Whether you enjoy a mellow lager, a strong stout, or a hoppy IPA, beer is a beverage beloved by many. 10 years ago, Huntsville homed only a single brewery. The city’s beer scene is now gushing with nine breweries. To the astonishment of some, several of these are vegan-friendly breweries and taprooms. As a vegan, you can still enjoy a bite to eat while grabbing a delicious craft beer. If you’re out and about then check out these of vegan friendly bars brewing up around Huntsville and Madison. Try not to barrel through this list!
Goodland Pourhouse located in Madison off County Line Road. This gastropub specializes in comfort foods and has a rotating taps of local and regional craft beers. For appetizers, they have chips with salsa and their Brussel Sprouts leave off the bacon. They offer two vegan options directly on the menu. Alissa Detroit Style Pizza made with vegan mozzarella, red sauce, Beyond sausage, peppadew peppers, topped by arugula. Vegan Royale with Cheese is the Beyond Burger, vegan American cheese, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, secret sauce, mustard, pretzel bun with your choice of side. For something lighter, the Beets by Dre salad is roasted beets, arugula, beluga lentils, pickled red onion, pistachio, apricot white balsamic vinaigrette minus goat cheese. Come for the food but you stay for the beer.
Hops N Guac is a fast-casual Mexican-fusion restaurant in Huntsville’s Campus No. 805. Their menu showcases a Roasted Vegetables Taco (no queso fresco), Black Bean & Corn Taco (no queso fresco or crema), or the Portabella Rojas (no rice or beer queso). Here is the veggie quesadilla filled with vegan shredded cheese and veggies with a side of lettuce, guacamole and pico. Beware that the rice is cooked in chicken stock, but they do offer the vegan queso. And the Aguas Frescas Horchata is made from rice milk. They combine one-of-a-kind recipes with award-winning brews, all served up in a fun and dynamic atmosphere. With 50 rotating taps, you’re sure to find your next hop-fueled favorite.
In the summer of 2016 Straight to Ale opened their new 45,000 square foot facility at Campus No. 805. At this location, they expanded to include cider and mead production along with Shelta Cavern Spirits, and Ale's Kitchen. Located inside Straight to Ale, Ale’s Kitchen serves a Chargrill Portobello Sandwich. It is a balsamic marinated portobello mushroom, chargrilled then topped with grilled onion, lettuce, tomato with smooth avocado sauce. You can add jalapenos for a little extra kick. For starters, they offer a roasted Garlic Hummus made from chickpea hummus with kalamata olive tapenade, paprika oil and tortilla chips. Don’t get the distilling! Fortunately, every hard liquor – bourbon, whiskey, vodka, gin, and rum- is vegan.
The unique collaboration between Earth and Stone and Yellowhammer Brewing at Campus No. 805 has become one of Huntsville’s most popular spots for craft beer and craft pizza. Being the first all wood fired pizza restaurant in Huntsville, they introduced Huntsville to a new pizza experience. The classic Green Street pizza is red sauce, fresh baby spinach, fresh baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced red bell pepper, thinly sliced red onion and kalamata olives (ask to leave off the mozzarella/ provolone). They also provide a gluten free crust. This location is attached to Yellowhammer Brewing. They are dedicated to creating premium ales and lagers, drawing on Belgian and German brewing traditions with a Southern interpretation. Here you can have your pizza and drink your beer too. They also have a location in Madison, Alabama.
There are several micro-brew options in this area, but not all of them come with good food. Old Black Bear takes a step above with their burgers. They provide a vegan burger straight on the menu. All Hat and No Cattle is the Beyond burger with lettuce tomato onion on a potato or sourdough bun add avocado puree. As Madison Alabama's premier craft brewery, the taproom is open 11-11 but the kitchen closes at 9 each day.
Located right in Stovehouse's food and leisure garden, you can enjoy a classic Mediterranean dish, or build your own with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options readily available. Start by choosing a wrap or bowl and then pick your ingredients. There are some exciting veggie options. Just look for the 'VG' on their Dietary Info. This gem is within a short walk of Pourhouse Huntsville. This comfortably swanky bar serves a wide selection of wines, domestic, international and local craft beers, spirits and handcrafted cocktails. Fresko Grille and Pourhouse are just two restaurants located at Stovehouse; click here to learn more about the location.
Domaine South is a carefully curated wine shop in Downtown Huntsville located on Huntsville’s courthouse square. Here they take the time to help you find the perfect vegan wine for any occasion. More than a wine store though, Domaine South is also known for their charcuterie boards. You can follow their Instagram story to find what is growing in their garden for that week’s menu. This attention to the quality of their food makes building your board a wonderful adventure. From their fig jam to the roasted radishes, you won’t leave hungry.
Beer is typically made from barley malt, water, hops and yeast and so is often suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Some beer brewers add finings to clarify the beer when racking into a barrel. Finings can include plant-derived products, like Irish moss, or animal-derived products, like isinglass and gelatin. Remember to check out Barnivore to find out the vegan status of most national beers. Also, don’t miss the Vegan.com guides to vegan wine and alcohol. Always ask your bartender or server if you have any questions!