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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Vegan Beer!

Written by PETA | March 17, 2010



I’ve already taken it upon myself to make St. Patrick’s Day into St. Patrick’s Week. I’ve been gorging on “steak” and stout pie and Irish whiskey cake for days now—all washed down with some delicious vegan beer.

“Vegan beer?” you might ask. While hops and oats seem vegan-friendly enough, gelatin, casein, and honey are among the many animal-derived ingredients that may be found in nonvegan beers. But not to fear! From Corona to Miller and from Pabst to Yuengling, tons of widely available beers are cruelty-free, which makes it so easy to make your St. Patty’s Day a compassionate one. Here’s a list of some of my personal St. Patty’s Day favorites:

  • Killian’s Irish Red
  • Heineken
  • Magners Irish Pear Cider
  • Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout

Today—and every time you drink—make sure that your beverage of choice is cruelty-free by checking out this comprehensive list of vegan beers. What’s your favorite humane beer?

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Rachel Adamson says:

    Nivedha You might think so but remember that farm animals eat plants too. The ratio of corn or soy eaten by the animal is many times less than meat produced even in the best case scenario. Most of the food is turned into feces most of the rest used as energy. So if every human was a vegan we would be growing LESS plants and feeding more people. I hope this answers your question.

  • tom says:

    I had a Killian’s red. It went well with my corned beef and cabbage.

  • Michele says:

    Thanks for sharing! I love German beers because they are 1. vegan and 2. great tasting in my quest for vegan beer several years ago I learned about the “German Purity Law” for brewing beers where BY LAW they are only allowed to have barley hops and water I think this results in beers that are “cleaner” tasting. Great to know about Corona too! Some other faves are Grolsch Sleeman’s yummy Canadian beer from Guelph Ontario and Rickard’s a Molson product.

  • Madan Kodange says:

    Do any of these brewers offer nonalcoholic beers?

  • Jane says:

    Any Samuel Smiths beer….but especially Pale Ale Organic Ale and India Ale….. brewed for centuries in my hometown!

  • Nivedha says:

    First of all I would like to say I totally support vegetarianismveganism. But I was just wondering if the whole human population converted into vegans won’t they place a huge stress on plant foods? Then won’t farmers use unnatural methodseg. genetic engineering to meet those demands? So what would happen then? I am confused someone pls enlighten me.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    No Saint Patrick’s day for me. Ireland is not an animal friendly nation and very few of its citizens and celebrities are vegetarian. The McCartneys and Morrissey are great animal loving Irish vegetarains but they were born and raised in the much more humane nation of England.

  • Andre Inglis says:

    When I did drink it was Moosehead. My friend got me into it before I was vegan. I was pleasently surprised when I found it was Vegan! D

  • Claudia says:

    Oh Peta how I love that you think of these things for me. THANK YOU!

  • cyndi says:

    I love Goose Island beers and their stouts are among the best so far. Confirmed other vegan beers in Chicago confirmed with the brewmasters Revolution Brewing Metropolitain Brewing Rock Bottom Chicago not sure about other locations. Others are already on your list. Thanks. This comes in handy!

  • Claire says:

    Fishtale Ale! Brewed right here in my native Olympia Washington. They’re the nicest people you’ll meet and cruelty free!