I was beyond thrilled when I discovered Estrella Damm Daura from Spain, a gluten-free beer that’s brewed just like regular beer but then somehow the gluten is removed. After discovering this, it was pretty hard to return to the sorghum-based brews.
When I heard that Widmer Bros. in Portland was going to be producing their own GF beer that is also brewed with malt, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. So far I’ve only been able to find Omission locally at Whole Foods, but you can trust that the first time I saw it, I did a little dance in the aisle. I drank these all summer, and picked up a six-pack at Oliver’s when I was home in Albany.
Personally I prefer the lager to the IPA, but both are good. I’m just so happy to finally be able to drink a beer that actually tastes like a real beer. I’ve let some friends who aren’t gluten-free try these and they are always happily surprised. It’s also made a good impression on some of the beer reviewers out there, as well as foodie sites.
Technically, the U.S. -outside Oregon – won’t let them officially call it gluten-free, which is the same as the rules regarding EDD. However, on its website, the company maintains a substantive explanation of how they remove the gluten and how they test each batch for gluten. I’m quite impressed.