In good news for guys, I reported a story last week that drinking beer makes dudes better at sex. In that story, one of the four ways that guys can benefit sexually from knocking back a brew before knocking boots was to have a dark beer, which increases the amount of blood circulation under the belt due to a high iron content, leading to longer and more intense boners.
But what I didn’t know then was that everyone’s favorite dark beer, Guinness, was not an option for any of you vegan-minded males. Of course, I don’t know any vegan guys, but I’m sure they exist somewhere, most likely in the same place as unicorns and dudes who want to talk about their feelings. But wherever they are, Guinness is apparently not vegan-friendly for those poor souls because of one particular ingredient you probably didn’t know was in your stout: fish bladders.
Guinness has been brewed for the last 256 years using fish bladders, called isinglass, in the beer’s filtering process. (Side note: if you’ve never been to Guinness’ St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, I highly recommend making the trip – it’s pretty cool.) According to Esquire, the process, which helps the yeast settle faster, has “been in use since the 19th century, and while a majority of the isinglass is filtered out when the beer is brewed, remnants technically remain in the final product.” Meaning that, theoretically, the base of Irish Car Bombs is not vegan-friendly.
So in response to campaigns and online petitions from the vegan community, the Irish stout maker will stop using isinglass sometime in 2016, when construction on its new filtration plant is completed. A spokesman for the company said that while “isinglass is a “very effective means of clarification,” “we expect to stop using it as the new filtration asset is introduced.”
Just another win for the hipsters..