Particularly when it comes to spent mash left over from beer making, that is.
UCLA fraternity brothers Dan Kurzrock and Jordan Schwartz were avid home-brewers who got the idea a few years ago to take that oatmeal-like mash with a nutty, malty flavor and turn it into nutritious energy bars.
After their ReGrained bars became a hit, they tinkered with more products that would highlight the mash, high in fiber and protein, that normally would be discarded or composted by breweries.
The result is their new ReGrained Puffs, a crunchy puffed chip snack that has the airy crispiness of shrimp chips.
Everything Pressels (front), and Sesame Pressels (back).
Think of them as ultra skinny pretzels. That’s what Pressels are like.
As thin and crisp as crackers but with the toasty, malty taste of pretzels, the new snack apparently has 75 percent less fat and 35 percent less sodium than other pretzels on the market. They’re baked, and contain no preservatives, too.
I had a chance to try samples of its four flavors, all of which are vegan: Sea Salt, Everything, Sesame, and Sriracha.