Backcountry Pizza & Tap House
2319 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Pizza places may be in abundance in Boulder, but no one has a beer list like Backcountry. With 68 taps spanning the world's best breweries, it’s safe to say it would be nearly impossible to not find something to your taste. There are some heavy hitters, too: Brewery Ommegang from New York, Ballast Point Brewing Company and Firestone Walker Brewing from California, and Perennial Artisan Ales from Missouri, for starters. World-class beers need food to match, and Backcountry's kitchen can serve its roast-vegetable pizza — and any other meatless pie — vegan at your request. All burgers can sub in a veggie patty, and the hummus, several salad options, onion rings, fries and potato chips are good to go as well.
1530 Blake Street, Unit A
This LoDo spot serves upscale comfort food, even late at night. Skip the aioli with your order of Southern fried pickles or get Brussels sprouts sans the parmesan cheese. There's also a charred broccoli and shishito pepper dish that's always served vegan. A veggie patty on corn tortillas, fries, slaw, and pretzel bites with agave mustard are all vegan as well. The 25 rotating taps of beers and cider are chosen to go well with food, with standout Denver breweries like Cerebral, Black Shirt, Comrade, Great Divide and Station 26 represented, but you’ll also find breweries spanning the rest of the state and the entire globe.
2801 Welton Street
Goed Zuur is truly one of a kind. While many taprooms boast eclectic beer menus with styles to please every taste, this 120-year-old brick building only contains one: sour beers. The name itself means "good acid" in Dutch, and the bar specializes in lambics, complex sours and wild ales. Local sours from Trinity and Crooked Stave are on tap, but there are dozens of others from top breweries worldwide. The vegan cheese board — yes, a dairy-free cheese board! — has five rotating products including cultured coconut butter, High Sierra Rustic Alpine cheese from Miyoko's, sharp aged cheddar from Vtopian Cheese, and mozzarella "di bufula" and almond ricotta from Three Girls Vegan. Other vegan options include grapeseed-oil mushroom popcorn with togarashi, house-marinated olives, baby kale salad with cashew Caesar dressing, vegan pastrami on house rye with purple sauerkraut and mustard, and the Cast-Iron Vegetarian: a one-quart hot pot of tri-color quinoa in kimchi broth with fresh and fermented vegetables and mushrooms. For dessert, sample a rotating variety of crepes.
Hops & Pie
3920 Tennyson Street
Digging into the dynamic duo of pizza and beer can be tricky if you’re dairy-free – but this cozy pizza joint makes it a breeze. Top your pizza with a spicy housemade vegan “sausage” or smoked tofu along with Daiya dairy-free cheese. While you can opt for traditional veggies (bell pepper, mushrooms, olives), you can also jazz it up with banana peppers, broccoli, roasted garlic cloves, jalapeño and dressed arugula. If you’re not feeling pizza, try the tempeh sloppy Jane, or swap hickory-smoked tofu for any meat on the other sandwiches. Find up to 28 taps with a heavy emphasis on Colorado to go with your grub.