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We all know that vegan means no animal products on your plate, but it also means no animal products in your cup. And for many, that might be the bigger sacrifice. No, we aren’t talking about milkshakes. We’re talking about beer — milk stout, specifically.
But now there’s good news for the vegan (and dairy-free) beer-lovers among us, because Alternation Brewing solved the puzzle: almond milk stout.
Owner Brendan Pleskow, a vegan himself, didn’t set out to create a vegan brewery. He’s just a guy who’s passionate about good beer and curious to try something new. It shows in all of his brews, like the Killer Cam, an IPA with lavender and chamomile, and Marg Sauce, a tart cocktail saison. His almond milk stout, called For the Animals, was just another experiment. And he nailed it.
“We achieved the results through a high mash temperature and long boil to promote long-chain sugars and caramelization,” Pleskow explained to Westword, “as well as the use of a low attenuating yeast strain to promote greater residual sugar in the final product.” He also added a bit of organic almond meal and organic almond extract to simulate the fatty, creamy, nutty taste of almond milk. It’s clear that creating this amazing beer was part art, part science, and part conscience — all in a good day’s work though!
Alternation opened on S. Broadway last winter. Its chill vibe and damn good beer quickly made it a local favorite. And with regular appearances from plant-based food trucks like Vegan Van, Mu Denver, Wong Way Veg, and SOS Catering, it has since become a hot spot among those who love plants as much as they love beer. (Don’t worry if you’re craving the meats — you’re welcome to bring in or have delivered your own eats, too).
Alternation also looks out for the local vegan community by supporting veg-friendly local causes. They teamed up with Poser Dogs, a Denver-based company trying to open the first all-vegan hot dog cart, and also works with Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary to bring rescued animals to the brewery. Plus, a portion of sales from For the Animals are donated to the Humane League, an organization promoting farm animal welfare.
So, whether or not you’re vegan, add Alternation to your bucket list. And if it was milk stout holding you back from the vegan life, you’re now without an excuse. Fitt Tip: schedule your visit for late-October. We have word that a vegan Oreo and s’mores edition of the milk stout will be available.
Alternation is open Wednesday through Sunday at 1539 S. Broadway.
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