Guinness Is Going Vegan

Great news for all my beer drinking friends!

Starting in 2016, Guinness, the famous Irish beer, will be fully vegan friendly for the first time since they started brewing beer 256 years ago!

guinness

Guinness, the Irish stout that once famously advertised itself under the slogan “Guinness is good for you,” took a step this week to inject 21stcentury food culture into its 256-year-old product. Guinness is going vegan.

The company announced on Monday that starting at the end of 2016, its beer will no longer contain trace amounts of fish bladder, an integral part of its filtration process.

Few customers — except perhaps vegans and vegetarians who enjoy a pint — were probably even aware that the famous inky-black drink contained any fish parts at all. But it is actually quite common for cask beers to be filtered using isinglass, a gelatinlike substance derived from the dried swim bladders of fish that is used to separate out unwanted solids like yeast particles from a brew, the company said.

“Isinglass has been used widely within the brewing industry as a means of filtration for decades,” the company said in a statement on Monday after a report in The Times of London. “However, because of its use we could not label Guinness as suitable for vegetarians and have been looking for an alternative solution for some time.”

Guinness said that it had arrived at a solution to its vegan problem through “investment in a state-of-the-art filtration system” at its St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin, where its beverages have been brewed since the company’s founder, Arthur Guinness, signed a 9,000-year lease on the site in 1759.

Guinness mug at the Local Pub
Guinness mug at the Local Pub

Now that is something that is truly cheers worthy!!!

Blueberry herbed lemon ice-tea

Forget the ice tea makers and the instant powders. I love making hot tea. And why not home brewed iced tea. To make this I used a tea kettle that holds 1 1/2 liter of water. You can add any herbs you want and whatever frozen fruits you want. You name it. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries!!! And citrus! Lemon, orange, mandarins!!! Spices! Cinnamon, cloves, ginger!!!  Trust me. Once you make this herbed tea you’ll never buy again the instant ones. You can add sugar or agave nectar if you want your ice tea to be sweet but I prefer it plain sweetened from the frozen fruits I use. Here is what I used for this one but get creative and use the ingredients you love most.

home brewed ice tea

Ingredients

1 1/2 liter of water
1/2 cup dried herbs (I used green tea leaves, spearmint leaves and chamomile)
few fresh spearmint leaves
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
5 strawberries, thinly sliced
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 lemon, thinly sliced

blueberry herbed lemon ice tea

Fill a tea kettle or a pot with water and place over medium-high heat. Add the tea, dry herbs, cinnamon and sliced strawberries and bring to boil. If you don’t have tea leaves and dry herbs in hand, you can use 3 tea bags of your favorite tea. Stir the tea really well. Remove from heat and let it cool for 10 minutes. Strain the tea in a pitcher and place in fridge to cool. Before serving add ice, the frozen blueberries, the fresh herbs, lemon juice and sliced lemons. Enjoy!