Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Vegan Beer

Finally! I got around to searching out vegan beers, and I'm happy to report that my friend... is wrong. It seems that many many beers are vegan these days. However, I was sad to find out that many wines are not. I went to two great sites that had a ton of information (so much info, that i didn't feel the need to keep researching). You'll find the sources at the bottom as usual.

Beer is occassionally fined using isinglass.

Isinglass is a very pure form of gelatin obtained from fish bladders(often sturgeon). The addition of a fining product simply speeds up a process which would otherwise occur naturally.

Unfortunately, many ciders aren't vegan as a number of large-scale comercial cider companies use animal products in the fining/clarification process. Specifically, some companies use the following non-vegan ingredients: gelatin (from an animal derived source), isinglass, chitin (crab shells), collagen.

Vegan ciders are usually naturally fermented in large oak barrels and allowed to settle over a period of months. Bentonite clay (mined and specially prepared for clarification purposes) or cellulose filter sheets are also sometimes used, to process cider in a vegan way.

Don't many alcohol companies support animal exploitation and abuse?

Unfortunately many do. They've been included on this list despite that, but it doesn't mean you have to drink them! Unfortunately a number of these companies support rodeos, bull-fighting, marine mammal captivity and much more (for example, Anheuser--Busch supports bullfighting through its Corona Beer affiliations, rodeos through Budweiser Beer, and animal captivity at its Sea World and Busch Gardens amusement parks). Many of these companies also use horribly sexist advertising. My advice? Boycott them too!

BEER CONFIRMED AS VEGAN

Bitters, etc.

Alloa Light
Alloa 70/- Special
Alloa 80/- Export
Alloa Stout
Batemans IPA
Batemans Nut Brown
Batemans XXXB
Batemans Victory Ale
Batemans Dark Mild
Batemans GB Bitter
Burtonwood Bitter
Burtonwood Mild
Burtonwood Pale Mild
Burtonwood Top Hat Ale
Drybrough Heavy
Drybrough Best Scotch
Felinfoel Bitter
Felinfoel Double Dragon Bitter
Fuller's London Pride
Fuller's Chiswick Bitter
Fuller's Mild
Fuller's ESB Export
Fuller's Pale Ale
Fuller's Brown Ale
Fullers LA
Gale's Southdown Bitter
Gale's Best Bitter
Gale's 777 Mild
Gale's Prize Old Ale
Gale's Pale Ale
Gale's HSB
Golden Promise Organic Beer
Hall & Woodhouse BXB Bitter
H & W Malthouse Bitter
H & W Oasthouse Bitter
H & W Badger Country Bitter
H & W Tanglefoot Bitter
Morrells Friars Bitter
Morrells Castle Ale
Morrells Light Ale
Morrells College Ale
Morrells Brewery Gate Bitter
Redruth Brewery Bitter
Redruth Brewery Mile Ale
Redruth Aston Manor Bitter
Redruth Gold Cap Bitter
Redruth Brewster Bitter
Redruth John Davey Bitter
Robinson's Best Bitter
Ross Brewery Hartcliffe Bitter
Ross Brewery Clifton Dark Ale
Ross Brewery Saxon Ale
Sainsburys Premium Ale
Sam Smiths Old Brewery
Sam Smiths Sovereign Best
Sam Smiths Tadcaster Bitter
Sam Smiths 4X Best Mild
Sam Smiths Dark Mild Ale
Sam Smiths OB Strong Brown
Sam Smiths OB Strong Pale
Sam Smiths Pale Ale
Sam Smiths Light Ale
Sam Smiths Nut Brown
Sam Smiths Strong Golden


Low Alcohol, N/A

AyingerBrau Low Alcohol
Clausen
Greene King Lowes
Marston's Low "C"
Wheelwright Low Alcohol
Wyvern Low Alcoholic
Sharp's
Kingsbury
O'Douls Premium Non-Alcoholic Brew


Lagers

Aston Manor Lager
AyingerBrau
AyingerBrau D. Pils
AyingerBrau Very Strong
Brewster Lager
Budweiser
Burtonwood Dagen
Cornish Pilsner Lager
Henri Funck
Grolsch
Guapa Lager
Hall & Woodhouse Hectors
H & W Forum
H & W Compass
H & W Skona
H & W Royal Hofbrau
Harp
Harp Extra
Heineken Export
Heineken
Holsten Pils
Knight's
Labatt's
Lincoln Green Organic
Lowenbrau Strong
Mousel
Norseman
Pinkus Special Organic
Prinz Strong
Redruth Brewery Pilsner
Sam Smiths Natural Lager
Scorpion Dry
Skol
Tennent's Gold Bier
TQ Lager
Tuborg Gold


US Domestics and/or bottled in the United States

Anderson Valley
Anheuser-Busch
Arrogant Bastard (Stone Brewing Company)
Barley's
Beach
Beck's
Big Dog's Hospitality Group
Blue Ridge
Brick
Carlsberg-Tetley
Columbus
Courage
Dallas County
Dempsey's
Deschutes
Dock Street
Dubuque
Eddie McStiff's
Fremont
Fullers
Genesee Brewing Company
Golden Pacific
Grant's Yakima (but Grant's Apple Honey Ale uses honey)
Greene King
Grolsch
G. Heileman
HighFalls Brewery (Genesee Brewing Company)
Irons
James Page
Jones Street
Lakefront
Latrobe (Rolling Rock)
Les Brasseurs du Nord
Lost Coast
Mad River
Manhattan Beach
Masters Brewpub & Brasserie
Miller
Miracle
Nelson
Nevada City
North Coast
Nouveaux Brasseurs-Bar L'Inox
Odell
Onalaska
Oranjeboom
Otter Creek
Otto Brothers'
Pacific Hop Exchange
Pennsylvania
Pete's
Pyramid Ales
Ragtime Tavern
Rainier
Richbrau
Roslyn
Samuel Smith (except Oatmeal Stout)
San Andreas
Saranac
Scottish & Newcastle
Shan Sui
Sharky's
Shepherd Neame
Sierra Nevada
Silo
Sleeman
Sonoma (Dempsey's)
Spinnakers Brewpub
Sprecher
Star
Steelhead
Stone Brewing Company
Table Rock
Telluride
Thames Valley
Treaty Grounds
Triple Rock
Truckee
Umpqua
Unibroue
Upper Canada
Vaux Brewery
Weeping Radish
Whistler
Whitbread Beer
Woodstock
Young & Co.

My favorites:

[+] Corona: Vegan Friendly

Status: Vegan Friendly
Checked by: Rick
Double Checked by: Nobody yet
Company email:
Yes, our beer is suitable for vegans; in fact, corona is made with natural products like Rice, Water, Hops, Refined corn starch and Yeast. No animal products are involved.

[+] Creemore Springs Brewery: Vegan Friendly

139 Mill Street
Creemore, ON, L0M1G0
Canada
P: 705-466-2240
F: 705-466-3306
E: thefolks@creemoresprings.com
W: http://www.creemoresprings.com
Status: Vegan Friendly
Checked by: Denise
Double Checked by: Nobody yet
Company email:

Yes our product is Vegan friendly. We do not use any animal bi-products in any part of the production of our beer.

[+] Moosehead: Vegan Friendly

89 Main Street West
Saint John, NB, E2M 3H2
Canada
P: 1-877-888 BEER (2337)
W: http://www.moosehead.ca/
Status: Vegan Friendly
Checked by: Amanda
Double Checked by: Nobody yet
Company email:
Thank you for your inquiry. We are happy to say that we do not use animal products in any of our brands of beer. The ingredients are malt, corn, hops and water. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions or comments. As one of the country's few remaining independent brewers, your support means a lot to us.

[+] Sleeman Breweries Ltd: Vegan Friendly

551 Clair Road West
Guelph, Ontario, N1L 1E9
P: 1-800-BOTTLES
Status: Vegan Friendly
Checked by: Vickie
Double Checked by: Nobody yet
Company Email:
"Hello Vickie,
Thank you for contacting us. It is my pleasure to tell you that we don't use any additives or preservatives in any of our brands. There are no animal products used in any phase of production.
All the best!
Sue Keuhl"

source 1: http://www.veganstandards.com/drinks.html
source 2: http://tastebetter.com/features/booze/type=beer

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Whew! Nice to see Lowenbrau on the VEGAN list!! Gosh y'know we try to stay away from consuming any animal products and still enjoy life ( food & drink ) then there are things like isinglass and gelatin that if you didnt really ask what those things are you'd never know!
CHEERS!