When Two Bays Brewing Co. owner Richard Jeffares was diagnosed with coeliac disease just over three years ago, he thought his life was over. Coming from an avid beer loving family, he was shattered that his favourite beverage was going to be “taken away” from him, and felt like he was missing out. But then Richard saw an opportunity to change the lives of others affected by gluten intolerance.
Nestled away in Dromana’s industrial estate is Australia’s first-ever gluten free brewery. Everyone’s got a token gluten intolerant friend, right? Now, you can take your gluten free friend out for a brew with the rest of your crew. With eight beers on tap, there are plenty of options to enjoy at Two Bays Brewing Co. A woodfire pizza oven blazes away, roasting gluten free pizzas that will hit the spot for anyone (not just the gluten intolerant). Sit at a rustic, recycled wooden bench, inspired by breweries in the US, and you’ll even see what your beer looks like before it’s poured. Two Bays sit them above the taps so you can see the colour first.
With the ability to cater for vegans and vegetarians as well, Two Bays has everyone covered. Their large tap room enables you to sample the brews while looking at the tanks they’ve been meticulously produced in. An open design gives everyone the chance to enjoy a beer together, whether you’ve met before, or not. It’s a real community feel. You can pop in for lunch, or stay a while and sample a paddle.
Creating a space where gluten free eaters can enjoy themselves and not have to keep an eye on the kitchen was really important to Richard. He knows first-hand the anxiety that eating out can cause a coeliac sufferer. He scored the exclusive importing rights to 15 specialty malts that give his craft beer its distinct taste. And there are plans to grow and expand Two Bays’ coverage to bottle shops all across Australia. Richard is dreaming big. He wants to see all coeliac sufferers be able to enjoy a beer with friends – just like he’s always done.
You’ll find Two Bays Brewing Co.’s roller doors open from 3pm on Fridays, right through the weekend.