At D&D we make it our mission to make totally delicious, ethically sourced chocolate which is better quality, better for you and better for the farmers who dedicate their lives to growing some of the best dam cocoa we've ever had. We want our business to have a positive impact on the world and the people in it.
We are constantly inspired by all the other awesome companies and people out there that are trying to make a difference and we wanted to share them with you guys which is why we started Choc Chats.
So without further ado, this Choc chats, we spoke to James from Toast Ale. What's Toast Ale? You ask 🤔 Read on to find out how awesome they are by using waste bread to do something rev-ALE-utionary...🍞💜....
Welcome to Choc Chats! Are you ready for your questions? ...Here we go!
What is the rev-ALE-ution and what was your inspiration behind it?
With 44% of bread in the UK never eaten, we need all the help we can get in tackling food waste. We're partnering with brewers across the beer industry and going back to the original way beer was brewed (with bread), encouraging them to use as much surplus as possible. This rev-ALE-ution has seen 33 brewers brew with bread and our open source recipe downloaded nearly 40,000 times.
The inspiration for this rev-ALE-ution stemmed from Tristram Stuart, our founder, who visited Brussels Beer Project and tried a bread based beer called Babylone. Having spent the last 20 years researching the systemic levels of bread waste in the UK, he immediately saw the opportunity to tackle waste and Toast was born.
If you had to be a type of bread, what would you be?
We don't discriminate when it comes to bread waste - all surplus is welcome. Though our four core beers have some pretty distinct personalities. Our lager is like breaking open an oven fresh French baguette whereas the Session IPA is like a big crusty bloomer; our Pale Ale is just like a classic wholegrain loaf, and the American Pale Ale is fresher than a New York bagel.
Have you ever considered making an ale flavoured with a classic toast topping e.g. sourdough marmite ale?
We do experiment with some different beer styles through our collaboration programme. This October we launched a Honey Kvass called Bread & Honey with our good friends at Hiver, whereas we have been working with Framework Brewery on a Toasted Marshmallow Porter. Partnering with other breweries on one off bread beers means we can have a lot of fun with our beer styles (and toast toppings).
44% of all bread made in the UK is wasted. What impact does this have and what can we do to help? (other than eat loads of toast and drink loads of your ale)
Food production is the biggest impact we have on the planet, yet globally we waste one third of all food produced. If this wasted food was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of CO2 behind USA and China.
In the UK, bread is the worst offender - bread has been commoditised slightly and so our production far exceeds demand, meaning a huge amount of resources, energy and human capital is ultimately wasted.
We can all do our bit to help - whether that be only buying what we plan to eat, looking for delicious online recipes with old bread or brewing your own beer at home with our home brew recipe.
How did the idea for Toast come about?
It was in 2015 when the guys at Brussels Beer Project explained how they followed an ancient recipe for making beer from bread. Tristram immediately saw the three key ingredients for Toast Ale: he knew where industrial quantities of day fresh bread were being wasted all over the world; at the same time, the craft brewing movement had become a global super trend, and finally, he had spent the past 20 years catalysing a global movement of food waste activists and entrepreneurs.
Bring all these three phenomena together and you have a delicious pint-sized solution to food waste.
Have you thought about making ale with other waste foods?
We've certainly thought about it - there's so much surplus food across our food chain that we'd love to help tackle. Though for the time being, there's a huge amount of beautiful surplus bread to brew with - so we'll be continuing to tackle this, one beer at a time.
Thanks so much Toast! We've LOAF-ed spending time with you 🎉
Intrigued? Give their superdelish ale a try here. Head to our shop too to get some delish chocolate to go with them!