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Meet Kim and Charles Saso

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kim and Charles Saso.

Hi Kim and Charles, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
We started out homebrewing, and wanted to find a way to reuse the spent beer grain (leftover barley mainly, with possible rye, oats, and wheat). We knew the grains still had so much flavor and nutrition in them, so it felt like a waste to just throw them out. We did some research on different things to do with the spent grains, and one of those things was making them into dog treats! Well, our dogs LOVED them – they even acted differently to these treats, than they had any other treats before. So we decided to give them out to our family and friends, and their dogs loved the treats too! We wondered if it was possible for us to turn this into a little business.

After some research and trial and error, we decided to give it a shot a little over 4 years ago. We wanted to work with all the amazing St Louis area independent craft breweries, so one by one we started to form partnerships with them. We are now working with about 20 breweries in the area. We think it’s important to know where the grains came from, so we keep them separated specifically by brewery, as well as the type of beer the grains originally made. This gives the treats a color variation – they actually look like the same color as the original beer itself! Our beer grain dog treats are sold at the breweries we partner with, in retail stores, online, and are sold by us personally at many festivals & markets in the area.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We are a home-based business, so that comes with a unique set of challenges. Our biggest one is just trying to produce enough to keep up with demand. We have made continuous changes to our recipe, equipment, and methods to help with this. For example, we had to change the shape of our small treats to allow for a more efficient production process. It is definitely a work in progress. We are currently trying to figure out what are next step is to take our business to the next level.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Kim works as a paramedic in St Charles County Charles works in the dialysis industry as a field service representative.

We are both proud to be in the healthcare industry, with the ability to help people in our community.

Needless to say, it’s a very stressful time to be in healthcare, so The Crafted Bone gives us a way to help de-stress and unwind. What a better way to relax than to drink beer and play with dogs all day?

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
St. Louis is a very proud community who loves to support each other. St Louisans are very loyal – whether its supporting the Cardinals and Blues, or supporting local small businesses! Having so many amazing independent craft breweries in our area, also happens to be a nice perk!

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