Nothing complements a good slice or two quite like a frosty, frothy brew. And while all of the highlighted restaurants offer at least one gluten-free option, whether it’s beer or cider, some locales go above and beyond.
Pizzeria Paradiso: All three Paradiso locations offer a staggering number of ciders, and not the usual, cloying Woodchuck. Among the 11 options at the Dupont Circle location (some in large bottles to share, and some for individual consumption) are Doc’s Draft Hard Apple Cider, with a dryer, clean taste, and the sweeter J.K.’s Scrumpy Hard Cider.
Fire Works: The selection of gluten-free beers and ciders is wider than at most pizza places (or beer bars, for that matter). Some piquant options pop up at the Arlington location, including the Omission pale ale. The beer can’t be explicitly labeled gluten free because it’s brewed with malted barley, but Omission’s process breaks down the protein, and each batch is tested to ensure that there are less than 10 parts per million of gluten. For those who want to stick to the FDA-approved labels, Fire Works also offers Boulder’s pleasantly hoppy New Planet pale ale and Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer.
Rustico: Both locations offer a nice list of beers and ciders, but Alexandria has an especially interesting selection. Aside from one of the more prevalent options — Anheuser-Busch’s Redbridge — the restaurant also offers Bard’s Gold, a malty take on sorghum beer; Spain’s Estrella Damm Daura; and three types of Green’s, including a tasty tripel.
Lost Dog Cafe: The cider list tends toward the ultra-sweet, with Kelly’s, Crispin and three flavors of Woodchuck. But Lost Dog also offers Redbridge and the nicely bitter St. Peter’s sorgham beer.
Mellow Mushroom: This chain was polarizing when it came to wheat-free pizza: a favorite for some, a one-time-only experience for others. But beverages are plentiful and helpfully labeled as gluten free on the menu. Options include two types of Omission, including the lager, Lakefront New Grist, a somewhat flavorless sorghum beer, and two ciders.