Demand For Vegan Beer Rises in the United Kingdom
Last year, we saw the announcement from Guinness that they would stop using isinglass (dried fish bladder) to filter their beers, therefore keeping them vegan.
Now, British newspaper The Telegraph has reported on a new trend on the rise in the United Kingdom. People want more vegan beer, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it is even tastier without the fish parts. While some beer companies have made the swtich to become vegan-friendly, others have of course never incorporated any animal parts in their beer-making from the start.
An example is the Moor Beer Company, which opened in 2007 and has been vegan since then. The company took inspiration from Germany, where there is now a 500th year old law called Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law), which states that beers should only contain water, hops, yeast, malted barley or wheat. Usually, most German beers have the Reinheitsgebot label on them.
The Moor Beer Company was able to successfully get the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) to officially recognize unfined beer and as a result, Jemma Kington of the company states:
“Today unfined beers’ cloudy appearance is seen as a mark of quality rather than being associated with poorly-kept beer. The dramatically improved flavour of unfined beer has won over drinkers, both vegan and non-vegan and there is definitely more of a thirst for it now.”
So for beer enthusiasts and plant-based eaters alike, the choice seems clear. Vegan beers not only taste better and are a sign of quality, they also do not unnecessarily use any animal products making them universally enjoyable. Now that’s something to drink to!
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