Dan Kurzrock over at ReGrained contacted me a while ago, and kindly offered to send me a couple of samples of ReGrained’s wares. So full disclosure- I didn’t pay for these bars (other than a contribution to shipping them from the states).
So let’s start with the idea behind ReGrained:
The guys at ReGrained realised that the brewing process is very inefficient in that there is this huge amount of spent grain left after the mash. Home brewers often compost this material, and in some cases breweries have deals with farms where the grain is used as feed or fertiliser. So ReGrained decided that they could repurpose these grains into something else themselves.
ReGrained use the highest quality ingredients. They start with the grain used to make your favourite beers, and they add other great stuff like honey, almonds, oats, chocolate and coffee to make delicious, low gluten, high protein, high fibre snacks.
I’m going to get this out of the way first: if you expect the bars to taste like beer, you’ll be disappointed, so be prepared! The fact is that they are simply delicious and very satisfying, but because no hops have been used in the brewing process by the time the grains have done their part, there are no hops in the bars, and therefore the flavour is all grain, no hops.
So if you’re still with me, you have to try these! Think of an oaty, honey flapjack, but made with ingredients from your favourite beer. They are that good. I’ve had a bar as a breakfast substitute and it kept me satisfied until lunch. I’ve had a bar as a lunch substitute, too, although not the same day.
Both flavours are tasty and inviting, and the Chocolate Coffee Stout bar is a perfect balance between sweet and bitter- just like a Stout should be.