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Is Kombucha Legit? And Giveaway (With Beer!)

I’m a little late to the kombucha party, I know. I tried it a few years back and I liked it. Then the next time I tried it (different brand) it totally blew. Finally, I stumbled onto Wild Tea Kombucha, a local brand that uses small batch methods to make a raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottled product without any added carbonation. I loved the taste (they mix with fresh pressed juices!), but I wanted to know, is kombucha legit? So I quizzed the staff at Wild Tea about kombucha’s health claims (see below). Want to sample this gut-healing tonic for yourself? Read on for a fabulous kombucha gift basket and a six-pack of beer!

is kombuch legit?

There’s loads of tasty flavours to try.

Q: What is kombucha?

A: Kombucha is a naturally energizing, lightly effervescent fermented tea with many gut loving benefits. Drink it anytime of day, and especially when you need a little pick-me up, after a late-night, or after a large meal. Kombucha has probiotics and healthy digestive enzymes contributing to good gut health.

Q: Why is kombucha good for you?

A: It has probiotics and healthy digestive enzymes contributing to good gut health. Gut health is a very good indicator of overall health. Kombucha is naturally detoxifying and naturally energizing because it’s rich in B vitamins. It’s also anti-inflammatory and can help with joint stiffness and soreness. Emily, our founder, was on the 2014 Olympic Team in Bobsleigh. She incorporated kombucha into her diet when she was training and fell in love with its benefits.

Q: Do you need to cut it with water at first?

A: Kombucha is naturally detoxifying, so you want to ease into it. Try mixing about a ¼ of kombucha into your water bottle. Someone who’s already incorporating fermented foods into their diet will be just fine.

Q: How much should one drink?

A: A cup a day or as your body asks for it.

wild rose beer and wild tea kombucha

Beer and kombucha, who knew?

Kombucha Cocktails

Wild Tea Kombucha and Wild Rose Brewery have paired up to launch a limited edition “Blushing Brew” on February 8, 2017. But I don’t drink beer, so who cares? (For those who do, the blend is a combination of hibiscus, rose petal and juniper berry kombucha with Cowbell Sour.) Fortunately the folks at Wild Tea gave me some cocktail ideas I could work with. I already mixed their pineapple mojito flavour with prosecco and it was waaaay tastier than mixing bubbles with OJ. If you’re keen to detox before you retox, check out these cocktail recipes.

Blushing Brew Sour

  • 1 1/4 oz. Eau Claire Distillery Parlour Gin
  • 2 Bar Spoon Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Bar Spoon Crushed Pink Peppercorn
  • 2 oz. Blushing Brew Kombucha
  • 1/4 Fresh Lemon – Juiced
  • Combine all ingredients in shaker, muddle to
  • infuse flavours, shake for 10 seconds and strain into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with dried hibiscus petal

Makes 1 drink

Lime Kobucha-rita

  • Rim a glass with coarse salt, fill with ice
  • 1 1/2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. Hard Lime kombucha
  • Garnish of lime wedge

Makes 1 drink

Equinox Bucha Mule

  • Fill a copper mug with ice
  • 1 1/2 oz. Eau Claire Distillery EquinOX Vodka
  • Juice from 1/2 fresh lime
  • Top with Wild Ginger kombucha

Makes 1 drink

Blushing Brew is only available in draft form in Calgary in limited quantities. For the full list of restaurants carrying Blushing Brew and to learn more about Wild Tea Kombucha and Wild Rose Brewery, please visit their websites at www.wildsparklingtea.com and www.wildrosebrewery.com.

brewing beer and kombuch

How much fun would it be to work for either Wild Rose Brewery or Wild Tea Kombucha? Think of the staff parties!

Free kombucha and beer!

Who’s ready to try some kombucha for themselves? Comment below with your thoughts on fermented food or drinks before midnight, February 15, 2017 and you could win a beer and kombucha gift basket. (It looks fancy and expensive!) You could even comment on my Facebook page or tweet about this post. Just be sure to tag me (Twitter: @Jody_Robbins), so I can include you in the draw. If you’re so inclined to hashtag #localawesome or #whatgoesinyourdrink, I’m sure both brands would eat that up.

Thanks to Wild Tea Kombucha and Wild Rose Brewery for offering one lucky Travels with Baggage reader this sweet gift basket. And hey, thanks for staying wild.

By | 2017-02-02T12:56:59+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Categories: Health & Wellness|Tags: , , , , |28 Comments

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  1. Liz 07.02.2017 at 08:02 - Reply

    I also tried kombucha a few years ago and didn’t like it a bit. Now I’ll give it another chance- love that it’s local!

    • Jody 13.02.2017 at 12:00 - Reply

      I know. And it’s really good, too. Love it when everything hits.

  2. Miranda 10.02.2017 at 11:42 - Reply

    I LOVE Kombucha. A friend introduced me to her home-brewed Kombucha last year. I tried making it myself for a while but now leave it to the pros. What I love about Kombucha is that it helps make me feel better after a big meal, I just drink a small glass and about 30 minutes later I don’t feel too full. I’ve also started drinking Kefir and trying to like sauerkraut (unsuccessfully). The cocktail above sounds delicious – like two awesome world combining: a trip to Mexico for a tequila soaked vacay and a trip to the health ranch to build my wellness vibes.

    • Jody 13.02.2017 at 11:59 - Reply

      I can’t believe I’ve never tried it after a big meal! Thanks for the tip.

  3. Tanya 13.02.2017 at 12:07 - Reply

    I see it all the time and think to myself I really should try that especially given all of my gut issues but for some reason the word fermented always deters me – but I am open to giving it a try – you never know what you might find that you love unless you try different things.

  4. Jody 13.02.2017 at 12:11 - Reply

    It actually tastes really good. I was wary too, but this Wild Rose stuff has zero funky business.

  5. Josef 13.02.2017 at 12:41 - Reply

    I’ve never tried kombucha before but you sure do make it sound tasty! The health benefits are intriguing…

    • Jody 13.02.2017 at 12:45 - Reply

      Worth giving it a whirl, right?

  6. Christine 13.02.2017 at 13:42 - Reply

    Kombucha cocktails! Ha! I love it. Sign me up.

    • Jody 13.02.2017 at 20:44 - Reply

      Will do! Wink.

  7. Misty 13.02.2017 at 17:34 - Reply

    Love these local companies!

    • Jody 13.02.2017 at 20:44 - Reply

      Yes! Greatness in action.

  8. Christine Gillies 13.02.2017 at 17:37 - Reply

    Kombucha can vary in taste with some being quite sweet and others more bitter. Willing to keep trying new varieties, especially if it’s supposed to be good for me!

    • Jody 13.02.2017 at 20:43 - Reply

      I had no idea the tastes varied. Good to know!

  9. Caryn s 14.02.2017 at 05:06 - Reply

    I have heard about the many benefits about Kom Buchanan and would love to try it!

    • Jody 14.02.2017 at 06:53 - Reply

      Love the auto correct!

  10. Ange // Cowgirl Runs 14.02.2017 at 07:46 - Reply

    LOVE Wild Tea and Wild Rose and all things booch!

  11. Karen 14.02.2017 at 08:15 - Reply

    I’d love to try this, my gut is not very healthy!

    • Jody 14.02.2017 at 09:43 - Reply

      Welcome to the club. I don’t think anybody’s is….

  12. Jen @ pretty little grub 14.02.2017 at 10:28 - Reply

    I love kombucha, never mixed it with beer before but I’m intrigued!

    • Jody 14.02.2017 at 10:47 - Reply

      Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  13. Meghan 14.02.2017 at 11:26 - Reply

    Kombucha is great when your gut is being screwy. It’s also great when you add a splash of it to a mimosa!

    • Jody 16.02.2017 at 07:06 - Reply

      This I now know!

  14. Melissa 14.02.2017 at 17:48 - Reply

    I love fermented foods especially kombucha. I love how with ferments you. Are actually introducing good bacteria into your gut:)

  15. Andrea L 15.02.2017 at 08:59 - Reply

    I love Kombucha and anything fermented. I grew up with lots of fermented foods in my culture so we know it’s been around forever and it’s good for us.

    • Jody 16.02.2017 at 07:07 - Reply

      I wish I had grown up with fermented foods!

  16. Tabitha 15.02.2017 at 21:07 - Reply

    Your article is so timely – I just picked up my first bottle of kombucha last week! I’ve been so hesitant to try it because of the “ghost entity” that floats about in the bottles. I finally decided to muster my courage and take a sip, sure I’d spit it back out when the cloudy mass threatened to touch my lips. But my fears were completely unrealized. I loved it – mild flavour, slightly fizzy and very refreshing. I’ve stocked my fridge this week with a bunch of flavours to try. I’m not a pop or juice drinker, so this provides a really fantastic alternative for me – and health benefits to boot. I’m thrilled to see there is a local producer and will be popping by one of the retail outlets next week to try a bottle or four.

    • Jody 16.02.2017 at 07:06 - Reply

      Great to hear! Best of luck.

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