Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, low carb, high protein, low or no alcohol… whatever your dietary needs or choices, you may be surprised to find there’s a beer to suit most options.
Ok, so maybe you did Veganuary, or maybe you’ve been a vegan a long time, either way you’ve learnt to look at labels, but vegan beer…Really? Why? One would think that being mostly made of barley, wheat or grain, that all beer is vegan-friendly…but it’s not!
So, what makes beer vegan?
A vegan diet means not using any products or by-products that are from an animal origin, therefore anything sweetened with honey is a no-go, which rules out a large number of beers. Another animal product commonly used in beer (and wine!) making is the fining ingredient used to filter the beer during the manufacturing process. This is often gelatine or isinglass (fish bladder) which are definitely not suitable for vegans!
Fortunately, it is now mainly very traditional brewers who still utilise animal by-products for fining, as modern filtration equipment can produce excellent filtration with the needs of these products
At Amoeba Clifton, we are always keen to provide new ranges for our discerning clientele, so we are currently serving these vegan-friendly beers and adding more, as and when we find suitable brands, currently, these are our particular favourites…
First Chop S’up (3.9% abv)
Pale amber, IPA style with a lower a.b.v. but doesn’t hold back on the hops. Big tropical fruit notes with a spicy, resinous, smooth bitter finish. Dry-hopped with mosaic.
For a beer with a low a.b.v. in the IPA style, it still packs a hearty punch in everything we love about IPAs.
Freedamm (0.0% abv)
Smooth cereal and fresh hops. Crisp with balanced acidity. This one helped us get through dry January!
Moor Beer Company – Nor’Hop (4.1% abv)
The nose of Nor’Hop has a delicate mixture of citrus notes, on top of a bed of elderflowers both vying for your attention and screaming out over the base layer of biscuit from the malt. In the mouth, these flavours continue to dominate with its natural carbonation bringing softer carbonation that rides over the tongue filling every spot, before departing in a notably clean bitterness. Citric, sweet yet still holding onto its bitterness like a teen’s unrequited love that we can all relate to.
Moor Beer Company – Claudia (4.5% abv)
Claudia will seduce you. Californian in her hoppy brashness. British in her infinite drinkability. Germanic in her perfumed aroma and beautiful blonde, cloudy appearance. Moor said it best “Wheat, Drink and be Merry”
Moor Beer Company- Hoppiness (6.5% abv)
Possessing the rich malt and fruit flavours of a barley wine, and the hoppy crispness of a pale ale, this IPA is a mainstay of Moor’s classically influenced range. What Theresa May always craved but never quite achieved… This is both, “Strong” and “Stable”
Big Drop Pale (0.5% abv)
This dry-hopped pale ale is deliciously refreshing. The nose has hints of pine and honey. Packed full of flavour from citrus-heavy hops with a twist of fresh lime to create a crisp, zesty beer. This Pale Ale is greatly accessible and Gluten-Free containing <10 PPM.
Light but flavourful pale ale, we were all surprised to find out how low the a.b.v. was. No flavour lacking.
Big Drop Stout (0.5% abv)
Notes of coffee, cocoa nibs and a lingering hint of sweet vanilla this beer is dark, rich and indulgent
We can see why the low a.b.v. trend is doing so well at the moment and Big drop brewing are at the forefront with this tasty stout that is set to tantalise.
Thornbridge-Florida Weisse (4.5% abv)
A hazy and refreshing fruit sour that is bracingly tart. It pours with a pinkish hue and is absolutely brimming with the flavour of fresh raspberries. The only thing we feel lets this great beer is the name- why didn’t they call it Miami Weisse!!
And for anyone on a plant based diet who is continuing Dry January into Feel-Good February, there is also a vegan alcohol-free option…
Freedamm (0.0% abv)
Smooth cereal and fresh hops. Crisp with balanced acidity.
As you can see, when it comes to vegan beer, Amoeba doesn’t let the side down, in fact we probably have the best selection in Bristol!