question markWhat is your favorite gluten-free beer?

Disclaimer:  I was sent samples of the beer for review, but the opinions in this post are my own (or my family’s).

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  1. says

    How do they take the gluten our of Barley and Malt? I can’t see how this would not have gluten. I love beer and I like Bard’s which is made with Sorghum.

    • says

      It’s a proprietary process so they are not giving details. The test results I looked at showed less than 10 ppm of gluten. My son is pretty sensitive and he had no issues. He’s still trying gf brands, though. We tried on made with sorghum and it had a strong molasses flavor to it. I forget which brand it was. Thanks for the Bard’s recommendation.

  2. says

    I have missed beer a bit, nothing like a cold one in the afternoon in the warm sun. I will have to check this one out!

  3. says

    Living in Portland I had a chance to try these beers when they first came out. They have been very well received. The beer-making process naturally excludes a lot of gluten, because it is a big heavy protein molecule that doesn’t suspend well in a liquid. The process for extracting the gluten involves using clarifying agents for the beer that help the yeast and gluten drop out of the beer so they can be removed. They have released a little more information about the process in the last couple of weeks, but the process is still proprietary. Thanks Linda for getting the word out to the rest of the country about this great-tasting beer!

  4. says

    I am a true beer lover. Can’t wait to try Omissions. Also want to try one out of Vermont, which took a gold medal a few years back. It was developed by a man whose wife was diagnosed with a gluten allergy. Alchemist Pub is the brewer, but it isn’t distributed over the US. I have tried the Redbridge. It will do in a real pinch but must be a real craving.

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