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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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"Healthy Bones" Watermelon Dill Shrub

330 ml bottle

$18.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

New in our line of "healthy bones" seasonal shrubs! We infuse calcium-rich dill and other herbs in vinegar for several weeks to extract their bone-building minerals. Then we strain the vinegar and mixed it with freshly juiced, perfectly ripe local waternelon (also a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) and raw unfiltered local honey. This shrub can be used to make a delicious beverage by diluting it 4:1 with bubbly or still water.

Ingredients: watermelon*, raw Bernie's apple cider vinegar* infused with herbs (dill*; locally foraged nettle, chickweed, and oatstraw), raw wildflower honey

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

Lemon Balm Melon Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$10.00
$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 sweet, musky, smooth charentais melon, balanced by the bright, citrusy flavor of lemon balm. Kombucha is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: white tea*, cane sugar*, charentais melon*, lemon balm* (*=organic)

Beet Kvass

750 ml bottle

$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

8 oz bottle

$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

750 ml bottle

$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.

Carrot Orange Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Here's a grownup orange pop, sweetened with carrot and infused with the complex flavors of orange zest. Organic white tea and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and then flavored carrot juice and orange zest. This lovely, artisanal probiotic drink is less effervescent than many of our kombuchas.

Ingredients: filtered water, green earl grey tea*, carrots*, orange zest*, cane sugar*  (* = organic)

Fennel Cardamom Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Perfect for a springtime cleanse! Both fennel and cardamom are known as digestive aids, and this refreshing kombucha has lovely, almost citrusy notes of aromatic spices. Organic white 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 fennel.

Ingredients: filtered water, white tea*, fennel bulbs*, cardamom pods*, cane sugar*  (* = organic)

Ginger-Lime Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$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)

Hibiscus Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$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)

Holy Basil Jasmine Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Organic jasmine tea and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and then flavored with Holy Basil, known for having notes of pepermint, cloves, licorice or lemon. Canary melon, reminiscent of canteloupe, lends a gently sweet taste with a hint of pineapple to this unique beverage. Kombucha is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: jasmine tea*, cane sugar*, holy basil (tulsi)*, canary melon*  (* = organic)

Nettle Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$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 an infusion of nettle leaves for an unusual, delicious, and nourishing fermented drink. Kombucha is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: filtered water, gunpowder green tea*, cane sugar*, nettle leaves*  (* = organic)

Pineapple Turmeric Mate Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Organic yerba mate tea and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and then flavored with pineapple and turmeric juice to produce a dry, crisp and slightly herbaceous beverage. Yerba mate tea is the national drink of Argentina. Kombucha, a traditional probiotic beverage, is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: filtered water, yerba mate*, pineapple juice*, turmeric root*, cane sugar*  (* = organic)

Shiso Nectarine Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Even by our standards, this seasonal kombucha is special! The heady sweetness of nectarines marries with a subtle, warm herbaceous overtone of fresh red shiso leaves from Feral Heart Farm in Sunol.

Ingredients: filtered water, white tea*, cane sugar,* nectarine juice*, red shiso*  (* = organic)

 

Sour Apple Ginger Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$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, English Breakfast black tea*, cane sugar*, apple juice (apples,* ascorbic acid), ginger*  (* = organic)

Cranberry Apple Kefir

750 ml bottle

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit

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 apple juice and cranberry concentrate to produce a bubbly probiotic “soda.” Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, making this not only a delicious drink but a nourishing tonic as well.

Ingredients: filtered water, apple juice (apples,* ascorbic acid), cranberry concentrate*, cane sugar*, molasses*  (* = organic)

Root Beer Kefir

750 ml bottle

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

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. This old-timey brew is then flavored with sarsaparilla, sassafras leaf, ginger, turmeric and other herbs and spices to produce a bubbly probiotic “soda.” Vanilla bean lends this fizzy beverage a rich and complex flavor. If you are a root beer lover who is ready to graduate to a real roots beer, this is the drink for you!

Ingredients: filtered water, sarsaparilla, cane sugar*, molasses*, turmeric root*, ginger root*, licorice root, cinnamon*, vanilla bean*, sassafras, black peppercorn*, cardamom pods*, allspice*  (* = organic)

Recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free*

Kombucha Scoby

1 pint jar

$4.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Interested in making your own kombucha at home? Enclosed is 1 SCOBY, which stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast and is the mother needed to brew kombucha, as well as 1 cup starter liquid. This is all you need to make up to a gallon of homemade kombucha.

Ingredients: kombucha SCOBY, kombucha starter (filtered water, tea*, cane sugar*)  (* = organic)

The scoby can be stored in the starter in refrigeration for a few weeks, but will need to "burp" the jar to release pressure. If you want to store it for longer, we recommend feeding the SCOBY by adding a little bit of sweet tea to the starter in the jar.