Companion Series

15th October 2021

Companion Series

In a couple of weeks time the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). Bringing together world leaders to agree how we will meet the targets set in the Paris Agreement and set the ambition to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2050.

To put pressure on global governments, we’ve formed a coalition of 25 breweries from across the UK and Ireland, releasing an open letter calling on world leaders to make concrete commitments to tackle the climate emergency at COP26. Read it in full here.

The letter highlights reducing food waste as a key opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation. One third of carbon emissions are from our industrial food system, and it’s responsible for 80% of deforestation.

The industrial food system is failing us. 

We need rapid, large-scale reductions in emissions to limit warming to 1.5°C, and a global goal to half and reverse nature loss.

All 25 breweries – including Guinness and Adnams – have signed the open letter and created a brand new beer using surplus bread, exclusively for the Companion Series bundle of beers.

We’ve been brewing with bread since 2015 and wanted to spread the loaf and support the circular economy at this critical time. So supplied pre-prepared surplus ‘crumb’ to all our partners and shared expertise using this ingredient that would have otherwise gone to waste.

Two Toast beers are included in the case: a Juicy IPA collaboration with Zero Hour, Business Declares and Race to Zero, and a Coffee Porter collaboration with Cafédirect.

The case also includes gifts from Cheeky Panda, Divine Chocolate, Emily Snacks, Liberation Nuts, teapigs and Traidcraft, and an exclusive pint glass from Festival Glass.

£26 from each Companion Case sold is invested in conservation and regenerative agriculture projects. 

We’ve partnered with two important organisations: Rainforest Trust UK will protect 3.25 million trees in threatened tropical rainforests, and Soil Heroes will support more UK farmers to replenish the health of soils, sequestering 360 tonnes of CO2 as well as holding more water and improving biodiversity. 

With this limited-edition Companion Series we will raise over £65,000 for these projects.

We raise a Toast to our brewing buddies for taking part and being #COPCompanions:

Adnams, Beavertown, Bedlam Brewery, Better World Brewery, Brixton Brewery, Five Points Brewery, Fyne Ales, Guinness, Harbour Brewery, Hepworth Brewery, Ignition Brewery, Meantime, Northern Monk, Orbit, Sambrooks, Signature Brew, Stroud Brewery, Tap Social Movement, Tooth & Claw Brewing, Unity BrewIng Co, Utopian Brewery, Wild Card Brewery, Windsor & Eton Brewery and Wold Top Brewery.

Here’s to tackling the climate and nature crisis together, over a beer.


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