9 White Deer Brewery shake up draught stout

Don O' Leary and Gordon Lucey of 9 White Deer Brewery, Ballyvourney, West Cork who are launching "Stag Stout", Ireland's first gluten free draught stout this weekend in Cronin's Pub, Crosshaven. Pic Conor McCabe

A West Cork brewery, 9 White Deer Brewery has developed Ireland’s first Gluten Free Draught Stout “Stag Stout”. The company has been building a reputation for Gluten Free brewing and has spent the past 12 months experimenting. With the launch earlier this year of “Stag Saor” a complete range of gluten free beers for the bottle market, it seems fitting to tackle the draught drought that is gluten free choice.

“With such a rich history of Stout in Ireland it had to be our first, and of course the hardest to achieve, the presentation of a cascading fresh poured stout is all important” said Don O’Leary, co-owner.

9 White Deer brewed Ireland’s first gluten free beer in 2015 which has become one of their biggest sellers, now sold under the “Stag Saor” range and called Kolsch style.

Stout is one of those beers where there is no comparison between bottled and draught. Traditionally you were either for one or the other. When kegged draught beer spread throughout the country it was widely accepted and removed all the mixing publicans had to do in jugs. For such a new beer, Stag Stout tastes like it came from days gone by; creamy and smooth. If it did not say it on the tap badge, you would not think it was gluten free.

“Tasting great is always the priority for us when making beers” Gordon Lucey, the co-owner said “if you have memories of how great stout used to be, then you owe it to yourself to try this. Since we began brewing we had calls to develop a gluten free stout, so many people that have developed coeliac disease or are gluten intolerant have had to do without, and so we listened”.

Stag Stout is officially launched from 9pm, Friday 3rd November in Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven, Co Cork. Cronin’s is a traditional seaside pub, acclaimed for its seafood offerings and also included in the 2018 Michelin Guide for Dining out in Pubs. Did someone say “Oysters”?

With plans to go nationwide this is one to watch out for, for more information visit www.9whitedeer.ie