Gluten-free brewery launches first beers

Gluten-free brewery launches first beers

The UK’s first entirely gluten-free craft brewery will launch its first two beers at the Allergy & Free From show in Glasgow this weekend (March 19).

Based in Edinburgh, Bellfield Brewery, is brewing craft beers that are naturally gluten free, all certified by Coeliac UK and carrying the “crossed grain” symbol.

The first two beers from the brewery are an IPA named Lawless Village, homage to the area of Portobello where the four founding friends are from, and a traditional pilsner-type beer, Bellfield Bohemian, brewed using traditional Noble and Saaz hops.

Bellfield founders, two of whom have celiac disease themselves, have ambitious plans to secure UK and European distribution.

Founder Marie Brown said: “We believe there is very significant market opportunity to exploit the sweet spot between the continuing popularity of craft beers and the momentum in the demand for gluten-free food and drink, both in the UK and internationally.”

The Brewery has also announced a move into its own premises in the Abbeyhill area of the city, which is due to be completed by July.

Thanks to the success of the brand, between five and seven sustainable, full-time equivalent jobs are expected to be created in the next three years.

Ms Brown added: “We’re the first dedicated, gluten-free craft beer brewery in the UK, and our mission is to make great-tasting beers, that just happen to be GF.

“The thing that most coeliacs miss most once they’re diagnosed with the disease is seriously good, tasty beer and we aim to put that right.”