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Vegan Beer Christmas Gift Ideas

Vegan Beer Christmas Gift Ideas

Written by Oliver Coningham on 27 November 2017 in Seasonal Drinks, Vegan Beer

With the evenings now much darker and the mornings colder, the feeling of Christmas getting closer and closer is palpable. Shop windows bursting with festive paraphernalia where shimmering baubles hang from snow covered trees and model trains whizz around beneath. The stars in the night sky complemented by their celestial counterparts on the ground; brightly coloured, flickering lights adorn windows, doors and gardens.

As the days count down it's time to start writing your Christmas list or perhaps think about what to get your partner, family member or friend as a gift this year.

It can be difficult to buy beer as a present or have it bought for you when the lack of clear vegan labelling can make shopping quite a challenge. Thankfully below is a list of some of the finest vegan beer Christmas gifts available.

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St Austell Brewery Tour

St Austell Brewery Tour

Written by Oliver Coningham on 13 July 2017 in Brewery Tour

Visiting St Austell Brewery was a reminder that the beer we enjoy is often less to do with what ends up in our glass and more to do with how it arrived there. Wine experts will talk of 'terroir', the geographical and climatic conditions that influence the wine's character. Crucially what it misses is something else that has an equally important impact on the finished product: the people.

St Austell Brewery is a place where the arteries of its operation are clearly visible for all to see. From the attentive welcome we received upon arrival from Pippa who enthusiastically showed us around the key areas of the new Visitor Centre, to the chef at the Hick's Bar who quickly and confidently came out and assembled a vegan-friendly lunch from the various items on the menu.

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Is yeast vegan?

Is yeast vegan?

Written by Oliver Coningham on 6 February 2017 in Vegan Beer

After explaining to others why beer isn't vegan, some will often question the suitability of yeast. Is this single cell organism with the ability to reproduce a valid reason for vegans not to drink beer?

Yeast are eukaryotic microorganisms classified as part of the fungi kingdom. Neither animal or plant, yeast are a different concern altogether.

Brewers crudely describe the vital role that yeast plays in the brewing process with Nobby's Brewery clearly summarising it on Twitter: "Yeast is ALIVE, it had sex, ate sugar and peed alcohol in your beer." Just as long as the temperatures and conditions are right they will keep going until every last trace of fermentable sugar has been devoured.

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