CAMRA run a beer festival in Colchester a couple of times a year which usually includes a few vegan beers.
However at the recent 2019 Colchester Winter Beer Festival there were some definite upgrades!
- There were 14 vegan beers from All Day Brewing, Ampersand, Calverley’s, Crafty Beers, Dominion, Leigh on Sea, and Other Monkey. That’s 7 breweries with at least one vegan beer on offer.
- Vegan beers were really well labelled. As in previous years, the festival programme indicated which beers were vegan. This was done by having a (v) next to the name of the beer. So you read the programme and then played ‘spot the beer’. There was always the possibility that is wasn’t available at this session. However, this time round green labels on the barrel clearly indicated that a beer was vegan. These stood out across the crowded hall and were most welcome.
- Vegan food was available at all sessions. And it wasn’t just any vegan food; it was vegan food from Organic Alex.
- Not only was there hearty jackfruit stew with pakoras on offer at the session I attended but there was also vegan dessert on the form of pecan pie and brownies.
If you attended then don’t forget to take 2 minutes to fill in the feedback form to let CAMRA know that the vegan ‘upgrades’ were well received. If you didn’t make it to this one then you’re in luck as the next Festival is at the end of May.