Hambleton Ales, the North Yorkshire family run craft brewer, has announced they can now provide a gluten free cask ale to their pub, bar and restaurant customers.

Hambleton Ales, celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, is renowned for their gluten free bottled beers, with their Gluten Free Ale (GFA) being voted Europe’s best gluten free ale at the World Beer Awards 2015. However, this new announcement is the first time the brewery have produced a cask conditioned gluten free beer, and to top it off, the brewery claims the beer is indistinguishable from beer containing gluten.

Coming up with the gluten free cask ale has taken years of research, and there are various technical challenges that have had to be overcome. The brewery was also keen not to produce a beer than only appealed to those looking for a gluten free option. Therefore, rather than brew a new beer, they have taken one of their existing beers, Stud Blonde, and made it gluten free.

The beer is brewed exactly as it always has been, with malted barley grown locally on the Yorkshire Wolds. The gluten is then subsequently removed using a special process which has no effect on the flavour of the beer. The brewery has each batch independently tested and certified as containing less than 20ppm gluten, meeting the UK’s definition of ‘Gluten Free’. The beer isn’t filtered, and is conditioned in cask and therefore also continues to meet the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA’s) definition of cask ale.

Nick Stafford, owner of Hambleton Ales, said

Stud Blonde has been a staple of our range for many years now, and is a very popular beer across Yorkshire and the North East. With many pubs and restaurants now offering gluten free options on their menus, this innovation means that they can complement these with a proper Yorkshire cask ale that can be enjoyed by all customers equally”.

And it’s not just limited to pubs and restaurants, the brewery can also provide party casks to members of the public who live locally having a private party, wedding or other event. This means that the new gluten free cask beer can be enjoyed at home as well as down the pub.

Drinkers or publicans who wish to try the beer are encouraged to head down to the brewery’s open day and 25th birthday celebration, taking place on Saturday 26th March 2016, when the new gluten free Stud Blonde will be available on the bar, alongside the brewery’s full range of beers.

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