What is kombucha?
Kombucha is an “ancient fermented tea beverage” that has a natural effervescence (like bubbly carbonation) that is full of probiotics, antioxidants, B vitamins and so much more.
It has roots in China, specifically the Qin Dynasty in 220 BCE with proven records of it traveling to Russia – eventually thriving to the health-conscious hippy communities of the 1970’s.
What are the ingredients?
The ingredients are simple. It’s tea + water + sugar + SCOBY (a fermenting culture that is made from previous batches that stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast).
What are the nutritional benefits?
Kombucha is known for being a great source of probiotics (healthy bacteria) for the intestines, with loads of vitamins, and detoxification properties to cleanse the body and support a healthy immune system.
What does it taste like?
Some say that you must acquire the taste because it is sour and vinegar-like, however I loved it from the beginning. It’s tart, refreshing, with fuzzy bubbles that tingle in your stomach – definitely a great alternative to soda if you crave that sensation.
Does it have alcohol or caffeine?
The longer it ferments, the higher the alcohol percentage, however all store brands are regulated to be under the alcohol limit. If you are brewing it yourself, just be cautious that you don’t have accurate measurements of its alcohol content. For me personally, I tend to get a slight relaxing buzz when I drink certain brands of kombucha. As for caffeine, the fermentation process also “alters the caffeine molecules” so it is not as potent as freshly brewed black tea.
Where can I buy kombucha?
Kombucha will be available at the brewery starting in 2016. We are currently brewing a couple of different flavors which will make it to the taproom taps.