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Bellfield Brewery - gluten-free beer

Bellfield Brewery is a new, family-run brewery with a mission: to craft-brew certified gluten-free beer that tastes great. We are producing beer in the UK, in small batches, using traditional brewing methods combined with non-traditional ingredients; beers that can be enjoyed by both Coeliacs and the growing number of people who wish to avoid gluten in their diet. Bellfield was founded in Scotland by coeliacs.

We're investing a great deal of time, money and energy into research and development so that we can produce certified gluten-free craft beers that everyone can enjoy.

Our range will include a wide 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 are the UK’s first, dedicated gluten-free microbrewery. We produce great tasting gluten-free beer, because that’s all we do.

Frequently asked questions

If you have a specific question, not answered here, please email us at info@bellfieldbrewery.com

Can I visit your brewery?

Not at present, I’m sorry. We’re not set up to receive visitors but we hope to be so, by the end of this year.

Do you actually brew at your own premises?

Not yet, our beers are currently contract-brewed for us under strict supervision, to our process and our recipe and every batch is lab tested in a UKAS accredited lab, to ensure it can be certified gluten-free.

Later this year, after we’ve raised further finance, we will be installing our own brew kit and will produce some of our beers at Stanley Place.

Do you produce beer in casks, or kegs?

Bellfield don't currently offer our beers in cask on a regular basis but we are hoping to do so in the coming months.

We’re producing limited volumes of our beers in keg through February and March 2017 and if there is sufficient demand we will look to produce our beers in keg on a more regular basis. If keg is of interest we would be very happy to discuss your requirements.

If you’re only interested in cask, we can take a note of your interest and we’ll come back to you as soon as our beers are available in cask.

Why gluten-free?

Bellfield was founded by two Coeliac friends.

Coeliacs (pronounced see-liac) have a serious autoimmune disease caused by an allergy to gluten. Many other people actively avoid gluten. That means you can't 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 mainstream beer.

Do your beers contain barley/barley malt? How can they be gluten-free if they contain barley?

Yes they do. We use a very low gluten barley malt and other non-gluten containing ingredients such as maize to produce our beer. We’ve also optimised our brewing process to remove gluten at every stage, so we can produce gluten-free beer – naturally – without using additional enzymes (that break down the gluten proteins) as most other breweries do. It’s this natural process combined with natural ingredients, that sets us apart from breweries that produce gluten-free batches of their normal beer by adding enzymes to ‘de-glutenise’. That and the fact that we only brew gluten-free beer, nothing else.

What does gluten-free really mean?

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.

Our beers are routinely testing ‘gluten absent’ which means they are below 10ppm and you can see the most recent lab certificates on our website.

How do you test your beers?

The founders of Bellfield Brewery are coeliac so we take the production and testing of our beers very seriously. We only produce gluten-free beer, nothing else. Our beers are certified gluten-free by Coeliac UK and carry the ‘crossed grain’ symbol.

Every single one our recipes goes through a rigorous testing regime. We test each batch of beer 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).

What are gluten-free beers really and how are they produced?

There are two known ways to produce gluten-free beer.

Some gluten-free beers are brewed from non-gluten containing grains like sorghum, quinoa or maize – or contain a high proportion of these grains, alongside barley. With attention to the yeast used, the beer can be brewed gluten-free, naturally, as ours are.

Gluten removed beers are made from traditional grains like barley, but then the gluten is removed, often by using an enzyme to remove the gluten. Typically breweries producing gluten-removed beers, brew a batch of their mainstream beer and then treat it with enzymes.

So are you brewing with malted barley or entirely gluten-free ingredients?

We are working on both the approaches outlined above:

  1. Brewing with unconventional grains: this is technically very difficult to do and it is difficult to achieve a product that tastes like beer. Bellfield has an ongoing programme of R&D – for example, this year, we are experimenting with the world’s first gluten-free barley from Australia. We will pursue this path further when we have our own brewery set up and are in a position to make the significant capital investment required.
  2. Certified gluten-free: We use a very low gluten barley malt and other non-gluten containing ingredients such as maize to produce our beer. We’ve also optimised our brewing process to remove gluten at every stage, so we can produce gluten-free beer – naturally – without needing to add enzymes (to break down the gluten) as most other breweries do. Our beers are tested using the industry standard R5 competitive ELISA test by a UKAS accredited lab in the UK to ensure they can be certified gluten-free by Coeliac UK. (All certified gluten-free beers are tested using the R5 competitive ELISA as this is the only method Coeliac UK accept for hydrolysed products).

How do you make your beer? Can you talk about the exact brewing processes you are using?

We are experimenting with a variety of cereals, grains and malting levels, with fermentation, conditioning and filtering. The recipes and brewing processes we have developed are commercially confidential and we cannot give you any further details about them.

What are your plans for future beers?

Bellfield Brewery will only ever produce gluten-free beers – it’s what we are all about – craft beer for all. We also want to produce a wide range of beer styles to give coeliacs and gluten avoiders a choice. Our range will 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.

Why is it called Bellfield Brewery?

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. Bellfield also means wide open fields and spaces, which we thought fitting for an ambitious start up.

Who are the team behind Bellfield Brewery?

Bellfield's founders are a group of friends and fellow coeliacs.

Giselle Dye: Director of independent award-winning PR agency, Pagoda PR. Giselle is a co-founder and investor in Bellfield Brewery – her husband was diagnosed coeliac in 2000.

Alistair Brown: CTO and Director at STV Group PLC. Alistair is a co-founder and an investor in Bellfield Brewery.

Kieran Middleton: Brewer and business development manager, Bellfield Brewery - craft beer fanatic and serial entrepreneur.

Marie Brown: Over 20 years legal, administrative and teaching experience. Operations manager, Marie, is a co-founder and investor in Bellfield Brewery.

Do you have any vacancies?

We have no vacancies at the moment, but please keep an eye on our website and on social media (follow us on Twitter).

Can you sponsor/make a donation to our event?

As I’m sure you’ll appreciate, we get a lot of requests, but we’re happy to consider all requests. Please drop us an email at info@bellfieldbrewery.com 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. Thank you.

Requests for beer mats, bottle caps, labels

Beer mats are currently available through our online shop. We do not currently have decorated beer bottle caps and we do not send out labels on their own - sorry. Thank you for your interest in our brewery.

Do you have any new beers in the pipeline?

Yes, we have a couple of new beers in the pipeline. However we cannot say at present exactly when these will be launched. We’ll keep in touch.