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.

Toast Ale featured and Jamie and Jimm's Friday Night Feast
Toast Ale featured and Jamie and Jimm’s Friday Night Feast


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.

What do you think about Toast Ale and the fight to stop excessive food wastage? Let us know here.

North Korea claim to have created something we have always wanted – hangover free alcohol.

Having been created from ginseng, North Korean scientists have apparently distilled a liquor which will leave those who drink the beverage hangover free!

Named Koryo Liquor and created at Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory where scientists have for years been trying to replace the alcohol in sugar with burnt rice. The North Korean scientists have finally claimed the process a success saying they have created a drink which is not bitter and is hangover free.

“Koryo Liquor, which is made of six-year-old Kaesong Koryo insam [ginseng], known as being highest in medicinal effect, and the scorched rice, is highly appreciated by experts and lovers as it is suave and causes no hangover,” the Pyongyang Times reported.

Even though the drink has been reported to be hangover free, this has been branded as not true as experts explained that any excessive consumption of alcohol will lead to a hangover.

Andray Abrahamian, director of research from Choson Exchange, which supports North Korean entrepreneurs through business, economics and legal knowledge-sharing, questioned the alcohol.

Kim Jong-un's scientists have apparently created a hangover free liquor.
Kim Jong-un’s scientists have apparently created a hangover free liquor.

“There are some high quality liquors made in North Korea, though in my experience there is no such thing as hangover free booze anywhere in the world,” he told the Guardian.

North Korea also distils Munbaeju, a traditional aged distilled liquor made of malted millet, sorghum, wheat, rice, and nuruk (fermentation starter). It is recognised for its smell, which is said to be similar to the smell of the  munbae tree which we would recognise as resembling the smell of a pear.

What are your thoughts of North Korea’s hangover free liquor? Do you believe it or do you believe that no matter what alcohol you drink, if you have enough, you will have a hangover? Let us know.

David Cameron has come to reveal that he ’often’ has an alcoholic drink after a day at work and has told the Great British public that they should make their own choices when it comes to the new guidelines on alcohol consumption.

The recently released advice states that it is not safe to consume more than 14 units per week for both men and women and we should all ensure we have alcohol-free days in between to allow our bodies to recover.

Drinking alcohol regularly is associated with many illnesses including heart disease and certain cancers but David Cameron has said ‘This Tory isn’t a nanny’. He outlined that the guidelines have been placed into the public domain to help steer drinkers to a well informed decision on when and how much they should drink.

The new alcohol guidelines mean that, on average, a person in a week can now drink –

  • 7 pints of beer (3-4% ABV)
  • 7 glasses of wine (12% ABV)
  • 14 single measures of spirit (40% ABV)
David Cameron says we should make our own decision on new alcohol guidelines
David Cameron says we should make our own decision on new alcohol guidelines

The alcohol guidelines also recommend that the 14 units per week be spread across the week as opposed to binge drinking them in one sitting where the risk of accident or injury is ‘greatly increased’.

Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer in the UK, has suggested that those of us who fancy a drink after a long day’s work should turn to a cup of tea instead. However, many UK drinkers have said the new guidelines will not affect their drinking decisions.

What do you think of the new alcohol guidelines and David Cameron suggesting it is up to us to make our own minds up? On average, how many units of alcohol do you consume in a week? Let us know here.

With an explosion in growth in the Craft Beer Industry over the last decade, it’s not enough to simply have a passion for brewing and beer when it comes to starting a brewery or working for one as the industry gets more competitive.

‘A lot of breweries started out five or ten years ago with a focus on beer’ said Gregory Dunkling, Director of the University of Vermont’s new online business of Craft Beer Industry certificate programme, which starts in February.

The program costs about $4,400 for the two courses: one on fundamentals of craft beer and second course of students’ choosing focused on digital marketing, sales or business operations.

Craft Beer Industry officials agree there is need for education and knowledge in the industry and different ways to get it, whether through experience, hiring talent or training, which some breweries provide.

The craft beer industry is booming
The craft beer industry is booming

Portland State University in Oregon started an online business of craft brewing programme in 2013, with the first class filling up in the first week with around 40 people. It’s become one of the school’s most successful professional certificate programs, drawing people from around the world, said Scott Gallagher, the University’s Director of Communications.

“We discovered that there’s a huge need for people who wanted to get a certificate. They didn’t necessarily want to go to college or already had a college degree and wanted to open up a brew pub,” Gallagher said. They needed some basic and more advance knowledge, such as in marketing, he said.

Have you thought about delving into the Craft Beer Industry? In the UK alone, the craft beer scene has taken off with new breweries registering each and every week with London alone holding as little as 80. Let us know what your favourite home brew techniques are!