All vegan. Maybe.
To many people, I imagine this post is going to sound like a moaning vegan going too far but this topic has been playing on my mind for a while.
Why do people refer to a vegan restaurant as 100% vegan when it stocks and sells non-vegan alcohol?
I am currently in Glasgow and am thrilled by the amount of vegan food and drink on offer around the city. It is truly one of the most progressive places for vegans on the planet. Pub meals, craft beers and stunning inner-city venues make for a fun vegan experience.
One thing is bugging me, though.
A handful of food outlets are listed online as vegan, but some of them sell non-vegan alcohol.
Now, call me a troublemaking purist but if a venue is advertised as vegan I do not expect it will sell non-vegan alcohol. If a venue is listed on Happycow as vegan, I have to admit to being surprised and annoyed to find they are selling non-vegan drinks.
Now here is the kicker.
Some of the drinks I have seen in these ‘vegan’ establishments would not even be deserving of the vegetarian label as gelatine has been used in the production process. That’s right. One of the ‘vegan’ bars in Glasgow is selling Kopparberg cider, a company that tells customers its production process utilises gelatine.
How do you feel about this? Should a venue referring to itself as vegan only sell vegan booze? My answer is an unwavering “Yes!” but I am also keen to hear other opinions.