Can I buy beer outside of the UK?

Our core operations are based in London and we sell UK-wide via our webshop and retailers, pubs, bars and restaurants. We do not export our beers for environmental reasons. 

We regularly brew collaboration beers with breweries all over the world. Those beers use local sources of surplus bread and support local charities, and are sold within local markets. For example, we have a current collab with De Molen Brewery in The Netherlands and the beer - People & Planet - is sold via PICNIC.

Can I buy beer as a gift from the online shop?

Absolutely! You'll just need to confirm that the recipient is over 18 years old.

Sadly we're not able to add personalised messages into our beer boxes at the moment. We're working on it and hope to be able to offer in the future. However, you can download a PDF postcard that you can add your message to, and send digitally or through the post so they know who to thank.

Choose and download our postcards HERE.

 

Is Toast vegan?

Yes! The bread we use does not contain any animal products, and we use vegan finings to filter and stabilise our beer.

How is bread used in brewing?

We use surplus fresh bread to replace one-third of the malted barley in our grain bill. Bread is packed with carbohydrates, which are broken down to simple sugars by enzymes (Amylase) in the barley. Hops are added for aroma and bitterness, and to help preserve the beer, then yeast converts the sugars to alcohol during fermentation.

We use the heel end of loaves that would usually be discarded by the sandwich industry. We work with large factories like Adelie Foods in the UK. They donate and deliver the bread to us at no cost because it avoids a waste cost and they can have a positive impact – it’s win-win! For our collaborations, we also use surplus bread from local bakeries.

All bread must:

- Be genuine surplus and within life
- Be sliced, dried and crumbed 
- Have known ingredients and allergens
- Have no seeds, nuts, fruits or veg. These would affect flavour, and the fats would diminish the head of the beer.
- Be delivered in sealed containers.
- Be fully traceable. Brewers donate spent grain to livestock and we need documentation to prove the bread has been segregated from meat and dairy.

We monitor the amount of bread we have rescued - check out the impact metrics under 'Our Story'.

What types of bread can be used to produce beer?

Most breads will work. Avoid anything oily such as focaccia or anything that contains fruit or other ingredients like olives (unless you want to incorporate into the taste of the beer).

We use fresh sandwich bread because there is so much readily available and the sugars are easily accessible for fermentation. Stale bread is perfectly fine provided it has been stored well, away from strong flavours. However, do not use bread that has signs of mold.

Where is Toast brewed?

We work in partnership with exceptional breweries, using their brewery but under our own license and using our own ingredients and recipes. In the industry, the term 'cuckoo brewery' is often used, though that tends to indicate brewers regularly moving. We contract with a single brewery for long periods.

In the UK, our planet-saving beers are now brewed with Hepworth Brewery in Sussex. We've previously worked with Wold Top Brewery and Hambleton Ales in Yorkshire, and with Hackney Brewery in London. Each time we've moved, it's been to allow us to scale up production.

We work in collaboration with other breweries all over the world, including regular collabs in the US.

What is the Meal Deal?

Food waste is a symptom of a broken food system that prioritises profit over feeding people and nurturing nature. Whilst our focus is on reducing food waste, we want to help fix other systemic issues when we can.

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented amount of surplus food due to supply chain disruption, and a more people now need help putting food on the table.

So we're focusing on what we do best to get surplus food to people who need it, using profits from our webshop to fund meals for vulnerable communities. Every beer purchased funds a meal for someone in need.

We're working with our charity partner Feedback to ensure funds are allocated to community groups producing and distributing meals, including The Alchemic Kitchen in Knowsley and The Gleaners Cafe in Walthamstow.

Which charities does Toast support?

100% of our profits (or 1% of revenue, whichever is greater) go to charities fixing the food system to magnify our impact.

Our main charity partner is Feedback (www.feedbackglobal.org). Feedback leads a global movement against food waste, working with governments, businesses and civil society to catalyse change in social attitudes and demonstrate innovative solutions to tackle food waste and wider food industry issues. Its campaigns include: Feeding the 5000, Gleaning Network, The Pig Idea, Stop Dumping, and the FSE Network.

We collaborate with breweries all over the world and support local charities with a proportion of revenue from each beer. Check out our collaboration beer posts in the blog for more info on the charity beneficiary of each.

Why is bread wasted?

Bread is a hugely popular staple, but also tops the list of most wasted food items in the UK with up to 44% never eaten. We waste lots in our homes – 24 million slices of bread every day – because we buy too much. But huge amounts are wasted in the supply chain before it even reaches our bread bins. 

Sandwich factories discard the loaf heels as it isn't used to make sandwiches. Bakeries overproduce to ensure they can meet demand (which is as unpredictable as the weather). Supermarkets want fully stocked shelves and replace edible bread on a daily basis. Bread's also wasted in by the hospitality industry in the from of uneaten bread baskets, hotel breakfast buffets etc. Unfortunately it’s not as simple as baking less bread. We need to change our expectations for abundant supplies of day-fresh bread. 

What can be done to stop food waste?

Food production is the biggest impact that we have on the environment – it uses huge amounts of land, water and energy. But one-third of food is wasted – 1.3 billion tonnes every year.

Food waste accounts for 3.3Gt CO2e (the 3rd top emitter after USA and China), has a blue water footprint of 250 km3 (3 times the volume of Lake Geneva) and a land use footprint of 1.4bn hectares (28% of worlds agricultural land area). In the UK, we waste about 15 million tons of food, with bread being the worst offender. Nearly half (44%) of bread produced in the UK is thrown away. We’re trashing the planet to produce food that no-one eats.

What can we do?

Reduce surplus. We should produce only what we need and eat everything we produce.  All our profits go to Feedback to fix the reasons that the doesn’t happen. We also support the Real Bread Campaign’s initiative to tackle overproduction in bakeries.


Redistribute surplus. Food should feed people. Many supermarkets have partnerships with charities who get surplus food to those in need. You can support one of these brilliant organisations here. With bread, there is too much surplus for charities. It’s perishable and bulky, so storage is a problem. But it can be a valuable ingredient in the circular economy – it’s a great replacement for the grains typically used to make beer!


Feed surplus to animals. Instead of importing crops grown for animal feed – often from fragile ecosystems subject to deforestation – food that can’t feed people should feed animals. Spent grain from brewing beer makes great animal feed.

Compost. Replenish the soils with waste food to keep them healthy and fertile. Anaerobic digestion is another option, but it’s inefficient to convert the resources used to produce food into soil and energy.
 

Food should never go to landfill. Without oxygen, food can take many years to decompose and releases methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
 

How can I reduce food waste at home?

Whether you're wanting to start a journey to zero waste lifestyle or just make a couple of changes to save a few pennies, there are plenty of things you can do. Here's a few of our favourite ideas:

  • Check what you've got before you go shopping. Having a list of the stuff you really need will also speed up your shop and reduce impulse buys.
  • Trust your senses when it comes to date labels. "Use by" dates are for food safety, though your nose will tell you if milk has soured. "Best before" dates are just an indicator of quality, but your eyes are a better judge of whether the potatoes are past.
  • Store foods properly to keep them fresher for longer. Think of salads like cut flowers, putting their stalks in water in the fridge. Don't keep bread in the fridge though - that's a fast route to staling.
  • Preserve foods you're not going to enjoy while fresh. Loads of food can be frozen, from soups and stews to chopped herbs in olive oil for cooking later. Or get down with jams, chutneys and pickles.
  • If you have unavoidable food waste like egg shells, tea bags or banana skins, use your compost bin so it can be turned into valuable nutrients for the soil. Food in landfill takes years to break down whilst emitting methane.

There are tons of chefs and bloggers sharing tips on social media. Check them out!

How did Toast start?

Toast was founded in 2015 by Toastmaster Tristram Stuart. He’s a campaigner on the environmental and social impacts of food production, and founded our charity partner Feedback. You can read his bio here.

Tristram  learnt that beer was brewed with bread by the ancient Mesopotamians when he met the brewers at the Brussels Beer Project. Knowing bread is wasted at a colossal scale (13,000 slices per day from a single sandwich factory) he saw the opportunity to create a circular economy product that could reduce food waste, engage drinkers and raise funds for charity.

Our founding team was set up by Louisa in 2015. Check out the full team here.

We brewed our first batch with Hackney Brewery using leftover loaves from London bakeries and formally launched in January 2016 (coinciding with featuring on Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty’s Friday Night Feast).

Who has Toast collaborated with?

We have partnered with many amazing brewers and bakers. Here's to all our partners so far. Get in touch if you want to help saving the world by brewing a beer with fresh surplus bread!

 

Beer Location Brewery Bakery Charity
Pale Ale Bristol King St Brew House Real Wrap Co & Hobbs House Bakery Feedback
Bread Pudding Bristol Wiper & True Real Wrap Co Feedback
Pale Ale Bristol King St Brew House #2 Real Wrap Co Feedback
Pale Ale The City, London Essex St Brewhouse Flour Station Feedback
Small Batch Brew Cornwall St Austell Eden Project Feedback
Pale Ale The City, London Essex St Brewhouse #2 Flour Station & Adelie Feedback
Unnamed The City, London Essex St Brewhouse #3 Flour Station Feedback
Brown Toast The City, London Essex St Brewhouse #4 Flour Station Feedback
TOAST Nottinghamshire Lincoln Green Veris Bakery Feedback
Toast Wit' Orange Brighton Franklins (Optimist Beer Co.) Bagelman Feedback
Spiced Weiss The City, London Essex St Brewhouse #5 Flour Station Feedback
Choc Chip Cooke Dough The City, London Essex St Brewhouse #6 Flour Station Feedback
English Amber The City, London Essex St Brewhouse #7 Flour Station Feedback
Don't You Baguette About Me The City, London Long Arm Flour Station Feedback
NEIPA The City, London Essex St Brewhouse #8 EAT Feedback
Bread Dependence Day / Barack O Breadstick The City, London Long Arm #2 Flour Station Feedback
Crust Academy Herne Hill, LON Craft Academy Blackbird Bakery, Dough Feedback
TBC Bermondsey, LON Hiver Beers Today Bread & St John's Bakery Urban Beekeepers Assoc
Henley-on-Toast Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire Brakspear's Brewery (Bell St.) Lawlor's The Bakers Feedback
Melba Gloucestershire Stroud Brewery Hobb's House Stroud District Food Bank
WasteD Birmingham Craddocks Brewery Adelie Real Junk Food Project - Birmingham
WasteD Birmingham Craddocks Brewery #2 Adelie Real Junk Food Project - Birmingham
WasteD Birmingham Craddocks Brewery #3 Adelie Real Junk Food Project - Birmingham
GFP - Gluten For Punishment Tottenham, LON Hale Brewery Today Bread Feedback
Aran Hertfordshire Mad Squirrel Brewery Adelie Dacorum Food Bank
Coffee Milk Porter Temple, LON Essex St Brewery #9 Flour Station Feedback
Toasted Marshmallow Porter Temple, LON Essex St Brewery + Framework Flour Station no donation!
Stottie Hartlepool Camerons Brewery Adelie Feedback
Beans on Toast Leeds Nomadic Brewing Bluebird Bakery & Leeds Bread Coop Feedback
Samsara Leyton Nirvana Brewery (TEST BATCH) Celtic Bakers n/a
WasteD Birmingham Craddocks Brewery Adelie Real Junk Food Project - Birmingham
WasteD Birmingham Craddocks Brewery #5 Adelie RJFP Birmingham
Baltic Porter Various, brewed in Southbourne Brewhouse & Kitchen Adelie Feedback
Proven IPA Herne Hill The Florence / Greene King Blackbird Bakery Feedback
Toast and Marmalade Windsor & Eton Windsor & Eton Brewery Celtic Bakers Plastic Free Windsor
28 Days Oxford Tap Social Movement Adelie, Oxford food Bank, Lawlor's & Burger's Oxford Food Bank
Bread Pudding Bristol Wiper & True Hobbs House Bakery Bristol Jam Plan
Flour Power Gloucs / Clapham Stroud x Friends of the Earth Hobbs House Bakery Friends of the Earth
Pebble Manchester Beer Nouveau x JZ x Pebble Fest Manchester Bread Factory Trussel Food Trust
WasteD Birmingham Craddocks Brewery #6 Adelie RJFP Birmingham
Voodoo Melbourne 2 Brothers Brew Co.    
Jam on Toast Brussels Brussels Beer Project Atelier Groot Eiland Atelier Groot Eiland
WasteD Birmingham Craddocks Brewery #7 Adelie RJFP Birmingham
WLS034 London SE17 Orbit x NBS National Bakery School Pecan (part of Southwark Food Bank)
Elemental Bermondsey Tate Modern x Fourpure Flour Station Feedback
Peach State Bermondsey Fourpure Flour Station n/a
Toast & Marmalde Windsor Windsor & Eton Flour Station n/a
Rise Again Southampton Unity Brew Co Hoxton Bakehouse Fare Share Southampton
WasteD Birmingham Craddocks Brewery #8 Adelie RJFP Birmingham
WasteD Birmingham Craddocks Brewery #9 Adelie RJFP Birmingham
Amaryello Cardiff Zerodegrees Riverside Sourdough (Cardiff) Cardiff Food Bank
Bread Pudding Bristol Wiper & True Adelie Bristol Jam Plan
Beans on Toast Leeds Nomadic Beers Bluebird Bakery & Leeds Bread Coop Feedback
Jam Sandwich (TBC) Windsor World Bread Awards x WEBREW World Bread Awards Action Against Hunger
Dubbel, Dubbel, Toil and Trouble London Brew Dog (Tower Hill) National Bakery School Hubbub
WasteD Birmingham Craddocks Brewery #10 Adelie RJFP Birmingham
People & Planet Bodegraven, Netherlands De Molen x Picnic Fuite Bakkerij Taste Before You Waste
WasteD Birmingham Craddocks Brewery #11 Adelie RJFP Birmingham

What awards has Toast won?

Organisation Year Award
Beer & Cider Marketing Awards 2017 Best Innovation
British Small Business Awards 2018 Innovator (disruptor) of the year
Carlsberg Crafted 2017  Your Beer, Here? winner
Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020 SME of the year
FoodBev World Food Innovation Awards 2016 Best New Beverage Concept
Food Talk awards 2017 It’s All in the Taste Award + People’s Choice Award
Global Good Awards 2018 Best Eco Focussed Sustainable Enterprise
Greater London Enterprise Awards 2018 Best Non-Profit Food & Beverage Business 2018
Best Food & Beverage Social Enterprise 2018
Food Waste Reduction Product of the Year: Purebred Pale Ale
Great Taste Awards 2018 Great Taste ** – Lager
Great Taste ** – Pale Ale
Great Taste *  – Session IPA
Great Taste Awards 2019 Great Taste *  – American Pale Ale
IGD 2017 Sustainable Futures Award
International Beer Challenge 2016 Gold award: Packaging & Design;
Special award: Best Innovative Concept
International Beer Challenge 2017 Silver Tasting Award: Session IPA
International Beer Challenge 2018 Bronze Tasting award: Lager
National Recycling Awards 2018 Food Waste Initiative
Recycled Product of the Year
Quality Food Awards 2018 Small Producer Quality Food – Alcoholic Drinks
Bronze: Beer – Golden Ale
Renewable Energy Association 2019 Sustainability
The Drinks Business – Global Masters 2018 Silver: Pale Ale
Bronze: American Pale Ale
Bronze: Session IPA
Waitrose 2018 Waitrose Best Branded Supplier
Waste2Zero 2018 Best recycled/upcycled product
Escape 100 2019 Top 100 companies to escape to (#2)
International Beer Challenge 2019 Silver: American Pale Ale
Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards 2019 Sustainable Use of Raw Materials

Are other breweries using bread?

We want to inspire change by getting more breweries to use surplus fresh bread. Here's to all the breweries who have been inspired to brew their own bread beers.

 

Brewery Beer Date of launch Description
Northern Monk (TRJFP) Wasted Pear Farmhouse Ale June 2016 Wasted Pear Farmhouse Ale is a UK collaboration between The Real Junk Food Project and Northern Monk Brew Co (launched June 2016).
East End Brewing Loaf October 2016 Loaf is a US collaboration between 412 Food Rescue, East End Brewing and Five Points Artisan Bakeshop (launched October 2016).
Jaw Brew Hardtack March 2017 Hardtack is a Blonde Beer by Jaw Brew and Aulds bakery. The project was set up by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Zero Waste Scotland (launched March 2017).
Brooklyn Brewery Ruggernaut March 2017 Ruggernaut is a rye bread based ale brewed by Brooklyn Brewery for The Great Northern Food Hall (launched March 2017).
Damn Good Food & Beverages Bread Beer April 2017 Bread Beer is brewed by Damn Good Food & Beverages AG in Switzerland (launched April 2017).
Crumbs Brewing   May 2017 Crumbs Brewing is a small UK brewery based in Reigate (launched May 2017).
Atlas Brew Works Rescue Brew May 2017 Rescue Brew is a peach Sour Ale. It's a collaboration between Plate of the Union, Atlas Brew Works and MOM's Organic Market (launched May 2017).
Instock Bammetjes Bier June 2017 Instock is a brewery in the Netherlands brewing a bread beer called Bammetjes Bier (launched June 2017).
New Lion Brewery Barrel Thief June 2017 Barrel Thief is a barrel-aged beer born out of a collab between New Lion Brewery and Almond Thief Bakery in Dartington, UK (launched June 2017).
Weird Beard Brew Co Bread Banger August 2017 Bread Banger is a Pale Ale by Weird Beard Brew Co made with loaves donated by The Felix Project (launched August 2017).
Canopy Beer Co Bagel Beer February 2018 Bagel Beer is a partnership between New York Bakery Co and Canopy Beer Co. (limited edition launched February 2018).
Adnams (M&S) Used Your Loaf x 3 styles May 2018 Used Your Loaf is a range of three beers born out of a collaboration between Adnams brewery and M&S's sandwich manufacturer Greencore. (launched May 2018).
Tiny Rebel (Iceland) Bread Board July 2018 Bread Board is a collaboration between the UK supermarket Iceland and brewery Tiny Rebel (launched July 2018).
  Been a Slice September 2018 Been a slice is a Canadian collaboration bringing together lots of organisations to tackle bread waste (launched September 2018).
1912 Brewing Company Leaven Life October 2018 Leaven Life is a collaboration that connects Ermanos Beer & Wine Bar, Barrio Bread and 1912 Brewing Company (launched October 2018).
Mt. Begbie Brewery Our Daily Bread October 2018 Our Daily Bread is a one-off collaboration between the food recovery program Food Connect and Mt. Begbie Brewery (launched October 2018).
Bute Brew Co Thoroughbread October 2018 Thoroughbread is a 5.1% ale by Bute Brew Co, funded with support from Zero Waste Scotland (launched October 2018).
  FREE BEER October 2018 FREE BEER is a range of beers, some of which are brewed with surplus bread, for The Atlantic Project, by the social enterprise co-operative Billy Ruffian's Brewing Co (launched October 2018).
BRØL Pale Ale November 2018 BRØL is a Danish nano-brewery with a 4.7% Pale Ale (launched November 2018)
Small Block Brewery Rye Cycled November 2018 Rye Cycled is a community project by Refresh Cowican, working with by Small Block Brewery (launched November 2018)
Henderson Brewing Company The Ides of November November 2018 Daily Bread is a Pale Ale by Henderson Brewing Company, using bread from The Drake Commissary to support The Daily Bread Food Bank in Ontario, Canada (launched November 2018)
Ajb-Anglo Japanese Brewing Company   December 2018 Ajb-Anglo Japanese Brewing Company and the restaurant L'effervesence launched a beer brewed with local bread surplus in Nozawa Onsen City, Japan (launched December 2018)
Branch & Bone Artisan Ales Pretzel Queen December 2018 Pretzel Queen is a collab between Branch & Bone Artisan Ales and Smales Pretzel Bakery in Dayton, Ohio (launched December 2018)
  The Hangry Ducks December 2018 The Hangry Ducks are another surplus bread beer initiative declaring war on Bread Waste
Jacobson (Carlsberg) Brool December 2018 https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2019/09/06/Circular-thinking-bread-Bakery-collaborates-with-Carlsberg-to-tackle-food-waste#
Modist No Bagel Waste January 2019 http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/modist-rise-collab-combines-two-of-the-worlds-best-things-bagels-and-beer/504705551
Nya Carnegiebryggeriet (New Carnegie Brewery) Echo April 2019 https://www.brewbound.com/news/swedens-fotografiska-launches-beer-made-with-leftover-sourdough-bread
Folksbier Bagel beer April 2019 https://vinepair.com/booze-news/folksbier-black-seed-bagel-beer/
Crust Brewing Crust August 2019 C R U S T Brewing is a new brewery soon to open in Singapore. Inspired by our work, they're fully committed to the Rev-Ale-ution through brewing with surplus bread (launching soon)
Moa Brewery / Vogels bread Mixed Grain Toasted Ale September 2019 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12272291
Woolworths/Tribe Breweries Loafer October 2019 https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/woolies-unusual-plan-to-turn-old-bread-into-beer/video/9169d4393dd15736fa194d0e2140542c & https://www.hit.com.au/story/woolworths-releases-beer-made-of-leftover-bread-140620
Gloucester Brewery Ready Bready Go December 2019 https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink/gloucester-brewery-unveils-new-beer-3615214
University of New Hampshire Brewing Science Lab Harvest Thyme Brown Ale October 2019 https://www.fosters.com/news/20191009/new-unh-beer-uses-dining-hall-surplus-bread
Salvados APA October 2019 https://www.ulule.com/salvados/
Wishbone Brewery River of Worth Brown Ale November 2019 https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/18015064.beer-made-toast-honours-river-worth-volunteers/
Magpie Brewery The Bread Brew'd Project - Bakers Pale Ale November 2019 https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/two-nottingham-students-using-beer-3582924
Elchanan Bread Bakery Red Ale December 2019 https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3776048,00.html
Gallicus Brewery Pain Perdu December 2019 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/gallicus-pain-perdu-beer-1.5395313
Barn Owl Brewing Breaking Bread Amber Ale December 2019 https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-273180-1-.htm
Binjai Brew Set B January 2020 https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/cheers-beer-from-bread-is-zest-the-right-brew
The Post Brewing Company   January 2020 https://www.boulderweekly.com/cuisine/bread-for-the-role/