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Is Gluten-Free Beer Really Gluten-Free?

Is Gluten-Free Beer Really Gluten-Free?

Controversy arises over beers that contain gluten but are marketed as 'gluten-free'

Until the FDA releases the standards for gluten-free product labeling, millions of Americans suffering from celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, are forced to rely on inconsistent product information from different companies. And that includes beer companies, too.

Oregon brewing company Widmer Bros. has stirred up some controversy regarding its new gluten-free brew. The ninth-largest brewing company in the nation recently released two new gluten-free beers, Omission Gluten Free Lager and Omission Guten Free Pale Ale. But the Treasury Alcohol and Tobbaco Tax and Trade Bureau has called out Widmer on its brewing methods, which may not be completely gluten-free.

Because most gluten-free beers are brewed from sorghum, they do not taste like traditional beers; but Widmer’s gluten-free brews are made with barley, which contains gluten, in order to achieve a beer-like taste. Enzymes are utilized to reduce the gluten levels in beer to below the 20 ppm standard set by the World Health Organization, which the FDA will likely accept as well. This standard is commonly accepted in Europe, meaning that many so-called gluten-free products still contain traceable amounts of gluten.

The gluten-levels in the finished product are not the issue, however. The TTB argues that beer made from ingredients that contain gluten can technically not be labeled as "gluten-free." And because this beer is supposedly far superior in taste to its truly gluten-free counterparts, this could mean Widmer gets an unfair advantage against its competition.

Therefore, the argument truly arises when it comes to classifying and labeling this product as "gluten-free." Should this classification be based on the ingredients used to make the product, or the gluten levels of the finished product? Until the FDA decides, gluten-intolerant Americans will just have to do a bit more research on their brews.


Gluten-Free Oreos Are Being Turned into a Gluten-Free Stout

A Colorado brewery that specializes in gluten-free beers is releasing the cookie-themed product next month.

As the world&aposs best-selling cookie brand, Oreo excited gluten-averse fans when they announced they&aposd be releasing the first-ever gluten-free version of their cookies this January. But for one brewery in Colorado, this Gluten-Free Oreo announcement sparked another exciting concept: a Gluten-Free Oreo stout.

Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden is billed as "100-percent dedicated to gluten-free," founded by Karen Hertz, a cancer survivor who went gluten-free as part of her treatment plan. The brewery&aposs lineup features plenty of intriguing styles𠅏rom a hip hazy IPA to even a gluten-free spin on a wit beer, which is traditionally made from the very not gluten-free ingredient, wheat. Meanwhile, one of brewing&aposs biggest trends has been spiking stouts with over-the-top sweet ingredients, billed as "pastry stouts," whether it&aposs Fudgie the Whale cakes or an ode to The Great British Baking Show. So when Gluten-Free Oreo cookies were released, making a gluten-free beer was the next sensible step.

"Gluten-free Oreos were the only thing our community has been talking about (including our own staff!). The lightbulb went off and I thought, &aposWhat better than a gluten-free beer brewed with gluten-free Oreos?&apos" Hertz told me via email. "How cool is it that an Oreo, a classic favorite, can now be enjoyed by more people? That&aposs how we feel about our beer too. Those who haven&apost been able to enjoy craft beer in the past due to dietary restrictions can now partake in the experience with our beers. A gluten-free Oreo stout is a big moment in gluten-free history!"

The resulting 6.8-percent ABV stout was made with plenty of Gluten-Free Oreos: 65 packages clocking in at over 35 pounds. From there, the brewery further enhanced the brew&aposs base of ten different gluten-free malts with whole vanilla beans and coca nibs. The final product is billed as "a rich and velvety stout" featuring "a balance of cookie sweetness and toasty, rich flavors." Head brewer Alan Windhausen explained to me that they focused on "accentuating the special Oreo character while making a beer that was approachable and drinkable."

"We&aposve already brewed a Brownie Stout at Holidaily. That cleared a lot of our technical hurdles when it comes to &apospastry stout&apos beer styles," Windhausen said. "Two of our brewers, Connor and Nikolas, have been pushing for a cookie beer for years now, and we just could never get the ingredients worked out. With Gluten-Free Oreos coming on the market, this was an opportunity to fulfill their brewing dreams and make a true Oreo Stout!"

Holidaily&aposs Gluten-Free Oreo Stout will be available at the brewery taproom—which is currently open but operating with COVID-19 restrictions—on February 20 and 21 in honor of the brewery&aposs five-year anniversary. They say drinkers will be able to grab it on tap and in 32-ounce crowler cans to-go while supplies last.


Gluten-Free Oreos Are Being Turned into a Gluten-Free Stout

A Colorado brewery that specializes in gluten-free beers is releasing the cookie-themed product next month.

As the world&aposs best-selling cookie brand, Oreo excited gluten-averse fans when they announced they&aposd be releasing the first-ever gluten-free version of their cookies this January. But for one brewery in Colorado, this Gluten-Free Oreo announcement sparked another exciting concept: a Gluten-Free Oreo stout.

Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden is billed as "100-percent dedicated to gluten-free," founded by Karen Hertz, a cancer survivor who went gluten-free as part of her treatment plan. The brewery&aposs lineup features plenty of intriguing styles𠅏rom a hip hazy IPA to even a gluten-free spin on a wit beer, which is traditionally made from the very not gluten-free ingredient, wheat. Meanwhile, one of brewing&aposs biggest trends has been spiking stouts with over-the-top sweet ingredients, billed as "pastry stouts," whether it&aposs Fudgie the Whale cakes or an ode to The Great British Baking Show. So when Gluten-Free Oreo cookies were released, making a gluten-free beer was the next sensible step.

"Gluten-free Oreos were the only thing our community has been talking about (including our own staff!). The lightbulb went off and I thought, &aposWhat better than a gluten-free beer brewed with gluten-free Oreos?&apos" Hertz told me via email. "How cool is it that an Oreo, a classic favorite, can now be enjoyed by more people? That&aposs how we feel about our beer too. Those who haven&apost been able to enjoy craft beer in the past due to dietary restrictions can now partake in the experience with our beers. A gluten-free Oreo stout is a big moment in gluten-free history!"

The resulting 6.8-percent ABV stout was made with plenty of Gluten-Free Oreos: 65 packages clocking in at over 35 pounds. From there, the brewery further enhanced the brew&aposs base of ten different gluten-free malts with whole vanilla beans and coca nibs. The final product is billed as "a rich and velvety stout" featuring "a balance of cookie sweetness and toasty, rich flavors." Head brewer Alan Windhausen explained to me that they focused on "accentuating the special Oreo character while making a beer that was approachable and drinkable."

"We&aposve already brewed a Brownie Stout at Holidaily. That cleared a lot of our technical hurdles when it comes to &apospastry stout&apos beer styles," Windhausen said. "Two of our brewers, Connor and Nikolas, have been pushing for a cookie beer for years now, and we just could never get the ingredients worked out. With Gluten-Free Oreos coming on the market, this was an opportunity to fulfill their brewing dreams and make a true Oreo Stout!"

Holidaily&aposs Gluten-Free Oreo Stout will be available at the brewery taproom—which is currently open but operating with COVID-19 restrictions—on February 20 and 21 in honor of the brewery&aposs five-year anniversary. They say drinkers will be able to grab it on tap and in 32-ounce crowler cans to-go while supplies last.


Gluten-Free Oreos Are Being Turned into a Gluten-Free Stout

A Colorado brewery that specializes in gluten-free beers is releasing the cookie-themed product next month.

As the world&aposs best-selling cookie brand, Oreo excited gluten-averse fans when they announced they&aposd be releasing the first-ever gluten-free version of their cookies this January. But for one brewery in Colorado, this Gluten-Free Oreo announcement sparked another exciting concept: a Gluten-Free Oreo stout.

Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden is billed as "100-percent dedicated to gluten-free," founded by Karen Hertz, a cancer survivor who went gluten-free as part of her treatment plan. The brewery&aposs lineup features plenty of intriguing styles𠅏rom a hip hazy IPA to even a gluten-free spin on a wit beer, which is traditionally made from the very not gluten-free ingredient, wheat. Meanwhile, one of brewing&aposs biggest trends has been spiking stouts with over-the-top sweet ingredients, billed as "pastry stouts," whether it&aposs Fudgie the Whale cakes or an ode to The Great British Baking Show. So when Gluten-Free Oreo cookies were released, making a gluten-free beer was the next sensible step.

"Gluten-free Oreos were the only thing our community has been talking about (including our own staff!). The lightbulb went off and I thought, &aposWhat better than a gluten-free beer brewed with gluten-free Oreos?&apos" Hertz told me via email. "How cool is it that an Oreo, a classic favorite, can now be enjoyed by more people? That&aposs how we feel about our beer too. Those who haven&apost been able to enjoy craft beer in the past due to dietary restrictions can now partake in the experience with our beers. A gluten-free Oreo stout is a big moment in gluten-free history!"

The resulting 6.8-percent ABV stout was made with plenty of Gluten-Free Oreos: 65 packages clocking in at over 35 pounds. From there, the brewery further enhanced the brew&aposs base of ten different gluten-free malts with whole vanilla beans and coca nibs. The final product is billed as "a rich and velvety stout" featuring "a balance of cookie sweetness and toasty, rich flavors." Head brewer Alan Windhausen explained to me that they focused on "accentuating the special Oreo character while making a beer that was approachable and drinkable."

"We&aposve already brewed a Brownie Stout at Holidaily. That cleared a lot of our technical hurdles when it comes to &apospastry stout&apos beer styles," Windhausen said. "Two of our brewers, Connor and Nikolas, have been pushing for a cookie beer for years now, and we just could never get the ingredients worked out. With Gluten-Free Oreos coming on the market, this was an opportunity to fulfill their brewing dreams and make a true Oreo Stout!"

Holidaily&aposs Gluten-Free Oreo Stout will be available at the brewery taproom—which is currently open but operating with COVID-19 restrictions—on February 20 and 21 in honor of the brewery&aposs five-year anniversary. They say drinkers will be able to grab it on tap and in 32-ounce crowler cans to-go while supplies last.


Gluten-Free Oreos Are Being Turned into a Gluten-Free Stout

A Colorado brewery that specializes in gluten-free beers is releasing the cookie-themed product next month.

As the world&aposs best-selling cookie brand, Oreo excited gluten-averse fans when they announced they&aposd be releasing the first-ever gluten-free version of their cookies this January. But for one brewery in Colorado, this Gluten-Free Oreo announcement sparked another exciting concept: a Gluten-Free Oreo stout.

Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden is billed as "100-percent dedicated to gluten-free," founded by Karen Hertz, a cancer survivor who went gluten-free as part of her treatment plan. The brewery&aposs lineup features plenty of intriguing styles𠅏rom a hip hazy IPA to even a gluten-free spin on a wit beer, which is traditionally made from the very not gluten-free ingredient, wheat. Meanwhile, one of brewing&aposs biggest trends has been spiking stouts with over-the-top sweet ingredients, billed as "pastry stouts," whether it&aposs Fudgie the Whale cakes or an ode to The Great British Baking Show. So when Gluten-Free Oreo cookies were released, making a gluten-free beer was the next sensible step.

"Gluten-free Oreos were the only thing our community has been talking about (including our own staff!). The lightbulb went off and I thought, &aposWhat better than a gluten-free beer brewed with gluten-free Oreos?&apos" Hertz told me via email. "How cool is it that an Oreo, a classic favorite, can now be enjoyed by more people? That&aposs how we feel about our beer too. Those who haven&apost been able to enjoy craft beer in the past due to dietary restrictions can now partake in the experience with our beers. A gluten-free Oreo stout is a big moment in gluten-free history!"

The resulting 6.8-percent ABV stout was made with plenty of Gluten-Free Oreos: 65 packages clocking in at over 35 pounds. From there, the brewery further enhanced the brew&aposs base of ten different gluten-free malts with whole vanilla beans and coca nibs. The final product is billed as "a rich and velvety stout" featuring "a balance of cookie sweetness and toasty, rich flavors." Head brewer Alan Windhausen explained to me that they focused on "accentuating the special Oreo character while making a beer that was approachable and drinkable."

"We&aposve already brewed a Brownie Stout at Holidaily. That cleared a lot of our technical hurdles when it comes to &apospastry stout&apos beer styles," Windhausen said. "Two of our brewers, Connor and Nikolas, have been pushing for a cookie beer for years now, and we just could never get the ingredients worked out. With Gluten-Free Oreos coming on the market, this was an opportunity to fulfill their brewing dreams and make a true Oreo Stout!"

Holidaily&aposs Gluten-Free Oreo Stout will be available at the brewery taproom—which is currently open but operating with COVID-19 restrictions—on February 20 and 21 in honor of the brewery&aposs five-year anniversary. They say drinkers will be able to grab it on tap and in 32-ounce crowler cans to-go while supplies last.


Gluten-Free Oreos Are Being Turned into a Gluten-Free Stout

A Colorado brewery that specializes in gluten-free beers is releasing the cookie-themed product next month.

As the world&aposs best-selling cookie brand, Oreo excited gluten-averse fans when they announced they&aposd be releasing the first-ever gluten-free version of their cookies this January. But for one brewery in Colorado, this Gluten-Free Oreo announcement sparked another exciting concept: a Gluten-Free Oreo stout.

Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden is billed as "100-percent dedicated to gluten-free," founded by Karen Hertz, a cancer survivor who went gluten-free as part of her treatment plan. The brewery&aposs lineup features plenty of intriguing styles𠅏rom a hip hazy IPA to even a gluten-free spin on a wit beer, which is traditionally made from the very not gluten-free ingredient, wheat. Meanwhile, one of brewing&aposs biggest trends has been spiking stouts with over-the-top sweet ingredients, billed as "pastry stouts," whether it&aposs Fudgie the Whale cakes or an ode to The Great British Baking Show. So when Gluten-Free Oreo cookies were released, making a gluten-free beer was the next sensible step.

"Gluten-free Oreos were the only thing our community has been talking about (including our own staff!). The lightbulb went off and I thought, &aposWhat better than a gluten-free beer brewed with gluten-free Oreos?&apos" Hertz told me via email. "How cool is it that an Oreo, a classic favorite, can now be enjoyed by more people? That&aposs how we feel about our beer too. Those who haven&apost been able to enjoy craft beer in the past due to dietary restrictions can now partake in the experience with our beers. A gluten-free Oreo stout is a big moment in gluten-free history!"

The resulting 6.8-percent ABV stout was made with plenty of Gluten-Free Oreos: 65 packages clocking in at over 35 pounds. From there, the brewery further enhanced the brew&aposs base of ten different gluten-free malts with whole vanilla beans and coca nibs. The final product is billed as "a rich and velvety stout" featuring "a balance of cookie sweetness and toasty, rich flavors." Head brewer Alan Windhausen explained to me that they focused on "accentuating the special Oreo character while making a beer that was approachable and drinkable."

"We&aposve already brewed a Brownie Stout at Holidaily. That cleared a lot of our technical hurdles when it comes to &apospastry stout&apos beer styles," Windhausen said. "Two of our brewers, Connor and Nikolas, have been pushing for a cookie beer for years now, and we just could never get the ingredients worked out. With Gluten-Free Oreos coming on the market, this was an opportunity to fulfill their brewing dreams and make a true Oreo Stout!"

Holidaily&aposs Gluten-Free Oreo Stout will be available at the brewery taproom—which is currently open but operating with COVID-19 restrictions—on February 20 and 21 in honor of the brewery&aposs five-year anniversary. They say drinkers will be able to grab it on tap and in 32-ounce crowler cans to-go while supplies last.


Gluten-Free Oreos Are Being Turned into a Gluten-Free Stout

A Colorado brewery that specializes in gluten-free beers is releasing the cookie-themed product next month.

As the world&aposs best-selling cookie brand, Oreo excited gluten-averse fans when they announced they&aposd be releasing the first-ever gluten-free version of their cookies this January. But for one brewery in Colorado, this Gluten-Free Oreo announcement sparked another exciting concept: a Gluten-Free Oreo stout.

Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden is billed as "100-percent dedicated to gluten-free," founded by Karen Hertz, a cancer survivor who went gluten-free as part of her treatment plan. The brewery&aposs lineup features plenty of intriguing styles𠅏rom a hip hazy IPA to even a gluten-free spin on a wit beer, which is traditionally made from the very not gluten-free ingredient, wheat. Meanwhile, one of brewing&aposs biggest trends has been spiking stouts with over-the-top sweet ingredients, billed as "pastry stouts," whether it&aposs Fudgie the Whale cakes or an ode to The Great British Baking Show. So when Gluten-Free Oreo cookies were released, making a gluten-free beer was the next sensible step.

"Gluten-free Oreos were the only thing our community has been talking about (including our own staff!). The lightbulb went off and I thought, &aposWhat better than a gluten-free beer brewed with gluten-free Oreos?&apos" Hertz told me via email. "How cool is it that an Oreo, a classic favorite, can now be enjoyed by more people? That&aposs how we feel about our beer too. Those who haven&apost been able to enjoy craft beer in the past due to dietary restrictions can now partake in the experience with our beers. A gluten-free Oreo stout is a big moment in gluten-free history!"

The resulting 6.8-percent ABV stout was made with plenty of Gluten-Free Oreos: 65 packages clocking in at over 35 pounds. From there, the brewery further enhanced the brew&aposs base of ten different gluten-free malts with whole vanilla beans and coca nibs. The final product is billed as "a rich and velvety stout" featuring "a balance of cookie sweetness and toasty, rich flavors." Head brewer Alan Windhausen explained to me that they focused on "accentuating the special Oreo character while making a beer that was approachable and drinkable."

"We&aposve already brewed a Brownie Stout at Holidaily. That cleared a lot of our technical hurdles when it comes to &apospastry stout&apos beer styles," Windhausen said. "Two of our brewers, Connor and Nikolas, have been pushing for a cookie beer for years now, and we just could never get the ingredients worked out. With Gluten-Free Oreos coming on the market, this was an opportunity to fulfill their brewing dreams and make a true Oreo Stout!"

Holidaily&aposs Gluten-Free Oreo Stout will be available at the brewery taproom—which is currently open but operating with COVID-19 restrictions—on February 20 and 21 in honor of the brewery&aposs five-year anniversary. They say drinkers will be able to grab it on tap and in 32-ounce crowler cans to-go while supplies last.


Gluten-Free Oreos Are Being Turned into a Gluten-Free Stout

A Colorado brewery that specializes in gluten-free beers is releasing the cookie-themed product next month.

As the world&aposs best-selling cookie brand, Oreo excited gluten-averse fans when they announced they&aposd be releasing the first-ever gluten-free version of their cookies this January. But for one brewery in Colorado, this Gluten-Free Oreo announcement sparked another exciting concept: a Gluten-Free Oreo stout.

Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden is billed as "100-percent dedicated to gluten-free," founded by Karen Hertz, a cancer survivor who went gluten-free as part of her treatment plan. The brewery&aposs lineup features plenty of intriguing styles𠅏rom a hip hazy IPA to even a gluten-free spin on a wit beer, which is traditionally made from the very not gluten-free ingredient, wheat. Meanwhile, one of brewing&aposs biggest trends has been spiking stouts with over-the-top sweet ingredients, billed as "pastry stouts," whether it&aposs Fudgie the Whale cakes or an ode to The Great British Baking Show. So when Gluten-Free Oreo cookies were released, making a gluten-free beer was the next sensible step.

"Gluten-free Oreos were the only thing our community has been talking about (including our own staff!). The lightbulb went off and I thought, &aposWhat better than a gluten-free beer brewed with gluten-free Oreos?&apos" Hertz told me via email. "How cool is it that an Oreo, a classic favorite, can now be enjoyed by more people? That&aposs how we feel about our beer too. Those who haven&apost been able to enjoy craft beer in the past due to dietary restrictions can now partake in the experience with our beers. A gluten-free Oreo stout is a big moment in gluten-free history!"

The resulting 6.8-percent ABV stout was made with plenty of Gluten-Free Oreos: 65 packages clocking in at over 35 pounds. From there, the brewery further enhanced the brew&aposs base of ten different gluten-free malts with whole vanilla beans and coca nibs. The final product is billed as "a rich and velvety stout" featuring "a balance of cookie sweetness and toasty, rich flavors." Head brewer Alan Windhausen explained to me that they focused on "accentuating the special Oreo character while making a beer that was approachable and drinkable."

"We&aposve already brewed a Brownie Stout at Holidaily. That cleared a lot of our technical hurdles when it comes to &apospastry stout&apos beer styles," Windhausen said. "Two of our brewers, Connor and Nikolas, have been pushing for a cookie beer for years now, and we just could never get the ingredients worked out. With Gluten-Free Oreos coming on the market, this was an opportunity to fulfill their brewing dreams and make a true Oreo Stout!"

Holidaily&aposs Gluten-Free Oreo Stout will be available at the brewery taproom—which is currently open but operating with COVID-19 restrictions—on February 20 and 21 in honor of the brewery&aposs five-year anniversary. They say drinkers will be able to grab it on tap and in 32-ounce crowler cans to-go while supplies last.


Gluten-Free Oreos Are Being Turned into a Gluten-Free Stout

A Colorado brewery that specializes in gluten-free beers is releasing the cookie-themed product next month.

As the world&aposs best-selling cookie brand, Oreo excited gluten-averse fans when they announced they&aposd be releasing the first-ever gluten-free version of their cookies this January. But for one brewery in Colorado, this Gluten-Free Oreo announcement sparked another exciting concept: a Gluten-Free Oreo stout.

Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden is billed as "100-percent dedicated to gluten-free," founded by Karen Hertz, a cancer survivor who went gluten-free as part of her treatment plan. The brewery&aposs lineup features plenty of intriguing styles𠅏rom a hip hazy IPA to even a gluten-free spin on a wit beer, which is traditionally made from the very not gluten-free ingredient, wheat. Meanwhile, one of brewing&aposs biggest trends has been spiking stouts with over-the-top sweet ingredients, billed as "pastry stouts," whether it&aposs Fudgie the Whale cakes or an ode to The Great British Baking Show. So when Gluten-Free Oreo cookies were released, making a gluten-free beer was the next sensible step.

"Gluten-free Oreos were the only thing our community has been talking about (including our own staff!). The lightbulb went off and I thought, &aposWhat better than a gluten-free beer brewed with gluten-free Oreos?&apos" Hertz told me via email. "How cool is it that an Oreo, a classic favorite, can now be enjoyed by more people? That&aposs how we feel about our beer too. Those who haven&apost been able to enjoy craft beer in the past due to dietary restrictions can now partake in the experience with our beers. A gluten-free Oreo stout is a big moment in gluten-free history!"

The resulting 6.8-percent ABV stout was made with plenty of Gluten-Free Oreos: 65 packages clocking in at over 35 pounds. From there, the brewery further enhanced the brew&aposs base of ten different gluten-free malts with whole vanilla beans and coca nibs. The final product is billed as "a rich and velvety stout" featuring "a balance of cookie sweetness and toasty, rich flavors." Head brewer Alan Windhausen explained to me that they focused on "accentuating the special Oreo character while making a beer that was approachable and drinkable."

"We&aposve already brewed a Brownie Stout at Holidaily. That cleared a lot of our technical hurdles when it comes to &apospastry stout&apos beer styles," Windhausen said. "Two of our brewers, Connor and Nikolas, have been pushing for a cookie beer for years now, and we just could never get the ingredients worked out. With Gluten-Free Oreos coming on the market, this was an opportunity to fulfill their brewing dreams and make a true Oreo Stout!"

Holidaily&aposs Gluten-Free Oreo Stout will be available at the brewery taproom—which is currently open but operating with COVID-19 restrictions—on February 20 and 21 in honor of the brewery&aposs five-year anniversary. They say drinkers will be able to grab it on tap and in 32-ounce crowler cans to-go while supplies last.


Gluten-Free Oreos Are Being Turned into a Gluten-Free Stout

A Colorado brewery that specializes in gluten-free beers is releasing the cookie-themed product next month.

As the world&aposs best-selling cookie brand, Oreo excited gluten-averse fans when they announced they&aposd be releasing the first-ever gluten-free version of their cookies this January. But for one brewery in Colorado, this Gluten-Free Oreo announcement sparked another exciting concept: a Gluten-Free Oreo stout.

Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden is billed as "100-percent dedicated to gluten-free," founded by Karen Hertz, a cancer survivor who went gluten-free as part of her treatment plan. The brewery&aposs lineup features plenty of intriguing styles𠅏rom a hip hazy IPA to even a gluten-free spin on a wit beer, which is traditionally made from the very not gluten-free ingredient, wheat. Meanwhile, one of brewing&aposs biggest trends has been spiking stouts with over-the-top sweet ingredients, billed as "pastry stouts," whether it&aposs Fudgie the Whale cakes or an ode to The Great British Baking Show. So when Gluten-Free Oreo cookies were released, making a gluten-free beer was the next sensible step.

"Gluten-free Oreos were the only thing our community has been talking about (including our own staff!). The lightbulb went off and I thought, &aposWhat better than a gluten-free beer brewed with gluten-free Oreos?&apos" Hertz told me via email. "How cool is it that an Oreo, a classic favorite, can now be enjoyed by more people? That&aposs how we feel about our beer too. Those who haven&apost been able to enjoy craft beer in the past due to dietary restrictions can now partake in the experience with our beers. A gluten-free Oreo stout is a big moment in gluten-free history!"

The resulting 6.8-percent ABV stout was made with plenty of Gluten-Free Oreos: 65 packages clocking in at over 35 pounds. From there, the brewery further enhanced the brew&aposs base of ten different gluten-free malts with whole vanilla beans and coca nibs. The final product is billed as "a rich and velvety stout" featuring "a balance of cookie sweetness and toasty, rich flavors." Head brewer Alan Windhausen explained to me that they focused on "accentuating the special Oreo character while making a beer that was approachable and drinkable."

"We&aposve already brewed a Brownie Stout at Holidaily. That cleared a lot of our technical hurdles when it comes to &apospastry stout&apos beer styles," Windhausen said. "Two of our brewers, Connor and Nikolas, have been pushing for a cookie beer for years now, and we just could never get the ingredients worked out. With Gluten-Free Oreos coming on the market, this was an opportunity to fulfill their brewing dreams and make a true Oreo Stout!"

Holidaily&aposs Gluten-Free Oreo Stout will be available at the brewery taproom—which is currently open but operating with COVID-19 restrictions—on February 20 and 21 in honor of the brewery&aposs five-year anniversary. They say drinkers will be able to grab it on tap and in 32-ounce crowler cans to-go while supplies last.


Gluten-Free Oreos Are Being Turned into a Gluten-Free Stout

A Colorado brewery that specializes in gluten-free beers is releasing the cookie-themed product next month.

As the world&aposs best-selling cookie brand, Oreo excited gluten-averse fans when they announced they&aposd be releasing the first-ever gluten-free version of their cookies this January. But for one brewery in Colorado, this Gluten-Free Oreo announcement sparked another exciting concept: a Gluten-Free Oreo stout.

Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden is billed as "100-percent dedicated to gluten-free," founded by Karen Hertz, a cancer survivor who went gluten-free as part of her treatment plan. The brewery&aposs lineup features plenty of intriguing styles𠅏rom a hip hazy IPA to even a gluten-free spin on a wit beer, which is traditionally made from the very not gluten-free ingredient, wheat. Meanwhile, one of brewing&aposs biggest trends has been spiking stouts with over-the-top sweet ingredients, billed as "pastry stouts," whether it&aposs Fudgie the Whale cakes or an ode to The Great British Baking Show. So when Gluten-Free Oreo cookies were released, making a gluten-free beer was the next sensible step.

"Gluten-free Oreos were the only thing our community has been talking about (including our own staff!). The lightbulb went off and I thought, &aposWhat better than a gluten-free beer brewed with gluten-free Oreos?&apos" Hertz told me via email. "How cool is it that an Oreo, a classic favorite, can now be enjoyed by more people? That&aposs how we feel about our beer too. Those who haven&apost been able to enjoy craft beer in the past due to dietary restrictions can now partake in the experience with our beers. A gluten-free Oreo stout is a big moment in gluten-free history!"

The resulting 6.8-percent ABV stout was made with plenty of Gluten-Free Oreos: 65 packages clocking in at over 35 pounds. From there, the brewery further enhanced the brew&aposs base of ten different gluten-free malts with whole vanilla beans and coca nibs. The final product is billed as "a rich and velvety stout" featuring "a balance of cookie sweetness and toasty, rich flavors." Head brewer Alan Windhausen explained to me that they focused on "accentuating the special Oreo character while making a beer that was approachable and drinkable."

"We&aposve already brewed a Brownie Stout at Holidaily. That cleared a lot of our technical hurdles when it comes to &apospastry stout&apos beer styles," Windhausen said. "Two of our brewers, Connor and Nikolas, have been pushing for a cookie beer for years now, and we just could never get the ingredients worked out. With Gluten-Free Oreos coming on the market, this was an opportunity to fulfill their brewing dreams and make a true Oreo Stout!"

Holidaily&aposs Gluten-Free Oreo Stout will be available at the brewery taproom—which is currently open but operating with COVID-19 restrictions—on February 20 and 21 in honor of the brewery&aposs five-year anniversary. They say drinkers will be able to grab it on tap and in 32-ounce crowler cans to-go while supplies last.