Great news for Scottish beer advocates - the gluten intolerant in particular - as you'll now be able to stock Edinburgh's Bellfield beer.
Bellfield, the UK's first dedicated gluten-free microbrewery, has secured distribution rights with a number of UK-wide operators, going all Braveheart and taking the brand over the border.
The brewery's two beers, Lawless Village IPA and Bohemian Pilsner, have been taken on by Scotland-based distributors and wholesalers including Craft Beer Clan Scotland, Gordon & MacPhail, Inverarity Morton, Food and Drink Hub for Scotland, and Green City.
The new distribution rights will make it possible for the beers to branch out into the rest of the UK, as well as potentially into international markets.
It seems to be success after success for the wee Scottish brewery, with Bellfield already being listed in more than 100 bars, pubs and restaurants across Edinburgh and Scotland's central belt – after only four months of trading. The brand's Bohemian Pilsner has also been nominated in the 'Best Lager or Pilsner' category at the Scottish Beer Awards, with the brewery itself shortlisted in the 'Innovation of the Year' category.
Kieran Middleton, brewer and brewery manager, commented on the brand's appeal as a Coeliac UK accredited beer, saying: 'We had a tremendous response to our first two beers. People have really embraced the fact that we were founded by coeliacs and that we're committed to producing only gluten-free beers. We're not interested in producing gluten-free versions of bland lagers and beers at industrial scale. Our beers are small batch, hand crafted and gluten-free without the need to add anything.'
Speaking on the market opportunity and potential growth for the business, Middleton continued: '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.'