Bars with Gluten-Free Beer in NYC

19 Comments 05 August 2009

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Please welcome guest blogger Kristin, a freelance writer and editor who lives in Brooklyn. I'm sure many readers will appreciate her self-sacrificing investment of time and painstaking research for this project. Thank you, Kristin!

I miss beer. Of all the things I've had to give up since discovering my gluten intolerance last year, it's what I miss the most. While I was relieved that there were quality gluten-free beers available that I could keep at home, it was hard to accept that there were many bars I would never frequent again, or be faced with ordering bad wine, or worse cocktails and paying extra for the privilege.

Also, let's face it, it's not always easy to pace yourself when your friends are nursing pints and you're sticking to vodka drinks. In defiance, I started crafting a personal list of bars and pubs I'd always loved that also carried cider, with a special place in my heart for those with draft cider.

I'd heard urban legends about bars with gluten-free beer, but they were always dubious enough, or far-flung enough, to dissuade me from going to check, and there didn't seem to be any kind of reliable information on the usual blogs and forums. Recently, however, upon being dragged to a new bar in my area by friends, I was surprised to discover they carried Redbridge – and I decided I had to find out what other bars were out there.

So, with the help of the good people at Redbridge and Bard's and the extremely useful, and after several entertaining months of personal "research," I give you the gluten-free drunkard's map of New York. I've listed as many bars and restaurants as I could find carrying gluten-free beer or cider, as well as stores that have a great selection. Go out and get yourself a cold one!

*Disclaimer: all of the labels I've listed here are, to the best of my knowledge, gluten-free – either marked on their own packaging or ascertained through community forums. I've never experienced cross-contamination issues from cider on tap, but please drink at your own risk and in keeping with your sensitivity.

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19 Comments so far

  1. 1

    Who knew so many bars had GF beer, and they’re not all in Manhattan!

    Any chance of another GF Barbecue this year?

  2. 2

    I found a place in Brooklyn heights with the best gf beer I’ve tasted so far!! The beer is called: New Grist and I believe the place is called Sully’s. It’s great and has a lot of raw/vegan food which as you all know is Celiac friendly!:-)

  3. 3
    Kelly says:

    Thanks for the hot tip, Ashley! Where in Bklyn Heights?

  4. 4
    Kelly says:

    Hey Merry! Vanessa was possibly interested in doing another one this summer. We just didn’t know where/how to do it, since now they are busy with Friedman’s Deli. Might be better in the city.
    I’ll talk to her and get back to you.

    BTW…in the works to do another Pala Pizza tasting party this year!

  5. 5
    Kristin says:

    thanks for the comments! If anyone else has any tips for bars I missed, you can also email with them, so I can add them to the map.

  6. 6
    Mr. Justin says:

    Croxley’s in the East Village (Ave B btwn 2nd & 3rd) has Green’s. Not cheap, but it’s there. Also have Cider on tap. I think it’s Cider Jack. Great sports bar that doesn’t feel like a sports bar — more like a British pub.

  7. 7
    cindy says:

    Just wanted to let everyone know that my husband has just opened a deli in Pound Ridge NY. He is offering gluten free panini’s and deli sandwiches.
    He is also serving gluten free meatballs that are delicous!
    Oh..and I almost forgot,you can also get ice cream or gelato on a gluten free cone.

    Name and address is:
    My Goodness!
    deli & cafe
    78 Westchester avenue
    Pound Ridge, NY 10576

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    I’m so glad you found BeerMenus useful. I’m one of the co-founders. In case you didn’t see it, we have a list of gluten free beers available in nyc:

    You can click on the beers on the list to view all the places that serve the beer in nyc. If we’re missing any gluten free beers, you can add them to the list.


  9. 9

    Thanks for sharing all the places. I look forward to checking out the House of Brews in the Theater District on my next trip to NY. BTW, I have found a great gluten-free beer at Whole Foods. And now that I’ve moved from the east to the west coast, I’ll have to do some research here for good L.A. bars that carry gluten-free.

    Cheers to all!
    Daryl a.k.a. Avery
    Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen

  10. 10
    Kristin Reim says:

    Wow! This is great! I too had to altar my way of life because of a gluten sensitivity and food allergies. It’s always good to know that there are olaces for us to feel like our old selves and not stand out from out friends.

  11. 11
    Marissa says:

    Matt Torrey’s bar in east Williamsburg on Bushwick and Ainsle has Crispin cider on tap and carries Bard’s Tale gluten-free beer!

      Roxie says:

      They sell Omission gluten-free beer now. One of the best brands I’ve had. Hails from Portland, OR.

  12. 12
    Anne says:

    Is there a list in addition to the map?

  13. 13
    jill says:

    gluten free beer at Kinsale Tavern on the upper east side! 🙂

  14. 14
    chris says:

    um…am i missing something? where is the list??

  15. 15
    Maria says:

    Commonwealth on 5th ave and 13th street has Daura…they used to have redbridge…

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    Rick says:

    This is helpful to an extent, but, sorry, I don’t consider “hard” cider beer. It’s apple juice. Thus, most of the places on this list don’t have gluten free beer; they have apple juice.

    I guess beggars can’t be choosers, but why don’t bars stock real gluten free beer like D’Aura, or Omission or New Planet or Brunehaut? It wouldn’t cost them too much to have one bottled gluten free beer.

    This is both inexplicable and frustrating for me.

  17. 17
    Ingrid says:

    BXL 43rd/6th- Green. Also, Don Antonia – pizza and beer! 50th/8th

  18. 18
    Bridget says:

    bless your sweet gf heart! Just found out I have celiac

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