Friday, August 12, 2016

Vegan Beers: Oregon Edition

What??! Beer isn’t vegan?! 

It’s true, many beers aren’t considered animal-product-free—even those that don’t contain any honey, lactose or other animal-sourced ingredients—because of the products brew masters often use to process, filter and clarify the beer. These can include things like gelatin, egg whites, or isinglass, which comes from fish bladders.

Fortunately, not all brewers engage in such practices, and the good news is that many of those who do not are based right here in Oregon (see, I told you Oregon is cool!). So, vegan peeps, the next time you’re in the mood for a cold one, do yourself a favor and stick to one of these brands (listed alphabetically):

Please note (#1): Some of these brands may also create varietals containing honey (which is sometimes featured in the varietal’s name, but not always), lactose (which is milk sugar), or lactobacillus (which is a brewers bacteria used to make sour ales and is sometimes used in yogurt form**) to achieve certain flavors or textures, so it’s still a good idea to check, especially if it’s “creamy” or "sour."

When in doubt and the bartender isn’t quite sure, you can always do a quick search on or try one of these apps to be in the know on the go.

PLEASE NOTE (#2): Honey malt is vegan**, so no need to worry if that shows up in the list of ingredients.

PLEASE NOTE (#3): Even those verified as vegan may still include refined sugar.

* Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Ninkasi Brewery in Eugene, and Bridgeport Brewing in Portland were also recently recognized by Vinepair for their environmentally-friendly operations… double bonus!

** Special thanks to McMenamins for these tips!

Know of any other vegan-friendly Oregon brews? Post ‘em in the comments!


  1. I don’t really consume beers or alcohol in general, but I am sure people who do would find this list of vegan beers quite helpful.

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