Guinness Ditches Fishy Byproducts to Go Full Vegan

By Gary Cutlack on at

One of the small components of the lovely, healthy* drink known as Guinness is being dropped, with the fish-derived isinglass additive about to become history -- making six pints of Guinness the perfect accompaniment to any vegan buffet.

Enthusiastic vegans have been asking the brewer to ditch the isinglass ingredient for some time, what with the yeast settlement agent being formed from byproducts of the fishing industry. And that's what's going to happen, from next year, when a new filtration system goes live, letting the company do away with the need to stick a blended up bit of fish guts into some pipe somewhere along the way between the various vats.

A spokesperson for the brewer told The Times: "Whilst isinglass is a very effective means of clarification, and has been used for many years, we expect to stop using it as the new filtration asset is introduced. We are conscious that its use may represent a barrier to consumption of our products to some. As part of our ongoing efforts to further improve the way we make our products, we are seeking alternatives to isinglass." [The Times]

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