After creating a list of vegan Maltese wines, I thought a list of creating also a vegan Maltese beer list. Same as with the wine list I only have a list from one company, being Simonds Farsons Cisk. In the case that I get more information from other Maltese breweries, I will add them to this list.
Same as with wine, I didn’t like beer. However, with time, I started to like both and right now I am in the phase where I would prefer a beer more than wine. When I am eating out in Malta, I always ask for my favourite Maltese beer Blue Label Ale. However, while I am happy that it happened to be vegan, I am disappointed to find that not every outlet that sells Cisk stocks Blue Label. When this happens, I go back to a non-alcoholic drink.
What makes beer not vegan?
Some beers contain honey or milk, an example is Simonds Farsons Cisk’s Lacto beer which is a milk stout. A common reason is an animal-derived ingredient known as isinglass which is fish gelatine used in in the fining process of beer. One last reason I have found is the use of glycerol monostearate in the beer process. This ingredient can be animal-derived.
Simonds Farsons Cisk vegan beer list
- Blue Label Ale
A dark brown, top-fermented ale yeast, hopped and mixed with a special type of mild malt gives this richly coloured ale a unique, surprisingly smooth and mild taste. Contains distinctive chocolate and caramel notes.
- Cisk Chill
Cisk Chill’s refreshing and fruity flavours make it especially delicious during the summer heat. Due to its easy drinking characteristic, it is perfect as an aperitif or dessert beer and even on its own whilst relaxing by the beach.
- Cisk Excel Low-Carbohydrate Lager Beer
It retains both the original Cisk Lager taste and the same alcohol level but with 50% fewer carbs.
- Cisk Export Premium Lager
Distinguished by its light golden colour and its lively, dense white head, its well-balanced character, resulting from its rich hop aroma and delicate astringency, which makes it a smooth-tasting, award-winning premium lager of excellent quality. Cisk Export is available in Italy.
- Cisk Lager Beer
The original Cisk Lager Beer is a golden-coloured, bottom-fermented lager with a distinctive and well-balanced character. Its rich hop aroma and pleasant bitterness have made it the natural choice and thirst quencher for beer drinkers who want to savour the original brew which has remained faithful to its recipe of 1929.
- Hopleaf Pale Ale
Brewed with high-quality malt and traditional English hops, it has a strong, fresh character with a pleasant hoppy bitterness balanced out by malty sweetness. Hopleaf Pale Ale nicely complements Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine as well as traditional Maltese dishes
Source: Barnivore.com January 2014
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