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After 256 years, Ireland's famous stout, Guinness, is going vegan-friendly after its company vowed to stop using fish bladders in its brewing process.After 256 years, Ireland's famous stout, Guinness, is going vegan-friendly after its company vowed to stop using fish bladders in its brewing process.

Cheers! Guinness Goes Vegan-Friendly

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Looks like some of that Irish luck has rubbed off on the animals, and vegans.

After 256 years, Ireland’s famous stout, Guinness, is going vegan-friendly after its company vowed to stop using fish bladders in its brewing process.

The move is great news for vegetarians and vegans who have been been petitioning the company for years to do away with their centuries-old filtration process so they could enjoy a pint.

Right now, Guinness uses isinglass, a gelatin obtained from fish, in its filtration system at St James’s Gate brewery in Ireland. Though most of the isinglass is removed, the company has said they can’t “guarantee 100 percent is removed.”

A spokesman for Guinness told The Times that the firm would now look at using a new filtration plant that would be vegan-friendly, and that they hope the system would be in place in 2016. (Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps?)

According to the brewer, Guinness sells its products in more than 150 countries globally, with 10 million glasses of Guinness consumed every day — which is bound to increase once vegans are finally able to drink a glass.

Via NPR

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  • Red Sonja

    Though most of the isinglass is removed, the company has said they can’t “guarantee 100 percent is removed.” – Aren’t they stupid! So what if it’s totally removed, fish are still being murdered in the process.

    • Ben Wieben

      Last week I limited out on 4 walleye, 5 pike, and 25 perch caught in crystal clear water of a northern canadian lake. I Gave most of it to my 87 and 83 year old grandparents, they were grateful and loved it.

      Now I’m going to slide off my muskrat trimmed, moose hide slippers I’d purchased from an aboriginal lady so she could make a living and not be on welfare.

      I bet I’m such a monster to people like you.

      • Rman

        Monster? No. Moron? Yes.

        • Ben Wieben

          You likely have no clue about wildlife preservation compared to myself (fisheries biologist turned conservation officer) and you have likely done less to protect wildlife populations in your entire life than I do in a week, but keep on thinking you’re somehow more intelligent and I’m not on the basis of using or not using animal products.

        • Ben Wieben

          The decision this brewery has made won’t “save” a single fish.

          It won’t lose their faithful supporters pending the flavour profile is kept the same.

          They’ve likely found a cheaper, synthetic filtration component that will save production costs.

          It will open a new market that will make them more profit.

          They’re making a capitalist based choice and can get some easy PR out of it, which is commendable.

  • mizannie Ⓥ

    Red Sonja – while it isn’t completely clear from this piece, what they mean is that by 2016 they will have changed over to a system that does not use isinglass at all, the plant will be using a different type of filtration system

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