As a vegan, the question arises at every meal: Is the food really vegan? But what about alcoholic beverages? Is alcohol vegan or are there also hidden animal ingredients here?
Veganism means that no animal has to suffer or die for the consumption of food or other products. Vegans therefore abstain from all animal products such as meat, eggs, milk, honey and leather. However, many other products may also contain animal ingredients, such as wine or beer.
While in wine the fining process often takes place with animal protein from eggs or gelatin, in beer fish bladders (also known as isinglass) are usually used. These are usually taken to clarify the beer. Therefore, many types of beer are not suitable for vegans. However, there are now also some breweries that dispense with animal ingredients and offer vegan beer.
As already mentioned, many wines take animal protein for clarification. For vegans, therefore, especially wines made in the traditional way are often not suitable. However, there are also some types of wine that are clarified with vegetable or synthetic means and are therefore vegan.
Basically, there are many alcoholic beverages that are vegan. These include, for example, various spirits such as gin, rum or whiskey, but also cocktails such as margarita or mojito, which contain no animal ingredients. Many breweries and wineries now also offer special vegan products.
Of course, there are also some alcoholic beverages that vegans should better avoid. These include, for example, certain wines or types of beer in which animal ingredients are used for clarification. Also some liquors or schnapps can not be vegan if they contain, for example, honey or milk.
Unfortunately, there is still no uniform labeling for vegan alcoholic beverages. However, it is worth taking a closer look here. Many manufacturers and breweries now explicitly label their vegan products as "vegan" or "without animal ingredients". The Internet can also be a good source here for finding vegan alternatives.
As a vegan, you also have to pay attention to whether alcoholic beverages are really vegan or not. However, there are now many manufacturers and breweries that have adapted to the needs of vegans and offer special vegan products.
So, cheers and cheers to an animal-friendly world - in every sense of the word!
I am Julius Walter, the founder of the blog "Veganhalunke", where I write about the vegan lifestyle. As a long-time vegan, I want to inspire others to also switch to a vegan diet and live an environmentally conscious lifestyle. I offer advice and tips for making the switch to a vegan diet and hope that my blog can help make a positive change for our world.