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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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Friar's Cyder

8 oz bottle

$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.

Kiwi Apple Mate Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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Store Special 12/20/16 and 10/24/19 with apple

 

Ingredients: yerba mate*, cane sugar*, Bernie's Best Gravenstein apple juice*, kiwis*

Lemon Umeboshi Shrub

330 ml bottle

$16.50
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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: raw apple cider vinegar infused with umeboshi plum pits, lemon juice, raw honey

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

Beet Kvass

750 ml bottle

$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

750 ml bottle

$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.

Citrus Yerba Santa Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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)

Hibiscus Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$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

750 ml bottle

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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8/28/19 Store Special

Shiso Nectarine Kombucha

750 ml bottle

$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)

 

Cranberry Apple Kefir

750 ml bottle

$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 Gravenstein apple juice from Sonoma County 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, Gravenstein apple juice*, cranberry concentrate*, cane sugar*, molasses*  (* = organic)

NATURAL GROCERY ONLY - 330 ml Cranberry Apple Kefir

330 ml bottle

$3.86
$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 Gravenstein apple juice from Sonoma County 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, Gravenstein apple juice*, cranberry concentrate*, cane sugar*, molasses*  (* = organic)

NATURAL GROCERY ONLY - 330ml Root Beer Kefir

330 ml bottle

$4.29
$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*

Root Beer Kefir

750 ml bottle

$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*

Lemon Elderflower Jun

750 ml bottle

$10.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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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.

Kombucha Scoby

1 pint jar

$4.00
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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Interested in making your own kombucha at home? Enclosed is 1 SCOBY, which stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast and is the mother needed to brew kombucha, as well as 1 cup starter liquid. This is all you need to make up to a gallon of homemade kombucha.

Ingredients: kombucha SCOBY, kombucha starter (filtered water, tea*, cane sugar*)  (* = organic)