London Vegan Beer Festival

On one of the hottest days of the year we drank beer. Thanks to Fat Gay Vegan and Messy Vegetarian Cook who organised the first ever London Vegan Beer Festival. The event took place on the beautiful grounds of St. Marget’s House – The Gallery Café – and drew beer drinkers from all corners of London and the UK. You maybe a card-carrying member of CAMRA or you may just reach for the nearest lager every now and then. But when was the last time you attended a festival where you didn’t have to ask what’s in the beer or if the food is suitable for vegans. All the breweries at the festival only make vegan beer except Five Points, which also produce non-vegan beers. On the day we got to choose from a selection of beers provided by the following breweries: Daas, Hastings Brewery, Brass Castle Brewery, Pitfield Brewery, Brüpond Brewery, The Five Points Brewing Company, Moor Beer Company and Redchurch Brewery.

Five Points Brewing Company - London Vegan Beer Festival

Five Points Brewing Company – London Vegan Beer Festival

Moor Beer Company - London Vegan Beer Festival

Moor Beer Company – London Vegan Beer Festival

As a general rule cast conditioned beers/ales are not vegan or even vegetarian due to the fining process. Fining involves adding substances such as egg whites, isinglass, milk, blood, bentonite or gelatin to the beer during the last stage of the brewing process. These substances or agents bind to compounds in the beer, help speed up the sedimentation process and clarify the beer. However, not all beer is made using this process, Belgium and German beers are generally vegan as these countries prohibit the use of agents like isinglass and gelatin.

Redchurch Brewery London Vegan Beer Festival

Redchurch Brewery – London Vegan Beer Festival

Brüpond Brewery - London Vegan Beer Festival

Brüpond Brewery – London Vegan Beer Festival

Half of the beers on offer I’d tried before so it was great to try a few new ones. And many of the breweries are local so it’s easy to find their beer. London is having a bit of a beer renaissance at the moment with a total of 50 breweries at last count up from 32 last year. So it’s no surprise that so many of the breweries at the fest hailed from East London. Redchurch is just around the corner in Bethnal Green, Brüpond Brewery is in Leyton, Pitfield Brewery is in Essex (but use to be on Pitfield Street in N1) and Five Points Brewing Company is in Dalston.

Art direction - London Vegan Beer Festival

Art direction – London Vegan Beer Festival

 

London Vegan Beer Festival

London Vegan Beer Festival

With the explosion of the craft beer scene the London Vegan Beer Festival is well situated. By all accounts this year’s festival was a success. I’m sure they have already started the thirsty work of preparing for the next festival. I can’t wait see what Fat Gay Vegan and Messy Vegetarian have in store for the 2nd London Vegan Beer Festival.

London Vegan Beer Festival

London Vegan Beer Festival

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