gluten free diet

By Mary Frances Pickett


Omission – A New Gluten Free Beer

June 7, 2012

It’s no secret that beer is one of my favorite things. Besides pizza, it was probably the thing I missed most about going on a gluten free diet, and I was seriously pumped a few years back when Anheuser-Busch started making Redbridge.

Since then, there have been several more gluten free beers released in the US – Bard’s, Lakefront New Grist, and a few others. We sampled several of the available GF beers a few months back in our gluten free beer tasting, and proclaimed Redbridge the winner over Bard’s and Shakparo.

I’ve really come to love the taste of Redbridge, and it’s been so long now since I’ve had a “regular” beer that I don’t even think about drinking anything else. (Although I do have to say that occasionally on a hot summer day, I do wish I could have a cold Corona with a lime.)

In any case, I heard about a new gluten free beer today called Omission Beer that is made by Widmer Bro’s Brewing Company. It comes in two flavors – a lager and a pale ale.

What’s interesting about Omission is that it is brewed with traditional beer ingredients, including barley malt. Other GF beers are generally brewed with sorghum (like Redbridge) or another gluten free ingredient like rice. Widmer Bro’s uses a proprietary process to remove the gluten from the beer, and tests each batch they brew – using the R5 Competive ELISA test – to make sure it contains less than 20 ppm of gluten.

You can even go to Omission’s website, put in the date on your bottle of beer, and view the results from the test that your batch of beer underwent. That’s pretty awesome. I put in March 2, 2012 (as that’s the example they give) and the test results showed less than 5 ppm of gluten (which if I’m not mistaken is the current limit of gluten tests).

Omission Beer is going to be released nationally (in fact, it may already be out) so hopefully we’ll come across it at some point and be able to sample one or two.

So what do you guys think? Has anyone tried Omission yet? How does the taste compare to other GF beers out there? Will you try Omission beer even though it’s made using gluten-containing ingredients? Let us know in the comments!


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