Wonky crumpets and pale ale

Most of my regular readers will know that my son Michael works at a local well-known family-owned bakers, a firm which has recently produced the UK’s first ever crumpet beer. In an effort to reduce food waste the company has teamed up with Toast Brewery to create a light session IPA made from crumpets classed as too ‘wonky’ to go on sale.
Made by replacing some of the malted barley in the beer with crumpets, sugars and starches are extracted and broken down into fermentable sugars meaning the crumpets do more than just flavour the beer. At 4.2% The Toasted Crumpet is Warburtons first non-baked product in the company’s 140-year history.

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Photos from Warburtons website
Initially only available from the Warburtons website as a limited edition the beer could be produced on a larger scale if there’s enough demand; it only went on sale two weeks ago but Michael has told me that it’s already sold out although he hasn’t had any as it’s not his thing. I don’t drink anyway but to be honest, as much as I like Warburtons crumpets, I wouldn’t want to drink crumpet flavoured beer – a bit of an acquired taste I think.

 

12 thoughts on “Wonky crumpets and pale ale

    1. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would actually taste like – I suppose a person would have to actually like pale ale to want to try it.

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  1. I read about this a couple of weeks ago and it made me chuckle, I did wonder if Michael could be responsible for making wonky crumpets πŸ™‚ My hubby likes crumpets and a pale ale now and again so I’m sure he’d like it and I would definitely give it try πŸ™‚

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  2. It crossed my mind that someone must be making an excessive amount of wonky crumpets to get enough to make beer but Warburtons have a few bakeries in various parts of the UK so they must be collected from all of them. Not my type of thing but a good way of reducing food waste πŸ™‚

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  3. That makes me smile but I’d rather see the wonky crumpets on sale – a bit like perfectly good vegetables thrown away because they are the wrong shape for supermarkets.

    When did we become a nation who can only eat perfectly shaped food?

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  4. Maybe when the powers-that-be decided that some food items should be a certain size, colour, shape, weight etc? Or maybe it’s all down to visual association – if something doesn’t ‘look’ right, ie out of shape or whatever, then people will think it doesn’t taste right either and therefore won’t buy it so it will be wasted anyway. Most of Warburton’s waste goes for pig swill so not much gets actually thrown away.

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  5. Drat, why didn’t I think of that?? I could have posted this on April 1st and had everyone thinking it was a joke! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Definitely true, though I don’t fancy it myself.

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  6. It amuses me that some people think that Warburtons giant crumpets taste different to the normal ones – they don’t, it’s exactly the same mix πŸ™‚ I like crumpets occasionally but I wouldn’t fancy the beer if it does taste like them.

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