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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)

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)

Grapefruit Sage Kombucha

$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 grapefruit juice and sage. Kombucha is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body. The healing properties of sage and the beneficial antioxidants from grapefruit make for a refreshing and healthful drink.

Ingredients: filtered water, white tea, organic grapefruits, organic sage, organic cane sugar

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)

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)
 

Blood Orange Cardamom Kefir

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit

A delicately citrus flavored dairy-free water kefir with notes of cardamom and vanilla. 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*, blood orange zest*, molasses*, cardamom*, vanilla bean* (*=organic)

 

 

Root Beer Kefir

$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*

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)

Lemon Elderflower Jun

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

Jun is a unique cultured beverage that is made from honey and green tea. Its origins are clouded in mystery... Some say it comes from 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. We have flavored ours with lemon and elderflower infusion for a delightfully ethereal drink that is light and bubbly.

Ingredients: filtered water, gunpowder green tea,* raw honey, elderflowers, lemon juice,* lemon zest*  (* = organic)

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

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 Bones" Elderflower Pear Shrub

$18.50
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For this very special shrub, we infused calcium-rich herbs in vinegar for several weeks to extract their bone-building minerals. Then we strained the vinegar and mixed it with nectar from local pears and raw honey. 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).

Ingredients: pears*, raw unfiltered honey, Bernie's Best raw apple cider vinegar* infused with herbs (dandelion*, elderflower*, parsley*, nettles*, mustard greens*)  (* = organic)

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

"Healthy Bones" Watermelon Dill Shrub

$18.50
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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 watermelon (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*, locally foraged horsetail, nettle*, parsley*), raw unfiltered honey  (* = organic)

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

Shiso Stone Fruit Shrub

$17.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

This very special shrub gets its beautiful color from a mix of stone fruit and shiso vinegar. We infused red shiso in vinegar for several weeks and then strained the vinegar and mixed it with nectar from locally foraged stone fruit and raw honey. 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).

Ingredients:  pluots*, apple cider vinegar* infused with red shiso*, raw unfiltered honey (*=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.