The fourth annual LA Vegan Beer Fest is just around the corner, and attendees will have the opportunity to sample vegan brews from more than 15 breweries and vegan eats from a variety of LA-area restaurants and food trucks.
Regardless of whether you keep vegan, vegetarian, or you're a dedicated omnivore, the LA Vegan Beer Fest is one of the better beer festivals in Los Angeles. Held in the Roxy Theatre and co-hosted by the folks behind Tony's Darts Away and vegan food-blogger Quarry Girl, The Vegan Beer Fest is a great way to kick-off a Spring and Summer filled with beer festivals.
The festival is on May 4th at 1pm, and tickets can be purchased online for $40 ($50 for VIP admission).
You might think that all beer -- being principally brewed with grain, yeast, and hops -- is vegan, but the truth is brewers have long turned to animal products to help produce a superior beer.
Some beers are obviously non-vegan and are defined by the animal ingredients used to brew them, like milk stouts -- which use unfermentable milk sugars to retain sweetness -- ales brewed with honey, and oyster stouts (or the more experimental Rocky Mountain oyster stout from Wynkoop -- yeah, that's a thing). Many other brews are more subtle in their use of animal products.