Friday, July 8, 2011

LA Vegan Beer Festival

When I told my friends I was going to a vegan beer festival, most of them asked why. The next question was "isn't all beer vegan?". Well, that was a simpler answer. Like wine, beer goes through a filtering process to get to the finished product. Some of the ingredients in the clarifying agents may not be vegan or even vegetarian. Honey, gelatin, and insects are just a few of the ingredients that can make a beer non-vegan. To show that beers can still be tasty and vegan,  Quarry Girl paired up with Tony's Darts Away to host the second annual Vegan Beer Festival at the Roxy. Obviously I'm not a vegan, but I do appreciate vegan food, and I'll take any excuse to drink beer at one in the afternoon without judgment.

2nd Annual LA Vegan Beer Festival

2nd Annual LA Vegan Beer Festival

Besides the beer, there were a handful of food trucks offering only vegan options. I wish I could say that the vegan hot dog from Franken's was great...but it wasn't.

2nd Annual LA Vegan Beer Festival

Just say no to vegan hot dogs. (I really should have gotten the tofu banh mi from Mandoline Grill which I heard was excellent)

2nd Annual LA Vegan Beer Festival

The beer was much better than the hot dog. My favorites were the Pineapple brew from Maui, a Belgian Pale Ale, and the Speedway Stout (thanks HC)

2nd Annual LA Vegan Beer Festival

There were a few bands entertaining people inside. More entertaining to me was an elderly gentleman who could not stop getting his groove on.

2nd Annual LA Vegan Beer Festival

In all, I had a great time

2nd Annual LA Vegan Beer Festival

These vegans mean business

2nd Annual LA Vegan Beer Festival

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Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] said...

Damn. I need to taste that pineapple brew from Maui. Sounds amazing!

Erica said...

Beer fests are always so much fun! Usually the food is fab too- bummer the hot dog didn't make the cut.

Diana said...

I'd hate to see what the consequences are for not using a reusable grocery tote.

Marla said...

The beer sounds good, but I am really sold on the look of that hot dog. Fun day!

vanillasugar said...

yes you should have gotten the vegan bahn mi or whatever its spelling. and yeah, i thought beer was already vegan....interesting for sure

Foodycat said...

I'm impressed that there are enough vegan beers to HAVE a beer festival!

lisa is cooking said...

Good to know about how vegan beer is made. I'd love to try a tofu banh mi too. My favorite doughnuts lately are from a vegan bakery. Just had one for breakfast!