Welcome to the Korean vegan alcohol project.
Beer and wine are not traditionally animal-friendly, so more strict veggie-heads have not been able to join in on the average sipping session. This page aims to make it easier to find drinks everyone can share.
The issue with beer and wine alike tends to be that bits and pieces of specific animals, fish, or eggs are used to help in the filtration process.
The easiest way to find wine that is veggie-edible, then, is to find one that has not been filtered. Though this is fairly rare, it more likely also tends to be organic.
The most reliable way to identify an animal-free drink remains, however, to take a ‘net device, and look up the latest reports from a handy and much-updated app/ site, perhaps the most well-maintained of which is Barnivore.com.
Alternatively, if you’re an Apple device user, then you might find Vegaholic useful:
Wandering into the new Dong Daegu Station downstairs shop simply named Wine House one evening before Solnal 2017, I asked the braver of the English-capable attentive attendants if there were any vegan-friendly wines available. They asked if I meant organic, and so I clarified, and showed them one of the international logos for vegan wines. As I looked them up, I realized the similarity between some, and the potential for confusion was reinforced:
Fortunately, they were able to get the drift, and showing a clearer image helped, too:
They consulted with each other briefly, and then turned to another shop assistant bustling briskly between customers and aisles; she paused only long enough to listen wordlessly, before turning and striding immediately to the far wall, plucking a hefty green bottle from a rack, and delivering it to the young male clerk with glasses before silently zipping away again. It was a bottle by French brand M. Chapoutier:
Having the ‘net-linked device still on hand, I checked again the Barnivore database:
Yay! Eureka! Asah-ahAH! …
… And then I looked at the prices. And so then I turned, phone in hand, to check out some of the other, cheaper bottles on the stands, at random. None turned out to be veg friendly.
What about you? Have you spotted any veggie-ready wines – or beers – in your local store? Please share your info. and let us know in a comment below; maybe we can find the same bottle nearby here, too.
Meantime, the search continues. We’ll be sure to add in anything new. Drop by again soon!