London – Toast Ale, crafted from unsold slices of bread alongside the usual hops, barley and yeast, addresses one of the UK’s most prominent food waste issues.
The venture aims to give new life to unsold loaves that would otherwise be disposed of by bakeries, delicatessens and sandwich shops. The waste slices are turned into breadcrumbs, which are then brewed with malted barley, hops and yeast at Hackney Brewery.
Feedback founder Tristram Stuart has made the recipe open source to kick-start a movement in the industry and hopes to collaborate with more breweries in the future.
‘It was at the Brussels Beer Project where I first found out about this innovative brewing process that turns a colossal global problem into a delicious, drinkable solution,’ says Stuart. ‘We hope to put ourselves out of business. The day there is no waste bread is the day Toast Ale can no longer exist.’ We’ll drink to that.