Booze

Where to Find Vegan Fare at Denver and Boulder Beer Bars

Beer-friendly food can be vegan, as Backcountry Pizza proves.
Beer-friendly food can be vegan, as Backcountry Pizza proves. Courtesy of Backcountry Pizza & Tap House

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click to enlarge Beer and pretzels are a natural beer-garden combo. - COURTESY LOWRY BEER GARDEN
Beer and pretzels are a natural beer-garden combo.
Courtesy Lowry Beer Garden
Lowry Beer Garden
7577 East Academy Boulevard
303-366-0114
lowrybeergarden.com

Outdoor beer drinkers can rejoice in the 4,500 square feet of garden area in the open-air seating at Lowry Beer Garden. Both the draft and bottle lists are mostly local, with New Terrain, Resolute, Dry Dock, Lone Tree and Telluride, among many others. Sitting outside in the warm temperatures just might have you craving a refreshing salad, and there’s no shortage of variety with the chickpea, triple berry, summer, Southwestern, wedge and quinoa salads as options. The giant pretzel, hummus and fried pickles are all vegan, too.

Mellow Mushroom
1201 16th Street, Suite 108
720-328-9114
mellowmushroom.com

Mellow Mushroom churns out some tasty stone-baked pizzas, and there's good news for the dairy-free crowd: Any pizza on the list can be made vegan with swapping in vegan cheese (with gluten-free options as well). Tempeh and tofu can be added and prepped in jerk, teriyaki, BBQ or hot sauce. Plus, there are tons of veggies to choose from – artichoke hearts, roma tomatoes, pepperoncini, portabello mushrooms and more. A variety of beer styles are available on their changing tap list, from Funkwerks Tropic King to Odell Rupture Fresh Grind Ale. Score $4 Colorado pints during happy hour to go with your pie.

click to enlarge Burgers are the main food draw, but Reuben's has several meatless options. - COURTESY RUEBEN'S BURGER BISTRO
Burgers are the main food draw, but Reuben's has several meatless options.
Courtesy Rueben's Burger Bistro
Rueben’s Burger Bistro
18
00 Broadway, Boulder
303-443-5000
ruebensburgerbistro.com

If your beer of choice is of the Belgian variety, Rueben’s is the place to be. If you’re new to Belgian brews, Rueben’s Tour of Belgium taster flight will get you off to the right start. There are 42 draft beers and bottles from around the world and they include every style, not just those from Belgium. Kick off your food order with fried pickles, veggie tacos, fries, hummus, onion rings and pretzels, which are all vegan. Pair the homemade veggie patty with the pretzel bun and top with mushrooms, roma tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, avocado, arugula and much more.

click to enlarge The Terminal Bar offers a few vegan snacks to go with all the beer. - JAKE SHANE
The Terminal Bar offers a few vegan snacks to go with all the beer.
Jake Shane
Terminal Bar
1701 Wynkoop Street
720-460-3701
terminalbardenver.com

Located in Union Station, the Terminal Bar sits in a restored space in the historic ticketing office. The bar has thirty Colorado beers on draft including offerings from Aspen, Wibby, Crooked Stave, River North and Odell. Vegan snacks include the crispy Brussels sprouts (minus the bacon), pretzels, fries, and the arugula salad.
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Kristen Kuchar is a Colorado writer covering craft beer, food and travel. For Westword, she explores vegan dining and the state's artisan beverages, such as cider and mead.