The 4th annual Vegan Beer Fest will take place in L.A. on Saturday, May 4.
by China DeSpain
Categories: Eats, Vegan, Video.
Photo: The Los Angeles Vegan Beer Fest

Attention, West Coast beer lovers: The 4th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer Fest is headed your way!

This year’s vegan beer fest is the biggest one yet; in fact, it’s grown so much that the event has been moved to The Roxy Theatre, doubling in capacity.

Co-hosted by The Roxy, Tony’s Darts Away, and vegan blogger Quarry Girl, the shindig is Saturday, May 4, from 1-5 p.m., and will feature a slew of vegan foods. Ticketholders will receive a commemorative tasting glass and access to samples from more than 40 breweries (see below). Live music will round out the festival.

More than 40 breweries will participate in the 2013 Vegan Beer Fest.

It often comes as a surprise that beer and wine aren’t always animal-free. Unfortunately, some alcoholic beverages are clarified with gelatin or isinglass (fish bladders), both of which are decidedly non-vegan. Even though a minimal amount actually makes it into the drink, it’s a process many vegans are uncomfortable supporting. Happily, there is a more humane option.

The vegan beers at the festival are clarified through a centrifuge process, which spins the liquid to extract the impurities that cause cloudiness. This is a more expensive method, which smaller breweries can sometimes find financially prohibitive. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of animal-free options out there, as evidenced by the incredible lineup at this year’s fest.

And if you’re a vegan teetotaler, there’s no need to bypass the event. Skip the beer and sample the veggie vittles from more than 30 vendors, including Mohawk Bend, Gracias Madre and Cafe Gratitude.

Still need tickets? Get ‘em here. Head to the fest’s official page for more info and check out the video below for a taste of what’s to come.


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China DeSpain is a San Antonio-based writer and blogger. She loves pop culture, animal rights, health and fitness, international travel, books and wigs. Follow China on Twitter: @ChinaDeSpain

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