Omission Launches Gluten-free IPA

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by Jason, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. Jason

    Jason Founder Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
    Staff Moderator Site Editor Fest Crew Subscriber

    PORTLAND, OR (April 2013) – Omission Brewing Company today announced it is adding Omission India Pale Ale (Omission IPA) to its gluten-free beer lineup in Oregon. Omission Brewing 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, specially crafted to be gluten-free. Omission IPA hits shelves in Oregon on April 1.

    “Omission IPA is the first authentic gluten-free IPA brewed with malted barley to hit the market,” said Joe Casey, Widmer Brothers Brewmaster. “This IPA is brewed in the traditional Northwest IPA style, yet is specially crafted to be gluten-free. The beer uses a generous amount of Summit and Cascade hops giving it a beautiful citrus flavor and aroma.”

    “At Omission, we’re constantly innovating, and exploring new opportunities to share our love of craft beer with anyone of legal drinking age, including those with gluten sensitivities,” said Terry Michaelson, CEO, Craft Brew Alliance, and longtime celiac. “Part of that is experimenting with different beer styles that meet our rigorous gluten-free standards while staying true to our commitment to high-quality craft brewing. Omission IPA hits the mark, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of our customers in Oregon this spring.”

    Omission beers are brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, Ore., using an innovative brewing program to ensure that gluten levels in every batch measure well below the widely accepted CODEX gluten-free standard of 20 parts per million (ppm) for food and beverages. Every batch of Omission beer is tested by the brewery and by an independent lab, and all test results are available to consumers at Fan stories of when they first discovered Omission beers, or what they like to call their “O” Moments, are available at

    Gluten-free Omission IPA:
    Omission IPA is a bright, hop forward Northwest Style IPA produced in the spirit of the original IPAs shipped from the UK to India in the late 1800s. The heavy-handed use of Cascade and Summit hops give it notable pine, citrus, and grapefruit aromas and flavors. The bitterness is what you would expect of a NW IPA but this beer is balanced and smooth due to the perfect level of malt sweetness. The finish is crisp, clean, and refreshing – it’s a true IPA lover’s IPA.

    About Omission IPA

    Malts: Pale, Carmel 10°L
    Hops: Cascade, Summit

    IBU: 65
    ABV: 6.7%

    Omission IPA has a suggested retail price of $9.99 per six-pack and will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles at the Widmer Brothers Gasthaus Pub in Portland, Ore., and at retailers, restaurants and bars throughout the state.

    About Omission Brewing Company
    Omission Brewing Company is a new brand of craft beers introduced in 2012 by Craft Brew Alliance in Portland, Ore. Omission is the first craft beer brand in the U.S. focused exclusively on brewing great-tasting beers with traditional beer ingredients, including malted barley, that are specially crafted to remove gluten. Each batch of Omission Beer is tested independently using the R5 competitive ELISA test to ensure that it contains gluten levels below the CODEX gluten-free standard of 20ppm or less. Omission produces three gluten-free craft beers: Omission Lager, Omission Pale Ale and Omission IPA. Drinking is believing.

    About Craft Brew Alliance
    Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) was formed with the merger of leading Pacific Northwest craft brewers Widmer Brothers Brewing and Redhook Ale Brewery in 2008. With an eye toward preserving and growing one-of-a-kind craft beers and brands, CBA was joined by Kona Brewing Company in 2010. CBA launched Omission Brewing Company in 2012. For more information about CBA, visit

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  2. Kerfluffel

    Kerfluffel Jan 31, 2013 Washington

    Awesome! Its exciting to see more gluten free (or low gluten) beers that actually taste good. I know a few people who'll be psyched for this.
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  3. rotorueter

    rotorueter Feb 10, 2010 Ohio

    Nice. Omission is good stuff. I hope it makes it to the rest of the country.
  4. Immortale25

    Immortale25 May 13, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    If it's anywhere as good as the Omission Pale Ale, it should be great.
  5. dbc5

    dbc5 Jun 18, 2009 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    Not the Omission beers. They are brewed in a process identical to a typical beer, but an enzyme is added that breaks down the gluten protein. Result is a clear beer that tastes identical to how it would without the enzyme added. I've brewed batches and split them, half with the enzyme (marketed as Clarity Ferm) and half without. Taste and mouthfeel is indistinguishable.
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  6. Squiggy

    Squiggy Feb 18, 2013 Michigan

    If anyone comes across this stuff, let me know.
    My brother is a Celiac and id really like to try and get him into craft beer.
  7. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    At this point they can only sell it in Oregon because the FDA doesn't allow products to be labeled as "gluten-free" if they contained glutenous ingredients at some point. I can understand their caution, but it's a shame that people outside the state can't have a GF beer that actually tastes like beer.
  8. dbc5

    dbc5 Jun 18, 2009 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    Hmm, their lager and pale ale are available in Michigan. They are careful not to label it "gluten free" on the packaging though.
  9. bramsdell

    bramsdell May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    "O moment" is the lamest PR term I've heard in some time.
  10. sliverX

    sliverX Oct 5, 2007 S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

    Same here.
  11. Kerfluffel

    Kerfluffel Jan 31, 2013 Washington

    Pale and Lager are sold outside of Oregon and I've read elsewhere that the IPA will have wider distribution in the summer.
  12. Goldfishman

    Goldfishman Jan 29, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Great news the wife has Celiac and will be excited to try this .
  13. Keffa

    Keffa Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    I don't like how they say gluten free. It's gluten removed. And further, I don't care for them saying they are the first brand, considering they started Omission in 2012 and Harvester Brewing started in 2011. Harvester is a completely gluten free brewery, and not by gluten removal.
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  14. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    “Omission IPA is the first authentic gluten-free IPA brewed with malted barley to hit the market,”

    That statement is technically true.
  15. Keffa

    Keffa Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    It's still not gluten free, even if it were at zero PPM. It's gluten removed. Potato, potatoe. Still a spud.
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  16. 1up

    1up Mar 5, 2013 District of Columbia

    My friend who has a gluten allergy got really sick off this stuff.
  17. bierenutz

    bierenutz Jan 21, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Like any allergy, it's a matter of tolerance. Some just cannot consume a de-glutenized product. To advertise something is gluten free is misleading and misrepresents that a gluten component has been treated to remove the harmful aspect of that ingredient. For those that are especially sensitive, the ramifications are all to real and can be severe. Call it what it is...a de-glutenized beer!
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  18. sliverX

    sliverX Oct 5, 2007 S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

  19. bierenutz

    bierenutz Jan 21, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Thanks for the info! :D
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