Is Cider Vegan?

With the rise in plant-based diets, many people are questioning whether their favorite beverages, including cider, fit into a vegan lifestyle. While most ciders are vegan, some may contain animal-derived ingredients or be processed in ways that aren’t vegan-friendly. This article will explore what makes cider vegan or non-vegan, how to identify vegan ciders, and recommend some of the best vegan cider brands available. Read on to ensure your next cider choice aligns with your dietary preferences.

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What Makes Cider Vegan or Non-Vegan?

While it might seem like all ciders should be vegan, this is not always the case. Several factors can make a cider non-vegan

Ingredients to Watch Out For

  • Honey: Used as a sweetener in some ciders.
  • Gelatin and Isinglass: Animal-derived substances used in the clarification process.
  • Egg Whites: Sometimes used for fining, which helps clarify the cider.
  • Lactose: A sugar derived from milk, used to add sweetness.

Production Processes

The production process of cider can also affect its vegan status. Some ciders are clarified using animal-derived substances like gelatin, isinglass (from fish bladders), or chitin (from crustacean shells). These substances help remove impurities but render the cider non-vegan.

To ensure a cider is vegan, look for products that use alternative clarification methods, such as bentonite clay or activated charcoal, which do not involve animal products.

How to Identify Vegan Cider

Identifying vegan cider requires some attention to detail. Especially with the growth in Veganism in the UK and the rest of the world. Here are some tips:

Dietary Preferences in the UK (2024)

Reading Labels

When choosing a cider, always read the label carefully. Look for phrases like “suitable for vegans” or “vegan-friendly.” These labels indicate that no animal products were used in the production process.

Certifications and Trustworthy Labels

Several organizations certify products as vegan. Look for logos from organizations such as the Vegan Society or Vegan Action. These certifications ensure that the product meets strict vegan standards. The Vegan Trademark was established in 1990 and reached its 30th anniversary in 2020. It was created to help consumers easily identify vegan-friendly products and purchase them with confidence, knowing they are free from animal testing and animal-based ingredients.

Reaching Out to Producers

If you are unsure about a cider’s vegan status, do not hesitate to contact the producer directly. Most companies are happy to provide information about their production processes and ingredients.

Craft Ciders and Traditional Methods

While many commercial ciders use processes that render them non-vegan, many craft ciders meet vegan standards. Craft cider producers often use more traditional methods, avoiding preservatives and other unnecessary additives. However, not all craft ciders are vegan, making it essential to check labels and certifications.

Unfiltered ciders are a good choice as they eliminate the risk of animal products being used in filtration. The rise of unfiltered ciders gives vegan enthusiasts even more options to enjoy. Butford Organics, for instance, is totally unfiltered and something we take great pride in.

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List of Vegan Cider Brands

Many cider brands are known for their vegan-friendly products. Here are some popular options:

Butford Organics

Butford Organics entire range of cider and perries is both vegan and gluten free.

Angry Orchard

Angry Orchard offers a range of vegan-friendly ciders, including their Crisp Apple and Green Apple varieties.


Strongbow’s Gold Apple and Original Dry ciders are both vegan-friendly options.


Woodchuck produces several vegan-friendly ciders, such as their Amber and Granny Smith varieties.


One common misconception is that all alcoholic apple beverages are vegan. Be cautious of products like apple ales, which are beers containing apple flavour and often include non-vegan ingredients.

Frequently Asked Questions About Vegan Cider

Is all cider vegan? 

No, not all cider is vegan. Some ciders use animal-derived ingredients or processing aids.

How can I tell if a cider is vegan? 

Check the label for vegan certifications or contact the producer for information.