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Cave Creek Chili Beer® is Vegan

Posted on April 25, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor


By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS

The VRG received an email from a British reader wondering if Cave Creek Chili Beer was vegan.
In her own words:
“I spoke with a distributor here in the UK and they have confirmed via email that their supplier/distributor says [Cave Creek Chili Beer] is vegetarian. I asked if they knew if it is also vegan. It would seem that they didn’t fully grasp that there is a difference between vegetarian and vegan! So any help to fully establish if they are vegan would be appreciated. Thank you.”
In April 2017 we asked Ed Chilleen, creator of Cave Creek Chili Beer, about his product. Within 20 minutes he replied to our email:
Q: Are there any animal ingredients in your beer?
A: No! [VRG Note: Exclamation point is Ed’s.]
Q: Do you use an animal-derived clarifying agent in your beer such as egg white, gelatin or isinglass?
A: No! [VRG Note: Exclamation point is Ed’s.]

Here’s a short video which describes how the beer is brewed:

For information about gelatin, isinglass, and other ingredients, see

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The contents of this posting, our website and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgement about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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