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We believe every liquor licensee in Australia should offer gluten free beer

After being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in 2015, Richard Jeffares set out on a mission – hellbent on making sure every person avoiding gluten (over 18) could have access to great gluten free beer.

Like opening any business, it hasn't been a straight forward journey, and we know there are further challenges ahead. But to see the look on the faces of TWØBAYS drinkers at the Taproom, and to read the countless emails that thank us for creating great gluten free beer, makes every drop of blood, sweat and tears (and beers!) absolutely worth the hard yards.

As you'll read below, from road trips to America to source the finest gluten free malts, to the challenges of brewing all grain craft gluten free beer – and more than 25 different beers on tap, we've been on an interesting journey thus far.

And we're only just getting started.

2017

From the moment Richard tasted his first gluten free beer at Ground Breaker Brewery in Portland, Oregon, he knew he had to bring this experience to Australia. The next day he walked into Ghostfish Brewing Company in Seattle and it clicked – the brewery had to have a taproom too. That way, everybody could come and share great beer with friends in a dedicated gluten free environment. Richard's fact-finding mission also took him to Grouse Malt House in Colorado and Eckert Malting & Brewing in California, where we now have exclusive rights to import the world's finest gluten free malts to Australia and New Zealand.

2018

In October 2018, we shared our beer with the world for the very first time at the Coeliac Australia Melbourne Gluten Free Expo. Founding Head Brewer AG, Richard and his wife Sarah, and marketing co-ordinator Tom served up more than 4,000 samples of two Pale Ales over the weekend. We asked tasters to vote on their favourite and they chose the first iteration of our Core Range Pale Ale today. Following delivery of our brewery and the Taproom fit out (and a few attempts at getting the Pale Ale right), we finally rolled up the shutter doors on 7 December 2018 and released our first Pale Ale in cans 11 days later. 

2019

Following a successful Pale Ale release in December 2018, the real fun kicked off in 2019, with the release of our Core Range IPA and then our first limited run Seasonal Beer Ollie's Hoppy Brown Ale (named after AG's dog). No Man's Land XPA followed (later to be added to the Core Range), and we put our beautifully refreshing Summer Ale 'Breakaway' into cans for Christmas. We developed a national footprint, with Woolworths, Coles and hundreds of independent bottle shops stocking our beer while we continued to experiment in the Taproom, tapping 20 different beers. We won 4 beer medals and a tourism award!

2020

In what has been a challenging year for everyone, TWØBAYS continued the fight to make great gluten free beer available in as many licensed venues and bottle shops as possible. We had to scrap plans of a new winter beer (watch this space 2021), so we re-released the ever-popular Ollie's Hoppy Brown Ale, alongside Taproom favourite Mosaic IPA, and then Red Rocks – Australia's first Gluten Free Red Ale – which sold out faster than any of our other limited releases. Each of our Core Beers hit #1 style rankings on Untappd, and Kristian Martin became our new Head Brewer, joining Assistant Brewer Ajay Hall with lots of exciting ideas!

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