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Independent beer specialist Crumbs Brewing has tapped into an eco-friendly way of making great beer by using artisan bread that would otherwise go to waste. By recycling white bloomer loaves from Reigate's Chalk Hills Bakery, Crumbs Brewing is doing its bit to address the growing problem of food waste. Experts estimate that 44% of bread produced and sold in the UK goes to waste, so Crumbs Brewery has rediscovered the historic links between baking and brewing by joining forces within another Local Food Britain member so they might support each other in the long term. The result is beautiful beer with a distinct flavour.

Crumbs Brewing bottle and bread Reigate
Crumbs Brewing beer bottles and bread Reigate

Crumbs Brewing's first ever brew, Crumbs Amber Lager, is made using white bloomer loaves from Chalks Hill Bakery in Reigate that would otherwise be wasted. Sold from the Vine King shops and the newly opened Four Hops craft beer shop in Reigate, the beer can also be bought directly via the Crumbs Brewing website. Further stockists are also being sought, with local wine and beer craft shops the ideal platform from which to launch such a beer with a fascinating back story and strong values. 

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Local Food Surrey says

Crumbs Brewing is a great story of two artisan businesses coming together to produce beautiful beer by recycling Surrey-made bread made with the utmost care - a real example of a "blooming" friendship in the making.

Crumbs Brewing has also linked up with local specialist drink retailers who also appreciate the importance of independent, artisan start ups.