Cultured Beverages

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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Blood Orange Grapefruit Shrub (concentrate) 375 ml bottle

For this colorful shrub, we infused Bernie's Best raw apple cider vinegar with zest from local grapefruits and blood oranges. We added fresh juice from those same fruits along with raw local honey for a delicious take on the traditional tang of the oxymel (vinegar-infused medicinal tonic). 

 

A shrub is a traditional fruit concentrate, like a syrup, preserved with vinegar and used to make or flavor beverages. A few ounces with bubbly water 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.

 

Ingredients: grapefruits,* blood oranges,* raw unfiltered honey, Bernie's Best raw apple cider vinegar* (* = organic)

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

$17.00
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Beet Kvass 750 ml bottle

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.

$6.50
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Friar's Cyder 8 oz bottle

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.

$18.00
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Cherry-Ginger Kombucha 750 ml bottle

Organic darjeeling tea and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and then flavored with cherry and ginger juice to produce a mildly tart, not too sweet drink. Kombucha is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: filtered water, darjeeling tea*, cane sugar*, cherry juice*, ginger*  (* = organic)

$8.75
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Ginger-Lime Kombucha 750 ml bottle

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)

$8.75
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Grape Kombucha 750 ml bottle

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)

$8.75
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Green Earl Grey Tea Kombucha 750 ml bottle

Organic Earl Grey green tea and unrefined sugar are cultured with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) for a delightfully refreshing beverage. Kombucha is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: filtered water, Earl Grey green tea*, cane sugar*  (* = organic)

$8.75
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Hibiscus Kombucha 750 ml bottle

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)

$8.75
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Kumquat Rose Kombucha 750 ml bottle

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 kumquats and rose petals to produce a distinct beverage. The refreshing flavor of this komucha has made it a staff favorite! Kombucha, a traditional probiotic beverage, is considered by many to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Ingredients: rooibos tea,* cane sugar,* kumquats,* rose petals, honey (* = organic)

$10.00
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Nettle Kombucha 750 ml bottle

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)

$8.75
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Pineapple Turmeric Mate Kombucha 750 ml bottle

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)

$10.00
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Sour Apple Ginger Kombucha 750 ml bottle

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,* Bernie's Best gravenstein cider,* ginger*  (* = organic)

$8.75
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Blood Orange Cardamom Kefir 750 ml bottle

A delicately citrus flavored dairy-free water kefir with notes of cardamom and vanilla. 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. 

Ingredients: filtered water, cane sugar*, blood orange zest*, molasses*, cardamom*, vanilla bean* (*=organic)

 

 

$8.75
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Meyer Lemon Rose Kefir 750 ml bottle

A very floral and citrusy 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 meyer lemon zest and rose petals to produce a bubbly probiotic “soda.” 

Ingredients: filtered water, cane sugar*, molasses*, raw unfiltered honey, rose petals*, Meyer lemon zest* (*=organic)

 

$10.00
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"Healthy Lungs" Apple Herb Shrub 375 ml bottle

 

For this classic shrub, we infused Bernie's Best apple cider vinegar with locally-foraged yerba santa leaves and fresh thyme, both known for their lung-supporting properties. We added juice from local gravenstein apples along with raw local honey to balance the traditional tang of the oxymel (vinegar-infused medicinal tonic).

 

A shrub is a traditional fruit concentrate, like a syrup, preserved with vinegar and used to make or flavor beverages. A few ounces with bubbly or still water makes a fabulous drink all on its own (we recommend a dilution of 4 or 5 parts water to 1 part shrub), 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.

 

Ingredients: Bernie's Best gravenstein apple cider,* Bernie's Best raw apple cider vinegar* infused with thyme* and locally-foraged yerba santa, raw unfiltered honey (* = organic), 

 

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

$18.50
$1.50 Glass Deposit
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NATURAL GROCERY ONLY 375ml -- Beet Kvass 375 ml bottle

THIS PRODUCT IS ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH BULK SALES TO BERKELEY AND EL CERRITO NATURAL GROCERY -- IF YOU SEE IT ON OUR WEBSITE, PLEASE DON'T ORDER IT. THANK YOU.

 

$3.00
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