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Brewery uses unsold bread to make beer

Leftover bread from one of the county's highest profile bakeries is being used to make a new beer, which has been endorsed by Friends of the Earth no less.

Already in the news this year for the major investment which produced its news headquarters, Stroud Brewery has also been working with Hobbs House Bakery.

The Nailsworth-based bakery, no stranger itself to the media spotlight, agreed the brewery could use its unsold organic loaves to produce a new amber ale - Flour Power.

It was a project it worked on with London-based Toast Ale. Among the ingredients are Citra & Azacca hops - all of which is said to give the brew an "intense citrusy aroma. Well balanced with a fruity finish".

Friends of the Earth like it not just for its organic ingredients, but because it uses food otherwise destined not to be used. That five per cent of the proceeds from sales of the brew also go to the charity no doubt help too.

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Mike Birkin, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: "Collaborating with Stroud Brewery and Toast Ale is hugely exciting. With Flour Power we're aiming for a craft ale that proves that the things we enjoy can be produced in more considerate, sustainable ways.

"The climate change situation can seem dire, but the solutions are out there and some are on display right here with Toast Ale and Stroud Brewery."

Chloe Brooks, production manager of Stroud Brewery, said: "Flour Power was a great project providing us with the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded businesses to produce a product that not only tastes good but does good."

Chris Head, collaborations manager at Toast Ale, said: "At Toast Ale, we're reviving one of the oldest traditions in the world by using surplus bread as a grain for beer.

"In the UK, 44 per cent of bread is never eaten. We're on a mission to change that by working in partnership with breweries and bakeries all over the world to create great-tasting beers that are better for the planet."

"Collaborating with fellow B Corp Stroud Brewery to create Flour Power has been a fun and delicious adventure."

Flour Power is available at toastale.com and stroudbrewery.co.uk. It will be rolled out nationally in Abel & Cole from May 9, priced at £3.

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