When you’re thinking of diet-friendly drinks, beer probably isn’t the first boozy refreshment to come to mind – vodka sodas and red wine are my go-tos. But what if you could sip on a quality beer without worrying about going overboard with carbs and calories?
Enter: Omission Ultimate Light Golden Ale. This ale clocks in at 99 calories and 5 carbs per 12-ounce beer, and also happens to be gluten-free. The brewery promises that this super light beer still has the full flavor of a quality craft beer, with citrusy hops and a clean finish. At just 4.2% ABV, it’s relatively low in alcohol–but at less than 100 calories a beer, who says we’re not planning to drink more than one?
For some perspective, beer can be anywhere from 90-170 calories per serving. Lower calorie beers are probably the kind you drank in college (Natural Light, Amstel Light), while more quality brews like Harpoon IPA or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are both over 150 calories a pop. These are also much higher in carbohydrates than Omission’s Ultimate Light Golden Ale.
“Consumers have a lot of choices when it comes to craft beer, but there aren’t many options if you’re looking for something that’s low in calories and carbs but still high in flavor,” said Joe Casey, Omission Brewing Company’s brewmaster. “We wanted to create a craft beer that gave active consumers a better-tasting option and one with the additional benefit of being crafted to remove gluten. Omission Ultimate Light is an incredibly versatile beer that delivers the complete craft beer experience without weighing you down.”
Last summer, several brands of spiked seltzer hit shelves, marketed as a low-carb, low-calorie alternative to heavier drinks like beer. As much as Americans are loving quality craft beer these days, it’s hard to ignore the demands of a nation who loves Whole30 and the Paleo diet. I like to think that low-calorie beer could be a solution.
Omission was founded in 2012 and is America’s first craft beer brand to focus exclusively on gluten free beer. In addition to the new addition to their lineup, the brewery makes three other beers: an IPA, a Lager, and an American Pale Ale. Omission Ultimate Light Golden Ale will be available in six-packs nationally this summer.