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.
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.