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Many alcoholic drinks, such as beer and wine, will have been clarified (fined) using animal derived products, causing concern for vegetarians and vegans.


  • 3 glasses of alcoholCask conditioned ales need fining, and this is typically done by adding isinglass (from the swim bladders of fish).

  • Bottled, naturally conditioned beers will not always have been treated with isinglass.

  • Keg beers and lagers, canned beers and some bottled beers are pasteurised and sometimes use isinglass for fining.


  • Some ciders are fined using gelatine.

Wine and fortified wine

  • Some wines are fined using animal derived products, although there are non-animal alternatives available.

  • Many organic wines do not use animal derived finings but if you are unsure check with the manufacturer.
  • Some port may be fined using gelatine.

Spirits and liquers

  • Most spirits do not use animal products in their production.
Vegetarian and vegan alcohol availability

Check for vegetarian/vegan labelling, however this may be down to the manufacturer’s own interpretation of what is suitable for vegetarians/vegans. For a full guarantee of product suitability, the Vegetarian Society approves numerous brands of alcoholic beverages which can be viewed on our approved website

Find out more

In-depth factsheetsYou can find out more about how alcohol is fined and the processes involved by reading the in-depth fact sheet on alcohol.



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