Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Montana Ale Works

This last weekend Dave and I celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary. It’s about two weeks early but we had to take advantage of my mom visiting and thus having a free babysitter. Dinner and a movie was our plan so we headed to Montana Ale Works to try out their gluten free pasta. We settled in at our table and inquired about GF beers, they do carry Red Bridge if that’s your thing along with a lot of wines and liquor. We started with an order of the Taos Dip for a starter and then I requested the Mac & Cheese with the GF penne. Our waitress asked if we needed the GF pasta because of an allergy and we said yes, she then informed me that she didn’t think the Mac & Cheese sauce was GF because of one of the cheeses. I asked if it had blue cheese in it and she said she’d have to check with the kitchen. She also added that their chips, like the ones with our ordered Taos Dip, are prepared in the same bin as the calamari so there is a cross contamination possibility. We cancelled the appetizer at this point. Dave then orders the Chicken Gorgonzola with the GF penne and again she told us that dish isn’t able to be GF either because of the sauce and she went to the kitchen to inquire for us. It turns out the GF Mac & Cheese is served with bread crumbs on top of it and she didn’t offer the option of not having the crumbs on top. They believe the gorgonzola contains gluten though I question this because most blue and gorgonzola cheeses are no longer made using wheat or barley. They also prepare the gorgonzola sauce using a Rous that makes it not gluten free. Dave opted for the salmon and I had the spinach salad, both GF and delicious though we were disappointed we weren’t able to try the GF pasta. I plan to e-mail Montana Ale Works to suggest they work on offering their pasta dishes as true GF options, otherwise why even bother with the GF pasta? The people they attract due to the GF penne can’t even enjoy it. I do want to give our waitress kudos, she was very knowledgeable and double checked everything with the kitchen and you can’t get better than that. Oh wait, yes you can, it comes with GF penne. Sorry there aren’t any pictures of our meal but I will recommend the Four Sisters Shiraz.


  1. Firstly, thanks for the comment at The Cinnamon Quill. I do hope to post the cinnamon rolls soon, hopefully within the next couple of weeks :) Thanks for the interest!

    Also, this sounds like a bit of a frustrating dining experience, but it sounds like you handled it well. I guess I am still a bit sheepish about going out to eat very often because it tends to seem like more work than it is worth. But the promise of GF mac & cheese would get me out of the house! Hopefully they'll get their act together so you can try it soon!

  2. Eating out is hard and we mostly avoid it but every now and then we just have to do it! I hope they'll work on offering true GF options.

    I'll keep checking for that cinnamon roll recipe, they look too good to be true!

  3. Welcome to the GF Blog world!!! Not to mention the GF world.. I'm glad you and your family are doing better!