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The innovative folk at Crumbs Brewing make beer using leftover artisan bread from another Local Food Britain member Chalk Hills Bakery in Reigate.

The craft beer brand was founded by Reigate-based husband and wife team Morgan and Elaine Arnell in 2017, when the couple left the corporate world to create something together with a positive message at its heart.

Having learned that around 44% of all bread made in the UK goes to waste, they created Crumbs Brewing to tackle this growing problem while making great beers at the same time.

Each of their beers uses a different type of Chalk Hills Bakery loaf in its recipe, so the style and taste of the beer reflects its delicious artisan ingredient. 

Crumbs beer from Reigate | Local Food Surrey

Their core range features a Sourdough Pale Ale, which is light and zesty; a Bloomin’ Amber Lager, which is a hybrid of ale and lager made using the Surrey Bloomer loaf; and a dark and mysterious Rye Ruby Ale, which folds the distinct flavours of rye bread with caraway seeds into the beer.

Crumbs Brewing also produces a strong yet chocolatey sweet Rye Coffee Porter, which uses delicious Rye bread and spent coffee grounds to create a decadently dark beer.

Sold from Priory Farm, The Vineking and many other food and drinks shops and pubs in Reigate and surrounding areas in Surrey, the beer can also be bought directly via the Crumbs Brewing website.

Further stockists are always being sought, with new customers always fascinated by these beers with such an interesting back story and values.

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Local Food Surrey says

Crumbs Brewing is a great story of two artisan Reigate 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.