Glasgow restaurant, bar and brewery West has found a novel way of disposing of its leftover grain - they feed it to cows at a nearby farm.
Because beer produced at the small Glasgow brewery is brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, or German Purity Law, spent grain from the brewing process is ideal fodder for cattle at the Foreside Farm in Ayrshire.
West owner Petra Wetzel said: “We’re extremely environmentally conscious at West and are constantly seeking to recycle and re-use whenever possible, so, when the opportunity arose, we jumped at the chance to supply all our spent grain to Foreside Farm for free."
Although cattle at Foreside Farm may not receive quite the same luxury treatment as some Japanese Wagyu cattle, who also get fed beer and massaged, they are reportedly enjoying their new food.
“I suppose you could call it a win/win/win scenario. We benefit, by reducing our waste, Foreside Farm owner Michael Whiteford benefits, by receiving free food stock, while the biggest beneficiaries of all are obviously the cows themselves, who now tuck into their grain with renewed relish,” added Wetzel.