Sometimes being a vegetarian is a bit of a minefield. Supposedly ‘vegetarian’ friendly produce turns out to have either animal produce in it, or animals have been used during the making process.
The reason many lagers a not vegetarian is because a fish bladders are used in the filtering process – where the lager is passed through the bladders, called isinglass, to clear traces of yeast. However, not all lagers are made this way.
I’ve done a bit of research to find out which lagers are vegetarian friendly. Please feel free to get in touch should you have any further lagers I could add to the list.
Vegetarian friendly lagers (suitable for vegetarians)
The following lagers have been approved by the vegetarian society
Budweiser (keg, can and bottle)
Coors Extra Gold (keg, can and bottle)
Grolsch (keg, can and bottle)
Harp (keg, can and bottle)
Harp Extra (keg)
Heineken & Heineken Export (keg, can and bottle)
Holsten Pils (can and bottle)
Knight’s (can and bottle)
Skol (keg, can and bottle)
Tuborg Goki & Tuborg pilsner
The following lagers are also suitable for vegetarians
Grolsch has won vegetarian lager of the year on numerous occasions. While Stella Artois used to be made using isinglass, this process has now been stopped and it has been vegetarian since 2009.
Helpfully, on the Ocado website, you can select ‘vegetarian’ when filtering products and this will bring up lagers and ciders that are classed as vegetarian. Interestingly, there are a lot of the big brands missing from this list: http://www.ocado.com/webshop/getCategories.do?tags=|20000|20977|19996|43227&Asidebar=1
I have recently been made aware of the excellent website Barnivore which lists out a huge range of vegan beers, wines and spirits. It is a really comprehensive site with loads of great information. It is more tailored towards veganism but does have some useful vegetarianism guidelines as well. It does have all the information needed after a bit of sifting, but it is sometimes unclear if products are suitable for vegetarians when unsuitable for vegans. It is well worth checking out though.
The Vegetarian Society has also directed me to their list of approved products with can be found here.
If anyone knows of any other good websites which lists out vegetarian lagers then feel free to get in contact!