Bath Ales Forest Hare is Not Vegan Friendly

by Bath Ales Ltd
Address: Units 3-7 Caxton Business Park Crown Way
Warmley, Bristol, BS30 8XJ
England
Phone: 0117 9474797
Fax: 0117 9474790
Email: roger@bathales.co.uk
URL: http://www.bathales.com/
Checked by: Paul
Double checked by: Ian, Ben, Alessia
Added: over 1 year ago

Company email (January 2013):
"many thanks for your e-mail and your heartfelt plea regarding an ingredient change toward a vegan friendly product.
Sad to announce we have not made any changes I am afraid. So sorry to disappoint you."

Company email (October 2012):
[I noticed you're doing a hefeweizen for the Wetherspoons beer festival. Will you be following the German brewing guidelines and brew it as a cloudy beer without the use of isinglass? Or will you be using isinglass like all other Bath Ales?]
"Many thanks for your e-mail and the beer is now in cask...
It has been brewed as a contract brew for Wetherspoons and is unfiltered.
We use an imported German Yeast strain...banana and vanilla esters...
The yeast count was exceptionally high so unfortunately on it's secondary move in condition tank Isinglass was added...(not normally done), otherwise the beer would have been subject to secondary fermentation and would have corrupted.
So sorry to report it does have isinglass in.
Sorry to disappoint Ben.
Our cider Bounders however is totally suitable for vegans as nothing is added."

Company email:
"Our beer is made from four core ingredients; malt, hops, water and yeast. At a late stage in the beer making process we add a silicate which basically binds
on the yeast and acts as a clarification product.
The silicate we use is synthetic but it is made in part from the swim bladder of fish (the sturgeon being one such fish). Nearly all beers are produced this way.
The silicate comes into contact with the beer. It then forms part of the sediment. It is a product that is not actually ingested although remnants maybe present in
the beer.

As a footnote – we have on two occasions produced Wild Hare utilising ‘Irish Moss’ as the silicate – it comes in liquidised form and is not as effective as the usual silicate we use and it was requested specifically
for an Organic Festival. There are no plans to produce it in the future.

Company email:
"Our beer is made from four core ingredients; malt, hops, water and yeast.

At a late stage in the beer making process we add a silicate which basically binds on the yeast and acts as a clarification product. All brewers utilise this method.

The silicate we use is synthetic but it is made in part from the swim bladder of fish (the sturgeon being one such fish).

The silicate comes into contact with the beer. It then forms part of the sediment.

It is a product that is not actually ingested although remnants maybe present in the beer.

As a footnote – we have on two occasions produced Wild Hare utilising ‘Irish Moss’ as the silicate – it comes in liquidised form and is not as effective as the usual silicate we use and it was requested specifically for an Organic Festival. There are no planes to produce it in the future."

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