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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 beermenus.com, 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.