In the UK each day, 24 million slices of bread are simply thrown away contributing a major part to the 15 million tonnes of waste food accumulated each year. Feedback, a charity which fights to combat waste food, will see a rise in donations as the UK’s first beer produced with surplus bread has now gone on sale with all profits going to the charity. Toast Ale – an idea formed by Feedback’s founder Tristram Stuart after he saw a Belgian brewery carrying out a similar process and decided it was time for the UK to make their own version to tackle waste bread – is the first of its kind.
Tristram has joined forces with Hackney Brewery in East London to create Toast Ale with the first batch already tried, tested and televised on Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast on Channel 4.
Toast Ale is made by mashing up surplus bread into crumbs and adding this into the process along with the malted barley. The addition of toasted bread to the mash adds caramel notes to balance the bitter hops which creates a unique tasting pale ale with similar characteristics to an amber ale.
Toast Ale is 330ml and can be purchased for £3 per bottle with all profits going to Feedback to help fight food waste. Each bottle brewed consists of one unwanted piece of toast from a bakery, patisserie or supermarket.
Jon Swain, co-founder of Hackney Brewery, said: “The important thing for us, as brewers, was to create a beer that tasted good and stood up against other craft beers. We worked hard to brew a beer that wasn’t just a fad but something that people could enjoy time after time and would have a significant impact.”
Both Hackney Brewery and Tristram Stuart are urging breweries and home brewers to begin to utilise waste bread in this way.
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