I love that gluten-free beer choices have really grown this past year. It seemed like there were only a few gluten-free beers to choose from for the longest time, but now I can think of at least 8-10! I love having choices, as I know many others do, too. The newest beers that I have had the opportunity to sample come from the Widmer Brothers in Portland, Oregon – Omission Beer.
Omission Beer has both a Lager and Pale Ale. They are the first craft beer brand in the United States focused on brewing great tasting craft beers with traditional ingredients, including malted barley. Now, I know what you are thinking – barley is not gluten-free. The beer is specially crafted be be gluten-free and is tested using the R5 Competitive ELISA test to contain below the international standard of 20ppm. Not only do they test the beer, but they send it out to be tested by a third party to ensure the beer is gluten-free. Watch this short video for more information:
If you are still concerned about the beer, you can view your bottle’s test results by entering the code on your bottle on the Omission Beer website. Pretty cool, huh? More about the beers:
Pale Ale: Bold and hoppy, Omission Pale Ale is a hop-forward American Pale Ale, brewed to showcases the cascade hop profile. Amber in color, Omission Pale Ale’s floral aroma is complimented by caramel malt body, making for a delicious gluten-free craft beer.
Lager: Omission Lager is a refreshing and crisp beer, brewed in the traditional lager style. Perfect for a variety of beer drinking occasions, Omission Lager’s aromatic hop profile offers a unique, easy-drinking gluten-free beer for those looking for a lighter and approachable beer style.
Omission beer is brewed with malted barley, but we’ve developed a proprietary process to remove the gluten.
So, what did I think? The Pale Ale a rich, full-bodied beer with lots of character. I really enjoyed it on its own, but it would be the perfect accompaniment to a gluten-free bacon cheeseburger. The Lager was a little lighter in color and flavor. It reminds me more of a traditional domestic beer. I paired the Lager with grilled chicken and brown rice, but could see enjoying it with a gluten-free pizza, too. What a great way to enjoy the end of a long, hot day!
Unfortunately Omission Beer is only available in Oregon right now. It really is a shame because I have to say that these are some of the better gluten-free beers that I have sampled. I really hope that they are able to expand their distribution across the US in the near future!
***The samples reviewed in this post were sent to me free of charge. The opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.