Honest Brew Vegan Beer Review

Honest Brew Vegan Beer Review

Written by Oliver Coningham on 30 November 2016 in Vegan Beer

The number of beer subscription boxes available are close to outnumbering Cloudwater's DIPA releases. Each one offering something unique and enticing for the adventurous beer drinker. Whether you wanting to experience new beers from a different brewery each month or have a case personally selected to suit your tastes. Many of the subscriptions available offer free postage, the ability to change the frequency of your delivery and the option to pause or cancel whenever you like. With all this choice, the only thing missing is a vegan-friendly beer subscription.

It was with delight to see Honest Brew embracing vegan beer with a recent blog post featuring some of the best vegan-friendly beers from their online shop. Bottled beers from Cloudwater, Yeastie Boys and Buxton were featured; all of which are easily standouts from the craft beer scene at the moment.

Honest Brew's knowledge of what is and isn't vegan is hugely impressive and it is always worth speaking with them first if you would like to place an order. Unfortunately there isn't an option to create a vegan-friendly subscription on Honest Brew and the beers in their online shop aren't clearly indicated at the time of writing. However, they are looking at implementing vegan-friendly symbols and filtering on their website after the response they had to their original post, so please do encourage them to do so.

Below is a selection of vegan-friendly beers chosen from the Honest Brew online shop. It's an interesting and eclectic mix of beers. From a beautifully illustrated Saison brewed with rhubarb and ginger to a Session IPA from Norway featuring a unique 360° removable lid. The box contained a couple of familiar breweries including Yeastie Boys and Partizan, but it was refreshing to be introduced to some new names too.

Summer Love Ale (5.2%) - Victory Brewing Company

This a beautifully designed can. Hand-drawn typography and sketched illustrations of tents, boats kites and beaches fully reinforce the summer theme. Summer Love Ale pours a clear sunshine yellow, with fine bubbles breaking through the tiny white head. The nose is earthy, sweet and nectarous. There's a real sense of the outdoors about the aroma. It's reminiscent of sugary agave syrup spread on lightly toasted wholemeal bread. At 5.3% it still feels light in the mouth. Citrus notes of soft lemon are counterbalanced with slightly nutty malts. Finishing with a gentle, rolling bitterness; it's an easy drinking golden ale that is truly evocative of summer.

Summer Love Ale (5.2%) - Victory Brewing Company

Gunnamatta IPA (6.5%) - Yeastie Boys

Yeastie Boys are a New Zealand brewery with a strong presence in the UK where their beers are brewed and packaged by BrewDog. Their genre defying South Pacific Porter, Pot Kettle Black, has long been a favourite. The label of Gunnamatta IPA is bright and distinctive. Illustrated waves are drawn across the brilliant yellow background. Similar to the labels of BrewDog, the embossed print adds a tactile nature to the bottles. Light orange in colour, there's little in the way of a head sat above the liquid. Bergamot dominates the incredibly floral scent with background notes of peach and apricot jam. Gunnamatta IPA seems dry and tannic in the mouth. Each sip swings from Earl Grey to citrus, slowly mingling together. Dry and bitter on the finish, it's another intriguing beer brewed with Earl Grey tea.

Gunnamatta IPA (6.5%) - Yeastie Boys

Rhubarb & Ginger Saison (3.7%) - Partizan Brewing

The beautiful and original artwork of Alec Doherty adorns the bottles of Partizan Brewing. Men in berets with beers in hand are gathering root vegetables. The label laden with turnips, carrots, beetroot and pumpkins. Transparent and straw gold, the slight white head is interspersed by streams of tiny white bubbles. This Saison introduces itself with a striking aroma of earthy, spicy ginger followed by a hint of sharp rhubarb behind. It's initially acidic on the tongue with the puckering rhubarb coming first. The tartness offset with the taste of warming ginger. Tart rhubarb notes linger throughout the dry finish. This is an unusual and accomplished Saison that showcases the impact that adding different ingredients to the brewing process can have on a beer.

Rhubarb & Ginger Saison (3.7%) - Partizan Brewing

Littlebro (4.7%) - Ægir

Without reading the label, this can is unmistakably Nordic in its appearance. The light blue can covered in abstract silvery swirls. It also features a unique 360° pull-off lid that allows you to use the can like a glass. Pouring a hazy orange the nose is damp and earthy, full of wet pine needles. Sugary grapefruit and tropical fruit notes of mango and papaya create balance. Ægir is fresh and fruity tasting, resinous pine leads with grapefruit marmalade and dried mango following. For a light beer of 4.7% there are plenty of interesting flavours that excite the taste buds before the very dry finish takes hold. It somehow manages to be both simple and complex.

Littlebro (4.7%) - Ægir

Salvation! Pale Ale (5.2%) - One Mile End

Salvation! Pale Ale from Tottenham based One Mile End sits a straw gold once poured into the glass. A small covering of froth lies across the top. The nose is freshly grated orange zest along with some soft grapefruit. It's a wonderfully harmonious aroma. Brewed with Maris Otter barley and a small amount of wheat, the latter creating a rich and fuller mouthfeel. This combined with the citrus fruits makes it feel breakfast-like. Sweet and fruity, the taste is primarily citrus with fresh grapefruit juice and the oil from orange skins prevailing. There's a touch of ripe apricot towards the back of the tongue. The citrus flavours of Salvation! Pale Ale relinquishes to give a dry, biscuity finish.

Salvation! Pale Ale (5.2%) - One Mile End

West Coast Pale Ale (4.7%) - ShinDigger Brewing Co

Flowing from the bottle, West Coast Pale Ale is a nearly transparent light orange. Once settled in the glass, the head is thin, yet punctuated with plenty of bubbles from the carbonation. Orange juice combined with earthy, spicy hops command the aroma. The mouthfeel is quite thin and light as expected for a Pale Ale. Pink grapefruit and orange juice characterise the taste, yet there's an interesting flavour of tinned lychees hidden behind these. As the citrus fruit flavours subside, notes of toffee come to the front and linger throughout the finish.

West Coast Pale Ale (4.7%) - ShinDigger Brewing Co

Reader Offer

Honest Brew has kindly given readers of The Fork & Carrot a 50% discount off a trial box to begin their craft beer adventure! Just visit the Honest Brew website using the following link and your discount will automatically be applied: https://honestbrew.co.uk/forkandcarrot

Honest Brew Taster Kit

Disclaimer: Honest Brew's Content Marketer, Brody Rossiter, kindly contacted me directly and asked to send out a box of vegan-friendly beers for me to feature. The contents of their Trial Box cannot be guaranteed to be vegan, so please contact Honest Brew first to let them know your preference.

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