The crew over at Regrained has done something unexpected and amazing: up-cycling brewery grains to make snack bars. Right. They run off with the grains that are left after brewing beer and use them as a base for food. It works like this: fermentation of beer consumes most of the sugars in the mash, but leaves behind plenty of good stuff like protein, fiber and micro-nutrients. Regrained’s patent-pending process uses what’s left to make satisfying snack bars.
Great story, but how do they taste? They make three flavors now and I’ve honed in on the Chocolate Coffee Stout bar for obvious reasons. This review won’t follow the usual format exactly since these are not solid chocolate bars. Still, I thought you guys should know about this food innovation.
AROMA: There’s a lot going on here. Peel open the end of the package and sniff. Wow. It’s like having a picnic in tall grass with a friend drinking sangria, another else having squash soup and another person smoking a cigarette off in the field. Never had a picnic like that? That’s the point – these are not like any common snack bar from the supermarket. Notes: malt, tomato, strawberry, beer, pumpkin, tobacco, brandy.
MIDDLE TASTE: More chocolate and coffee than stout, but you get this sudden
brewery taste about three-fourths of the way through. It’s a really interesting mix of flavors with just enough sugar to balance out the slight bitterness of coffee and grain.
FINISH: Finally you arrive at breakfast cereal, my go-to comfort food.
TEXTURE: It’s chewy, but in a satisfying way. You don’t need to work so hard that your jaw aches because the bars are thin. Even better, they don’t fall apart and sprinkle crumbs into your lap. I take these bars when I travel because I usually can’t make it to the food service on long-haul flights before I get hungry. What I hate is a bar that crumbles all over my shirt so I walk off the plane looking like I’ve been swimming in a box of Cracker Jacks. The Regrained bars don’t have such messy problems.
LAST BITE: Thumbs up. I eat a ton of snack bars – two to three per day – because I have a hyperactive metabolism and need to even out my blood sugar so I can do important stuff like, um, thinking. This is not the only bar I eat, but it allows me to add some variety into the mix along with the bars I buy from Trader Joe’s. I like that they taste completely different than the other more sugar-heavy bars and that they are more compact and portable. I also like that they are up-cycling good food, using sustainable packaging and are members of 1% for the Planet. Regrained SuperGrain Bars are available online at the Regrained website and limited retailers around the US.
 Disclosure – I hold a tiny equity stake in this company.
 Cracker Jack is a trademark of Frito-Lay North American, Inc.