The Other Sustainable Uses of Spent Grain

by Cassidy Lundy August 10, 2017

The Other Sustainable Uses of Spent Grain

Source: SaltWater Brewery

Beer - it’s what’s for breakfast. Alright, maybe not for the general population, but at ReGrained it’s what gets us up in the morning. Beer is the main source of inspiration for the very product you might be eating while reading this post - our IPA and Stout bars!

It turns out we aren’t the only ones using brewers’ spent grain for a sustainable purpose. This diverse ingredient is being incorporated into all kinds of useful products, and we thought we’d share them with you.

Six-Pack Ring

SaltWater Brewery in Delray Beach, FL is using their brewers’ spent grain to tackle the ever-growing problem of plastic six-pack rings. Plastic six-pack rings are particularly harmful to oceanic wildlife, and this Atlantic coast brewery is taking action to protect their local ecosystem. SaltWater Brewery created a spent grain six-pack ring to package their beer with.

These new six-pack rings are made with barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process. They are also 100% biodegradable and edible, providing marine mammals with a snack rather than a death trap.

Dog Treats

Man’s best friend meets man’s favorite drink. Beer grains are the perfect base ingredient for delicious, nutritious dog treats. All you homebrewers can bake these yourselves with the grain from your own homebrew. Deschutes Brewery has a step by step guide on how to make spent grain dog treats.

If you’re looking to buy pre made dog biscuits, the Portland Pet Food Company has you covered.

Source: Portland Pet Food Company


Now you can eat beer and eat ON beer… Brew House Compostables has created 100% biodegradable & compostable plates and bowls from brewers’ spent grain. This tableware provides a sustainable alternative for plastic tableware at any barbecue, tailgate, or picnic.

They’re 100% free of toxins, plastics, GMOs, and carcinogens, and they even come in a variety of colors. Check them out!

Source: Brew House Compostables

⅓ of the food produced in the world goes to waste. As a consumer, you can help fight food waste by choosing products that are made from upcycled food. These sustainable grain products are a perfect place to start. Help us make a difference - let’s get zero wasted together!



Cassidy Lundy
Cassidy Lundy


Cassidy is ReGrained's Hype Man-ager. She loves eating beer almost as much as she loves drinking it.

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