ISLE OF BUTE, U.K. – Bute Brew Co. has put circular economy principles into practice with its newest beverage, “Thorough Bread.” The craft beer is made using leftover bread, according to Zero Waste Scotland, an organization that promotes the circular economy of eliminating waste and keeping materials within the economy for as long as possible.
Described as a “wee Scottish brewery,” Bute Brew makes the 5.1% alcohol craft beer partly from unsold bread donated by a local cooperative. Backed by the Scottish Government and European funding, Zero Waste Scotland provided the funds that allowed the brewers to develop the process, which replaces some of the malt that brewing normally requires.
The brewing process and the taste of Thorough Bread have already received praise from the industry and beer lovers.
“Bute Brew Co. is a perfect example of the way circular economy principles are being put into practice in Scotland,” said Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland. “By turning leftovers into an opportunity, they have created a fantastic business while tackling waste at the same time. I hope their success will be an inspiration for other businesses to come up with their own circular economy business ideas.”