Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Drawing Up Plans for Gluten-Free Beer

The expression "Rome wasn't built in  a day" certainly applies to the Philadelphia area's first gluten-free brewery. Back in 2013, Cory McDonald's original brewery, 5 O'Clock Brewery, was featured in this space, detailing the early stages of McDonald's plans to bring several true gluten-free beers to market. His father, who is his best friend and drinking buddy, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease more than a decade ago.

McDonald has since teamed up with several business partners, who have rebranded their efforts under the Blueprint Brewing Company banner. The group has announced that they will be opening a brewery in Harleysville, Montgomery County (1571 Gehman Rd.) this summer, with an on-site preview event taking place on May 11. The 6,400 square-foot facility will have a beer garden and family play area.

Blueprint has two gluten-free beers: Elvis - a white beer - and an IPA called Blue Skies. The brewery will also produce traditional (gluten) beers, but they will be brewed using dedicated equipment that's separate from that used to produce gluten-free beers.The gluten-free beers will be sold via growlers, cans and bottles.

Blueprint will be sampling at the Greater Philly Gluten-Free Expo on Saturday, May 20.
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