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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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Carrot Horseradish Shrub (concentrate)

330 ml bottle

$16.50
$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! 

Ingredients: carrots,* raw unfiltered honey, raw apple cider vinegar infused with horseradish* and foraged nasturiums, white wine viegar infused with horseradish* (*=organic)

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

Celery Tarragon Shrub

330 ml bottle

$16.50
$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

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.

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.

Cucumber Celery 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 celery and cucumber to produce a bubbly probiotic “soda” with a vibrant and fresh flavor..... making this not only a delicious drink but a nourishing tonic as well.

Ingredients: water, cane sugar*, molasses*, celery*, cucumber*, Gravenstein apple juice*, lemon juice*, celery seed*  (* = organic)

Recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.

 

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.

Whey Better Sports Drink

750 ml bottle

$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.

 

Citrus Yerba Santa Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

This seasonal beverage features Yerba Santa, a California native plant that was valued by the First Peoples, that has historically been used to treat asthma and other respiratory issues. It is also known as Mountain Balm and the Concow people of northeastern California call it wä-sä-got’-o. The plant also has the reputation of clearing and moving grief, and is used in environmental restoration as it can restore damaged lands and overgrazed ranchland. The flavor of our beverage is citrusy and refreshing, with subtle herbal notes.

Ingredients: filtered water, organic white tea,* lime juice,* lemon juice,* lemon zest,* fresh thyme,* foraged yerba santa leaves, organic 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)

Grape 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 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)

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)

Rooibos Cantaloupe Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$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 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

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, Darjeeling tea*, cane sugar*, apple juice (apples,* ascorbic acid), ginger*  (* = organic)

Blueberry Juniper 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. The brew is then flavored with blueberry juice to produce a bubbly probiotic "soda." Fresh juniper berries lend this fizzy beverage a rich and complex flavor, balancing the unrepentant deep sweetness of blueberry juice.

Ingredients: filtered water, blueberry juice*, juniper berries* vanilla bean*, cane sugar*, molasses*, lemon juice*  (* = organic)

Honeydew Tarragon Jun

750ml bottle

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit

With honeydew 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, honeydew melons*, tarragon*  (* = organic)