Not Quite Water Into Wine, But Righteous Indeed


Mark Szmaida, right, Chelsea Craft Brewing’s head brewer, and Devin Hardy, the co-leader of Toast Ale’s American project, inspected the bread mash for the first batch. Credit Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times

We have featured plenty stories about reducing food waste, and plenty about brewing various beverages, but this is the first story we have found at the intersection of the two:

Toast Ale, From Recycled Bread, Is Now Brewed in New York


Overproduction is built right into the business model of most bakeries. While we devour much of what is made, huge quantities of perfectly good grain are tossed.

But Tristram Stuart, an Englishman who began battling food waste 15 years ago, long before it became a popular cause, discovered a way to turn bread, an inexpensive product with a short shelf life, into one that’s long-lived and lucrative: craft ale.

After coming across a recipe, he refined it with Hackney Brewery in London and then contracted with Hambleton Ales in North Yorkshire to produce it in quantities. In 2016, Mr. Stuart began selling Toast, an English ale with malt and citrus notes, at London restaurants, online and through a growing number of distributors. Using roughly one slice per bottle, his team of three has recycled 3.6 tons of bread in its first 15 months.

Now, in his first satellite operation, Mr. Stuart, 40, has begun making beer in New York. Working with Chelsea Craft Brewing Company, in the Claremont section of the Bronx, Toast produced the pilot batch of its American Pale Ale in March.

On Saturday, the first bottles of the ale were served at the Tribeca Film Festival for the screening of “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” a documentary produced by Anthony Bourdain in which Mr. Stuart has a cameo appearance…

Read the whole story here.

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