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Cultured Beverages

One of the most refreshing sources of active probiotics and herbal nutrition is an artisanal, lactofermented beverage. From slightly sweet and fruity, to salty and slightly sour, our Kombuchas, Kefirs, Juns, Kvasses and Cabbage Tonics offer something for every palate. To support a healthy microbiome, drink at least 4 ounces a day.

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Beet Kvass

$6.50
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Beets are sliced and cultured in water with yogurt whey and Celtic sea salt to make this traditional tonic drink. Sally Fallon Morell describes this drink as being "valuable for its medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid. Beets are just loaded with nutrients. One 4-ounce glass, morning and night, is an excellent blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, cleanses the liver and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments..." (Nourishing Traditions, page 608)

Ingredients: beets,* yogurt whey,* Celtic sea salt (* = organic)

Recipe is gluten-free.

Friar's Cyder

$18.00
Inspired by the traditional recipe for Fire Cider, our Friar's Cyder is a powerful, immune-building tonic. Fire Cider was developed by the eminent herbalist Rosemary Gladstar as a warming and energizing oxymel (vinegar-honey based medicine) to aid digestion, boost circulation, and break up congestion. Our Friar's Cyder has all these properties, but we have eliminated the cayenne, a nightshade which can be inflammatory for many. Take a shot of Friar's Cyder straight as a tonic, add it to salad dressing, or stir it into warm tea or broth.

Ingredients: Bernie's Best apple cider vinegar, raw honey, lemon*, horseradish, onion*, garlic*, ginger*, turmeric*, cinnamon*, sichuan & black peppercorns*  (* = organic)

Recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, nightshade-free, and GAPS & Paleo Diets-friendly.

Turmeric Ginger Cabbage Tonic

$6.50
$1.50 Glass Deposit

This delicious seasonal offering of cabbage tonic features anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger to keep us limber in the cooler seasons.

Ingredients: filtered water, green cabbage*, turmeric root*, ginger root*, Celtic sea salt  (* = organic)

Recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and GAPS Diet-friendly.

Cardamom Mint Kombucha

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Perfect mixer for a summer evening cocktail! In our impromptu tasting panel, TSH worker-owner Linda Kallenberger recommended gin or white rum. This refreshing kombucha has lovely, aromatic notes over a subtle sweetness. Organic green Earl Grey tea and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and that probiotic base is flavored with an infusion of cardamom and fresh mint.

Ingredients: green Earl Grey tea*, cane sugar*, fresh mint*, cardamom pods*  (* = organic)

Citrus Yerba Santa Kombucha

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

This seasonal beverage features Yerba Santa, a California native plant that was valued by the First Peoples, that has historically been used to treat asthma and other respiratory issues. It is also known as Mountain Balm and the Concow people of northeastern California call it wä-sä-got’-o. The plant also has the reputation of clearing and moving grief, and is used in environmental restoration as it can restore damaged lands and overgrazed ranchland. The flavor of our beverage is citrusy and refreshing, with subtle herbal notes.

Ingredients: filtered water, organic white tea,* lime juice,* lemon juice,* lemon zest,* fresh thyme,* foraged yerba santa leaves, organic cane sugar*  (* = organic)

Ginger-Lime Kombucha

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Organic white tea and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and then flavored with fresh ginger and lime to produce a slightly tart and bold flavor. Kombucha is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: filtered water, white tea*, cane sugar*, ginger root*, lime juice*, lime zest*  (* = organic)

Grape Kombucha

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Organic gunpowder green tea and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and then flavored with organic grape juice for a delicious fermented kombucha drink. Kombucha is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: filtered water, gunpowder green tea*, cane sugar*, Concord grape juice*  (* = organic)

Hibiscus Kombucha

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Organic white tea and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and then flavored with a cold infusion of hibiscus flowers for a slightly tart, slightly effervescent cultured beverage. Kombucha is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: filtered water, white tea*, cane sugar*, hibiscus*  (* = organic)

Pomegranate Lime Mate Kombucha

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Organic yerba mate and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and then flavored with pomegranate juice from Live Oak Farm in Sonoma. Refreshing and crisp, a bit smoky and herbacious, with just the right level of tartness, this drink has quickly become a staff favorite! Kombucha is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: filtered water, yerba mate, organic cane sugar, pomegranate juice, lime zest

Rooibos Chai Kombucha

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Organic rooibos "red bush" tea (no caffeine!) and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and flavored with a mixture of spices to produce a warm, sweet & spicy, woody vanilla flavor. Kombucha, a traditional probiotic beverage, is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: filtered water, rooibos tea*, cane sugar*, ginger root*, cinnamon*, cardamom*, black peppercorns*, coriander*, cloves*, fennel seeds*, vanilla bean* (* = organic)
 

Cherry Cacao Kefir

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Cherry and Chocolate marry beautifully for this Valentines' Day special beverage! Forgot to buy that box of chocolates? Raise your glasses with that special someone and toast to a healthy microbiome. Nothing says romance like vigorous gut flora! Rich and balanced with a vanilla bean background and a sophisticated cherry finish, you'll both fall in love with this combo.

Ingredients: filtered water, cane sugar, cherry juice, cacao nibs, vanilla bean, molasses, water kefir grains

Recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.

Meyer Lemon Rose Kefir

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

A very floral and citrusy dairy-free water kefir. Water kefir grains, also called tibicos, are used to ferment a base of filtered water with unrefined cane sugar and just a touch of molasses. The sugars are metabolized by the kefir grains to produce a light but rich effervescent base. The brew is then flavored with hibiscus and rose to produce a bubbly probiotic “soda.” 

Ingredients: filtered water, cane sugar*, molasses*, raw unfiltered honey, rose petals*, Meyer lemon zest* (*=organic)

 

Sour Apple Ginger Kombucha

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit

This kombucha is brewed almost 3 times as long as our other beverages, resulting in a distinct flavor profile. English Breakfast tea and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and that probiotic base is balanced by the addition of sweet apple juice and finished with a gentle kick of freshly juiced ginger. Sour apple with a punch!

Ingredients: filtered water, Darjeeling tea*, cane sugar*, apple juice (apples,* ascorbic acid), ginger*  (* = organic)

Rosemary Pear Jun

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

With rosemary and pear this refreshing drink has a crisp and lively character. Jun is a unique cultured beverage that is made from honey and green tea. Referred to by many as "the champagne of kombuchas," the origins of Jun are shrouded in mystery…some say it originates in Tibet. It uses a culture similar to a kombucha SCOBY or water kefir grains. This is a perfect alternative for those who prefer to avoid all refined sugar, or are on GAPS protocol, as the only sweetener is honey.

Ingredients: filtered water, gunpowder green tea*, raw unfiltered honey, pear juice*, fresh rosemary*, vanilla bean*  (* = organic)

"Healthy Lungs" Apple Herb Shrub

$18.50
$1.50 Glass Deposit

For this seasonal shrub, we infused Bernie's Apple Cider Vinegar with locally foraged yerba santa leaves and fresh thyme, both known for their lung-supporting properties. We added housemade juice from local apples along with raw local honey to balance the traditional tang of the oxymel (vinegar-infused medicinal tonic). This shrub can be used to make a delicious beverage by diluting it 4:1 with bubbly or still water, a sprig of mint or a squeeze of lime (or both) -- or of course adding some of Bernie's Gravenstein Apple Cider.

Ingredients: local apples**, raw wildflower honey, Bernie's Best raw apple cider vinegar* infused with various herbs (locally foraged yerba santa leaves, thyme*) (* = organic) (** = transitioning to organic)

Recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and GAPS-diet friendly.

NATURAL GROCERY ONLY 375ml -- Beet Kvass

$3.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

THIS PRODUCT IS ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH BULK SALES TO BERKELEY AND EL CERRITO NATURAL GROCERY -- IF YOU SEE IT ON OUR WEBSITE, PLEASE DON'T ORDER IT. THANK YOU.