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Reduce, reuse, recycle: Craft beer company turns leftover bread into beer

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The company is called Toast Ale USA, and the leftover bread they use comes from bakeries and grocery stores. (Credit: CBS News) The company is called Toast Ale USA, and the leftover bread they use comes from bakeries and grocery stores. (Credit: CBS News)
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More than 133 billion pounds of food is sent to landfills every year in the United States.

Those numbers have prompted the creative forces behind one brewery to take action.

They're turning leftover break into beer, and their leap into a multi-billion dollar craft beer industry is just the beginning of a full circle sustainability effort.

The company is called Toast Ale USA, and the leftover bread they use comes from bakeries and grocery stores.

The concept, called "Toast," started in London and is now being launched in New York City.

The goal is to cut down on food waste while serving up an easy to drink brew any beer lover can get behind.

"We use 40 percent bread and about 60 percent malted grain, Madi Holtzman of Toast Ale USA told CBS News' Kenneth Craig.

However, the sustainability effort doesn't end there.  In fact, it goes full circle.

Some companies are actually taking what's left over after the brewing process and turning that right back into bread.

At Hewn Bakery, they support sustainability efforts by taking spent grain from local brewers and adding it to a popular artisanal bread.

The grains add texture to the bread, not beer flavor, and customers don't seem to mind.

"That silkiness, that tender crumb is what they really like," said Ellen King of Hewn Bakery.

Back at Toast Ale USA, they're  goodwill doesn't end at sustainability either.  The company plans to pour any profits into charity.

Until then, they're toasting to their success.

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