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
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2. Blue Moon Belgian White
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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.
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4. Golden Road Point the Way IPA
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5. Anderson Valley Brewing Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
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6. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
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7. Lagunitas Brewing Company IPA
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8. Goose Island Sofie
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9. Firestone Walker Brewing Company Union Jack IPA
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10. Ommegang Witte Wheat Ale
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11. North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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12. Widmer Brothers Hefe
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13. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
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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
- Red Stripe: When brewed in Jamaica, this beer uses isinglass, but Red Stripe brewed in Europe does not.
- Newcastle: All Newcastle producers use isinglass in their filtering process.
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!