What happens when the CEO of a craft brewery is diagnosed with celiac disease? While many in this circumstance might consider a career change, this wasn't the case with Terry Michaelson, CEO of Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, OR. Instead, he developed Omission beer ($10 per six-pack), a line of craft beers brewed using traditional ingredients, including malted barley, which would be safe for consumption for himself and his peers.
Utilizing a unique process to remove the gluten from the libation post-brew, Omission scored below the threshold for gluten content set forth by Codex, but the test that most intrigued me was whether or not the two brews, a lager and an American pale ale, could stand up to their traditional counterparts. Find out how Omission performed where it counts most: flavor.