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Should vegans boycott BrewDog?

Should vegans boycott BrewDog?

Written by Oliver Coningham on 8 November 2016 in Vegan Beer

Irreverent Scottish brewers BrewDog are no strangers to controversy. Their marketing often relies on provocative and confrontational rhetoric. Whether upsetting the Portman GroupRussian presidents or the transgender community. They thrive on the attention and adhere to the ancient adage that there's no such thing as bad publicity. Previous experience has told us that this is no longer a sustainable way to market a business, especially with the advent of social media.

BrewDog's latest publicity stunt has not gone down well with the majority of beer loving vegans. Throughout their recent campaign of crowd-funding known as Equity for Punks, investors could share their referral code with friends and family in an attempt to place themselves at the top of the referral leader board. And the prize? Maybe a case of beer, an engraved tankard or a tour of the brewery? No. Instead you receive a bottle of The End of History, a 55% ABV blonde Belgian ale encased in the taxidermy remains of roadkill. 

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Where does isinglass come from?

Where does isinglass come from?

Written by Oliver Coningham on 16 September 2016 in Vegan Beer

Yesterday morning as I enjoyed the last of the summer sun, it became apparent that another touchpaper had been lit. BBC News published an article by Liam Barnes entitled The fishy ingredient in beer that bothers vegetarians. It was another piece in the media that draws attention to the use of animal derived products and ingredients in the the brewing process. Beer drinkers are starting to realise there’s more to their favourite pint than water, malts, hops and yeast.

Throughout the content there is an inconsistency to the terminology used to refer to isinglass. It’s an error often witnessed when vegan beer is being reported upon. The Manchester Evening News recently fell victim to this mistake too, as did The Telegraph.

To be clear, isinglass is produced from the swim bladders of fish, not the fish bladder.

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Lost and Grounded Brewers

Lost and Grounded Brewers

Written by Oliver Coningham on 1 September 2016 in Beer Tasting

Previously, there had been little sign of life, let alone a brewery at the anonymous looking warehouse in Whitby Road, Brislington. Tonight as we arrived in our Uber, driver bemused by the industrial location for a "pub", the shutters were raised and the inviting glow of soft fairy lights and candles on wooden benches beckoned us in.

We were warmly greeted by Annie, co-founder of Lost and Grounded Brewers, remembering my name from our social media interactions. The first beer, Keller Pils, was placed in our hands as we made our way to the seating. The yellow radiance of the beer shimmering through the gaps in our fingers around the glass. On the tables were branded pin badges, postcards, notebooks and stickers along with an information sheet detailing each of the beers we would try; from the base ingredients to tasting notes.

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