What local adult beverage reduces food waste and benefits the Revelstoke Food Bank at the same time? Our Daily Bread, Mt. Begbie Brewery’s newest beer, was brewed with bread left from the Revelstoke Community Connections Society’s Food Connect, Revelstoke’s local food recovery program. Partial proceeds of its sales will be given to the Revelstoke Food Bank.
Food Connect recovers food that would otherwise go to waste in a landfill. The food is close to its best before date, overstocked, mislabelled, and/or cosmetically unappealing. It is inspected to ensure quality (and composted or fed to animals if it is inedible).
A press release notes that the Food Connect initiative shares food with “18 different local programs in Revelstoke including the Food Bank, school breakfast programs, after school programs, Women’s Shelter, Revelstoke Childcare Society and many other non-profit organizations.”
Bread is the second most wasted food, and Jenna Fraser, Food Connect Coordinator, was inspired to try doing something different with the bread after watching a documentary featuring Toast Ale. Toast Ale is an award winning brew created from landfill destined bread in London, England.
Fraser got in touch with Tracey Larson, co-owner and founder of Mt. Begbie Brewery, to create a beer utilizing locally recovered breads and reduce food waste. The results speak for themselves.
Our Daily Bread was released today, 12 October 2018, and can be sampled all week at the Mt. Begbie Brewery’s Tasting Room, along with some delectable meals. The Tasting Room is open from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Saturday.