Your In-Depth Guide to The Best Gluten Free Beer Out There: a Guest Post by @glutenfree.dave on Instagram
However, I do not recall having any immediate reactions to it. Since that first drink of gluten-removed beer, I have become obsessed with discovering gluten-free beer that is new to me; specifically, the beer brewed gluten-free (not gluten-removed or reduced) beer.
Travel and Gluten Free Beer
My wife and I love hiking and traveling. So, when planning vacations, we started looking for new gluten-free breweries to visit. To date, I have had the pleasure of visiting seven dedicated gluten-free breweries, and looking forward to visiting more gluten-free breweries in the future.
Dave’s Favorite Gluten Free Breweries
Holidaily Brewery in Golden, CO
Rocky Mountain National Park is our favorite place to go hiking, and we plan an annual road trip to this area. While there, we always visit Holidaily’s taproom in Golden, CO. Holidaily has a beautiful outside patio and hosts a dedicated gluten free food truck in the parking lot on the weekends. The fish and chips from the Dedicated Bistro food truck are incredible! This year, I was excited to visit Holidaily’s second taproom in the Denver Tech Center. It’s a fantastic venue. We enjoyed an afternoon hanging out on their outside patio.
My favorite Holidaily beer is their award-winning Bombastic Hazy IPA. This gluten-free IPA has a limited release on tap. However, their readily available Big Henry Hazy IPA is very similar and available year-round. I am thankful that Holidaily distributes its entire lineup of canned beers to Kansas City. I have access to safe and delicious beer only five miles from home!
Groundbreaker – Portland, OR
When we visited Groundbreaker Gluten Free Brewery in 2019, I had no idea there were four other gluten-free breweries in the area! We had a great lunch at their taproom while I enjoyed a flight of gluten-free beer. I am a massive fan of the beer lineup, and their IPA No. 5 is one of my favorite beers. I look forward to returning to Groundbreaker and checking out the other dedicated gluten-free breweries in the Portland area.
Ghostfish – Seattle, WA
This was the first gluten-free brewery that I visited. They have a beautiful taproom with a full bar menu. I have visited twice and ordered their fish and chips both times. After ordering a flight or two with my meal, I look forward to wrapping up with a big piece of carrot cake. My favorite Ghostfish Beer is their Grapefruit IPA. Again, this was one of the first gluten-free beers that I ever had, and it remains one of my favorites.
Burning Brothers – St Paul, MN
This gluten-free brewery was one of the most welcoming we visited! The two owners were working the bar, mingling with the crowd, making us feel at home. My wife and I sat at a table inside the gluten-free brewery, surrounded by equipment. Burning Brothers was a fun place to enjoy a couple flights of their beer. In addition, they hosted a dedicated gluten free food truck in the parking lot while we were there. We ordered from a menu inside the taproom, and our food was delivered to our table. My favorite Burning Brothers Beer is their Pyro American Pale Ale.
NEFF – Tulsa, OK
Only a four-hour drive from Kansas City, where I live, NEFF gluten-free brewery is the closest gluten-free brewery to home. My wife and I have visited the taproom three times. They have a fantastic, dedicated gluten-free restaurant inside the taproom with all the fried gluten-free food you would ever want to eat! I always enjoy fried mushrooms, fish, and chips, while my wife is a big fan of their chicken and waffles. My favorite NEFF beer is their Ignition Switch Pale Ale. I am thankful that NEFF distributes a few of their beers to Kansas City, too, so I can enjoy their gluten free beers at home.
Alt Brew – Maddison, WI
Although we were at the brewery in 2020, we could not go inside due to COVID protocols. However, we were able to pick up a few of their beers to take with us on our way to hike near Devil’s Lake. My favorite Alt Brew beer is their Hollywood Nights IPA.
Rolling Mills – Middleton, OH
Located near Cincinnati, OH, and an easy drive from KC, this was another fun road trip for us. Although there were no food options, we had a fun afternoon sampling their beer. We visited in mid-March and got to enjoy a green beer on tap. Another gluten free first! My favorite Rolling Mills beer is their Anti-Federalist American Pale Ale.
Although I haven’t visited their taprooms, I have tried gluten free beer from each of the following gluten free breweries: Aurochs – Pittsburg, PA; Lucky Pigeon – Biddeford, ME; Buckwild – Oakland, CA; Moonshrimp – Portland, OR; Brewery Nyx – Grand Rapids, MI; Devine Science – Tustin, CA; and Glutenberg – Montreal, QC.
My wife and I are planning a trip to Boston this summer. We look forward to visiting Lucky Pigeon in Biddeford, ME and Red Leaf in Jefferson, VT while in the area!
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