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The best vegan craft beers

Three cheers for beers. Hip hip, hooray – and so on.

Don’t you just love the taste of a cold one? Perhaps after a long day at work, or while you’re kicking back with chums, or just because. We sure do.

Like Game of Thrones, craft beer’s been around for a while now, but has suddenly become the darling of the mainstream. It’s becoming ever more popular as the days roll by, and we’ve had lots of tasty fun tracking its rise to the corner shop shelf.

There’s a ton of vegan beer out there, and we’re by no means the oracle on the subject – that’s barnivore – but we know what we like to chug. So here’s a line up of 10 awesome vegan craft beers for you to keep an eye out for next time you’re in the mood for a drop, or two.

Neck Oil

Beavertown

4.3%

If Lionel Richie drank on a Sunday morning, this would be his beer of choice. It goes down your throat like a child down a waterslide. Beavertown’s ‘session IPA’ is perfect to drink all day, every day. It has a light crisp flavour on the tastebuds and packs a hoppy punch due to the late addition of hops during the last 20 minutes of the boil.

beavertownbrewery.co.uk

8 Ball

Beavertown

6.2%

Sam’s favourite Beavertown, this little beauty drinks like a classic ‘merica IPA with a wonderful twist of spicy rye earthiness. It’s rich, bold and strong, making it (in our opinion) the Dwayne Johnson of vegan craft beer.

beavertownbrewery.co.uk

Gamma Ray

Beavertown

5.4%

If a can of this is cracked open in a half mile radius, I can smell it. The beer that opened my eyes to the wonders of craft is dry hopped for days to make it a wonderful smell, and taste. Big hits of mango and grapefruit make it a deliciously refreshing chug.

beavertownbrewery.co.uk

Death by Coconut

Oskar Blues Brewery

6.5%

Ever been eating a Bounty and thought, ‘I wish I could drink this?’ Well, the wait is over, because Oskar Blues Brewery have cooked up a porter with big hits of cacao and coconut. It’s a limited release each year, so get your hands on some cans this winter.

oskarblues.com

Dale’s Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Brewery

6.5%

Starting life in 2002, this brewery decided to churn out America’s first craft canned mountain pale, and haven’t looked back since. Hop, malt and citrus flavours? Check. Check. And check. Everything you could want from a pale, in handy can form.

oskarblues.com

Icelandic Pale Ale

Einstok

5.6%

With a brewery just 60 miles south of the Arctic circle, where water flows down mountains and through lava field, Einstok reckon their water is some of the purest on Earth. Then they chuck a lot of flavour in it to brew a Viking version of pale ale.

einstokbeer.com

Toasted Porter

Einstok

6%

Expect big hits of coffee and dark chocolate from this lovely, rich porter. Don’t let the dark colour from the toasted malts fool you, it’s got a refreshing crisp finish. A naughty late night treat when coupled with vegan ice cream. Just saying.

einstokbeer.com

Hoptical Illusion

Brass Castle

4.3%

The Brass Castle brewery isn’t too far from Pig Out HQ, and when the brewer dropped in to our local for a chat, we learned that ALL their beers are vegan. They’ve got a great roster of core beers, but our favourite is Hoptical Illusion, a hop-forward pale with citrus and pine notes. Oh, oh, oh – and it’s gluten free as well! Take that, mainstream.

brasscastle.co.uk

Golden Oak

Mad Hatter Brewery

9%

How do you make beer more sophisticated? Store it in old white wine barrels, is Mad Hatter’s answer to that rhetorical question. Experts will tell you it’s got a citrus, oak nose and an orange, tangy taste. We don’t know about any of that – just that it’s nice and we like it.

madhatterbrewing.co.uk

Elvis Juice

BrewDog

6.5%

One of BrewDog’s Amplified range, we found this recently and it may have leapfrogged Punk IPA as our favourite liquid from the brewery. We’re not sure that a hit of grapefruit is enough to bring the king himself back from the other side, but it’ll put a swagger in your hips for sure.

brewdog.com

And there you have it. Ten top tipples to try.

Got any delicious vegan craft beers to recommend? Great. Let us know about it and we’ll chuck them on the list.

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