Kombucha is an ancient ferment that originated in China in 200 BC. Kombucha is a sweet tea fermented with a unique culture of active yeast and bacteria referred to as a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Kombucha is popular for its array of health benefits, specifically it’s live, active cultures that promote gut health, and detoxying and immune boosting properties.
Kombucha is composed of water, black or green tea, sugar, and a SCOBY and starter liquid (backslop from a previous batch of kombucha). First, the tea is brewed, then the sugar is added, the tea cools, and the starter liquid and SCOBY are added to the tea, and it is left to aerobically ferment at room temperature for anywhere from 1-3 weeks. While the kombucha ferments, the starter liquid innoculates the tea with active yeast and bacteria to jump start the fermentation process and lower to pH to encourage an acidic environment that inhibits the growth of harmful pathogens. The active yeast consumes the sugar and converts it into ethanol. The bacteria eats the ethanol and converts it into acetic acid (vinegar). By the end of the fermentation cycle, you have an effervescent, slightly tart, and slightly alcoholic beverage.
We first started brewing kombucha at the brewery in 2017 in small, experimental batches. Since then, we have upscaled our production. We went from offering three flavors to nine flavors, and our kombucha is now available in various stores, cafes, and restaurants along the South Shore.
Where to find Indie Ferm Kombucha:
IndieFerm Brewing & IndieFerm Supply: on tap & bottles & discount refills (Plymouth)
The Market at Pinehills: bottles (Plymouth)
Clements Marketplace: bottles (Plymouth)
Jolly Bean Cafe: on tap, bottles (Plymouth)
Hot Yoga 1620: bottles (Plymouth)
Wicked Healthy: on tap & bottles (Kingston)
Nessralla Farm: bottles (Halifax)
Restoration Coffee: on tap (Whitman)
Juniper Bodega: bottles/cocktails (Wellesley)
Lamplighter Brewing: on tap, bottles (Cambridge)
Three Fins Coffee Roasters: bottles (West Dennis)
Coffee Obsession: bottles (Falmouth)
Windfall Market: bottles (Falmouth)
Provincetown Brewing: on tap (Provincetown)
Rye Tavern Farmers Market @ Rye Tavern, Old Sandwich Road in Plymouth (Spring-Fall)
Kingston Farmers Market @ Kingston Collection (Spring-Fall)
Marshfield Farmers Market @ Marshfield Fair Grounds (Spring-Fall)
Our craft kombucha is brewed in small batches, handcrafted with organic tea, and organic cane sugar in stainless steel. We typically flavor our kombucha with dried herbs and dehydrated berries to reduce the use of added sugars commonly found in fruit juice, but we also have limited edition flavors that are brewed with local goods such as herbs, whole fruits, honey, and maple syrup. We lightly carbonate our kombucha and keg, bottle, and label everything by hand. We have both non-alcoholic (< 0.5%) and alcoholic flavors (0.7 – 1.5 %). We have six rotating flavors of kombucha on tap at our brewery and we have more flavors available in bottles. We offer discount refills on empty kombucha bottles to encourage you to reduce and reuse.
Interested in offering our kombucha in your cafe, market, or restaurant? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss wholesale opportunities.
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