San Diego’s Duck Foot Brewing Co. is not just a craft brewery, it is a new approach to beer consumption. The team at Duck Foot believes in great tasting specialty beers that just happen to be accessible for the gluten intolerant.
We are beer lovers at our core and would never sacrifice flavor to hop on a trend. Craft beer should be accessible to all, no matter what dietary restrictions stand in their way. Duck Foot’s imaginative brewery and tasting room opens at 8920 Kenamar Drive in Miramar in May 2015 with five core beers and rotating seasonal offerings and special releases throughout the year. The core beer list consists of a Blonde Ale, Red Ale, IPA, White Double IPA and a Chocolate Hazelnut Porter. Seasonal offerings emphasize the flavors of the region. For example: Honey Ale made with California Orange Blossom Honey, Coconut Molasses Brown Ale, Ukrainian Imperial Stout and Belgian Wit bier. All beers are brewed with people with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity in mind. In fact, one of the owners has Celiac Disease.
In 2012, Head Quack Matt DelVecchio was living it up in cozy New York City. He was brewing away in his casa with the ultimate dream of owning his own craft brewery, funded by his day job as a financial planner. But it was his degree in sculpture that helped his artistic vision overcome the powerful din of the nearby Stock Exchange. Wrench in his plan: Celiac Disease. As his gluten-filled world came crashing down, his wife, Katie, gave him a swift kick in the pants. Make lemons into beer. He discovered a novel way to make beer with a natural enzyme that does nothing more than remove gluten from beer. Rejoice! Soon, the mild-mannered man with the malt mustache and his wife headed west to Encinitas. And they had a kid. And then a San Diego craft brewery and tasting room. And they loved both. To Duck Foot!
Then there’s Brett Goldstock. Also a New York transplant, he figured out Tupac was cooler than Biggie in 2001 and moved left. He’s been brewing beer, mead and cider for over 20 years, which is basically pro status. Like, if you were practicing piano for 20 years, you’d be better than good, right? His beer’s really good, so after talking it up with Matt, they were like, “Yeah, let’s bring awesome craft beer to San Diegans — something different: our own unique style.” Brett’s active in the San Diego home brew scene, especially the San Diego-based QUAFF club, and competes in brewing competitions nationwide. He’s received a number of medals for his efforts and has actively judged beer competitions for over six years. In fact, he’s certified as a BJCP National Beer Judge as well as a Mead Judge. Spiffy.
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