Breweries and pubs have graduated from the hipster hang to mainstream entertainment. The craft beers provide a coolness factor that transcends the average dive bar while the often chef-driven food menu and convivial atmosphere allow everyone to have a good time—whether they drink or not. Pair that with a spacious outdoor patio and a big screen television, and guests of all ages will be entertained for hours. While the standard pub and brewery fare used to rely heavily upon meat and gluten-based items, many joints across the country are devising menus that are welcoming to all eaters. Check out these six breweries where you can kick back, play a game of cornhole, and order with ease. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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1. Golden Road Brewing, multiple locations
This Los Angeles-based brewery is rapidly expanding along California. The original Glendale brewery now has five pub-style outposts in Anaheim, Downtown Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, and Sacramento. Menus vary slightly by location, but each promises a gluten-free and vegan cider as well as a wine selection. Check the wine on barnivore.com to ensure it is vegan-friendly. As for food, about three-fourths of the menu has a vegan version—this includes both Impossible and Beyond burgers topped with vegan cheese, a seared tofu banh mi sandwich, and a dinner plate-sized soft salted pretzel. Those with gluten sensitivities can enjoy the Dino Kale Rolls, Blished Shishito Peppers, Vegan Pastor Fries, a selection of appetizer salads, and more. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Pedal Haus Brewery, Tempe, AZ
Cool off from the desert heat at this laid-back brewery. Its gluten-reduced (and vegan) beers have received several industry awards including six medals from the North American Brewer’s Competition for its American Light Lager. The German-style Pilsner and Mexican Amber Lager make up the company’s other gluten-reduced brews. As for vegan-friendly eats, the dedicated vegan menu offers everything from nutritional yeast-dusted shishito peppers to spicy cauliflower wings to a selection of vegan cheese and vegetable pizzas. The space boasts one of the largest outdoor beer gardens in the state, so grab a spot in the shade, order a cold one, and spend the afternoon socializing, sipping, and snacking. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Modern Times, multiple locations
This San Diego-based brewery now has six locations spanning the west coast from its North Park “Flavordome” to its Portland “Fermentorium.” For a gluten-free beverage, ask for the list of ciders or inquire about new gluten-free releases—the company is innovating all the time. While not alcoholic, the Black House Blend Cold Brew will definitely perk you up as well. As a dedicated plant-based pub, you’re guaranteed to experience a bit of indecision when it comes to ordering, but fear not—from the Asada Loaded Fries to the Potato Chorizo Burrito—it’s all good. To keep it gluten-free, try the Burmese Lentil Salad or the Wedgelord—a veganized flavor bombe version of the classic iceberg Wedge. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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4. The Beer Plant, Austin, TX
Austin’s first vegan gastropub offers a slightly more sophisticated atmosphere than your local boisterous brewery. While there is plenty of local craft beer, wine, and cocktails available, this is a place for foodies. The gluten-free crowd can enjoy the Rainbow Carrots and Ricotta, hearts of palm ceviche, and one of the three entreé-sized salads along with a local gluten-free beer or glass of wine. Gluten-free dessert options include a decadent Milk Chocolate Bruleé, strawberry sorbet, and raw cheesecake. Not gluten-sensitive? Go to town with the Skillet Mac and Cheese, Kimchi Grilled Cheese, or Hillcountry ‘Chicken’ and Gravy. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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5. Pig Minds Brewing Co., Machesney, IL
No need to stick to salads and vegetable-based appetizers at this vegan microbrewery—the menu is generous with carb-heavy gluten-free options. Indulge in the lightly breaded and fried buffalo cauliflower, Curry Sweet Potato Fries, Buffalo Mac & Cheezy Bowl, or the BLT Quinoa Bowl. Accompany the meal with a glass of wine or house roasted coffee (Pig Minds hasn’t released a gluten-free beer yet). Those without gluten sensitivities can enjoy the Jalapeno Popper Quesadilla, Nashville Hot or Not Chickn’ Sandwich, and the cheesy Fried Pickle Rolls (yes, that’s a thing).

 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Asheville Brewing Company, Asheville, NC
Once home to a sleepy granola-crunching outdoorsy crowd, Asheville is quickly becoming a microbrew mecca and vegan-friendly tourist town. Settle in and nurse a naturally gluten-free Noble Hard Cider, stocked by a local Asheville cider company. While sipping, order the Brewhaus Hummus for the table (without the naan—it’s not vegan) served with three different types of scratch made hummus including Sriracha Coconut Curry, black bean, and traditional. Other vegan and gluten-free options include the Old School Fries, Movie House Salad, and Grateful Veg Pizza made with sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, Daiya vegan cheese, garlic, and basil. You can also build your own pizza with a gluten-free crust and a smorgasbord of vegan-friendly toppings from fresh veggies to vegan cheese and tofu. With three locations in downtown, North Asheville, and South Asheville, you’re never far from a good time. 

 

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.

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