That’s what one San Francisco-based company is doing. ReGrained, founded in mid-2012 by Dan Kurzrock and Jordan Schwartz, takes the wet grains from breweries and repurposes them as healthy snack bars, all of which are made with honey.
In order to make the bars, Kurzrock and Schwartz collect the used grains from local breweries, dry and bake them. At first, they tried turning the grains into bread, but the bread would expire in only one day. They realized they needed a more sustainable product and something to help prolong the shelf life. That’s where honey enters the picture.
“Honey is a huge part of our story. Not only does it add flavor to our product, but it helps with the shelf life too,” Kurzrock said. “It’s delicious and functional for binding. And we have a great opportunity to use a natural ingredient.”
After deciding to produce snack bars, they partnered with local beekeepers and created their first two flavors: Honey Almond IPA and Chocolate Coffee Stout.
“Reducing waste and investing in the growth in companies doing good for the environment is one of our main goals,” Kurzrock said. “Our next step is to increase distribution and create all different products with our unique grains. We are thinking about making a high-protein, high-fiber cookie next.”
Check out these ReGrained bars that are made with honey!
Honey Almond IPA
This snack bar is baked using grains from local breweries and infused with almonds, oats, cinnamon and honey to bind it together and give a sweet, savory taste.
Chocolate Coffee Stout
The Chocolate Coffee Stout bar pairs semi-sweet chocolate, coffee and honey to create a snack that not only fills you up, but gives you the satisfying taste of chocolate and honey in every bite.