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Best of the Booch

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Once referred to in hushed tones, it was the health nut’s moonshine, fermented in dark cellars and secreted away from the general public. Authorities railed against its commercial production as controversies erupted over the surprisingly potent alcohol content conspicuously absent from printed labels. Kombucha, the ancient fermented tea, has finally unshackled itself from overzealous legislation and a litany of misunderstandings, bubbling over into mainstream acceptance. Now touted as a probiotic superpower, this fizzy refreshment has a lot going for it, but as far as I’m concerned, flavor should always come first.

Dozens, if not hundreds, of brands are now agitating to come out on top, and over 50 of those are located in California alone. Even for a place as big as the Golden State, that’s a whole lot of booch! Taking into account all of the restaurants offering up various blends on tap and in bottles, you’d be forgiven for losing count. What’s a thirsty kombucha devotee to do when seeking new watering holes that also serve superlative vegan eats?

It is with great pride that I present the highlights from my adoptive hometown, from the east bay and San Francisco proper, in the Kombucha Hunter‘s Kombucha Guide to California. The very best places to find the most bubbly brews just happen to be some of my favorite restaurants to begin with, so it wasn’t hard to whip up some delicious recommendations to contribute. Uncovering gems up and down the west coast, locals and visitors alike will find a bottomless glass of temptations worth traveling for.

The guide is available for free at Lento Market in Echo Park and can be shipped anywhere in the US for a donation of any amount to Farm Sanctuary. Stay tuned for the digital version, coming soon!

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Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

7 thoughts on “Best of the Booch

  1. Oh, I love this and want to take a weekend trip to the bay area just to try all the spots. Thanks!

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  2. Love Kombucha and have brewed my own in the past from a culture my daughter bought on line for me.. … I flavour with fruit teas and green tea.. Sending Love And wishing you well Hannah.. Enjoy your weekend my friend.. <3
    Blessings Sue

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  3. Luckily I make my own booch as it might be a teensy bit far to travel to your stellar state for a sip or two. Awesome share for everyone in the area :)

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  4. I have never tried Kambucha before but I am now dying too! Heard so many great things about it!

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  5. I’ll be the first to download the digital version. I am kombucha krazed right now!!

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