Edinburgh brewery trials gluten free innovation

Edinburgh brewery trials gluten free innovation

Edinburgh-based Bellfield Brewery has become the first in the UK to run brewing trials with a new, gluten-free barley from Australia.

Over the coming months the dedicated gluten-free brewery will experiment with Kebari™, the world’s first gluten-free barley, to learn more about the capacity of this new grain.

Bellfield Brewery hope that the grain will offer a number of benefits, including simplifying the production process.

Developed by CSIRO scientists the barley contains 10,000 times less gluten than regular barley.

Since launching its first two beers in March 2016, Bellfield Brewery has secured a number of distribution deals and has hopes that the introduction of Kebari™ will further strengthen these.

Brewer and Brewery manager, Kieran Middleton, said: "We’re hoping that Kebari™ barley may allow us to brew a wider range of beer styles that everyone – whether coeliac or not - can enjoy.

"These new trials continue our strong commitment to R&D and innovation in brewing. Last year we completed a research programme with Heriot-Watt’s Institute of Brewing and Distilling. We’ll soon be starting another round of research and recipe development so that we have a pipeline of tasty gluten-free beers.

"Kebari ™ barley has the potential to be a game changer, in allowing us to brew darker beers with even greater flavour, without using enzymes or other additives."