Julie Prebble, Toast Ale
Please introduce yourself and your brewery...
I'm Julie, proud to be part of Team Toast since our launch in January 2016.
We brew beer with surplus bread because it not only makes great award winning beer, but it helps use up some of the 44% bread wasted in the UK. Each bottle contains around a slice of surplus bread.
We've a great message in our bottles too - drinking Toast is an easy and delicious way to be part of the solution to ending food waste. All our profits go to Feedback, a charity campaigning to eliminate food waste worldwide.
Where do you brew from and what is your set up?
We started out brewing with Hackney Brewery, along with the Brussels Beer Project team helping us as we tipped sack loads of toast into the mash tun! We're thankful to both breweries for being a key part of our launch.
We are now planning our 9th Hambleton pale ale brew with Nick and the team at Hambleton Ales in North Yorkshire.
Collaboration has always been a key part of Toast and we're proud that St Austell in Cornwall and Wiper and True in Bristol are some of the breweries who have brewed Toast Ale inspired beers in our first year.
What was your path into the world of brewing?
I enjoy great beer - as well as great food and great wine and good times. But I LOVE great beer that does good - so I was instantly sold on Toast Ale as soon as I heard about it and tried it and so I just had to be part of the team. I'm only just started on this path and am loving the journey.
Where do you see your brewery in three years time?
Everywhere! We brewed Toast in Reykjavik this week - our first international brew and we are planning our first US brew in early 2017 too. Every nation where beer and bread and popular then we want to brew surplus local bread to sell locally. We have also open sourced our recipe on line so you can brew your leftover bread at home. So, Toast can literally be everywhere!
Ultimately we hope that our donations enable Feedback in their work to successfully eliminate surplus bread worldwide and then we'll stop brewing Toast and will find another mission. Meantime, we're enjoying brewing bread into great beer and providing a delicious way to be part of the solution to food waste.
What was the first beer which altered your perception of beer?
Brussels Beer Project's Babylone, Toast's inspiration. Our founder tasting this delicious surplus Brussels sourced bread brew was the reason Toast Ale was born and we're forever thankful of their generosity with their time and expertise.
What do you drink when you're not drinking your own beers?
At the moment the sloe gin I made for the first time for Christmas. I made plenty for me and for friends as it's much more fun to give than clicking that Amazon button.
Which brewery, other than your own, do you most respect?
Too many to mention. I love the passion and creativity of all the brewers I've met and feel privileged to be part of such an open and fun community. But a special shout out has to go to all the breweries who have brewed Toast and those who have helped us with advice and guidance. They know who they are.
What’s the strangest ingredient you’ve ever put in a beer?
Don't tempt us!
Describe your brewery in six words.
The best thing since....you know!