>> A start up in New York City is taking a creative approach to combat food waste. Rescuing surplus bread from bakeries and turning it into beer. Toast Ale launched in the UK 2 years ago by environmental activist Tristan Stewart, is now expanding into the US producing their first batch of American bale ale using stale bread.
>> I'm Havovi Cooper from Reuters in New York. Behind me is where the bread and grains are mixed with hot water. And then once the sugar is extracted, the liquid is moved into the smaller tank. That's where the hops are added, and that's what gives the beer its special flavor and aroma.
The process is different from a regular brew which would use 100% malted barley. This uses barley too and, of course, bread which makes it a lot more labor intensive. Toast Ale employees like Matty Holzman go to bakeries around the city at the end of the day collecting bags of extra bread that has been donated.
That's brought back to the brewery where it's torn into crouton sized pieces so it doesn't clog up the machines. So they do this for awhile.>> And this is what we've kind of determined is the perfect size to go into the mash ton.>> So how much bread is Toast Ale saving from ending up in the trash with this first batch?
>> We rescued almost 500 pounds of bread from local bakeries And we are turning that into 30 barrels of beer, which is the equivalent of 60 kegs or about 400 cases.>> With nearly 40% of all food in the US ending up in landfills every year, it's hard for Toast Ale to make a huge difference.
The first bottles of Toast Ale in the US were sampled at the Tribeca Film Festival in April for the screening of a documentary produced by Anthony Bourdain, tackling food waste. Celebrity chef Dan Barber also plans to add it to his menu at Blue Hill in Manhattan. Toast Ale says, when the beer hits shelves in the US in July, it will cost about the same as a regular can with a promise to donate 100% of the profits to charities combatting food waste.
But Toast Ale has yet to turn a profit.>> So I'm not a big beer drinker, but it's time for the taste test. Cheers.>> Tastes like beer to me.>>