Try vegan beer and pizza at Hopsters event in Ipswich

Hopsters in Ipswich is hosting a vegan beer night with pizza at K Bar. Picture: Ed Barnes

Hopsters in Ipswich is hosting a vegan beer night with pizza at K Bar. Picture: Ed Barnes - Credit: Archant

Craft beer shop and bar join forces for meat-free night of beer and pizza.

Non-meat eaters delight because a very special event is coming up for you in Ipswich on April 16.

Craft beer shop Hopsters on St Nicholas Street is teaming up with K Bar and Grill for its first ever vegan beer tasting night.

Tickets are only £22 per person including 10 beer tasters, plus delicious stone-baked, handmade vegan pizza, crafted by the K Bar kitchens, with the event being hosted there.

Ed Barnes of Hopsters said: “We decided to do this because the majority of craft beer is vegan. A lot of beers are filtered through parts of a fish which makes them clear, whereas lots of our beers are cloudy beers because they’ve not been filtered. Vegan beer is huge and we have a lot of vegan customers at the shop.”

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Ed said the range of beers to try on the night will come from “across the board”, with brews coming from Magic Rock, Cloudwater and Vibrant Forest Brewery, whose Mosaic IPA is currently on tap at Hopsters, where there are around 200 vegan beers to buy.

A favourite vegan-friendly brand for Ed is Beaverown. “It’s popular because it’s a staple. And locally we like Burnt Mill from Suffolk which won an award recently from Rate Beer. It’s one of the best beers the country and that’s gone bonkers in the shop. We’re pretty much one of the only places it’s sold around here.”

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The vegan event follows a previous Belgian beer night and is one of many initiatives planned for 2018, which has already seen the introduction of the Hopsters Growler. “It’s our distribution system for draught beer in the shop for you to take out in a flagon. The key to it is our system pushes in carbon dioxide first, so when the beer goes in it clings to the side of the tank so there’s no oxygen. Your beer will stay fresh for up to a month. If you get take out from a pub it’s 24 hours.

“We’ve got different beers on draught to take home every week and it’s really environmentally-friendly because we use glass flagons.”

Call Hopsters direct or visit the shop to book your tickets for the vegan beer and pizza night.

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