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Finally, gluten-free beer that tastes like beer

on 11/06/12 at 10:44 am


I don’t suffer from celiac disease or even a minor gluten intolerance, thankfully. But the first thing I did recently when I got the two major players behind Widmer Bros. Brewing Co.’s new Omission gluten-free beers on the phone was thank them.

At least once a week, someone asks me to recommend a gluten-free beer — for them, for their husband, for their Aunt Mary — and I had nothing worth suggesting. Until now.

Widmer parent’s company, Craft Brew Alliance, unveiled its Omission line in Oregon in April. The beers, a pale ale and a lager, were an instant hit, and St. Louis is included in a national rollout that began Monday.

The Omission beers are the first gluten-free beers I’ve sampled that taste like real beer. That’s because they are real beers, brewed with malted barley, yeast, hops and water.