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Bellfield Brewery first in the UK to trial new gluten-free barley

Press release: October 2016

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

Over the coming months, Bellfield Brewery – a 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.

The new grain meets the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommended classification of gluten-free and has taken scientists in Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), thirteen years to perfect.

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

Kebari™ barley was developed by CSIRO scientists using conventional plant breeding methods and contains 10,000 times less gluten than regular barley. At 5 parts per million (ppm) gluten, it also falls well within the WHO’s recommended limit (for gluten-free) of 20ppm.

Brewer and Brewery Manager, Kieran Middleton, commented on the new grain’s potential, “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.”

Since launching its first two beers in March 2016, Bellfield has gone from strength to strength, having recently secured a number of distribution deals.

Bellfield brews its beers in small batches; they are accredited by Coeliac UK and carry the “crossed grain” symbol.


For further information, please contact: Craig MacLellan, Pagoda Porter Novelli, 0131 556 0770

Notes to editors

  1. For further information on Bellfield Brewery, go to Bellfield Brewery beers are accredited as gluten free by Coeliac UK and feature the internationally recognised “crossed grain” symbol that indicates they are safe for people who are gluten intolerant and coeliac.
  2. Coeliac disease is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. One in 100 people have the condition. Once diagnosed, it is treated by following a gluten-free diet for life. Coeliac UK website. Most people who are gluten intolerant avoid traditional beers. Those who have coeliac disease have to stop drinking traditionally-produced beer entirely.
  3. Kebari is a trade mark of CSIRO. Kebari ™ barley was developed by CSIRO and co-funded by CSIRO and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). The name Kebari™ comes from an archaeological discovery at the Sea of Galilee, where evidence of the Kebaran people growing, harvesting and processing barley 23,000 years ago has been found. Kebari is a trade mark of CSIRO. In April 2016, German brewing company Radeberger released a beer, Pionier, made using KebariTM barley.

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  • Kate on

    Just read about you and your gluten free beer.
    I wish you every success.
    You may even have the same fame as genius bread, I hope so.
    (Also, perversley delighted you are based in Edinburgh )
    I will be far from your best customer, I enjoy a beer only occasionally, but will be stocking up before Xmas.
    Good luck

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