It’s no secret that the vegan culinary world has completely exploded over the past few years. There are animal product-free alternatives for everything from butter and ice cream to hot dogs and bacon. But while most of these products wear their vegan badge with pride, alcohol – much of which is certifiably vegan – has somehow escaped the buzz. You may have never even considered the PETA – friendliness of your favorite boozy beverages, but it is most certainly a thing.
“Beer is vegan naturally when only using water, malt, yeast and hops,” Jamie Floyd, cofounder of Oregon’s all-vegan Ninkasi Brewing Company, explains. “Most of what makes a beer not vegan is either using flavor other than these basic ingredients, or through the clarifying or filtering process. We simply choose to not use animal products while making our beers. We feel like it’s the right thing to do.”
Enjoy any of these totally vegan brews this month and tells us what you think. If you’ve got a fave not listed here, share and we’ll add it.
Ninkasi Brewing Total Domination IPA
This flavorful IPA has been totally dominating the vegan beer scene since 2006.
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin IPA
This San Diego-brewed fruit IPA provides a super-refreshing (and vegan) burst of pineapple.
Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale
All of Goose Island’s core beers are vegan friendly, including this award-winning wheat ale.
Harpoon Brewery Harpoon IPA
While the majority of Harpoon’s beers are actually vegan, the flagship IPA is the standout choice.