Recently, we made the unusual decision to go get frozen yogurt in the morning. We were in the Gunbarrel area, slightly to the northeast of Boulder, so there was really only one option: Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt. It turned out to be a good option, though, as there were lots of gluten-free frozen yogurts to choose from – 11 of the 12 yogurts were gluten-free, by our count – and there were also a number of gluten-free toppings available, although these were somewhat hard to pick out (more on this below). Overall, we had a nice, if unconventional, breakfast at Aspen Leaf recently, and it’s worth checking it out if you’re ever in the Gunbarrel area.
It took us a while, but we finally tried a gluten-free waffle cake, one made by the appropriately named company Waffles Cakes, which operates out of a food truck that you can find in the Boulder, Denver, and Longmont area on weekends and Mondays. We had heard only good things about these gluten-free waffle cakes and now we know why: they are delicious, and in a perfectly unique way. They don’t really taste like anything we’ve had before. We highly recommend a visit to the Waffle Cakes food truck so you can try a gluten-free waffle cake yourself.
When you eat gluten-free, you will inevitably begin to yearn for foods and beverages that were once a part of your life. Bread, pasta, and, perhaps most tragically of all, beer fall into this category. What Oscar Wilde famously said of cigarettes is true of beer (and ironically probably not of cigarettes): a beer is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? In other words, to drink an excellent beer is a sublime experience, one that very often leaves one unsatisfied, but only because in having one beer, you want another. This is a long way of saying that beer is awesome, and it can be a herculean challenge to avoid beer when you’re on the gluten-free diet. In response to this problem, and out of sympathy for those confronted with it, we answer the following question: where can you find gluten-free beer in Boulder? Boulder is full of gluten-free dining options, so surely there are gluten-free beers around, right?
Recently, we went on a hunt for gluten-free beer in Boulder. We found several gluten-free beers at one of Boulder’s premier liquor stores – Liquor Mart – and we noted that many restaurants and bars around town also have at least one gluten-free beer offering. In addition to gluten-free beer, and on occasion in place of it, many of these establishments have gluten-free hard ciders on sale too. Obviously, hard cider isn’t beer, but it’s nevertheless an excellent beverage with many of the same virtues as beer. Hard ciders and beers are refreshing drinks with comparable alcohol content levels that are served in similar quantities, making them fitting for the same sorts of occasions (watching sports, lounging with friends on a hot afternoon, showering, etc.). In light of these and similar facts, and in recognition of the problem that the gluten-free diet can place certain limitations on one’s drinking career, we decided to write about gluten-free hard cider in Boulder. We’re ever eager to help our readers embrace gluten-free living (and we’re equally eager to have a drink “for work”).