The Optimist: From surplus bagels to craft beer

Bagels are at the heart of a brand new beer in Sussex town. Known as the Optimist, this craft 5.0% amber ale is made from surplus bagels, donated by Brighton’s Bagelman stores.

Optimist beer, created in collaboration with Franklins Brewing Co. and Bagelman, is available in a limited cask edition and bottles.

Craft beer brewers, Franklins Brewing Co. uses surplus bagels in the malt bill in an effort to reduce bread waste. The result is an amber ale rich in malty flavour, balanced with a crips hop bitterness from German Magnum hops.

On their website, Bagelman state: “[Optimist] launched as a partnership between Franklins & Bagelman, two local businesses with a vision for creating great products and doing things differently.”

Franklins Brewing Co. 

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer specialising in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives:

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