Companion Series Limited Edition Charity Beers & Snacks Gift Box
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This is an exclusive climate positive collaboration that you don’t want to miss.
Led by Toast Ale, 25 breweries across the UK and Ireland – including Guinness and Adnams – have signed an open letter calling on world leaders to work together to combat the climate and nature emergency. The breweries have each brewed a beer using surplus bread for the limited edition Companion Series.
In total, 26 beers have been brewed to mark COP26, the global climate conference taking place in Glasgow from 1st November.
The breweries participating in the Companion Series, all of whom are signatories to the open letter, are as follows: Toast Ale, Adnams, Beavertown, Bedlam Brewery, Better World Brewery, Brixton Brewery, Five Points Brewery, Fyne Ales, Guinness, Harbour Brewery, Hepworth Brewery, Ignition Brewery, Meantime, Northern Monk, Orbit, Sambrooks, Signature Brew, Stroud Brewery, Tap Social Movement, Tooth & Claw Brewing, Unity BrewIng Co, Utopian Brewery, Wild Card Brewery, Windsor & Eton Brewery and Wold Top Brewery.
The box also includes popular products from Cheeky Panda, Divine Chocolate, Emily Snacks, Liberation Nuts, Teapigs and Traidcraft, and an exclusive pint glass from Festival Glass.
The box itself is designed by leading sustainable fibre-based packaging provider DS Smith, who ensure fit-for-purpose packaging, minimum use of fibre, and limited CO2 impact. The project is also supported by us, naturally, as well as Charles Faram, Label Express, Kegstar, DPD and Beerhunter.
In partnership with Rainforest Trust UK and Soil Heroes, the Companion Series will raise at least £65,000 for conservation and regenerative agriculture projects.
With every case purchased, we donate £26 to conserving and restoring nature: £13 will protect 1,300 trees in threatened tropical rainforests with Rainforest Trust UK, and £13 will capture 144kg CO2 by improving the health of soils on UK farms (which then hold more water, improve biodiversity and produce more nutritious food) with Soil Heroes.
Toast has brewed two new beers for the Companion Series:
– The ‘For the Planet’ Juicy IPA, is brewed with surplus fresh bread, organic malt, and British oats and wheat, is a collaboration with Race to Zero, Business Declares and Zero Hour (the campaign for the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill).
– The ‘For People’ Coffee Porter is brewed in collaboration with Cafédirect, using surplus bread and Brazilian coffee beans.
Adnams “Turning Tide” – Raspberry Scotch Ale 330ml, 4.1%
The surplus bread, malted barley and oats give Turning Tide caramelised, sweet, bready characteristics. This is balanced by the contrasting acidity of the raspberries and hints of hedgerow fruit and citrus flavours from the addition of Endeavour and Bramling Cross hops.
Beavertown “Burnt” – Hoppy Porter 330ml, 4.5%
A roasty, caramely Hoppy Porter with hints of Blackcurrant, citrus and cedar wood, brewed with our friends at Toast Ale, using a blend of wasted bread to highlight the impact of food waste on the planet.
Bedlam Brewery “Sussex Smokie” – Smoked Porter 440ml, 5.0%
Using excess breadcrumb provided by Toast, we added specialist Beech smoked Malt for extra depth and complexity. This dark classic gives roasted/Toast’ed chocolate and smokie coffee flavours with big, rish aromas.
Better World Brewery “Puffin Can” – Kveik IPA 440ml 6.5%
This IPA is brewed with Norwegian Voss Kveik yeast & hopped with Simcoe, Ekuanot, El Dorado & Comet for a pronounced hit of pithy orange, grapefruit & tropical fruit punch.
Brixton Brewery “Midnight Hour” – Black Lager 330ml, 4.0%
Traditional dark malts provide flavours of coffee and chocolate balanced with a light and crisp body and subtle noble hop character.
Five Points Brewery “Ernest Special Bitter” – Premium Bitter 330ml, 5.1%
This Special Bitter is brewed with Ernest hops from Kent and uses surplus bread that would otherwise go to landfill.
Fyne Ales “New Skies” – New World Pale Ale 440ml, 5.0%
Soft, juicy peach & apricot, with a hint of white grape and sweet melon before a gentle earthy finish.
Guinness – Stout 330ml, 5.0%
A dark black beer with aromas of dark chocolate, green fresh chilli and notes of green coffee beans. This is a balanced Stout, with lots of dark chocolate flavours, ending with a Guinness roast bitterness, and a slight chilli hit.
Harbour Brewery “Back off Warchild” – West Coast IPA 330ml, 5.0%
Citrus and Pine, with robust yet balanced bitterness.
Hepworth Brewery – Classic Old Ale 330ml, 4.8%
Old Ale is a Sussex traditional winter brew, with this special edition brewed with surplus bread. Dark and full of roast malt character, balanced with luscious sweetness and bitterness from the Admiral hops.
Ignition Brewery “Batch Hack” – All-English Amber Ale 330ml, 4.0%
An amber ale made with all-English ingredients, giving a subtle malt flavour, overlaid with an orangey citrus aroma and spicy notes.
Meantime “Tick Tock Bock” – Blonde Doppelbock 440ml, 8.0%
This much-kneaded collaboration Lager uses a proportion of surplus fresh bread instead of virgin barley. Inspired by the original ‘liquid bread’ beer style we’ve brewed a Doppelbock Lager with rich, malty and toasty notes – you’ll loaf it.
Northern Monk “Northern Mornings” – Breakfast Stout 440ml, 5.8%
Coffee and chocolate aromas and flavours, with notes of toasted bread and maple syrup.
Orbit “WLS062” – English hopped Pale Ale 330ml, 5.9%
Strawberry, green pepper, pineapple and blackcurrant on the nose with a strong bitterness, malty caramel and floral notes and a long dry finish.
Sambrooks “Gaslight” – Baltic Porter 440ml, 6.0%
Smoke, Sweet, Molasses, Coffee
Signature Brew “Concrete Jungle” – Toasted Lager 330ml, 4.8%
This mouthwateringly malty beer delivers tasty, toasted hits of wholemeal dough and brioche with a pleasingly bitter finish.
Stroud Brewery “Buen Vivir” – Organic Hefeweizen 440ml, 4.5%
A full-bodied organic wheat beer with notes of banana and clove, brewed with surplus organic sourdough bread from our local B Corp Hobbs House Bakery. ‘Buen Vivir’ is based on the belief that true well-being relies on a harmonious connection between people, their communities and nature’.
Tap Social Movement “In Deep Water” – Red IPA 330ml, 3.6%
This light beer has a citrus and stone fruit aroma, predominantly grapefruit and peach. There’s a slight rye spice, caramel and bready flavour with a rounded bitterness and a clean malt finish.
Toast Ale x Cafedirect “For People” – Coffee Porter 440ml, 5.6%
A rich, dark and velvety coffee Porter, with undertones of nuts and full-bodied coffee. Brewed with surplus fresh bread and Fairtrade Brazilian coffee beans from Cafedirect.
Toast Ale x Business Declares, Race to Zero, Zero Hour “For the Planet”– Juicy IPA 440ml, 5.5%
A fruity, juicy, lightly spiced India Pale Ale with a smooth mouthfeel. Brewed with surplus fresh bread, Organic malt and British oats & wheat. Artwork based on showyourstripes.info (Warming stripes 1850-2020 visualising how the climate has changed for every country across the globe).
Tooth & Claw Brewing “Friend in Knead” – Raspberry & Cranberry Kvass 440ml, 1.7%
Based on a traditional Eastern European Kvass drink this is our beer interpretation. Brewed using sourdough bread to replace part of the traditional malt bill. This light & refreshing beer has an initial sour taste with hints of spice from the rye followed by a fruity, tart raspberry & cranberry flavour.
Unity Brew “Pudding for the People” – Porter 440ml, 5.2%
Vanilla, Sultanas and Cinnamon.
Utopian Brewery “Tmavé on Toast” – Dark Lager 440ml, 3.9%
A rich bready style full of malt flavours and balanced by a generous addition of British Hops.
Wild Card Brewery “Atlantean Hegemony” – DDH IPA 440ml, 5.2%
Juicy IPA, mashed in with with pale malt and a blend of oats & bread cumbs. Citra added in the whirlpool at the end of boil, then fermented with a specially selected yeast. Dry hopped with Cryo Talus, Cryo El Dorado & Cryo Simcoe.
Windsor & Eton Brewery “Good COP” – Hop Leaf Copper Ale 330ml, 5.0%
Bread & biscuit flavours in the body support the unique grassy, leafy aromas of fresh green Progress hops in this shimmering copper ale. The use of hop leaves – usually removed in the hop picking process – add a floral character and prosecco-like tang.
Wold Top Brewery “BARM” – Dry-Hopped Lager 330ml, 4.4%
This dry hopped lager is a finely crafted beer with notes of apricots, honey and spices. It uses mainly British ingredients to give a lager with a full taste and subtle aroma. Barm is the frothy yeast from the top of the ferment which is often added into dough to help with raising. A suitable name for a beer born of bread!
Allergens: beers contain wheat, barley, oats and may contain rye
Liberation Nuts – Chilli & Lime Cashews, Peanuts and Corn
EMILY – Veg Thins
Divine Chocolate – 75% Dark Caramel, 35g
Traidcraft – Fruit and Lemon Biscuits, 2 pack
Tea Pigs – Peppermint Tea Bag
Allergens: Wheat, Peanuts, Cashews, Dairy, Sulphur Dioxide,
May also contain: mustard, soya, eggs and sesame.
Limited Edition Pint Glass
Cheeky Panda – Tissues
Toast Ale makes fighting food waste as easy as enjoying a cheeky pint. Literally.
Their palate-pleasing beers are made from leftover loaves of bread, chipping away at the 44% of bread that goes to waste. A shocking stat and just one small part of a mounting food waste problem that’s pretty terrible for the environment, to put it mildly.
By using surplus fresh bread instead of virgin barley, Toast Ale is also reducing the demand for land and water as well as avoiding the extra emissions that come from producing it. It makes perfect planet-saving sense.
Supporting other organisations who want to fix the food system for people and the planet is important to them too, which is what their profits go towards.
Oh, and we should mention that these beers are absolutely delicious too. With brews ranging from craft lager to session IPA, whatever your go-to beer you should find a Toast Ale alternative you’ll love.
In their words: raise a toast, save the world. Cheers!