Cheers to vegan beer

Cheers to vegan beer!

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With the rise in popularity of cask ales and craft beers, I’ve noticed over the last year or so a number of establishments have started serving unfined vegan beer and lager. Breweries that saw the potential for this un-tapped (sorry!) market include Magpie, Angel Microbrewery, Brewdog and Castle Rock. Many of them also serve tasty vegan food too

crafty crow outside

angel

Angel

 

Magpie, a Nottingham based brewery is sold in two local pubs; Crafty Crow opposite Nottingham castle and Doctor’s orders on Mansfield Road, Carrington. I visited the crafty crow on two occasions, the first time they didn’t have any vegan beers on tap. The second time was more successful and I had the choice of one draft beer and a couple of craft beers and a few lager’s.

crafty crow label

I opted for the draft cherry raven, a rather tasty dark cherry stout. It looked so appetising and didn’t disappoint; not too sweet or fruity. The pub also has a food menu, but with only one choice of starter and main, I’d probably go elsewhere to eat.

crafty crowe

One of my volunteers (Paul Clarke) visited their other hostelry; Doctor’s orders, an incredibly small intimate place but they were able to offer a Magpie ale. Unfortunately the pumps were not clearly labelled and the staff didn’t know that another beer from the Framework brewery was also vegan. Being so small they don’t serve any vegan food options other than snacks.

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You can also read my review in today’s Nottingham Post and online

Nottingham Post

In the name of research I continued to drink my way around Nottingham and happened upon the Barley Twist on Canal Street, a Castle Rock establishment. The staff were very well informed and the beers clearly labelled

barley twist board

I opted for a light beer called ‘fallen odyssey’ and my drinking companion ordered another vegan beer the session IPA.

barley twist beer

Both were delicious and easy to drink. Another good Castle Rock pub that deserves a special mention is the Horse and Plough at Bingham, they always have at least one vegan beer on draft and unlike most of the other pubs serves great vegan food, it even has a separate vegan menu and again the staff are knowledgeable and helpful

 

Good food brings me on to The Angel on Stoney Street in Hockley. Not only are all its beers vegan and brewed on the premises, but their vegan food is also well worth a visit. I’ve tried their amazing jackfruit pulled burger and ‘steak’ and squash pie, with the best chips ever. Their beers are pretty good too ranging from a light easy to drink session beer to dark stouts and everything inbetween.

 

The last place on my mini vegan beer tour was Brewdog on Broad Street. It specialises in craft beers that tend to be a bit stronger, but their Punk IPA (on draft) at 5.6% ABV wasn’t too bad as long as I stuck to just a half. They also do a fair amount of vegan food to soak up the alcohol

 

I’ll just squeeze in three more Castle Rock pubs (visited by another volunteer, Kate) that deserve a mention; the Yarn bar, in the Theatre Royal, the Fox and Grapes in Sneinton market and the Beer Headz, in the old ticket office at the station. Staff at both pubs were very well informed and enthusiastic about their beers, but unfortunately the beers were not labelled as vegan

 

Fox and Grapes

Fox and Grapes

Beer Headz

Beer Headz

I am really excited by the prospect of more pubs embracing vegan beers, my waistline on the other hand might not be as excited!

Horse and plough, Bingham – Food review

Horse and plough, Bingham  – Food review

A vegan feast!

The Horse and Plough at Bingham is part of the Castle Rock Brewery chain and they are definitely upping their game when it comes to vegan options in their establishments

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The pubs manager, Dan Brown put on a whole vegan night on Tuesday, I heard about it via a FaceBook groups called the Vale of Belvoir Vegan community. So I went with my vegan friend and had an amazing night, as did the sixteen or so other dinners who came along

 

 

For all you omnivores out there, you are used to scanning a restaurant menu and taking your time to choose what you want from a wide array of options. It’s a whole different ball game when you are a vegetarian or vegan. There may be nothing on the menu other than chips or a salad. But on Tuesday evening I felt like a normal customer; decisions, decisions!

pea fritter

I eventually decided on the pea fritters with satay sauce, the classic roast and chocolate brownie for dessert. My friend chose a different main course; the sweet and sour aubergine. Even the drinks were vegan friendly with two draft beers and a numbers of vegan friendly wines to choose from, but as the nominated driver, it was soda water for me!

 

The pea fritter was really tasty and just the right size for a starter. The satay sauce was delicious and the accompanying salad had a great dressing.   I’d say that was a good start!

vegan roast dinner

vegan roast dinner

My classic roast dinner was tempeh (fermented soya beans) coated in a mint dressing, roast potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower cheese, a Yorkshire pud and lots of gravy. The cauliflower cheese was amazing, it had a pungent cheesy kick with lovely crunchy bits, but I think the Yorkshire Pud needed a bit more work as it were very flat (but tasty nonetheless)

sweet and sour aubergine

sweet and sour aubergine

The sweet and sour dish was a very generous portion of slow cooked aubergines, peppers and onion served with lots of white rice. My friend thought the balance of sweet and sour was just about right but maybe wholegrain rice would have been a nice touch.

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My review of the Horse and Plough has also appeared in The West Bridgford Wire

 

 

 

Our dessert was heavenly and everything you would want from a brownie; only just warm, soft, chocolatey and gooey! Served with a fruit coulis and some very creamy ice-cream. Winner!

chocolate brownie

chocolate brownie

The other diners also enjoyed their starters which included gazpatcho, beetroot hummus and potato bombas .

Other mains on offer were courgette lasagne, curried courgette chimichanga and Thai pineapple fried rice, served in the pineapple case. Portions were a good size, although the lasagne looked small compared to the others

Lasagne

Lasagne

Chimichanga

Chimichanga

And to finish; Strawberry Oreo Shake, Ice Cream and Sorbets or Waffles

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There were empty plates all round and I think all diners left full and happy. The cost of the 3 course meal including live music by Matty Haynes was £25. It would certainly be less if you didn’t eat all 3 courses, but on this occasions it would have been rude not to!!