Fentimans Alcoholic Ginger Beer (Northumberland)
Would you like to know where to find local artisan beer? If you enjoy the odd pint or two, there are plenty to choose from. Never buy beers wrapped in plastic rings (rip up and dispose of any you see, as they harm wildlife). Many major brands (including Stella Artois) sell beers wrapped in cardboard. Ask for these artisan beers at your local pub (get a CAMRA discount card, to help you both out). Also see beers that do good for others, beers made from leftover bread and craft beers that are low in alcohol.
You can recycle beer bottles at bottle banks (metal tops go in household recycling). Use a can crusher for easier recycling of lots of cans, and refuse plastic cups at football matches. You can buy nice drinking glasses and food platters made from recycled beer bottles. And if you fancy a snack with your beer, try some vegan pork scratchings (not for children or pets, wrong ingredients and choking hazards).
All these beers are local, artisan and made without animal-derived finings (enter the name of your beer at Barnivore to see if it’s vegan-friendly). Pubs can order vegan cask beers from Stroud Brewery and Northern Monk.
London’s Small Beer Brewery
Small Beer Brew Co (Bermondsey) offers quality vegan beers that use far less water than usual, due to a unique Dry Floor policy and green gas. Spent grain is sent to feed nearby cows that are more hydrated, due to the high water content of the grain (used grain sacks are sent to a local charity to store and move garden materials). The range includes:
- Session Pale (a juicy tropical bitter ale)
- Classic Pilsner (a crisp citrus bite)
- Steam (a rich amber beer, between lager and ale)
- Dark Lager has notes of coffee, toast & dark chocolate