Denver Turns Bread to Beer in Celebration of Food Waste Prevention

Published on April 04, 2024

DDPHE and CASR raise a glass to a sustainable and innovative partnership

As Food Waste Prevention Week (April 1-7) kicks off across the nation, the City of Denver is celebrating with a “lager”-than-life event.

With forty percent of food in the United States wasted annually, the economic and environmental impacts are significant. To bring awareness to these impacts and highlight potential solutions, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), in collaboration with the Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency (CASR), Strange Craft Beer Company, and Rebel Bread, brewed up an innovative partnership.

Forty extra loaves of surplus bread from Denver’s Rebel Bread were turned into a limited release Belgian-style ale aptly named “Another Round,” by Strange Craft Beer Company. This initiative showcased the potential for upcycling extra food, while also inspiring change to reduce the amount of food that ends up in the trash. By collaborating between agencies and local businesses, wasted food, a major contributor to climate change, is being tackled head-on.

Denverites can sample Another Round at Strange Craft Beer Company (1330 Zuni St.) now, while supplies last.  You can also check out a video highlighting the partnership. B-roll of the beer production process is available.

The United Nations estimates over one billion meals are wasted around the world each day, even as food insecurity locally, nationally and globally is pervasive. DDPHE works on the root causes of food waste and food insecurity, through hyper-local education campaigns and community partnerships, like this one.

All Denver residents can help prevent food waste. At home, utilize your freezer to save leftovers and ripe fruits and veggies. Make one night a weekly “leftover” night to empty the refrigerator before shopping again. Audit what you throw away and consider purchasing smaller quantities of that item on your next trip to the grocery store.

Denver’s food producing businesses can help prevent food waste as well. DDPHE provides education to food producing businesses, such as restaurants, caterers and wholesalers on donating food and liability protections.

Learn more about DDPHE’s Food Matters program and how to get involved.