Cheers: Bellfield Brewery, the UK's first dedicated gluten-free craft microbrewery, has secured distribution across the UK

 
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Gluten intolerant drinkers will raise a toast to that (Source: Bellfield Brewery)

If you haven't already, you'll soon be able to raise a toast with free-from beer, as the UK's first dedicated gluten-free microbrewery has secured distribution with several country-wide operators.

Edinburgh-based Bellfield Brewery's two brews, Lawless Village IPA and Bohemian Pilsner, have been taken on by several Scottish-based distributors and wholesalers including Craft Beer Clan Scotland, Gordon & McPhail and Green City.

Bellfield has listings in more than 100 bars, pubs and restaurants in Edinburgh and central Scotland after four months of trading and is the first "entirely gluten-free craft brewery to brew all its beers in the UK".

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Research group Mintel said earlier this year the sales of free-from foods are forecast to grow 13 per cent to reach £531m in 2016, up from an estimated £470m in 2015.

Once the reserve of those suffering from coeliac's disease, wider consumer demand for gluten-free products has boomed in the last few years.

"We had a tremendous response to our first two beers," said Kieran Middleton, brewer and brewery manager.

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"People have really embraced the fact that we were founded by coeliac's and that we're committed to producing only gluten-free beers.

"We are continuing to see momentum building in the demand for gluten-free food and drink, both in the UK and internationally, and our new distribution partners will help us to fulfil this demand. The brewery is investing heavily in research and development and we’re hoping to bring new beers to the market in the coming months."

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