Thanks to @timc_hoar for letting me know about these exciting developments at Fosters. According to a company email, they are in the process of reviewing their brewing processes with, hopefully, the aim of eliminating the use of many animal-based ingredients/agents. Follow this link for an update on which beers from Fosters are vegan (at the bottom of the page).
Sad to say that Three Troupers have got back to me and have told me that their beers aren’t vegan. Fortunately there are plenty of super microbrew vegan beers out there anyway!
A rare night on the town last night afforded me the opportunity to try Grill’d’s vegan options. Their menu features three vegie burgers, all of which include various animal products as standard but are easily excluded on request (e.g. mayo, cheese etc.). I decided on the Bombay Bliss which included a chick pea patty, roasted capsicum, salad, onion and relish with a side of chips. I had to exclude the tzatziki for obvious reasons.
The burger was quite good if a little dry (for which the tzatziki would probably compensate) and the chips were very, very morish. I noticed that there were a few vegan beer options in the fridge at Grill’d too: White Rabbit dark ale and pint-size bottles of Little Creatures Bright Ale should cover any vegan’s bases.
I would definitely eat at Grill’d again; you can’t beat the combination of its central location (Degraves St in the CBD on this occasion), quality food, good vegan beer options and easy vegan ordering. Two thumbs up!
So, I always thought that if chips were cooked in vegetable oil they’d be vegan but apparently the chips are routinely pre-coated in tallow! Bad times indeed. Grill’d of Melbourne have recently sourced and now use vegan chips so you can quite easily get a hearty vegan burger & chips meal in the CBD of Melbourne! Will have to check it out ASAP.
In the course of discovering this information I stumbled across a Melbourne-based vegan blog which looks well worth a further reading: Vegan About Town.
Thanks to Two Birds Brewing (@twobirdsbrewing) for responding to my email enquiry. I can now add them to my own list and it should come up on Barnivore in a little while too. I had a couple of schooners of their golden ale at Beer Deluxe last night and, without approaching it particularly critically, would say it was tasty and refreshing; probably one of the better golden ales I’ve had of late.
While most people understand what veganism means when it comes to eating, fewer contemplate its implications for the clothes you wear or the household products you use. Fewer still realise that many alcoholic beverages aren’t vegan, i.e. animal products are an ingredient and/or have been used in the beverage’s production. Check out the Vegetarian Network Victoria site for a simple explanation.
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