Fursty Ferret is an amber ale from Hall & Woodhouse (Badger brewery). It is one of my favourite beers. But how many calories are there in a pint of Fursty Ferret? How stong is it? Is Fursty Ferret gluten-free? Or vegan? What beer is similar to Fursty Ferret? Let’s find out.
There are 222 calories in a pint of Fursty Ferret (568ml). A bottle of Fursty Ferret is 4.4% abv, while the cask version is 4.1% abv. Fursty Ferret contains barley and may contain traces of wheat, so is not gluten-free. The bottled version of Fursty Ferret is vegan-friendly, but the cask version is not.
In this article, I will take an in-depth look at Fursty Ferret, and attempt to fully answer the questions raised above. I will also talk about beers that are similar to Fursty Ferret, in case you want something a little different.
When I was writing my article on Tangle Foot by the same brewery, I emailed the company for calorie information. They provided me with the calorie information for their entire range! However, I have a feeling that they did not give me the calorie information for their cask beer. It is lower in alcohol, so should be lower in calories.
But who am I to argue with the brewery? There are 39 calories per 100ml in Fursty Ferret, I have used that information to find the calories for their cans, bottles, and draft beer.
There is 4.4% abv in a can or bottle of Fursty Ferret. However, if you are getting your beer from a pub that uses casks your pint will only be 4.1% abv. This is fairly standard for English ales, they are made stronger to stay fresh in bottles or cans for longer.
No. Fursty Ferret is brewed with malted barley, and there may be traces of wheat in the beer. As both contain gluten, the beer cannot be considered gluten-free.
Most English Ales use isinglass finings to clarify the beer and remove sediment and yeast. This means that they are not vegan. Fursty Ferret is NOT vegan when poured from a cask. However, the bottled and canned version of Fursty Ferret does not use isinglass and IS vegan-friendly.
To learn more about beer and veganism, check out my article here.
Fursty Ferret is described by Badger brewery as an Amber ale. But it is basically just a regular English pale ale. There are therefore many excellent beers that are similar to it. Old Speckled Hen, Old Golden Hen, Abbott Ale, Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, Hobgoblin, Fuller’s London Pride, Tribute by St Austell. All fantastic beers that are similar to Fursty Ferret.
Check out my article on Beer in England to learn more about similar beers to Fursty Ferret. You can also learn more about Fuller’s and other London breweries here.
Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.