Is Guinness vegan? | Metro News

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Is Guinness vegan? | Metro News



(Picture: Getty Images)With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching (it’s Sunday 17th March this year), you might be looking forward to a drop of Guinness.
More than 13 million pints of Guinness are drank around the world on St. Patrick’s, and countless hours are spent by bar staff getting the perfect serve.
With more and more people choosing to live a more conscious lifestyle and go vegan, they may be wondering whether the black nectar fits their requirements.
In the past, they would have been extremely disappointed, as the process to make the beverage used isinglass – which comes from fish bladders.
It helped to clarify the Guinness, keeping it clearer and brighter.
However, in 2015, the company announced they’d be implementing a new system where isinglass wouldn’t need to be used during the brewing process.
By 2018, every Guinness you have been able to purchase – whether at home or in the pub – has been certified vegan.
Diageo – who makes the drink – had tried to do this earlier, but didn’t yet have the technology, and didn’t want to be selling murky drinks to anyone.
In 2017, the technology was in place to ensure that all pints were vegan, but customers had to wait a little while when it came to bottles and cans.
This is because the brand couldn’t guarantee that you’d be getting stock from the new or old batch, so phased it out.
A spokesperson for Guinness comfirmed that the change wouldn’t affect the taste of your drink, saying ‘“The recipe for Guinness has not changed and the taste has not changed. It is still the same great pint of Guinness it has always been.’
Unfortunately there are still quite a few other beer brands that have yet to follow suit, with Carling, Foster’s, Newcastle Brown Ale, and even some BrewDog beers among the list of non-vegan beers.
Hopefully as time moves on, they’ll move on too. If you want to check if your favourite drink is vegan, use Barnivore’s handy search function.
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