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Vegan Beer

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It’s Oktoberfest! If you’re in St. Louis, it’s also game three of the playoffs with the Phillies – first game to be played here in town. For both reasons, I figured it was a good time to talk about vegan beer!

You might be wondering what on earth could possibly be meant by a phrase like “vegan beer.” What’s not vegan about beer, right? Turns out, breweries (as well as wineries and distilleries, btw) sometimes include animal ingredients in their products directly – dairy and honey are the most common offenders. What happens far more often though is that animal products are used for the filtration and processing of alcohol.

Ingredients like isinglass (from fish bladder), gelatin and egg whites, among other things, are often used to grab onto impurities and make it easier to catch them in filters. How funky is that? Those first two aren’t even vegetarian!

Fortunately, there are a lot of animal-free alternatives available, many of which are widely used by some common brands. The use is widespread enough, in fact, that it’s highly likely that the beer you drink is already “accidentally” vegan. Score!

The best part about the widespread availability of vegan beers is that if your favorite brew happens not to be vegan, it’s pretty darn easy to make a satisfactory switch. Truly a great example of a small change that can make a big difference for animals!

There are several sites and lists dedicated to pinpointing vegan beers out there, but they often feature limited or outdated info. The best way to make sure your brew is vegan is just to ask the brewery directly. This isn’t top secret info and they’re usually pretty cool about giving it up easily. That said, here are a few very common beers that I’m pretty confident about recommending:

  • Bud Light/Budweiser
  • Busch Light/Busch
  • Michelob/Michelob Light/Michelob Ultra
  • Natural Light
  • O’Doul’s
  • Goose Island American Wheat/Pilsner/India Pale Ale (more)
  • Beck’s
  • Rolling Rock
  • Blue Moon
  • Keystone
  • MGD/Miller Light
  • Fat Tire
  • Amstel/Amstel Light
  • Coors

See? Easy as pie!

P.S. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the game today, two things:

  1. I am jealous of you
  2. Check out this post to see the vegan options at Busch Stadium

And also, GO CARDS!

Vegan Eats at Busch Stadium

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I’m headed out to the ballpark today to see the Cardinals beat the tar out of the Cubs (Go Cards!). Typically, I eat before or after going to the stadium and/or bring my own snacks both for lack of options and to avoid the outrageous prices, but today I got to wondering just what might be available to a vegan fan at Busch Stadium?

Every year, PETA releases a top 10 list of veg-friendly Major League ballparks in the U.S. In 2008, Busch Stadium came in at number six on the list for offering a wide variety of veggie fare including a veggie burger, vegetable stir-fry, fire-roasted veggie burrito, Mediterranean tapas and whole roasted corn. Unfortunately, since then the pickin’s seem to have slimmed considerably – which explains our absence from subsequent lists.

On the bright side, there are still a few options for a hungry vegan at Busch. First, there’s my favorite game-day snack, roasted peanuts. Grab these from nearly any concession stand in the park, or save a few bucks and bring your own. Another good snack option that is widely available throughout the park are soft pretzels (sans cheese, of course).

As far as more substantial vegan food options inside the stadium, it looks like the last man standing is the veggie chicken sandwich at Dizzy’s Diner – not that I’m complaining! It would be nice to have more than one meal option, but if there is only one thing available, I kind of love that it isn’t a standard veggie burger.

And then, of course, there’s always fries (my BFF/arch-nemesis).

Just out of curiosity, I think I’m going to give the chicken sandwich at Dizzy’s a shot this afternoon. I’ll let you know how it goes down.

Finally, no trip to the ballpark would be complete without a $10 beer, right? Thankfully, you can toss ‘em back with a clear conscience when you’re at Busch Stadium because Bud Light and Budweiser are both vegan friendly brews.

Go Cards!