Bellfield Brewery. For The Free.
It’s really pretty simple, so we’ll keep this short.
We set up Bellfield to make exceptional beers that everyone could enjoy drinking.
We love good food, so we brew beers that complement it.
No compromise, just delicious, classic IPAs, hoppy ales and crisp, refreshing and perfectly balanced lagers and pilsners.
Bellfield beers are all certified by Coeliac UK and Registered with the Vegan Society.
Our small team in Edinburgh is dedicated to the craft of brewing great tasting beers that everyone can enjoy.
We’re independent, passionate, committed and proud of it. Every one of us has a stake in the business.
Exceptional beer, no exceptions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you have a question that we’ve not answered here, please email email@example.com and we’ll get right back to you.
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We opened the Taproom next to our brewery in Abbeyhill, Edinburgh in August 2019. It is about 10 minutes’ walk from Holyrood Palace at the foot of the Royal Mile. In July 2020 we opened an all-weather Beer Garden - currently adapted to provide a safe outdoor space to enjoy a socially distanced pint (or cider, glass of wine, G&T etcetera).
The Taproom and Beer Garden are child friendly (under 18s to 9pm) and well behaved dogs are very welcome. You can book a table or a booth via the Taproom section of the website.
While we have regular Food Pop-Ups - outwith these times, customers are very welcome to order in their favourite takeaway food or order food direct to your table (or booth) from our friends at The Safari Lounge.
Pre Covid-19 we also offered Brewery Tours & Tastings, Street Food Pop-Ups, Quiz Nights, Comedy, Food and beer pairings etcetera and we hope to bring these back as soon as circumstances allow.
Yes, we installed a new 2,000 litre brew plant at our premises in Abbeyhill, in 2019. In ‘normal’ times you can do a tour around the brewhouse. We hope to re-start tours when public health guidelines allow.
Bellfield was founded by two friends who are both Coeliac. At that time (2015) there were very few tasty gluten-free beers around. Coeliacs (pronounced see-liacs) have a serious autoimmune disease caused by an adverse reaction to gluten so they cannot eat normal bread, pizza, pasta, crisps, tortillas, ready meals, sauces, pastry, pies, soya sauce or chutneys – and the list goes on. Nor can you drink standard beer. Many other people now actively avoid gluten in their diet.
Gluten adds nothing to the taste of beer as you’ll find out when you drink one of ours! It tastes as good as any beer.
Yes they do. We carefully select low gluten barley malt and also use other non-gluten containing ingredients (NGCIs) such as maize and buckwheat to produce our beer. With attention to the yeast used, careful conditioning and filtration, the beer can be brewed gluten-free, naturally, as ours are.
We can’t tell you in detail because it’s a secret! It took us many months of R&D to develop our method of brewing which removes gluten at every stage, so we can produce gluten-free beer consistently.
We don’t need to use enzymes to render our beer gluten-free, because our brewing process does that. However as with many leading breweries, we do add an enzyme called Clarex to help clarify the beers and improve their stability and shelf life. This enzyme has the added benefit of providing a solid backup to Bellfield’s own brewing process that renders our beers gluten-free.
Founded by coeliacs, Bellfield takes the testing and quality assurance of our products very seriously and we ensure we comply with Coeliac UK’s regulations on the production of beer that is safe for coeliacs to drink. We only brew gluten-free beer, nothing else. Our beers are routinely testing ‘gluten absent’ which means they are below 10ppm.
If you are extremely sensitive we suggest you seek out a beer made with entirely non gluten containing ingredients (NGCIs) – so ‘beer’ made with grains such as sorghum or buckwheat, rice or millet.
Around the world, standards and definitions of 'gluten-free' vary. For example, in the European Union, a beer with less than 20 parts per million gluten (20ppm) is technically 'gluten-free'. According to Gluten Regulation EC 41/2009, foodstuffs containing 20 parts per million (ppm) gluten can be labelled as gluten-free. Very low gluten foods are those containing between 21 and 100 ppm gluten.
We test our beers at a UKAS accredited laboratory in the UK using the industry standard R5 Competitive ELISA test, to ensure the beer can be certified gluten-free. All certified gluten-free beers are tested using the R5 competitive ELISA as this is the only method Coeliac UK accept for hydrolysed products.
In our opinion (shared by many of our customers) our beers stand up to any beer on the market; the’ve won awards in mainstream competitions. We will only ever produce gluten-free and vegan beers – it’s what we are all about. We aim to produce a wide range of beer styles to give all craft beer drinkers a choice. Our core range will eventually include a variety of styles from lagers and ales through to porters and stouts, with all our recipes designed in-house. We'll introduce new products when they meet our high standards of taste and quality. We will also do ‘seasonal specials’ and one-offs that you’re most likely to find on draught, in our taproom or in a local bar in Edinburgh.
The idea for the brewery was conceived in Portobello, Edinburgh and the name is a local street name. The ‘field’ in front of one of our founder’s houses, was reputedly used for casting bells.
We're always on the look out for good people, please keep an eye on our website and on social media for updates or feel free to send in your CV.
As I’m sure you’ll appreciate, we get a lot of requests, and we cannot support everyone who asks, but please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and explain why you’d like us to sponsor your event, or make a donation to it. What is your event? How does it complement our brand? Where is it and when? Can you collect the beer from our premises in Edinburgh? What credits will we get? How can we promote our beers at your event? We’ll get back to you once we’ve had a chance to consider the information you have provided.
Beer mats are available through our online shop in sets of five. We do not send out labels or crowns on their own - sorry. You can of course buy our beers online via through www.bellfieldbrewery.com, Amazon UK and Beerwulf etc.