Summer is well on its way so you’re bound to want something cool and refreshing to accompany your vegan barbecue food. Here we have it- the best vegan beers and lagers on the market right now- all of which go great with veggie burgers and sausages.
Hop Stuff Cans
Hop Stuff Brewery is excited to announce its new line of canned craft beers. The independent brewery has launched four of its brews in cans, including Four Hour Session IPA, Unfiltered Pilsner, APA and Renegade IPA, all available to buy now from https://www.eebria.com/page/view/hop-stuff-online-shop
Each brew is crafted as an expression of where flavour meets accessibility. As with keg and cask, the Hop Stuff team uses top ingredients for quality and flavour, with strict brewing methods to ensure that each can of beer has the same authentic and innovative taste. Whilst seasonal releases will embrace experimentation and challenge flavour profiles, this range aims to provide the perfect access point for those looking to explore the craft beer world.
The Renegade IPA (5.6%) is Hop Stuff’s first ever beer which has been fine-tuned and loved over the past four years. It is now an award winning American style IPA with passionfruit and lychee flavours bursting from Cascade & Citra hops. In contrast, The German Czech style Unfiltered Pilsner marries the tastes of honey, fresh lemon and spice creating a naturally hazy and incredibly tasty brew.
The Arsenal Pale Ale and Four Hour Session IPA are inspired by Hop Stuff’s birth place on the Royal Arsenal, where WWII ammunition manufacturers once sought morale (on breaks) with lower ABV beers. As such, these are juicy, fruity and ridiculously refreshing craft brews, but with mild bitterness and sessionable alcohol by volume.
Hop Stuff craft cans available below
Single cans (330ml)
Four Hour Session (4.2%), Renegade IPA (5.6%), Unfiltered Pilsner, (5%) Arsenal Pale Ale (3.8%)
Cans available to buy here: https://www.eebria.com/page/view/hop-stuff-online-shop
Goose Island Sofie - £2.99
Our sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is wine barrel-aged with an abundance of hand-zested orange peel. Spicy white pepper notes contrast the citrus tartness. The light, refreshing, creamy vanilla finish will excite those fond of Champagne. Originally brewed by Belgian farmers to attract the best farm hands, we were inspired to brew an exceptional ale as inviting as the original Belgian Farmhouse ales. Light and effervescent, we named it for our founder’s granddaughter Sofie.
Available at beerhawk.co.uk
Goose Island Matilda - £7.99
Inspired by great Trappist ales, our complex Belgian Style Pale Ale is fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces. Matilda pours a golden sunrise color with dried fruit and clove aromas, a spicy yeast flavor, and a satisfying dry finish. According to legend, a grateful Countess Matilda founded a monastery where, over centuries, monks have been brewing ale unique in character. While in Belgium, we were inspired by the story and the monks’ beer. We returned to Chicago and brewed our homage – a Belgian Style Pale Ale named Matilda.
Available at beerhawk.co.uk
Goose Island Preseason Lager - £2.59
This amber lager combines citrus, spicy and a herbal hop note with a balanced bready malt body and a bright bitter finish. The name “Preseason” refers to the time right after the New Year when many are ready for winter to be over and for Spring to arrive. This is the perfect beer to bundle up with and cheers to the outdoor activities waiting just around the corner.
Available at beerhawk.co.uk
Goose Island IPA ABV 5.9%
Our India Pale Ale recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish.
Available at beerhawk.co.uk for £2.59
Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale ABV 4.2%
One of Obama’s favourite beers is inspired by the city of Chicago and densely populated with flavor, 312’s spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body that's immensely refreshing.
Available at beerhawk.co.uk for £2.29
Goose Island Honkers Ale ABV 4.3%
Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker’s Ale combines a fruity hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only the beer you can trust but one you’ll look forward to time and again.
Available at beerhawk.co.uk for £2.29
Estrella Galicia Gluten Free Beer
Estrella Galicia Gluten Free is a great tasting beer authorised by FACE (Federation of Spanish Coeliac Associations) as a product suitable for Coeliacs.
This outstanding gluten free beer is obtained by applying an enzyme during the filtration process without affecting the premium flavour
Made using the perfe4ct combination of smooth Galician water, aromatic and bitter hops from Germany, and Pilsner malts, this refreshing beer has a clear pale golden colour, a light body and a well-balanced sweetness with a bitter finish.
Suitable for vegans
SkinnyBrands Ltd has launched an exciting new lager that has all the strength and flavour of a regular bottled lager, but with at least 30 per cent fewer calories and less than 2g of sugar.
Available online from Morrisons, it is a crisp and clean 4.0% ABV lager, created through a unique brewing process, meaning it is lower in calories – just 89 per 330ml bottle.
Full strength and full flavour, Skinny Lager offers a low calorie, low carb and sugar, gluten free and vegan friendly lager, at the same prices as other products on the market.
This innovative new launch allows dieters and those adopting a healthy lifestyle to enjoy an alcoholic drink, without worrying about the excess calories typically associated with lager.
Skinny Lager is also suitable for those following a low carb diet, boasting just 2.97g of carbohydrate compared to 14g found in similar products on the market.
Talking about the launch, creator and co-founder, Tom Bell, says: “More people than ever are choosing to adopt a healthy lifestyle, from exercising to watching what they eat, but before Skinny there wasn’t a full strength alcohol offering that fitted into this way of life.
“Skinny Lager tastes great, looks great, has the same ABV as other lagers on the market, but has fewer calories, carbs and sugar – why wouldn’t you choose it?”
The launch is also good news for those suffering from celiac or a gluten intolerance, as Skinny Lager is also gluten free and retails at just £9 for 10 bottles. It is also available online at www.skinnybooze.co.uk for £25.99 for a crate of 24 bottles, plus postage.
Nutritional information per 330ml bottle:
- 4% ABV
- 89 calories (35 per cent less than average lager)
- 1.32g of sugar (compared to up to 11g in other lagers)
- 2.97g of carbohydrates (compared to up to 14g in other lagers)
- 3g of fat
Skinny Lager is perfect for those following some of the most popular weight loss regimes, containing just 3 Smart Points on WeightWatchers (one point less than Coors Light) and 4.5 Syns on Slimming World (one syn less than Coors Light).
Skinny Brands has also produced a range of ready-to-drink cocktails, now available in Tesco. Throughout 2017 Skinny Brands will also launch Skinny Wines, including Sauvignon, Merlot and Frizzante, as well as ciders, speciality beers and spirits.
Celia Organic Lager
100% organic and brewed using just three ingredients, CELIA Organic is a premium craft Czech lager ideal for even the most discerning lager drinker. Moravian malt sourced from the Bohemian region, 100% locally sourced organic Saaz hops and sand-filtered water from the Žatec foothills combine to create a delicious, refreshing lager with a delicate bitterness and a hint of citrus, which also has the added benefit of being gluten free.
CELIA Organic is #BrewedForFood, pairing perfectly with herb-roasted chicken, grilled meat or subtle seafood dishes.
The floral aromatic Saaz hops are an ideal match for a fresh seafood dish” – Martin Vozar, CELIA resident chef.
CELIA Organic is traditionally batch brewed for over two months in a small micro-brewery housed inside the castle walls of the historic city Žatec in Czech Republic. Every batch of CELIA is brewed using a patented de-glutenisation process which gives the beer the benefit of being gluten free, whilst a silicon filtration technique means CELIA is also suitable for vegans. In addition, a natural carbonation process is used to give the beers a light mouth feel, without compromising on taste.
CELIA Organic Lager is available from Tesco stores nationwide and Waitrose stores nationwide, Tesco and Waitrose online, Ocado and selected Oddbins, Booths and Whole Foods stores.
Six of Skinner’s Brewery’s core range of beers have been certified as vegetarian and vegan friendly. Mike Pritchard, commercial director said that “Over the past few months, we’ve worked closely with the VeganSociety to check which of our ales pass their strict guidelines. With the exception of Hops ’n’ Honey and Penny Come Quick, which include honey and milk respectively, all of our ales are vegan and vegetarian.”
Vegetarian and veganism has seen a rise in recent years in the UK due to growing concerns with animal welfare and the effect of the meat industry on the environment. Mike Pritchard said that Skinners chose to seek certification because “we know from talking to our stockists and customers that there is a growing consumer-interest in vegan and vegetarian options in the food and drink category. With 12% of the UK population now identifying as either vegan or vegetarian, it’s important our beers are labelled clearly to help these customers when shopping or buying at the bar”.
During the ale brewing process, finings are added during racking to clarify the beer. Whilst some breweries use isinglass or gelatin as finings, the Skinners brewing process has always used plant-derived finings, meaning that most of their ales are vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
In 1997 Steve Skinner set out to start up his own community brewery on the banks of the Truro River in Cornwall. He started brewing his first golden ale – The Cornish Knocker – named after the faeries of local folklore. Today, despite its success, Skinners remains a family business rooted within the local area, whether that’s sourcing Cornish grown barley or enjoying some surf between work. With a team of master brewers and Steve as head taster, the brewery has an extremely hands on approach to finding the best way to brew beer. In 2016, Skinners joined forces with leading illustrators from the world of music and fashion to develop a fresh and modern look for their award-winning range of beers.
St Peter's Without® Alcohol-Free Beer
For most health and fitness fans beer is off the menu, but not any more as St Peter's Brewery has launched a delicious new beer that everyone can raise a glass to, St Peter's Without ®.
As featured on the BBC2 Simon Mayo show, St Peter's Without® is a totally natural, alcohol-free beer that is brewed in the same way as a normal beer and tastes just as good as the real thing. Containing less than 0.05% alcohol and at least 25% fewer calories than standard beer, it is the perfect drink to enjoy on a night out before your next race or workout.
And, because it's impossible to tell the difference between St Peter's Without® and an alcoholic beer, you can still enjoy a proper pint with friends, just with none of the unpleasant after effects.
As an extension to its growing lifestyle range which includes organic and gluten-free beers, St Peter's Without® alcohol free beer is aimed at mindful drinkers. It provides a real, bona fide alternative for non-drinkers, or those looking to cut back on booze.
St Peter's Without® is available nationwide in supermarkets and pubs. For more information visit www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk
Little Valley Brewery Beers
Little Valley Brewery is a family-run business founded in 2005. All our beers are brewed, bottled and branded high on the Pennine moorland of Cragg Vale, just outside Hebden Bridge and are all vegan.