Bucha’ didn’t know that a handful of British Columbians make one of the world’s most popular health drinks, kombucha, right here in our backyard.
If you already knew, chances are you’ve been sipping on this nutrient-rich beverage packed full of antioxidants for some time, which is great considering there are some terrific health benefits that come from consuming local and organic ingredients in this form.
This fermented beverage is produced by combining ingredients using a symbiotic colony of yeast and bacteria. The light and effervescent beverage is said to cause positive digestive and mental effects for its drinker, so it’s no wonder bottles of this stuff is flying off the shelves.
Here are five kombucha teas made in or around Vancouver, along with where you can find most of their brews.
Tip: kombucha is also a great mixer for cocktails, and most producers mention this somewhere on their websites and/or bottles.
1. Moonbrew Tonic Co.
Moonbrew Tonic makes jun – a fermented beverage made from green tea and honey (instead of the traditional black tea and refined sugar). Jun has been called the “champagne of kombucha” and Moonbrew makes it in four flavours: Genuine (original), Intuition (raspberry, sage, rose), Essence (reishi, apple, chai), and Spirit (blueberry, lavender, mint made magical by E3Live). Moonbrew does not have a storefront, but you can find its brews at many different stores, restaurants, cafes, and markets around Vancouver.
Check out where you can find Moonbrew Tonics here.
2. Spark Kombucha
Spark is on tap in Vancouver, Whistler, Squamish, Penticton, and beyond. You can find Spark’s refillable growlers and grab-and-go bottles at many different stores, restaurants, cafes, and markets around Vancouver.
Check out where you can find Spark Kombucha here.
3. Hoochy ‘Booch
Brewed in the heart of Vancouver, Hoochy ‘Booch makes some delicious flavours of kombucha including Bellini (peach, orange, apricot), Hawaiian (pineapple, coconut), Lady Grey (earl grey, lavender, vanilla), and Lemon Ginger Turmeric (lemon verbena, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric).
You can find it on tap, in refillable growlers, and in grab-and-go bottles at many different stores, restaurants, cafes, and markets around Vancouver.
Check out where you can find Hoochy ‘Booch brew here.
4. Standard Kombucha
Standard’s kombucha tea is coarse filtered in order to keep flavour and probiotics fully intact in the finished beverage. Flavours includes Lemon Ginger, Blueberry Green Tea, and Raw Kombucha made from organic chumnee green tea, organic cane sugar, and kombucha cultuer. Standard is only distributed locally, and it does not have a storefront, but you can find its brews at many different stores, restaurants, cafes, and markets around Vancouver.
Check out where you can find Standard Kombucha here.
5. Nineteen 02
Nineteen 02 Kombucha makes fresh tea, dark bottles, and more than twenty-days-fermented kombucha teas. Nineteen 02 makes some delicious flavours like Coconut Chai, Smokey Fumé, Scarlet Écarlate, Mohito, Red Rouge, and Ginger kombucha to name a few.
Nineteen 02’s full list of distributors is not currently available, but their products have previously been found in Choices Market’s around Vancouver, along with festivals, cafes, and markets.