It’s the Charlotte standard: summer days with nice weather will include time spent at breweries. For those who don’t or can’t consume gluten, it makes finding non-beer alternatives more difficult. Luckily, multiple Charlotte breweries offer great gluten-free or gluten-reduced options.
For clarity, gluten-free means made without wheat, barley, malt, and other cross-contaminated grains. Gluten-reduced means the product was originally made with gluten ingredients but modified to contain fewer than 20 PPM of gluten.
Here are 10 breweries that pour gluten-free alternatives.
Gluten-free options: All ciders and all meads.
Mead is also known as honey wine and is the oldest alcoholic drink known to man. It’s made with honey and water and fermented with yeast. Most of the apples used for the ciders here are from Perry Lowe Orchards (NC), Turkey Knob (VA), and Poverty Lane Orchards (NH).
Gluten-free options: Kombucha (non-alcoholic), wine, Windy Hill cider, and rotating wild ales
Gluten-reduced options: Our Life in the South Lager, Dat Pale Ale, and Citraphilia IPA
Lenny Boy offers something for everyone, from non-alcoholic to a variety of gluten-reduced and gluten-free options. Taps rotate based on what small batch of wild ale and beers are available. There are no gluten-free wild ales available, but call the taproom to see what’s on tap before you go.
Plus: The Hunter’s Wife is the food truck on site at varying times Tuesday-Sunday.
Gluten-free options: Wild Blossom rosé cider, Wild Blossom semi-dry cider, cider frosé, prosecco pops, wine on tap, and Underwood rosé wine in cans.
Head brewer Brad Bregman has an extensive background in cidery. After joining the Sycamore team in March, Wild Blossom Cider came to be. Now offered in the taproom are two styles: rosé and semi-dry. Expect to see more experimental styles soon. Also new to Sycamore this summer is frosé.
Cool down even more with their King of Pops partnership: prosecco pops.
Gluten-free options: Lenny Boy’s Good Ol’ Ginger kombucha (non-alcoholic), Good Road Ciderworks’ Newtown Pippin, and Bull City Ciderworks’ Off Main.
Gluten-reduced options: Mother Shucker Oyster Stout
New to the brewery is the Mother Shucker Oyster Stout, a gluten-reduced beer that’s 6.7% ABV. This beer was brewed in honor of NC Beer Month in April and was a collaboration with Wilmington’s Front Street Brewery.
Plus: Find the TIN Kitchen food truck onsite with menu items like salads and tacos (ask about gluten-free options).
Gluten-free options: Cocktails, white wine, red wine, Good Road Ciderworks’ Blue Byway, and Rainbow Seeker cider.
Plus: Heist has a full-service kitchen, serving lunch, dinner, and brunch. Gluten-free options are denoted on the menu, from salad to veggie stir fry. See the lunch menu here.
Gluten-free options: Lenny Boy’s LavenderAde kombucha (non-alcoholic), Windy Hill Gala Peach Cider, Good Road’s Going Down Under Cider, red wine, and white wine.
Gluten-free options: Rotating taps of Windy Hill cider and Good Road CiderWorks, red wine, white wine, and rosé.
This brewery is tucked away in Plaza Midwood with a new SouthPark location opening soon, (it will be SouthPark’s first brewery). The SouthPark location will offer a full bar, featuring speciality cocktails made with spirits from local distilleries like Great Wagon Road and Muddy River. Keep in mind: Cocktails containing tequila, rum, and potato or corn vodka are completely gluten-free.
Plus: Brewery bites offered at the original location have gluten-free labels, with dishes like watermelon salad and smoked wings.
Gluten-free options: cocktails, white wine, red wine, rosé, coffee, Good Road CiderWorks’ rosé cider, and Helen’s Blend cider.
Located inside The Suffolk Punch, you’ll find the most gluten-free options here, compared with other mentions on this list. This location feels more like a restaurant and bar than a brewery. The Suffolk Punch is self-described as a culinary café, coffee bar, taphouse, and fermentation lab.
Plus: Check out The Suffolk Punch menu (with gluten-free items like seared tuna and the veggie plate) here.
Gluten-free options: All ciders, wine, Lenny Boy kombucha (non-alcoholic), apple cider (non-alcoholic), and sodas.
Opened in 2015, Red Clay is Charlotte’s first cidery. All of the apples used are North Carolina grown. Try a flight and sample four different 5-oz. pours ($9-$12).
Gluten-reduced options: All beers
Head Brewer Dan Wade’s wife has Celiac, so all of the beers are gluten-reduced.
Plus: Formerly a food truck and then formerly a booth inside the taproom, Kre8 Gastropub is now a full service kitchen, connected to the Wooden Robot taproom. Gluten-free options include Turnt Mussels, Brussels², and The Beet Down salad.
It’s #nationalbeerday, so a big shout out to @woodenrobotbrewery for not only making delicious beer, but for making it gluten-reduced. 😍 – Yesterday I had the hardest time choosing which beer I wanted since it’s such a treat, and the bartenders were so helpful with helping me decide. – I’m also completely in love with the new @kre8gastropub. The food is so amazing, and they have beer cheese with a gluten-free option! 🍻
Photos: Victoria Wright