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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 Lungs" Apple Herb Shrub

$18.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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.

Friar's Cyder

$18.00
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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.

Shiso Stone Fruit Shrub

$16.50
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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: plums, pluots, nectarines, white & yellow peaches, raw unfiltered honey, apple cider vinegar infused with red shiso

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

Beet Kvass

$6.50
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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
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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
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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.

 

Fennel Cardamom Kombucha

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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)

Hibiscus Kombucha

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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)

Rooibos Cantaloupe Kombucha

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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Organic rooibos "red bush" tea (no caffeine!) and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and then flavored with cateloupe juice to produce a distinct beverage.  Described by our makers as a beverage with "woody/honey/vanilla notes and a slightly musky sweet melon flavor, it has become a staff favorite! Kombucha, a traditional probiotic beverage, is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: filtered water, rooibos tea*, cantaloupe*, cane sugar* (* = organic)

Shiso Nectarine Kombucha

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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)

Cranberry Apple Kefir

$8.75
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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*