Two Bays takes gluten-free tap takeovers nationwide
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Following a very popular Australian-first gluten free beer tap takeover in 2021, TWØBAYS Brewing Co is pouring at 10 venues across Australia this March to support Coeliac Australia in driving awareness around gluten intolerances.
In 2022, three Tasmanian venues have stepped up in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport, and TWØBAYS has taken on the capital, with Canberra locals looking forward to the city’s first ever gluten free beer tap takeover.
Coeliac Awareness Week runs from 13-20 March every year, but venues across the country will be pouring award winning gluten free beers – some of which have never left the brewery’s taproom – from Saturday 12th.
- Adelaide – Duke of Brunswick (12-20th March)
- Brisbane – Brewski Bar (14-20th March)
- Canberra – Dickson Taphouse (12-20th March)
- Melbourne – The Victoria Hotel Footscray and Miss Moses Brunswick (12-20th March)
- Perth – Petition Beer Corner (14-20th)
- Sydney – Hotel Sweeney’s (17-20th March)
- Launceston – Saint John Craft Beer Bar (12-20th March)
- Hobart – Crescent Hotel (12-20th March)
- Devonport – Empress Craft Beer (12-20th March)
Brewski and TWØBAYS are also putting on a keg of GFB Draught from which all proceeds will go to It Takes A Town who are supporting Murwillumbah families by replacing essential household and school items so families can return home as soon as possible.
“We obviously do a lot of beer events, and it was certainly one of the most successful ones,” Brewski co-owner Antoinette Pollock told Brews News last year.
“We really wanted to support it, we knew TWØBAYS did great beers so we weren’t concerned about putting them on our taps, it’s a quality product.”
Pollock said 90 per cent of people there were gluten-intolerant or coeliacs.
“It was massive – we certainly had a percentage of Brewski typicals for a few other taps we had, but the majority of people were there because of gluten-free beers and a substantial gluten-free menu as well.”
Some of these venues have supported us since the beginning – and others are pouring our beer for the first time,” said TWØBAYS Founder Richard Jeffares, who was inspired to open the gluten free brewery after being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in 2015.
Similar to ‘Good Beer Week’ for those who avoid gluten in their diet, a venue in every state capital will be pouring at least three different TWØBAYS gluten free beers at one time (up to six through the week at some venues) – including our new limited edition release Mandarin Rice Lager – for the duration of Coeliac Awareness week, so that friends and family can explore craft beer regardless of gluten intolerances.
Sweeney’s in Sydney will put 12 different TWØBAYS beers on tap to round out the week on Friday 18th March, while the Duke of Brunswick and The Crescent will have nine different beers, and Brewski, Dickson Taphouse and Petition will have six.
And all these venues are ensuring their gluten free customers have the full craft beer experience, with expansive gluten free food offerings.
“We’ve partnered with these venues because we don’t think it’s fair for people to miss out,” said Jeffares.
“Sampling a brewery’s range is something I’ve really missed since I was diagnosed six years ago.”
“Along with comparing notes, flavours and aromas, and just having a great time over quality beer – that’s what it’s all about. So we’ve asked these great venues to ‘Free The Taps’. We hope people will get around anyone they know that avoids gluten this Coeliac Awareness Week and get people talking about it. These people no longer have to miss out – they can drink great beer like everyone else!”
Venues will either be serving TWØBAYS gold medal-winning Pale Ale, XPA or IPA alongside Mandarin Rice Lager and other limited-edition beers that can normally only be sampled in the Victorian brewery’s Taproom.
Most of the venues have taken a keg of Margarita Sour – the collaboration beer TWØBAYS brewed with Aussie Olympian Long Jumper Brooke Stratton.
“For me, it’s about those who avoid gluten being able to join in supporting their local and exploring different styles and tasting amazing flavours,” added Richard Jeffares.
“We’re pushing the gluten free beer boundaries in Australia – this is the third time we’ve run interstate tap takeovers, but the first time we’ve had beers flowing in the capital as well.”