Sometimes home brewers come up with concoctions that haven’t been tried before, with some succeeding, and others failing big time.  Every once in awhile a home brewer comes up with an idea that is simply delicious, yet the end result isn’t even beer.  This is the case with BRUBAR, an all natural energy bar made with barley malt, which I consider a big time success.

The story on how BRUBAR got started is pretty interesting.  The founder, Christian D’Souza (who is a home brewer), was driving to pick up some brewing supplies and was munching on an energy bar.  He got to thinking that some of the flavors in energy bars are similar to that of beer and set out on a quest to bridge the gap between the two. After trying both barley malt and hops in the original bars, he found that the flavor was best without hops.

I was lucky enough to have them send me some of the bars to try out.  There are two flavors, Original Malt and Cherry Almond.

BRUBAR Energy Bars

There are 3 big reasons why I love these bars:

  1. The list of ingredients is filled with natural ingredients that I feel comfortable eating.
    • Original Malt – Malt extract, rolled oats, dates, almonds, coconut, olive oil, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon.
    • Cherry Almond – Malt extract, rolled oats, dates, cherries, almonds, almond extract, coconut, olive oil, baking soda, cinnamon.
  2. These bars are very soft.  Some energy bars are hard and tough to eat.  These are soft all the time.
  3. They taste really good (partly because of a strong malt flavor).

Between the two bars they offer, I liked the original malt flavor the best.  I’m not generally a huge fan of cherry flavored foods, but the cherry was still pretty good.  I’m not a vegan, but those that are will enjoy the fact that these bars are.

This is still a new company, so right now it looks like the bars are mostly found in California and the Seattle, WA area, but you can order them online if you want to try them out.  I always enjoy supporting fellow home brewers, especially when they produce good products.

Have you tried them yet?  What do you think?