Granola Lab’s Brewers Bar is a unique, chewy-crispy fruit and seed granola bar made with barley malt (also called spent grain). To brew beer, barley malt is first soaked in water to create a mash. The resulting liquid is further processed into everyone’s favorite alcoholic beverage, but the malt itself is discarded.The spent grain is collected from Kelso Beer Co of Brooklyn and baked into these bars along with dried apples, apricots, dates, pumpkin, sesame and hemp seeds. It’s mostly organic, vegan, and doesn’t contain any nuts.
I thought that a nice, earthy white tea would be a good choice to drink with this Brewer’s Bar, so I selected this Silky Silver Needle Tea from Teasenz. It is a light, refreshing tea that allowed the sweetness of the fruit and the flavors of the seeds to come forward. A really nice tea time – unusual, yes! – but, enjoyable.
What I Think:
My various subscriptions have offered me many different opportunities to try a bunch of different granola/energy type bars. Some I’ve liked more than others, while some were just sort of “meh” or maybe less than “meh.”
This bar is different from any that I’ve tried thus far. The grain used for these bars is the spent malt from a brewery which gives the bar a different base flavor as well as a different texture. I like the flavor of this. I mean, I usually enjoy the oat-y flavor of most of the granola bars out there, but, this is tasty too.
There are also lot of seeds to this and that gives the bar a sort of crackly crunch that I enjoy. One seed that I was particularly pleased to see as an ingredient is hemp seeds because I think that hemp is a product that we need to further explore. And there are lots of fruity notes in this too: I taste the apple and the apricot and the dates add a nice sweetness.
My Final Thoughts:
A really tasty and interesting bar. I found this one different from the usual bar … and in this case, different was really good!