Kombucha Brewers International announces the formation of a new membership category: BrewPub Members. In order to qualify under the BrewPub designation, members must already have an operational kombucha brewery actively serving flavors on tap to retail customers. Alternately, BrewPubs can be a licensed beer brewery that also brews and sells kombucha. The BrewPub designation is […]

Emily Helmus, Bloom Ferments, Grand Rapids, MI, USA Q: When did you first discover Kombucha? I first discovered kombucha during my sophomore year in college. A friend’s family made it at home in 2-3 gallon jars and I was both repulsed and intrigued by it. After building up the confidence a few months later to […]

  Heather McAlpine and Sandie Judge, Banjo Brews, Seddon, New Zealand      Q: When did you first discover Kombucha? I (Heather) worked in Minnesota in the ’80s and tried it way back then. Q: Why did you start your own Kombucha company? I owned a café in our local town and hated buying in lots […]

Wayne Greenfield, Seattle Custom Beverage, Seattle, WA, USA Q: When did you first discover kombucha?  I discovered kombucha about 3 years ago when I was having lunch with a client. He bought a kombucha with his meal. I tried a little and was intrigued by the sharp, sour taste. I remarked how it was kind […]

  Alla Shapiro and Vanessa Tortolano, NessAlla Kombucha, Madison, WI, USA Q: When did you first discover Kombucha?   Alla-I began brewing kombucha in the late ’90s after being introduced to it by my herbal teacher. I was instantly hooked. Vanessa-I was working at the local coop in 2007 and started noticing a lot of Gt’s […]

On Tuesday, March 15, KBI President Hannah Crum, Operations Administrator Morgan Meredith and several KBI member brewers met with representatives from Congress. Since Congress was in session, many sent staff aides and legislative assistants to meet with the group. After the meeting, all of the members met individually or in small groups with legislative aides […]

Kombucha Brewers International is creating KBI “Kombucha Villages” at several festivals happening around the country in 2016. Similar to a beer tent, but featuring KBI Brewery Members, the Village involves several brands banded together for discount pricing on booths while also serving up tasty glasses of booch in a fun atmosphere. This movement is spearheaded by PR Committee […]

KBI President Hannah Crum will be meeting with lawmakers at a round table discussion on Capitol Hill immediately following the AOAC Mid-Year meeting. The Congressional meet and greet will take place March 15th at the Congressional offices on the Hill.  March 15, 2016 12-1PM 402 Cannon House Office Bldg Washington, DC 20515 As mentioned at […]

  An unprecedented 219 kombucha brewers from 90 companies and 6 countries gathered this past weekend in sunny Long Beach, California for Kombucha Brewers International’s third annual conference, KombuchaKon 2016.     This year’s KombuchaKon boasted impressive gains, including doubling last year’s attendance numbers, expansion from a single room into a conference center, a first […]

On February 2nd, 2016, Hannah Crum, KBI President, met with several members of the TTB (Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau) to discuss the trace amounts of ethanol naturally produced by the kombucha fermentation process and what steps the industry is taking to ensure companies remain in compliance of the current legal threshold for taxation of […]