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Toast Ale is the UK’s first beer produced with bread. The award-winning craft beer uses surplus fresh bread from bakeries and sandwich makers, raising awareness of food waste and give all profits to the charity Feedback, who campaign to end waste at a systemic level. Their recipe replaces one-third of malted barley with fresh bread that would otherwise be wasted. And it tastes mighty good.
“Our award winning range of craft beer uses fresh, surplus bakery bread that would otherwise go to waste and we pour all profits into charities creating a better food system.”
The process is otherwise the same as traditional brewing. A certified B-Copr, Toast have shared a recipe online so that home brewers can experiment with their bread leftovers.
The first beer style was a popular Pale Ale. They successfully crowdfunded in March 2017 to brew two new beer styles – a Session IPA and Craft Lager. The new beer styles are now available to buy online and at a growing number of stockists.
Drinkers have been enjoying the beers so much since they launched in 2016 that they cracked a pretty amazing milestone – they have now brewed with over 1 million slices of surplus bread. That’s a lot of beer, having a pretty awesome impact on the planet. They have got a big ambition: to rescue 1 billion slices of surplus bread.
Now they are launching a core range of craft beers in 330ml cans. Why cans? “Put simply, we love them. They’re becoming more and more popular, with 25% of UK craft beer sales in cans in 2018. They keep the beer tasting great and offer environmental benefits as they’re lighter and easier to transport.”
It’s a winning combination, proving that great-tasting craft beer can fight food waste for a better planet. In July 2019 Toast successfully raised £39,110 with 269 supporters in 29 days.
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We brew award-winning craft beer with surplus fresh bread and give all profits to the charity Feedback to end food waste. It's the best thing since ... well, you know.
Tristram Stuart, founder