Underground favorite to supermarket staple.
Made from fermented tea, beneficial bacteria and yeast, the effervescent concoction called kombucha has gone from underground favorite to supermarket staple. Its probiotic health benefits may be debatable, but the appeal of its cider-vinegar taste has put several local brewers in the spotlight.
Farm Boy Produce
Owner Mark Bevilaqua (whose last name serendipitously translates as “drink the water”) began business by selling greens at farmers markets and ventured into kombucha for health reasons in 2012. Lucky’s Markets and Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar are some outlets for the pineapple ginger, crème soda and peppermint lavender flavors.
Begun by ‘booch brewer Brandon Stewart in 2014, flavors such as grapefruit and ginger or peach and peppercorn vary with the availability of seasonal ingredients. The brew comes in bottles and 32-ounce growlers at Bumble’s home in Market on South and its new tap room at Ivanhoe Village next to The Hammered Lamb.
Founded in 2013 by home brewer Daniel Koenigkann, Vitalitea offers basil hibiscus, lemon turmeric and honey lime in their flavor line. On tap at Daya Restaurant and the new Winter Park Whole Foods in refillable 32-ounce “Love Jugs,” and by the bottle at locations like Black Bean Deli and Stardust Video.