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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

$18.50
$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*; dandelion*; nettle*; locally foraged horsetail, cleavers, and mugwort), raw unfiltered honey  (* = organic)

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

Celery Tarragon Shrub

$17.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

A shrub is an old fashioned traditional fruit concentrate, like a syrup, preserved with vinegar and used to make or flavor beverages. A few ounces with bubbly water and a makes a fabulous drink all on its own, and there's no reason you couldn't use it as a cocktail mixer if that's your thing! Shrubs can also add zing to jam or salad dressing, and make a wonderful glaze for grilled meats. We use raw, unfiltered honey and raw apple cider vinegar for an extra-vital cultured beverage!

Celery Tarragon Shrub is refreshing, with a light, herbal flavor.

Ingredients: celery*, raw unfiltered honey, Bernies best apple cider vinegar* infused with tarragon* (*=organic)

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

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.

Rosemary Quince Shrub

$17.00 +tax
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Preserve the taste of summer! A shrub is an old fashioned traditional fruit concentrate, like a syrup, preserved with vinegar and used to make or flavor beverages. A few ounces with bubbly water and a makes a fabulous drink all on its own, and there's no reason you couldn't use it as a cocktail mixer if that's your thing! Shrubs can also add zing to jam or salad dressing, and make a wonderful glaze for grilled meats. We use raw, unfiltered honey and raw apple cider vinegar for an extra-vital cultured beverage! This one infuses  rosemary from in the vinegar and combines that with nectar made in-house from fresh quince.

Ingredients: steam-juiced apples* & quince*, raw apple cider vinegar* infused with rosemary*, raw unfiltered honey*  (* = organic)

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

Strawberry Shiso Kefir

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

The sweetness of strawberries marries with a subtle, warm herbaceous overtone of fresh red shiso leaves from Feral Heart Farm in Sunol. 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*, strawberries*, raw unfiltered honey, shiso*  (* = organic)

 

 

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.

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.

Whey Better Sports Drink

$7.50
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Finally a truly nutritious, real-food sports drink you can trust and enjoy. And it's probiotic! This sports drink uses only raw local honey as a sweetener and fresh squeezed lime juice with yogurt whey from Straus grassfed yogurt for tang. Celtic sea salt, harvested from isolated North Atantic waters and slowly sun-dried, contains a host of trace electrolyte-rich minerals in bioavailable form. Now in larger 750 ml bottles to last through any workout.

Ingredients: filtered water, whey (from Strauss whole milk organic yogurt)*, lime juice*, raw local honey,  Celtic sea salt  (* = organic)

Recipe is gluten-free, nightshade-free, black pepper-free and contains dairy in the form of whey.

 

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)

Holy Basil Jasmine Kombucha

$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)

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)
 

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)

 

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)