Fast forward to 2017, and production began in First Chop’s new Salford brewery, which has the capacity to produce over 80,000 litres a month.
The brewery’s mission is to make great quality beer which everyone can enjoy, and they’re achieving this not just by being among the best in Manchester - but by being gluten-free and vegan, too. Having experimented with brewing to achieve the best quality possible, Richard believes that good beer doesn’t need gluten - gluten free beer is better beer. Every bottle and can is tested to ensure a gluten content of under 5 PPM (parts per million), so if you’re a gluten intolerant craft beer lover, you have plenty of options.
Today, they're both award-winning and fast-growing: they recently scooped one of only three gold medals at the World Gluten Free Beer Awards. The First Chop team are on a mission to educate people that gluten-free means great quality beer - and the proof really is in the pudding.