WHAT IS KOMBUCHA?
Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been consumed for over two millennia, growing out of Asia and Eastern Europe. Tea (white, green, oolong, black) is fermented with cane sugar to produce a slightly acidic-tasting, carbonated tea beverage.
What does Brew Dr. mean when it says it is “Craft Brewed”?
Our mission is to explore the magic of tea, meaning that we start each batch with the highest-quality loose leaf. Our flavors are 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, botanicals, fruits, and juices that are steeped and blended together to create our delicious flavor profiles.
It would be easier to make a large batch of ‘plain’ kombucha with a cheap tea but we’re tea people and we believe in the art behind the flavor. If you love the taste of our kombucha compared to a lot of other kombuchas out there, this is the reason.
What’s so special about raw kombucha?
Drinking Brew Dr. Kombucha is a tasty way to incorporate fermented food into your diet. The fermentation process IS what’s so special. Kombucha fermentation creates a mix of naturally occurring live and active cultures, such as:
- Beneficial bacteria and yeasts (acetic acetobacter, lactobacillus, saccharomyces) that can help populate the gut with healthy flora to aid in digestion
- Organic acids: acetic acid, lactic acid, propionic acid, glucuronic acid and gluconic acid. These organic acids are known to improve bioavailability of vitamins, prevent accumulation of heavy metals and insoluble oxalates, inhibit pathogenic bacteria, support joint health and modulate immunity.
Is there caffeine in Brew Dr. Kombucha?
There is less than 15 mg of caffeine in a traditional 14 fl oz bottle of Brew Dr. Kombucha. That is a lot less than a cup of coffee (95 mg per 8 fl oz) or green tea (25 mg per 8 fl oz) — that’s about the same as a decaf cup of coffee. The reason there is so much less caffeine is that the fermentation process consumes the caffeine while creating the wonderful mix of live and active cultures in kombucha.
Has this kombucha been pasteurized (is it raw)?
Brew Dr. Kombucha is raw and unpasteurized, which preserves all of those wonderful naturally occurring live and active cultures.
Is sugar added to Brew Dr. Kombucha?
A lot of people ask us, "Is sugar added to kombucha?" We’re happy to answer! In order for fermentation to occur, there must be three elements:
Tea (made from tea leaves and water)
Specific yeast and bacteria (called SCOBY)
Sugar (we use organic, cane sugar)
The sugar feeds the yeast and bacteria, aiding in its growth. Without sugar, you have no yeast and bacteria. Without yeast and bacteria, you have no kombucha. So in short, yes, there is sugar added to kombucha, but it's what makes it, well, kombucha!
Is Brew Dr. Kombucha organic? How about non-GMO? Gluten Free?
Yes, yes and yes! All of our flavors are USDA Certified Organic. In fact, every ingredient in our entire brewery is certified organic. And you may already know this, but part of organic certification in the US is verification of non-GMO ingredients. So anytime you see the USDA Organic symbol on a product, you can rest assured it is GMO free. And lastly, there are no gluten-risk ingredients at use in our kombucha brewery. All of our kombuchas are gluten free.
What’s the deal with alcohol in raw kombucha?
Good question. A by-product of any type of fermentation is alcohol. Most people don’t know that kombucha made at home has an alcohol content as high as 3%! In order to make authentic raw kombucha that abides by alcohol rules, we utilize a method of non-heat distillation to remove alcohol without harming the live and active cultures that make raw kombucha so beneficial.
At Brew Dr., excess alcohol is gently removed and repurposed for ethanol that fuels our trucks.
Do you ship kombucha?
At this time we do not ship our kombucha directly, but you can order it through Instacart, Imperfect Foods and other grocery delivery sites. Check out our Find It Map for a store near you. If you click on the link above and type in your location it will show you all of the closest retailers. Our goal is to be sold everywhere. If we aren’t sold at your favorite spots, please email us and tell us your recommended retailers. We will pass that info on to our sales team and try to make it happen!