9 White Deer Brewery has just launched Ireland’s first gluten-free stout and Europe’s first full range of gluten-free craft beer including a red ale, a pale ale, an IPA, a kolsch and a stout. The brewery, based in the Muscraí Gaeltacht in Ballyvourney, Co.Cork, was founded in 2014 by former marine engineer, Gordon Lucey and respected publican Don O’Leary who runs the famous Mills Inn pub.
After Don was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, they decided to follow the gluten free path and, as Don recalls, “at first the timing seemed terrible.” However, he explains that “the development of Stag Saor has changed everything for the business. It prompted us to research the market and see how limited the beer offering is for those with gluten intolerance. There have been a very small number of gluten-free lagers and pale ales developed in Ireland over the last two years but, with options still very limited, we identified an opportunity to create a full range of gluten-free beers, which also taste really good.”
Co-founder, Gordon Lucey is responsible for bringing all of the 9 White Deer products from concept to final product. He said, “We are determined to lead the way in breaking new ground for brewing in Ireland. It was critical to us that our gluten-free range, not only met the gluten-free requirements but also tasted great. Each batch of the Stag Saor range is independently tested and certified to maintain its excellence and to ensure that it complies with EU regulations of less than 20ppm of gluten. We regularly get the certificates back with less than 5ppm.”
ABOUT 9 WHITE DEER
The name comes from a 6th Century fable in which one of Ireland’s most famous saints St Gobnait was told by an angel that she would set up an Abbey and a church on a site where she would come across 9 White Deer. That site is just one kilometer away from the 9 White Deer brewery, which now employs eight people, in Ballyvourney, Co. Cork.
For a chance to meet the founders and sample the new Stag Saor gluten-free range, drop in to O’Briens Off License, Beacon South Quarter, Dublin on Thursday 2nd March between 12 noon and 8pm or Matsons, Cooneys Lane, Grange, Douglas Co. Cork on Friday 3rd March between 12 noon and 8pm.
Stag Saor is available nationwide from Classic Drinks and also in Dublin from CBG Wholesale. For a full list of stockists visit 9whitedeer.ie.