Dude, Not in my Beer!
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The use of animal products in beer and wine goes back thousands of years...
That complex sweet garbage nastiness flavor I usually associated with animal fat, butter, sour cream, and most cheeses; accompanied by a fishy musk that infiltrated my sinuses like some anti-histamine created by Gorton's Fisheries was all I could taste!
'What in the hell is wrong with this wine and the person who served it to me?' was my initial thoughts, and then my paranoid delusional side instantly pointed the finger towards someone spiking this wine with animal products.
Out came the Wi-Fi internet ready device of my choice, and before I could finish writing this sentence, the answer was before my unbelieving eyes on Google.
A good number of beers and wines have anything from pork products, to dried blood, to milk and eggs, and yes even fish involved in their production. Not a believer in all things biblical, but if this isn't a sign that the end is near, I don't know what is. Why in wine and beer, and what have I ever done to deserve such cruelty?
As I researched the reasons behind this insanity, the vegan dream killer known as history reared its ugly head once again. The use of animal products in beer and wine goes back thousands of years, when people used everything they could salvage from a slaughtered animal in their daily lives. They use such things as bone charcoal, pig's hooves, egg whites, caseins, and fish bladders, not to gross you out, but to refine the "impurities" in your beer and wine, like yeast, natural grape skins and stems.
I guess if you're going to live like a caveman, you'll also be drinking like one. For the rest of my vegan buddies and anyone else interested in experiencing beers and wines from the 21st century, Barnivore.com, is a great place to check up on your next drink. There you can check out your spirit of choice, and make sure it is vegan, and avoid that rancid fish flavored slim created from the fish bladders used to filter your wine, in order to make it taste "better".
Claude Morton, Column Editor: Claude Morton is an independent contributor, who mostly writes articles on politics, Veganism, philosophy, or local events. Claude has contributed to a variety of print and online outlets including Yahoo!, MovieMaker Magazine, and the Ann Arbor News. From Claude; I’m in the 1%, no, not that 1%. I’m a vegan, indie filmmaker, libertarian socialist, and a pacifist. I champion freedom as much as equality, and love discussing solutions about our country’s biggest dilemmas. ... (more...)