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Byron Shire
January 25, 2021

Dear wine and beer drinkers…

Latest News

Lismore police pursuit ends in charges

Police say a man has been charged over alleged pursuits and a crash overnight.

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World-first high speed electric vehicle (EV) charging technology has debuted on the Gold Coast, with the first supercharger installed at Broadbeach today.

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In other words

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Business confidence bouncing back

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 20 January, 2021

Australia's adopted son, Arj Barker, says ‘Come revel in a positive and nurturing, almost womb-like comedic experience! Together we’ll create an environment where I know it’s okay to fail, because of your unconditional acceptance. And therefore I can take chances, and come up with brand new insta-classics, unhindered by fear and insecurity. Join me, special friend, and become part of The Process.’

One example of totally plant-based wines – the entire 6FT6 range is 100 per cent vegan.

Nothing fishy going on…

Is there isinglass in your wine glass or egg white in your red? Did you know that not all alcohol is vegan?

’But it’s made from grapes!’ I hear you say…

Isinglass is a substance obtained from the dried swim bladders of fish – who knew? It is a form of collagen used mainly for the clarification or fining of some beer and wine.

It can also be cooked into a paste for specialised gluing purposes – just yick!

And eggs! A solution of egg whites can be used to remove phenolic compounds associated with harsh astringency in red wines, as the protein binds with the larger polymeric material in the wine. The fining leads to a softening and improved suppleness in the wine.

That’s right people – and I suppose if you add things that kill insects on hop and wine crops, then even the vegan wines and beers might be tipping the scales towards being omnivorous, but you can only try your hardest.

The good news is, many annoying vegans are also alcohol loving earthlings and pressure on bottle shops and wine clubs to stock vegan friendly drinks is doing its job, and now most outlets have at least one vegan option.

So this New Year’s Eve you can eat and drink and be a merry vegan.

Signed, The Annoying Vegan.


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