Toast Ale X Stroud Brewery

Toast Ale X Stroud Brewery

The summer of 2018 is proving to be a belter for delicious collabs. Our latest is a little special … it’s our first organic beer!

We’ve worked with the renowned Stroud Brewery to create ‘Melba’, a Pale Ale (4.4%) named after the peach and bread-based dessert. We’ve used organic malts, and sourced organic surplus bread from local Hobbs House Bakery, who are dedicated to reducing their ‘flour footprint’ by working with local suppliers, reducing energy usage and using recyclable packaging. It’s generously hopped using Organic Simcoe, Chinook and Mandarina Bavaria hops to give a crisp, juicy finish.

Stroud Brewery was launched in 2006 and is approved by the Soil Association. They create fantastic organic beer in the heart of the Cotswolds, with their Hop Drop beer a gold finalists in the Taste of The West awards. Our Hoperations Manager, Julie, introduced us to Stroud Brewery as one of her favourites, and we’re super excited to work with them on this organic beer.

Why organic? Organic farming means lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment, which means more wildlife. And of course, we rely on fertile soil to grow our food. Studies show that, partly due to intensive agriculture, one-third of the world’s soil has already been degraded and we could have only 60 years of fertile soil remaining. So you could say this is a beer that tackles food waste AND helps to grow more food!

We’re launching Melba at Go Organic Festival in Battersea Park, London on the 8-9th September. It’s the largest organic festival in the UK and showcases 100 food and drink brands, along with talks, workshops and live music. Proceeds will go to Stroud District Foodbank to help local people below the poverty line.