It’s no secret that the modern habit of wasting food is shockingly uncool. If you’re the kind who needs the cold hard numbers, each household in Australia is estimated to toss about $4,000 of food every year, according to food charity, OzHarvest. Bread, being both a household staple and having a short shelf-life, is the food we’re most likely to buy and bin with alarming frequency.
UK brewers, Toast Ale, have been taking bread that would otherwise be discarded and repurposing it as an ingredient in their range of trendy beers.
‘Our delicious beer is brewed with unsold loaves from bakeries and unused crusts from sandwich makers. The only other ingredients are hops, yeast and water,’ explains the Toast site.
The Toast range includes their “Much Kneaded” craft lager, “Purebread” pale ale, “Bloomin’ Lovely” session I.P.A, and the “Born and Bread” American-style pale ale.
The company was founded in 2015 by master brewer, Tristram Stuart, and to date they have diverted over 12,000kg of bread from landfill and used it to brew over 131,000 litres of beer at their Yorkshire brewery. Profits from the sale of the beer are donated to Feedback, a food waste charity that aims to halve global food waste by 2025.
If you want a taste of Toast, sorry but you’re going to have to buy a flight to the UK. Toast don’t sell to Australia, but we’ll be surprised if something similar doesn’t pop up in our backyard any day now!
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza