I’m a regular voice on Tom Idle’s awesome Better Business Show. Each week, we discuss the goings on in sustainable business.
What if you could eat beer? The guys at Re-Grained – a startup in the Bay area of San Fransisco – have done just that, turning beer’s spent grain byproduct into tasty granola bars.
A six-pack of beer produces a pound of spent grain, and this messy grain can constitute as much as 85 percent of a brewery’s total by-product. Having tried the leftover, oatmeal like substance back in their underage brewing days, dude-duo Jordan Schwartz and Dan Kurzrock thought it tasted pretty good. Best of all, the grain loses most the sugar in the brewing process, but hangs onto the same amount of protein and fibre. Other waste products like coffee grounds also have some handy uses (a natural slug repellent or being turned into coffee flour) but the nutritional content of the spent grain really sets it apart for the boys.
From one day’s leftover spent grains at a small brew pub, Re-Grained can whip up 15,000 granola bars – that’s a lot of pre-workout snackeroos for you and I. Much better in our tums than in compost or landfill. Let’s raise a glass to that.
As it says on ReGrained’s website: “We believe we should all be able to have our beer…and eat it too.”
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