Wines, Beers & Spirits
You might be surprised to learn that many alcoholic drinks aren’t vegan or even vegetarian. When wine and beer are brewed, there is a lot of cloudy sediment left which has to be cleared. The traditional way of doing this is to leave the liquid in a cellar for a few months to allow the sediment to fall to the bottom. However, in modern brewing practices this takes too long and so a variety of substances are added to stick to the sediment to make it clear more quickly. These substances include isinglass (taken from the swim bladders of fish), egg, gelatine (ground up animal skin and bones) and clay. Some also involve animal ingredients such as beer made from honey and Harvey’s Bristol Cream, which of course is made from milk.
This means that many wines and beers (especially real ales) aren’t suitable for vegans. However, the excellent website Barnivore.com has a comprehensive list of those drinks which are vegan. In addition, the Co-
I can also recommend Banana Bread Beer, brewed by Wells, which is available in some supermarkets and which tastes as delicious and strange as it sounds!
When choosing drinks to buy, the Animal Free Shopper is, as ever, invaluable.
If you wish to buy wine as a gift, there are several mail-
Viva have a wide range of wines, with profits going to animal welfare campaigns. Vinceremos are a long-
If you want to make mulled wine, you will need a mulled wine kit and some vegan red wine from one of the suppliers above.
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