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I'm 21 and up until this year I haven't ever wanted to drink at all, which was great for many reasons. Now that I'm older I am curious about alcohol and I'd like to develop a more sophisticated palate. I've only sipped a few things so far. I want to get more into wine especially but the wine I tried tastes horrible. Anyway how do you go about drinking when you're at social functions? And have you successfully found the vegan brands of alcohol listed on websites like barnivore.com at liquor stores? I'm just really confused, especially when it comes to wine. Help! Can I even order drinks at bars? Or do I have to buy entire bottles of my own vegan alcohol?
 

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<a href="http://www.barnivore.com" target="_blank">www.barnivore.com</a> is pretty good, but I use this site most often: <a href="http://www.enchant.me.uk/Vegetarian_beers.html" target="_blank">http://www.enchant.me.uk/Vegetarian_beers.html</a>. It has lots of "normal" brands like Budweiser, Heineken, etc.<br><br>
I hate beer, but the man loves it, and I'm often the one at the store picking something up for the weekend. If you have a smartphone, I've found that you can often just Google "vegan (insert name of beer)" and find the answers you need. Not always, but more often than not.<br><br>
I think vegan at bars is tougher wrt beer, as some companies whose bottled beers are vegan, may have non vegan cask/keg beers. There have been some times where IS didn't know for sure about the cask ales/lagers, but I can't remember him ever being unable to get something vegan in a bottle.
 

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how do you go about drinking when you're at social functions? And have you successfully found the vegan brands of alcohol listed on websites like barnivore.com at liquor stores? I'm just really confused, especially when it comes to wine. Help! Can I even order drinks at bars? Or do I have to buy entire bottles of my own vegan alcohol?</div>
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Hehe. There are plenty of vegan drinks available. <a href="http://Barnivore.com" target="_blank">Barnivore.com</a> lists lots of options. A few beers that are commonly available in the US:<br>
Amstel Light<br>
Becks<br>
Chimay<br>
Corona<br>
Heineken<br>
Pabst<br>
Pilsner Urquell<br>
Pyamid<br>
Rolling Rock<br>
Sapporo<br>
Sierra Nevada<br>
Tecate<br><br>
Some vegans don't even worry about it at all seeing as how the use of animal products in the filtration of alcoholic products is old fashioned and is slipping away anyway. Many modern breweries and wineries are using nonanimal filtration systems and/or choosing to forgo filtration/additives. Boycotting nonvegan booze may not matter much in the long run anyway if this continues to be the trend.
 

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I just checked Barnivore for my favorite beer...it's vegan friendly!!! Talk about making my morning!<br><br>
Saranac BreweryAddress:\t\t\t830 Varick St<br>
Utica, 13502<br>
USA\t\tPhone:315-732-0022Email:<a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>URL:<a href="http://www.saranac.com/" target="_blank">http://www.saranac.com</a>Checked by:RaviDouble Checked by:Nobody YetAdded<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">ver 2 years agoCompany Email:<br>
"Our brewery does not use gelatin or isinglass in clarifying our beer. We filter our beer with diatomaceous earth and silica gel, all of which is completely removed from the finished product.<br><br>
While we do not use animal-derived ingredients to make or filter our beers, we choose not to claim that our products are vegan friendly without a thorough and proper understanding of the lifestyle. It seems that there are different meanings for every vegan. We have found in our research that there are many definitions and we have not yet been able to find guidelines that would help us to know exactly what would need to be in place for our products to fall into this description."<br><br>
PS - You should definitely try this beer, its delicous <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hmmm....but one of my go-to wines is not. Nor is my favorite white. Boo. I'll have to stick to my Saranac!
 

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Some vegans don't even worry about it at all seeing as how the use of animal products in the filtration of alcoholic products is old fashioned and is slipping away anyway. Many modern breweries and wineries are using nonanimal filtration systems and/or choosing to forgo filtration/additives. Boycotting nonvegan booze may not matter much in the long run anyway if this continues to be the trend.</div>
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DooWahDiddy, I'd take Elaine's post with a pinch of (iodized) salt if I were you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> because many vegans understand that <b>veganism is about more than what you put in your mouth,</b> and those of us who are conscientious about avoiding cruel production methods, know that you can still go into any liquor store and pick up a lot of wines that are produced using egg whites, casein, gelatin and isinglass (fish bladder). Ewww. :/<br><br>
Seeing as it was wine you seemed most interested in, I personally recommend wines that are produced in California or Australia as being the best in the world. Frey's wines and Zepaltas wines are two good vegan Cali wines, and Peter Lehmann (the reds only), is a personal Aussie favourite of mine.<br><br>
Here's a list of wine makers that includes vegan wines, but you'll also be able to see just how many wine producers are still not vegan, so keep your eyes open <a href="http://vegan.fm/wines-view/" target="_blank">http://vegan.fm/wines-view/</a>
 

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many vegans understand that <b>veganism is about more than what you put in your mouth,</b> and those of us who are conscientious about avoiding cruel production methods, know that you can still go into any liquor store and pick up a lot of wines that are produced using egg whites, casein, gelatin and isinglass (fish bladder). Ewww.</div>
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You know, I'd be more inclined to believe that the hardcore vegans (the ones who make a big deal about things like the glue used to put labels on wine bottles might contain animal ingredients) were interested in saving animals if more of them showed up to help me convince nonvegans to go vegan. But interestingly, it's usually the moderates who show up for protests and leafleting, not the hardcore.<br><br>
Don't let the teeny tiny issues overshadow the big important ones.<br><br>
Like I said, modern breweries and wineries are often a good bet and you can use Barnivore to double check, but you also have other options: you can abstain from drinking alcohol or you can choose not to worry about trace ingredients. It's up to you. Choose the path that makes the most sense for your life and your values.
 

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you can abstain from drinking alcohol or you can choose not to worry about trace ingredients. It's up to you.</div>
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Or they could just buy some vegan wine. *rolls eyes* <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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This is something I've been wondering about too... I've been having a hard time finding vegan wines that are also affordable.<br><br>
I went to Whole Foods the other day and asked the employee stocking the wine for vegan wine suggestions. He looked at me like i was crazy. "We don't have any vegan wine here." Really?<br><br>
Anyway, does anyone know of any *cheap* vegan wines?
 

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Two buck Chuck from Trader Joe's is vegan, if you have one nearby.
 

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Two buck Chuck from Trader Joe's is vegan, if you have one nearby.</div>
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Sounds classy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> Also Budweiser, bud light are vegan but the clomatoe and select 55 are not.
 

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I need a vegan guide to women. Where to find one that is. None around here.</div>
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It is very difficult to find someone passionate about the same issues, its not like vegan singles nights are a common occurance. Might be a good bussiness prospect for you there VLF "vegan dating website"
 

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It is very difficult to find someone passionate about the same issues, its not like vegan singles nights are a common occurance. Might be a good bussiness prospect for you there VLF "vegan dating website"</div>
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You know it might make a great mixer for my club but seeing as the other two members are dudes might be a bit strange. Vegan Liberation Front Mixer!
 

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Vegan jello shooters! <a href="http://vegan.sheknows.com/2011/05/18/vegan-adults-only-jello-shots/" target="_blank">http://vegan.sheknows.com/2011/05/18...y-jello-shots/</a><br><br>
Vegan White Russians: <a href="http://cookingveganrecipes.com/cocktail-inspired-series-vegan-white-russian/" target="_blank">http://cookingveganrecipes.com/cockt...white-russian/</a>
 

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I need a vegan guide to women. Where to find one that is. None around here.</div>
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veggiedate.org<br><br>
Don't laugh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> 6 years ago I decided to write an email to a girl I found interesting. Now we've been married for 5 and are raising a vegan baby. I'd call that a success story.
 

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I need a vegan guide to women. Where to find one that is. None around here.</div>
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You have a vegan club? Jealous. I just moved pretty recently and have yet to build a vegan social network.<br><br>
As for women, try bookstores. I think bookstores are a good bet for hot, smart vegan women. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You know, I'd be more inclined to believe that the hardcore vegans (the ones who make a big deal about things like the glue used to put labels on wine bottles might contain animal ingredients) were interested in saving animals if more of them showed up to help me convince nonvegans to go vegan. But interestingly, it's usually the moderates who show up for protests and leafleting, not the hardcore.<br><br>
Don't let the teeny tiny issues overshadow the big important ones.<br><br>
Like I said, modern breweries and wineries are often a good bet and you can use Barnivore to double check, but you also have other options: you can abstain from drinking alcohol or you can choose not to worry about trace ingredients. It's up to you. Choose the path that makes the most sense for your life and your values.</div>
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I'm with Elaine on this. I might get tarred and feathered for admitting this on VB, but I do not usually check to see if my wines have been filtered via vegan methods. My husband and I are huge wine lovers with a 250+ bottle cellar, including many wines we purchased before I went vegan. It's my weakness.<br><br>
I DO avoid alcoholic beverages that contain actual ingredients that are non-vegan, though (like Bailey's Irish Cream, or beers that I know contain honey.)
 

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Well this is all news to me.<br><br>
Exactly what makes a wine or a beer non-vegan? I've always just steered away from beer because of the glutens, but wine? It's made from grapes...<br><br>
Now I'm all kinds of mixed up. Next someone will be telling me that my cigars aren't vegan because oxen were used in towing a field in Nicaragua or something like that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 
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