Everything You Need to Know About Vegan Beer

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, which is 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 to help people who want to make sure that they’re not consuming any animal-derived ingredients. The following brands of beer—with noted exceptions—are vegan:

1. San Miguel

2. Asahi

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3. Singha

Long weekend vibes.

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4. Tsingtao

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5. Guinness

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.

Poured to perfection.

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6. Hong Kong Beer Co.

Except for White Pearl, Hong Kong Beer Co.’s beers are vegan.

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7. Crows Craft Brewing Co.

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8. Hitachino Nest

Except for Sweet Stout, all Hitachino Nest beers are vegan.

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9. Tiger

After work Tiger at the new @KimotoRooftop in #Downtown #Brooklyn!

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10. Baird

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Baird Beer: Japan Tale Ale – Seasonal Release ベアードビール:日本物語エール ー 季節限定醸造 Style: スタイル: Origin: Japan (Numazu, Shizuoka prefecture) 原産国:日本(静岡県沼津市) Alcohol: 5% アルコール分:5% Appearance: Hazy, straw-clay coloured body. Very, very thin off-white head. Medium lacing around the inside of the glass. No carbonation nor sediment. 見た目:麦わら・粘土的な色のボディは少し濁っていた。非常に薄いオフホワイト色の泡立ち。グラスの内側に残るレーシングは中間。炭酸と沈殿物がなかった。 Texture: Medium gravity. Low-medium stickiness. ボディ:比重 = 中。粘性 = 小〜中。 Fragrance: Rich in deep, danky, stone fruit skin notes. Complex spice bouquet that evokes cinnamon, nutmeg and hazelnut like characters. Solid nutty malt aroma. Mild dried orange peel bitter fragrance. 香り:核果の皮風の深い香りで豊かである。シナモン、ナツメグやヘーゼルナッツのような香りを連想させるスパイス風の香ばしさは複雑である。ナッツ風のモルトのアロマはしっかりしている。乾燥されたオレンジピールの苦味の香りも穏やかである。 Taste: Bold, sweet and sour ume-boshi like flavours dominate the palate. Zesty lemon-like bitter-sweet flavours are also quite prevalent. Mild, nutty malt backbone. Delicate spicy and banana notes arise from the back of the beer. Finishes with a mildly sour ume-boshi aftertaste. 味:梅干しみたいなしっかりした甘酸っぱさが口当たりを強く支配させる。レモン風のほろ苦味もよく感じられる。ナッツ味を連想させるモルトのベースが穏やかである。ビール味の奥邸から浮いてくるスパイスやバナナのような繊細な味わいも少し立ちのぼる。フィニッシュは梅干し風のマイルドな酸っぱさで。 #bairdbeer #kiyoi #instabeer #craftbeer #drinkgoodbeer #beer #craftbeernation #drinkcraft

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Pro tip: At a bar and want to get the scoop on 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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