Based in: Raleigh, NC
Distribution: North Carolina and Amazon
Meet Jon and Adrian, creators of Tribucha—the only kombucha currently being commercially brewed in Raleigh, NC. That’s where their name comes from—the TRIangle region, which includes Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. After meeting with this spirited duo and tasting their brews, we can definitely say their enthusiasm shows up in the quality of their booch.
We think what they’re doing is pretty cool, and also find their partnership inspiring. Jon is the creative mastermind behind the brews, concocting his blends in a Raleigh warehouse; while Adrian is the marketing wiz. They are lifelong friends, who started brewing two years ago, and bottling in July of 2015. They had been drinking kombucha for years, when Adrian said to Jon one day: “Why don’t you try to brew some,” he recalls, “and it was some of the best I ever had.” Soon thereafter, Tribucha was born.
They currently brew four flavors, with each intended to provide a unique experience: Cafe Con Bucha has energizing qualities, and contains cinnamon, raw cacao, grapefruit and orange nibs, with organic coffee brewed into the batches. Flowers of Life calms with its rosebud, rosehips and jasmine ingredients. And Brainiac, which “makes you think,” according to Adrian. It’s got a pretty incredible list of ingredients that are intended to give your brain a bit of a boost. There’s Oat Straw, which has been used to support brain health since the Middle Ages! It also contains Ginko, which aids memory and mood. Flavors like Lavender, Cinnamon, Rosemary and Sage all blend into a perfectly fizzy, nicely balanced brew with unique notes. It’s juicy and tangy and fresh. Their newest flavor, Controlled Burn, blends Ginger, Cayanne, and Tumeric into a hot—and healthy—concoction.
We love the labels too, which were designed by a local artist named Kyra Platt. They give the brand a real North Carolina identity. And even though the market for booch in the Raleigh region was not huge, the quality of their kombucha has helped fuel demand, which the guys say “has been awesome.” Nicely done, Tribucha!