Beer: Omission Pale Ale
Style: Gluten-free pale ale
Alcohol: 5.8 percent by volume
Price: About $10 a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles at Publix
Story: Few gluten-free beers actually taste like, well, beer. Gluten is a protein found in barley, wheat, rye and other grains used in the brewing process. Remove them from the equation, and you get something that’s not especially beery. Oregon’s Widmer Bros. Brewing has changed the game with its Omission line – a lager and pale ale are available in South Florida; an IPA is on the way. The beers start with a low-protein barley and utilize an enzyme that further breaks down the protein to gluten-free levels. Cascade and Citra hops give Omission Pale Ale an orangey freshness that even non-celiac sufferers will enjoy.
Pairing: Try Omission Pale Ale with a (bunless) cheeseburger and fries from Shake Shack in Coral Gables and Miami Beach.
Evan S. Benn
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