A new brewery is coming to University City with a focus on gluten-free beverages! Armored Cow Brewing will be located at 8821 J.W. Clay Boulevard and will brew certain beers with gluten-free grains.
Owner Andy Kalinoski says he started brewing gluten-free beer when his mother-in-law was diagnosed with Celiacs disease, and he’s noticed an increased interest in gluten free beer in the last few years.
“I used to tell people ‘I do not know what I would do if I had to quit drinking beer because [of a] gluten intolerance,'” he said. “But now I do not worry about it.”
The phrase ‘armored cow’ comes from WWII in reference to canned milk soldiers received. Kalinoski says as a veteran himself, the name is a nod to those who served and are serving.
The plan is to have a mix of both gluten-free and traditional beer available in the taproom. In order for a beer to be ‘gluten-free,’ the beer must be made with gluten-free grains like corn, buckwheat, quinoa, millet and so on. The brewery will have about 20 taps.
Kalinoski has partnered with friend Jason Miller, who will be “reclaiming wood and metal from a 100-year-old barn on his property in Floyd, VA for build out of the taproom.”
Opening is expected toward late March/early April. Be sure to watch their Facebook page for updates.