BrewDog go gluten free for new beer

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Former Fraserburgh company BrewDog, now based in Ellon , has released it’s first gluten free beer, as it continues to expand the craft beer revolution ever wider.

Vagabond Gluten Free Pale Ale will be added to the maverick brewery’s Headliners range after it trounced the competition in the 2014 BrewDog Prototype Challenge, proving a lack of gluten does not equate to lack of flavour.

Drinkers keen to get their hands on the new gluten free Vagabond Pale Ale can order it at any BrewDog bar simply by sticking two fingers up, as part of a tongue-in-cheek campaign to be ‘intolerant of gluten intolerance’ and other substandard gluten free options on the market.

Made with Centennial and Amarillo hops to pack an intense citrus bitterness, the 4.5% ABV Pale Ale joins the brewery’s Headliners range which includes BrewDog’s iconic beers Punk IPA, Dead Pony Pale Ale, Five AM Red Ale, This.Is.Lager and Brixton Porter.

Vagabond Gluten Free Pale Ale was voted the favourite from a selection of small batch beer as part of BrewDog’s 2014 Prototype Challenge, beating three beers containing gluten.

The annual initiative sees the brewery launch four new beers, giving the community the chance to vote on which should join the range permanently.

BrewDog has a long-standing legacy for brewing innovation, including creating the world’s strongest beer, The End of History; Sunk Punk, a beer brewed under the North Sea; and even adding banned substances to its beer, Never Mind the Anabolics, to mark the London 2012 Olympics.

James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog commented:

“BrewDog exists to make everyone as passionate about beer as we are – so we are always pushing the limits of brewing to expand the horizons of craft beer.

“ Gluten free products have become synonymous with underwhelming flavour and experience, so we wanted to prove that a gluten free beer didn’t need to lack the bold taste and texture of a craft beer.

“With Vagabond, there is finally a gluten free craft beer that tastes like it should.

“We are showing zero tolerance to gluten intolerance and any intolerance of that is something we will simply not tolerate.”

BrewDog is Scotland’s largest independent brewery.