Many alcoholic drinks, such as beer and wine, will have been clarified (fined) using animal derived products, causing concern for vegetarians and vegans.
- Cask 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 www.vegsocapproved.com.
Find out more
You can find out more about how alcohol is fined and the processes involved by reading the in-depth fact sheet on alcohol.