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November 3, 2014

Brewers Bars

by Anne Paddock

A Brewers Bar is a chewy-crispy fruit and seed (no nuts) granola bar created by Granola Lab of Brooklyn, New York with organic rolled oats, organic rice syrup, brown sugar, barley malt, organic pumpkin seeds, organic dried apples, organic dried apricots, organic malt syrup, organic dates (with oat flour), hemp seeds, olive oil, organic sesame seeds, flax meal, organic vanilla extract, and salt. Sounds like most energy bars…but it isn’t because of one ingredient:  barley malt.

barGranola Lab uses barley malt (dried germinated barley grains that are also called spent grain by brewmasters) which has a natural slight sweetness. To brew beer, barley malt is first soaked in water to create a mash. The resulting liquid is further processed into beer but the spent grain (which is primarily carbohydrates and protein) is often discarded, used as feed, spread as a fertilizer, or used as a whole grain for breads. The maker of Brewers Bars uses the spent grain from Brooklyn-based KelSo Beer Co. and bakes it into Brewers Bars to add an earthy grain slightly sweet flavor to a bar full oats, crunchy seeds and chewy dried fruits.Brewers-Bar-377

Each Brewers Bar is 1.75 ounces and are sold in packs of 5 for $10 ($2 per bar) on-line through the company website:  www.granolalab.com. Shipping is a flat rate of $5.25 for a box of 5 and $1 more for each additional 5 bars. To read more about the Brewers Bar, go to the company website.

Photo Credits:  Heather Shimmin

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