Is beer vegan? The short answer is usually yes. However, occasionally, cruelly produced ingredients are used in beer, such as milk (mostly in milk stouts) or honey. A few beers are also clarified using isinglass (made from fish bladders).
We’ve compiled this resource, not to make going vegan seem more daunting for those who want to give it a try but as a resource for people who want to make sure that they’re not consuming any animal-derived ingredients.
1. Pabst Blue Ribbon
A photo posted by Pabst Blue Ribbon (@pabstblueribbon) on Aug 20, 2015 at 4:39pm PDT
2. Blue Moon Belgian White
A photo posted by Blue Moon Brewing Company (@bluemoonbrewco) on Jul 12, 2016 at 4:56pm PDT
We’re glad Guinness realized that there are superior methods of filtering its beer than using isinglass and promised to phase it out by the end of 2016.
A photo posted by Guinness (@guinness) on Aug 19, 2015 at 7:25am PDT
4. Golden Road Point the Way IPA
A photo posted by Golden Road Brewing (@goldenroadbrew) on May 1, 2016 at 11:34am PDT
5. Anderson Valley Brewing Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
A photo posted by Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (@andersonvalleybrewing) on Feb 8, 2016 at 8:34am PST
6. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Friends, this might be our favorite time of year: the release of our beloved #CelebrationIPA! We've been brewing this fresh hopped beauty since 1981 and still look forward to it every year. It's available now at both breweries and our Berkeley Torpedo Room and will be on shelves soon. Cheers!
A photo posted by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (@sierranevada) on Oct 26, 2015 at 3:51pm PDT
7. Lagunitas Brewing Company IPA
A photo posted by The Lagunitas Brewing Company (@lagunitasbeer) on May 22, 2016 at 11:01am PDT
8. Goose Island Sofie
A photo posted by Goose Island Beer Co. (@gooseisland) on Jun 7, 2016 at 10:50am PDT
9. Firestone Walker Brewing Company Union Jack IPA
A photo posted by Firestone Walker (@firestonewalker) on May 5, 2016 at 3:34pm PDT
10. Ommegang Witte Wheat Ale
A photo posted by Brewery Ommegang (@breweryommegang) on Mar 9, 2016 at 11:51am PST
11. North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
A photo posted by North Coast Brewing Co. (@northcoastbrewingcompany) on Oct 6, 2015 at 9:21pm PDT
12. Widmer Brothers Hefe
A photo posted by Widmer Brothers Brewing (@widmerbrothers) on Jul 19, 2016 at 9:52am PDT
13. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
A photo posted by Samuel Adams Beer (@samueladamsbeer) on Jun 26, 2016 at 3:12pm PDT
Here are some honorable mentions, although the list isn’t all-inclusive: Amstel, Amstel Light, Asahi, Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors, Corona, Dos Equis, Heineken, Keystone, Keystone Light, Kirin, Miller, Modelo, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, Sapporo, and Yuengling.
Beers Produced With Isinglass
Pro tip: At a bar and want to search a specific beer? Type the name into the Barnivore database for fast answers.
Please use this guide only if you’re of legal drinking age and always drink responsibly!
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