A Bakery and a Brewery Turned Surplus Bagels Into Beer

first_imgStay on target Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer One of Folksbier’s signature brews is a weisse called Glow Up. It’s extremely popular and they’re always experimenting with new twists on the recipe — mixing in flavors like guava, papaya, and even watermelon.Brewing a batch with surplus bagels was a whole new challenge. Folksbier used a whole week’s worth of Black Seed’s leftovers. The bagels replaced some of the grain that’s called for in the regular Glow Up recipe. As an added touch, Folksbier also poured in a generous amount of honey that was also supplied by Black Seed.The resulting beer has a slightly different character than Folksbier’s usual weisse, too, which the brewery says is because of the long protein chains and high gluten content in bagels. It’s still nice and tart but ever so slightly hazier with a nice honey finish. Most tasters say that there’s nothing bagel-y about it… apart from the slight wheat and yeast, naturally.There’s a lot of this kind of brewing going on right now. Just down the road from Folksbier (a six-and-a-half mile, 45 minute drive) you’ll find Evil Twin’s Brooklyn brewery. They just finished crafting a sour made with leftovers from their own brewing process and unused citrus from a nearby cocktail bar.In England last year, BrewDog and Seven Bro7hers teamed up to brew beer from Corn Flakes that didn’t meet Kellogg’s quality standards.More on Geek.com:Patagonia Brews Up a New Sustainable BeerDogfish Head Unveils Beer That Can Develop Kodak Super 8 FilmBud Light to Debut Nutritional Label on Packaging Food waste is a serious problem, but there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun and getting creative while you search for solutions. That’s exactly the approach the crew at Black Seed Bagels took.Black Seed already had a number of different processes in place to keep surplus baking from winding up in the dumpster. Some products might get turned into bagel chips. Others might get turned into breadcrumbs.Still others got turned into a limited run, Berlin-style weisse. Black Seed provided the bagels and the folks at Brooklyn-based Folksbier provided the brewing wizardry.last_img

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