Brew Dr. Kombucha
Based in: Portland, OR
The first thing that hits you when entering the Brew Dr. Kombucha brewing room at their brewery in Portland, OR, is the smell. It’s potent, very potent. It’s like breathing in the most intense starter solution multiplied by a thousand. It starts to get into your nose, your eyes, but you don’t really care, because, well, you’re surrounded by magic.Huge custom-made tanks containing the gold that will become Brew Dr. flavors like Love and Superberry.
This is where the fermentation happens, and it’s been happening for years thanks to one of their masterful brewers, Mo Osborn (pictured, left, with PDX demo team leader I-dra Indigo). Mo has been with Brew Dr since the very inception in 2008. He understands all the nuances of the process, and is one of the nicest, most genuine people we’ve ever met. Touring their facility was so much fun! Everything is done in-house.
The teas come from parent company Townsends Tea (which was founded in 2006 by Matt Thomas), the water is local, the bottling happens in house, and everything ships out of the facility. The vibe inside is fun and easy-going; there’s music and laughter, amidst the serious business of overseeing the production of one of the biggest kombucha brands in the world.
We must say Brew Dr's new flavor, Citrus Hops, is one of their most magical. It's craft beer meets non-alcoholic kombucha -- something that's never been done before! Orange notes, white tea and Chinook hops (which have a strong pine-like aroma and flavor) produce a unique, yet subtle brew.
Love is a jasmine green tea brew with chamomile blossoms, rose petals and a thing called damiana leaf, which some say is an aphrodisiac. Perhaps this is why this flavor is called Love. This brew has a nice bite to it too, a delightful but not over powering fizz. The linger note is definitely rose, making this one something of a romantic beverage that would look really pretty poured into a champagne flute on a special occasion.