We put a man on the moon 50 years ago. We can figure out plastic.Dan Kurzrock
Dan Kurzrock didn’t set out to change the world — he just wanted to drink free beer. But a college hobby of selling bread made from the spent grains of his homemade brewing hobby turned into a life’s mission: to improve the value of food.
Dan is the CEO of Regrained. Regrained rescues the nutritious grain created every time beer is brewed, and upcycles it into Supergrain+ flour, which is the foundation of a line of food products they sell online and across the nation.
Here’s the Regrained process
And here’s what comes from that process
Dan joined us to talk beer, upcycling, running a business, and why sometimes you have to make small compromises for the greater good of your mission.
Can’t miss moments from the show
- You’ll never guess how many pounds of spent grain the brewing industry generates yearly. Hint: It’s in the billions
- Learn why choosing a clever name, like Supergrain, makes all the difference when upcycling food.
- Dan talks about why he made the conscious effort of slow-growth for Regrained, rather than jumping in with two feet from the start.
- Dan talks about the lessons he learned when trying to use compostable packaging vs. plastic.
Links to things we talked about
- Learn more about Regrained at regrained.com
- Regrained’s article on their struggle between compostable and plastic packaging
- Reilly shared that he admires Food Writer Michael Ruhlman a ton.
- Dan’s go-to karaoke songs are Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show
- Dan counts Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, as someone he looks up to
If you enjoyed this episode, then checkout Overcoming Food Allergies with Denise Woodard.