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Departed Soles Brewing Company has taken a giant step, if you pardon the pun, in its plans to brew and distribute a line of gluten-free beers, ales that switch out the traditional wheat and barley malts for fermentables derived from sorghum and similar other sugars.

Owner Brian Kulbacki signed a lease for 2,200 square feet at 150 Bay Street in Jersey City, in the Powerhouse Arts District among the city’s historic warehouses. The 11-block area takes its name from the idled Hudson and Manhattan generating station (Manischewitz also had a matzo factory in the district) and is home to artists and musicians living and working in studio-lofts.

Departed Soles would become the Garden State's only guten-free craft beer-maker and would join New Jersey Beer Company as Hudson County’s two craft breweries.

DPart-Soles-LogoGluten-free versions of IPA, black IPA, cream ale, stout and nut brown ale will make up the lion’s share of what Brian plans to produce for distribution to bars and stores from a 7-barrel brewhouse, complemented with 15-barrel fermenters. From a pilot-brewing rig, he plans to make some barley malt beers – lots of one-offs and R&D batches – for sale from an eight- to 10-tap tasting room.

“I’ll certainly be doing some regular beers that I’ve always enjoyed making,” Brian tells Beer-Stained Letter. “And I think the gluten-free beers we’ll be making belong in the craft beer section, not the gluten-free section. The taste is there; the flavor is there.”

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