TOAST: Brewed with Bread

Have you ever wondered what bakeries and supermarkets do with all of the unsold loaves of bread by the end of the day? Unfortunately, a lot of it is thrown out and gone to waste. Tristram Stuart, founder of Toast, noticed this problem when he was only 15 years old and wanted to feed his pigs in the most environmentally friendly way. So, he went to his local baker and greengrocer and took their stale bread and potatoes they were throwing away. Meanwhile this was a great way to feed his pigs, Stuart noticed that most of this food was fit for human consumption which was the start to his concern on how much food is going to waste.

To tackle this bread waste problem at an industrial level, he crafted a delicious, award-winning beer. Beer has been used in brewing for hundreds of years because it preserves the nutritious calories that the beer provides and has a longer shelf life! To re-invent this process, they combine fresh bread with malted barley, hops, yeast, and water. The carbohydrates from the bread are broken down to sugar by amylase in the barley. Hops are added for bitterness and lastly, the yeast converts the sugars to alcohol. 

Toast, a Certified B Corp, has made it their priority to reduce food surplus which is why they give 100% of their profits to Feedback. Feedback is an environmental organization that campaigns against causes of food waste and is determined to change society’s outlook towards wasting food.

Keep an eye out for Toast’s American Pale Ale this summer! It’s crafted from fresh bread rescued from the Hudson Valley's own Bread Alone Bakery, malted grain and Centennial, Cascade and Chinook hops! It delivers passionfruit and citrus aromas with a note of caramel and has a refreshing finish!



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