There’s a vegan beer festival on this weekend!

First reaction: “YAY!”

Second reaction: “…isn’t beer vegan anyway?”

Nope. Not always. Most brews contain, in addition to the classic malt, yeast, hops and barley, special chemicals known as fining agents which lend clarity and consistency to your pint. Years ago bulls blood was a popular fining agent, until Mad Cow Disease put a hasty stop to that.

In more recent years fish scales have become a popular, low-key alternative.

Gross...

But there is another way.

The Cowley Club, that bastion of all-round planet-friendly, libertarian do-gooderness, is hosting a vegan beer fest all weekend (Sat 11, Sun 12 March).

Even better, all eleven ales hail from six local Sussex breweries, who each use vegan-friendly fining agents. So you can get twatted with a clear conscience.

Saturday supping will be supported by quality live DJs with soups, stews, pancakes and savoury nibbles. On Sunday settle in for an eclectic programme of comedy haikus and live folk/punk acts.

Or just neck a few lagers if that’s your thing. Three quid, can’t go wrong really.

64 DEGREES WINS AT BRIGHTON RESTAURANT AWARDS

Fancy-dan Lanes eatery 64 Degrees won the hearts of judges, casual diners and critics alike at a glittering ceremony in, er, Brewdog the other week

So swing by this month for legendary small plates, exquisite steaks and the smuggest head chef this side of Nobu.

Quite rightly too.

VEGFEST IS BACK AND BONKERS AS EVER

This weekend (March 11-12) sees the return of Vegfest to The Brighton Centre, a two day celebration of all things meat-free. Caterers include local heroes Beelzebab, Loving Hut Express and Pitfield Brewery.

As well as guilt-free grub, expect talks, cookery demos, an ‘intersectional vegan summit’, vegan comedians (totally a thing) and even a full-fledged vegan film festival.

£7 for one day, all weekend £10 (plus a quid booking fee)

IT’S NATIONAL PIE WEEK!

…until Sunday anyway. So be sure to methodically tick off all the pie places in Brighton (may we suggest starting at Bangers on Blaker St), perhaps using some manner of chart.

A pie chart, if you will.

Published -10th March 2017