A Calgary based husband and wife team are hoping to bring Western Canada’s first 100% gluten-free craft brewery to Calgary in 2018.
Wes and Jackie Maxwell, owners of Heathen’s Brewery, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help raise start-up capital for the brewery. With a target goal of $150,000, they hope to have the brewery operational by early 2018.
The idea came from when Jackie was diagnosed with Celiac in 2011 and Wes started looking for Gluten-free beer. It comes as no surprise there is a limited supply in Canada, and so, being the entrepreneurial type, they set out to create their own.
The brewery has a number of recipes already planned including:
- Black IPA – full bodied with subtle flavors of malt and citrus while delivering a strong hoppy taste
- Buckwheat Ale – mild roasted taste with a slight bite
- Brown Rice Ale – delivers the contrast of ginger and cocoa
- Chocolate Coffee Stout – rich and robust with a strong coffee flavor and subtle hint of chocolate
Heathen’s goal is to showcase to all people – those with Celiac and those without– how distinctive and enjoyable Gluten Free beers can be. The brewery’s design will utilize a Viking theme and the owners will seek out hand-crafted furniture, wrought-
iron fixtures and art from local artisans.
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“We’re asking our Celiac, craft brewing, and YYC communities to join forces and help us make our gluten-intolerant dreams come true,” said Jackie Maxwell.
You can find out more about the brewery via their website