Tag: Kombucha

Luna Bay Hard Kombucha: One-Man Taste Panel

Luna Bay Hard Kombucha: One-Man Taste Panel
Earlier this month, I ran my interview with Bridget Connelly, co-founder of Luna Bay Booch. This brand of hard kombucha was developed in Chicago, tested and scaled up at Pilot Project Brewing, and is now expanding nationwide in cans from Denver’s Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. My disclosure: the request to cover this brand came with... Read more »

Luna Bay Hard Kombucha: Talking with Co-Founder Bridget Connelly

Luna Bay Hard Kombucha: Talking with Co-Founder Bridget Connelly
Preface: I'll probably remove this paragraph later. If it seems odd for me to be posting about new products, sold at stores that are probably closed during the current pandemic and the civic unrest; well, I agree. But catching up to articles I've been writing is just my own kind of therapy. My attempt to manage some order here in the Upside-Down. I can only keep doing what I do here. Reserve my bigger rants for my personal social media. And prepare for better days to come.
Another player in specialty brewing is expanding into the Chicago market and elsewhere. Luna Bay Booch is notable in that they are producing "hard" kombucha, and because they are headed by women. Bridget Connelly is co-founder and CEO of the company. She worked with brewer Claire Ridge to formulate recipes in the Chicago, where they were scaled up to commercial batches at Pilot Project Brewing on Milwaukee Avenue...

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 21-23

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, February 21-23
This is the weekend of Chicago's Cider Summit! And there are plenty of cider related events going on all around town. For more traditional beer lovers, we have some dark beer celebrations, Lake County Brew Fest, and Uppers & Downers. You can get a jump on pączkis before Fat Tuesday, and the St. Patrick's season starts with Guinness glass engraving promos at Binny's...
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Tasting It: Flying Embers Kombucha

Tasting It: Flying Embers Kombucha
No hiding it, one of the perks of this blogging hobby is that I get to try new and different things. And it's not just beer. I was offered a chance to try a new line of "hard kombuchas." Like the "hard Seltzer," only made from fermented tea with probiotics. So here's my disclosure: this product was sent to me for my comment. Flying Embers was founded in 2017 by Bill Moses, co-founder and former CEO of Kevita sparkling products, which he later sold to PepsiCo. Following the sale, Moses started Fermented Sciences in Ojai, California. In December 2017, the office and fermentation lab was threatened by the Thomas wildfire. The facility, and most of the town, barely escaped the fire, and gave the brand its name...
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