About Us

Brew Dr. Kombucha has been craft brewed in Portland, Oregon since early 2009.

Each flavor is 100% raw and made from a natural fermentation of Townshend's high-quality organic teas, organic medicinal herbs, and organic sugar. We are committed to making the best possible raw kombucha available and will not compromise this promise by using lesser teas or ingredients. 

Benefits of kombucha include:

  • Over 2.2 billion live and active cultures per 14 oz.
  • Appetite suppressant*
  • Immunostimulant*
  • Digestive aid*
  • Natural energizer*
  • Antioxidant-rich*
  • Probiotics and live enzymes*

* Note: Statements regarding the benefits of kombucha or these ingredients have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Sustainability Efforts

We believe in having as little impact on our natural environment as possible. Here are our current sustainability practices:

  • Supporting ECO:  We support Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO), an Oregon non-profit organization that provides hands-on science enrichment programs to elementary schools. Learn more at ecologyoutdoors.org.

  • Fueled by Biofuel:  We power our delivery fleet with fuel made locally and sustainably by SeQuential Biofuels. Learn more at SQbiofuels.com.
     
  • Renewable energy:  We use renewable power from PGE and Pacific Power at our teahouses and kombucha brewery.

  • Responsible waste disposal:  We compost all compostable byproducts including tea leaves, SCOBYs and paper towels in our teahouses and Brew Dr. Kombucha brewery. We’re diligent about recycling everything that can be recycled.
     
  • Toxic Prevention:  We utilize non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products.

Frequently Asked Kombucha Questions

  • What is kombucha ?
    Kombucha is a fermented tea that is often imbibed for medicinal purposes. Kombucha is available commercially and can be made at home by fermenting tea using a visible, solid mass of yeast and bacteria called a kombucha culture known as a "SCOBY."

  • How long will the bulk kombucha last in my fridge?
    Kombucha has a fairly undefined shelve life, we say about 6 months. Townshend’s kombucha does not contain perishable ingredients such as dairy or fruit. Kombucha also has a high acidity, protecting it against pathogens and spoilage. However, the living yeast and bacteria cultures, which are naturally present in kombucha, create carbon dioxide and an assortment of healthy acids. Refrigeration puts these organisms into a near dormant state, maintaining a tasty balance of bubbles and bite.

  • What does Brew Dr. mean when it claims it is "Craft Brewed"? 
    Our flavors are completely the product of what we do on the front-end of the brewing process. We have fine-tuned our recipes of high-quality organic teas, herbs, and dried fruits that are steeped together to make our flavor profiles. No altering is done after the fermentation is complete, making our kombucha truly 100% raw. It would be easier to make a large batch of 'plain' kombucha with a cheap tea and then flavor it after with juices or other flavoring agents, but we're tea people and we believe in the art behind the flavor.

  • Has this kombucha been pasteurized (is it raw)?
    Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha is 100% raw. We wouldn’t dream of pasteurizing all of those wonderful probiotics and digestive enzymes. Although tea leaves are heated to stop the oxidation process, the living cultures introduced to kombucha digest the heated tea and the finished product is considered raw once again.

  • Should caution be taken by women who are pregnant or nursing? Is it safe for kids?
    Unfortunately, no solid answer has been decided on this topic. There is a lot of opinion-based information surrounding kombucha, and it is sometimes hard to find a credible source. For this reason, it is best to consult a holistic-oriented health practitioner.

    Here are the main points on kombucha and pregnancy:

    1. Kombucha contains trace amounts of alcohol. Most of the alcohol in kombucha is metabolized into acids, but some remnants are left in the finished product.
    2. The caffeine from the original tea steeping is not lost in the culturing process. Although the amount of caffeine in kombucha is fairly small, it is worth mentioning.
    3. Intense detoxification is not recommended for pregnant women. As kombucha aids in many of the bodies detox functions, it is also a point worth considering.

  • Is kombucha a “Cure-all”?
    Kombucha can safely be called a healthful tonic. It contains beneficial acids that can aid in digestion and detoxification as well as warding of pathogens. It fits into the category of a fermented raw food. However, the fantastic claims that make kombucha out to be a panacea or “cure-all” are certainly overblown and at times dangerous. People with severely compromised immune systems, as in the case of HIV, should avoid the introduction of any foreign bacteria (even of the non-pathogenic friendly variety). Kombucha is wonderful, healthy tea that has stood the test of time. It is important, however, to be aware of the misinformation that exists and to pursue reliable sources when dealing with a serious illness.

  • Is Townshend’s Brew Dr. Kombucha organic?
    Yes! All of our 8 flavors are USDA Certified Organic. 

  • If I am always opening and closing my kombucha jug, will it lose carbonation?
    A growler of kombucha should maintain its fizz during the time it takes to get through a bottle, but if you should desire a stronger or more effervescent drink, just leave your sealed bottle at room temperature over night. Carbon dioxide occurs naturally in kombucha and there are still billions of organisms living in every bottle. In a refrigerated environment these organisms slow to an almost dormant state, but in a warmer setting they will spring into life and start making bubbles.

November Sales

Bottles of Brew Dr. are on sale all month long for 2/$6 at all QFC locations and at Newport Market in Bend for $2.69 each!

Featured Recipe – Blood Orange Kombujito Mocktail

Muddle some mint in the bottom of a glass. Fill glass with ice. Add 2 oz. blood orange juice, 3-4 drops liquid stevia, 4.5 oz. Just Ginger and a squeeze of lime. Stir. Garnish with lime and an extra sprig of mint. Enjoy!