The Global Masters Beer of the Week: Toast Ale Craft Lager
Every week, we select a drink that picked up either a Gold or Master from our competition series, and tell you why the judges loved it. Enter the Global Masters, and this could be yours.
Last week, we invited a crack team of beer sommeliers and certified cicerones to help us judge our 2019 Beer Masters.
We normally dedicate this column to wines that shine in our annual competitions, but with the taste of hops still playing on our minds, and the unusually warm weather in the UK this week, we decided to cool off with a very special serve from a beer business that champions sustainability.
All of Toast Ale’s beers are brewed with surplus fresh bread from bakeries, delis and other sandwich makers. The east London-based business also recently relaunched its range of beers in aluminium cans, furthering its mission to cut waste and lower carbon emissions. The new cans will be available in Tesco, Waitrose, and on Toast’s own website.
In the UK, Toast contracts its brewing out to World Top Brewery in Yorkshire, touted as one of the most sustainable in the UK. Internationally, Toast Ale works with local breweries rather than exporting to ensure the beers are as fresh as they can be for each consumer market.
At our Masters competition, the judges were impressed by this light lager’s delicate hoppy character. The end product is a fruity, crisp beer where aromas of malt and fresh bread shine through.
With temperature highs of 26C expected today, we’re already looking forward to taking this out of the communal fridge.
The beer: Toast Ale Craft Lager
The source: World Top Brewery in Yorkshire, UK
The hop(s): Perle, Spalter, Mittelfruh
The style: A pilsner-style lager full of hop character
The medal: Gold – The Global Beer Masters, 2018
With high-quality judges and a unique sampling process, the Global Masters provides a chance for your wines, or beers to star, whether they hail from the great vineyards of Europe or lesser-known corners of the world.