Written by Antoine Dubois from beerproject.be
Recycle unsold bread in beer, it is possible. That's what the Brussels Beer Project is doing with it's freshly released beer Babylone. Inspired by local actors, Beer Project spent a year prototyping a new kind of beer that uses unsold fresh bread to substitute malt as a raw material. Every month BBP brews 12.000 bottles of bread beer and saves about 500kg of bread from being wasted.
The project sets up a new circular path that involves 3 actors. First the supermarkets sort the daily unsold bread and make the bread available for collection. On the next day, a social restaurant picks up the bread, together with other fresh products. The restaurant cuts, dry and mixes the bread back to flour. At the end of the month, Beer Project collects the bread flour and brews with it. Resolutely hoppy, this new kind of beer relights beer lovers.