toast brewing

Almost half the bread sold in England gets thrown away, so using it to make beer, seems like a mighty find idea! This also reduces costs to brewers (so the savings are passed onto you) and reduces climate emissions (less energy needed to harvest and transport malt).

Toast Brewing changing tides

Toast Brewing replaces 25% of brewing yeast with surplus sandwich loaves and ‘heel ends’ from bakeries. So far saving 3 million slices of bread from going to landfill, other malt is bought from regenerative farmers, with spent grains collected by local farmers.

Don’t give leftover crusty/stale/salted/buttered bread to garden birds or wildfowl, as it can choke, harm or smear on feathers (affecting waterproofing/insulation). A little fresh soaked wholemeal bread may be okay, but not if 60 million people do it daily. Leaving bread out also attracts rats.

The company also gives 100% of profits (after costs and staff salaries) to good causes, mostly to Feedback, a food waste charity founded by Tristram Stuart, who says the world throws away enough food to feed the world’s hungry people three times over. Volunteers for its Gleaning Network turn surplus farm produce into free meals, and once even cooked a dinner to ‘feed the 5000’. Jesus would be proud! Tristram is Toast Brewing’s ‘Golden Shareholder’, to ensure it never ‘sells out’. It’s also working with another social enterprise to serve coffee by day in a taproom and beer by night, preventing food waste and homelessness.

The beers are available in four flavours. Although beers use bread without seeds, nuts, fruits or vegetables (to avoid flavour contamination), upcycled ingredients means there are no allergy guarantees. The company also does not use oily bread – so no focaccia beer!) Choose from:

  1. Grassroots Pale Ale  (peaches, passionfruit & pineapple)
  2. Rise Up Lager (an English Helles-style beer)
  3. New Dawn Session IPA (punchy citrus & floral notes)
  4. Changing Tides (0.5% low-alcohol citrus-spice lager)

Crumbs Brewing

Crumbs Brewing (Surrey) was founded by a small bakery. The owners used to run a pub, so it was obvious what to do with the bread waste! The all-vegan range includes:

  1. Sourdough Pale Ale
  2. Bloomin’ Amber Lager
  3. Rye Ruby Ale
  4. Naan Laager!

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