It’s time to fight back. Vegan-friendly Guinness? Are you kidding me?

via Reuters

via Reuters

And Jesus wept…

You might want to toast a vegan next time you lift your arm to down the dark, thick syrupy brew known as Guinness.

Thanks to them, the fish guts are coming out. There will be vegan-friendly versions of the Irish-brewed black beer for the first time in its 256-year history.

After a campaign objecting to the use of isinglass, an extract from fish bladders used as a clarifying agent, the firm will stop using it next year when a new filtration plant is introduced at St James’s Gate, its flagship brewery in Ireland.

Guinness is brewed in Australia by Lion. A spokesman for Lion confirmed isinglass was not used in the local brew of Guinness.

Nor is it used in other Lion products: “Isinglass was used until December 2002 now no longer used”, says a statement from Lion on the website, which campaigns for the removal of animal products in beer, wine and spirits.

Only a handful of niche brewers in Australia use animal products, Barnivore’s directory says.

How can you possibly stuff around with classics by changing the recipe?   And worse, it is now out of the bag that the Guinness we get here is already a fake copy of the original.

Guinness is a balanced meal in itself.  Everyone knows this.

No fish guts means people are missing out on essential minerals and vitamins.

Shame on them.


– Stuff

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