How to reduce food waste... by drinking beer

Who'd have thought that you can help save the planet just by having a few beers? Well, as odd as that sounds, it's actually true.

A UK brewer is now producing a refreshing ale called Toast and, as the name implies, it's made from surplus bread that would otherwise have been thrown in the bin.

In the UK, bread is by far the most 'chucked-away' food. An astonishing 44% of all bread made never even reaches our mouths - That's not too far away from almost half of it that's baked every single day.

All round bright spark and entrepreneur Tristram Stuart decided to do something about this mountain of discarded bread by founding the first bread to beer ale. His aim is to reduce global food waste by turning as much bread as he can get his hands on into a tasty craft beer.

Tristram says:

"We aim to put ourselves out of business. The day there’s no waste bread is the day Toast Pale Ale can no longer exist."


Not for Profit

Aside from the idea of bread-to-ale being a fabulous one, the company doesn't even make a profit from the beer it makes. The company donate all the profits they make to Feedback, an organisation that is dedicated to end food waste in general.

The process of bread to ale

  1. Gather surplus bread from bakers, delis sandwich makers.
  2. Slice the bread into smaller pieces
  3. Mash the bread into breadcrumbs
  4. Brew with mallted barley, hops and yeast
  5. Bottle and guzzle!

Where can I get my hands on some?

If you live in Sussex, there are a couple of places where you can get your hands on a few bottles:

The Bison Arms
7 East Street, Brighton BN1 1HP


19 Church Rd, Burgess Hill RH15 9BB

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