Dedicated Gluten Free Tasting Rooms
Where To Eat + Drink Gluten Free In The U.S.A.
Last Saturday marked the grand opening of Bierly Brewing’s brand new gluten free tasting room in McMinnville, Oregon. This wonderful news inspired me to release a roundup of exclusively GF tasting rooms and brewpubs across the United States.
Every establishment on this list is dedicated gluten free and therefore 100% safe for those with Celiac Disease. I divided them into two categories, tasting rooms and brewpubs. For the purpose of this list, tasting rooms are those which serve alcohol and in some cases, light fare. Brewpubs are those which offer a full service kitchen (and gluten free menu) alongside their taps.
I realize there are many more taprooms out there that serve a gluten free beer, but that is an entirely different experience for a Celiac or strictly gluten free consumer. It requires us to be “on guard” and always looking out for potential confusion about our needs or unintended contamination of our food and drink.
The experience of walking into an establishment that guarentees our well being, hands us a menu we can eat anything off of, and allows us to leave our worries at the door is so rare and so appreciated by those of us who can become incredibly ill from the smallest amount of gluten. This list seeks to highlight those special gems, because honestly…they are such a treat for us that we straight up plan vacations around them sometimes!
* Please note that the taproom hours listed below were researched in October of 2018, and are subject to change. I encourage you to double check their hours before heading over for a visit.
If you know of a gluten free tasting room or taproom missing from this list, please comment at the bottom of the article so I can get it added. (Dedicated gluten free establishments only, please!)
100% Gluten Free Tasting Rooms
Grab A Taste Or A Growler
Aurochs Brewing Company
Aurochs Brewing is currently the easternmost gluten free brewery we have in the United States. Their brewery and taproom is located in Emsworth PA, and visiting in person will gain you access to styles that aren’t currently bottled and distributed by Aurochs. I would love to get the opportunity to try that hefeweizen or nitro brown on tap, but I have yet to travel the 2,500 mies necessary to visit this brewhouse!
The taproom at Aurochs Brewing is open on Thursdays from 4-6pm. You can sample their brews, grab a 4-pack or fill a growler, but they don’t appear to offer food of any sorts. This time of year you can also find them slinging beer at the Soergel Orchards Fall Fest on Saturday and Sundays from 11am-5pm.
Bierly Brewing just had a grand opening for their brand new tasting room earlier this week. They are a few hours away from me so I haven’t been able to visit yet, but they’re on the list! The tasting room is open every Saturday from 12pm-6pm, so if you happen to be in the area on a weekend, try to plan a stop here to fill a growler and grab a bite.
Bierly Brewing also has a small menu of eats, all of which are made in-house in a dedicated gluten free kitchen. Last I checked they were serving gluten free soft pretzels (which are also dairy and egg free!), sausage and cheese platters, and housemate baguettes dressed with oil and vinegar.
Burning Brothers Brewing
St. Paul, Minnesota
Burning Brothers Brewing has a no-frills gluten free taproom where they host rotating food trucks and serve a handful of gluten free bar snacks like locally made donuts, meat candy, chips, and popcorn. Unlike the first two taprooms listed, Burning Brothers is open 7 days a week, and you can grab a full meal with your beverage if you utilize the food carts outside.
Some of the recent food cart offerings include Auntie M’s Gluten Free (serving fish n’ chips paired with Burning Brother’s GF malt vinegar), No Buns About It (tacos, salad, and pie), The Big Cheese (gluten free grilled cheeses), Sara’s Tipsy Pies (serving gluten free tarts), Signature on Wheels (gluten free beer battered cheese curds) just to name a few. Be sure to check the Burning Brother’s facebook page to see what cart is serving food that day.
This is Oregon’s newest (dedicated) gluten free brewery, and while I have tried their beers, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit in person yet. Every Saturday, Evasion opens their taproom to offer tasting flights, pints, bottles and growler fills. They don’t appear to serve food, but they do have a non-alcoholic root beer on tap for the kids!
I did notice that Evasion’s tasting room hours changed over the summer, and I’m not sure if they will shift back to their original schedule once winter comes, so perhaps double check before heading in. Their old hours of opening were Saturday from 1-5pm, so if you head in there on a Saturday in the late afternoon–you should be safe to drink!
I would absolutely love to get to this tasting room in person some day soon, but for now, I’m in the same boat as many of you! Holidaily Brewing’s taproom is located in Golden Colorado and is open 7 days a week. They serve gluten free pizza (dairy free option too) and cheesy bread out of their taproom, but they also have rotating food trucks available most days if you’re looking for something else.
You can find a full food truck schedule on their website (love the transparency!) but when they have no food cart scheduled, you know you can still grab a bite inside. This week their food cart calendar includes Espy’s Street Eats (GF tacos, tamales, stuffed avocado, quesadillas, stuffed poblanos), Legs and Breasts (gluten free fried chicken), Victoria’s Gluten Free Kitchen (GF pizza), and Sizzle Food Truck (tacos, bowls).
Rolling Mill Brewing Co.
Rolling Mill Brewing is one of the newest dedicated gluten free breweries in the States. To this day I haven’t yet gotten my hands on their beer, but I get lots of notes from people in Ohio who have! Their spacious taproom is currently open three days a week for tastings and growler fills (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).
They don’t prepare their own food, but they do offer gluten free pizza (made off-site) which they keep on warmers in the taproom to satisfy those pizza n’ beer cravings. (We all know Celiacs get those cravings the worst!) Rolling Mill Brewing is located in the heart of Middletown in a historic building, allowing you to experience a little Ohio history while drinking one of Rolling Mill’s revolutionary gluten free brews.
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The Full Gastropub Experience
This is the only gastropub on the list that I haven’t visited in person. My research taught me that they offer a gluten free menu and even have a special one for large events. Watch out for dairy here though, as they see to have a lot of it on their menu.
If you’d like a peek behind the scenes at Alt Brew, stop in on a Saturday to catch their brewery tour (starts at 2pm weekly), then stay for a pint! Be sure to check their website for other special events, like board game night Tuesdays and pinball tournament Thursdays. Apparently they even have special tappings on the first Friday of every month.
Tues – Fri: 3 – 9 pm
Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Ghostfish Brewing Company
I absolutely love the Ghostfish Brewing gastropub. I literally have dreams about their fish n’ chips, and I never travel through Seattle without paying them a visit. Their head chef has changed since I was there last, but I hear good things about the new one. Their menu is mouth watering and their taproom is absolutely stunning.
Located in SoDo (south downtown, industrial district of Seattle), this historic building has been renewed with a modern industrial design and is incredibly bright and open with high ceilings boasting an elegant blend of exposed wood and metal. This gastropub will make you feel like a “regular beer drinker” again, allowing you to experience the deeply-missed culture of a brewpub with absolutely zero concern for gluten contamination. The entire facility is dedicated gluten free and extremely dog friendly, which I love!
Ground Breaker Brewing
Last but certainly not least, is the original dedicated gluten free brewery and gastropub Ground Breaker Brewing. First in the country to open its doors, this taproom is a must visit if you ever find yourself in Portland, Oregon. Everything I’ve ever eaten there has been exceptional, and you can always find some experimental brews on tap that you won’t be able to access anywhere else.
Ground Breaker’s chef is incredibly talented so rest assured, you will be happy with anything you order, but I am partial to their signature gluten free fried chicken. (Available dairy free too!) It’s worth noting, I didn’t even really like fried chicken before I went gluten free–so it was never something I craved before–but I do now. It’s that amazing.
This gastropub has a very warm “Portland” vibe. Its interior has a cozy farmhouse feel, with fresh hops growing up the outside of the building and a door right off the taproom that puts you directly on the brew floor. They have 8 taps which usually includes a cider option, and I often find Bierly Brewing on tap there as well.
Wednesday: 12 – 9pm
Thursday: 12 – 9pm
Friday: 12 – 9pm
Saturday: 12 – 9pm
Sunday: 12 – 9pm
Do you know of a dedicated gluten free taproom that I missed?
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