Published 2 November 2015
“It is part of our ongoing efforts to further improve the way we make our products”
– Guinness spokesman
A spokesman for Guinness said it would begin using a new filtration plant that would be vegan-friendly, having previously used isinglass – a by-product of the fishing industry used to help yeast settle faster.
The new system is due to be installed sometime in 2016.
A Guinness spokesman said: “While isinglass is a very effective means of clarification and has been used for many years, we expect to stop using it as the new filtration asset is introduced.”
First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama enjoy a pint of Guinness Photo: Tim Rooke/REX
Isinglass has been used since the 19th Century and while large quantities of the agent are filtered out during the brewing process, there are still traces of fish bladders in the finished product.
The spokesman added: “We are conscious that its use may represent a barrier to consumption of our products to some. As part of our ongoing efforts to further improve the way we make our products, we are seeking alternatives to isinglass.”
The news follows a longstanding campaign and several online petitions from beer-loving vegans, with many highlighting the fact Guinness and other breweries are not required to state the use of isinglass on the bottle.
Guinness is understood to be looking at two filtration methods which would not require isinglass. It is rarely used in modern brewing as synthetic gelatins do the same job of removing excess yeast from the black stuff.
However, some real ale cask beers use isinglass to refine the final brew.
Actor Paul Wesley—best known for his work in ‘The Vampire Diaries’—just signed the Plant Based Treaty to bring awareness to the environmental damage caused by animal agriculture and is calling upon his fans to go vegan to do their part.
Streets has launched a new plant-based version of its iconic Golden Gaytime to meet the demands of this growing consumer segment.
We've selected 11 of the best vegan documentaries that have the power to lift the blindfold of ignorance when it comes to the cruelty inflicted on animals, our health and the environment.
Put an end to dead animals in your art, and learn more about vegan art supplies.
The Environmental Media Association will honor mother-daughter duo Maggie Baird and Billie Eilish for their vegan advocacy as it applies to mitigating the climate crisis.
A West Sussex commuter town is encouraging its 34,000 residents to drop animal products from their plates to help fight the climate crisis.