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Dan Kurzrock of Regrained

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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

The regrained process

And here’s what comes from that process

You can find Regrained sold across the country. Regrained is also sold directly from the Regrained website, as well as through Imperfect.

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

  1. You’ll never guess how many pounds of spent grain the brewing industry generates yearly. Hint: It’s in the billions
  2. Learn why choosing a clever name, like Supergrain, makes all the difference when upcycling food.
  3. Dan talks about why he made the conscious effort of slow-growth for Regrained, rather than jumping in with two feet from the start.
  4. Dan talks about the lessons he learned when trying to use compostable packaging vs. plastic.

Links to things we talked about

  1. Learn more about Regrained at
  2. Regrained’s article on their struggle between compostable and plastic packaging
  3. Reilly shared that he admires Food Writer Michael Ruhlman a ton.
  4. Dan’s go-to karaoke songs are Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show
  5. 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.