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Kombucha? What?

In lieu of our long-awaited liquor license, we got creative in an attempt to offer our throwers the best of the best when it comes to satisfaction on every level. Our first thought for the beverage side of things: kombucha. Nearly everyone that walks through our doors says “kom-what?” so we decided to take this opportunity to give you the highlights of our more unique beverage offerings.

The kombucha that we have on tap is locally made by Snowy Owl at the Barrel Factory in the Old First Ward, and we were lucky enough to take a visit to see just how our kombucha is made. Andy, the owner of Snowy Owl was kind enough to give us a tour, and break down the process of making kombucha for us.

To start, Andy explained that kombucha is a lightly fermented tea-based drink, made in a similar fashion as ginger beer and sourdough bread. Andy uses English Breakfast tea as the base for Snowy Owl’s kombucha. After choosing the base, Andy20170209_194736
next starts brewing in a 2.5-gallon container with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY), adds in some primer kombucha to get the process started, and tops the mixture off with some sugar. Let the mixture sit for a few days and, viola! Kombucha. 

Aside from being delicious, kombucha is jam packed with tons of vitamin B, probiotics, enzymes, and acetic acid to keep your body running in tip-top shape. The alkali effect that kombucha has on your body has been known to help naturally balance your pH levels, translating to all sorts of good stuff for your health and well-being.

But what does it taste like?

Overall, kombucha is both sweet and tangy. The flavor varies quite a bit depending on the fruit and other flavoring added, so it won’t be a challenge to find one that suits your taste. At H&H, we keep a variety of flavors on tap, and we’re always trying something new. If you’re feeling hesitant to try, feel free to ask for a sample!

Well, there you have it ladies and gentlemen, the magical elixir that is kombucha! Ready to dive in? Stop by the bar during your event. Now that you’re an expert, the hard part is deciding which one to try…