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.
What 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).