celia beer

Carlsberg UK has added Czech gluten-free lager brand Celia to its premium portfolio.

The Danish brewer will be distributing two of the craft brewer’s variants from 1 November - Celia Organic and Celia Dark, both containing 100% saaz hops and traditionally batch brewed for more than two months.

Organic is a 4.5% lager containing Moravian malt, while Dark is a 5.7% abv brew featuring toffee Bavarian malt and sand-filtered water from the Žatec foothills. The duo, which is brewed using a patented de-glutenisation process, will initially be available in 330ml bottle format from Waitrose, Oddbins and Ocado (rsp: £2.50).

In addition to their gluten-free credentials, the brews are made using a silicon filtration technique that Carlsberg said made them suitable for vegans.

“Celia Organic and Dark are quality Czech beers, loved by beer drinkers for their exceptional flavour and ability to perfectly complement good food,” said UK marketing vice president Liam Newton.

Celia joins Carlsberg UK’s existing premium portfolio, which includes the Backyard Brewery range imported from Sweden, Belgian Abbey beer Grimbergen and Spanish beer Mahou. From 1 January 2017, the Brooklyn Brewery range will join the portfolio as part of an exclusive UK distribution agreement with the New York craft brewer.