Bucha Bill

 

Based in: Akron, OH    
Founded: 2013
Distribution: Ohio

 

One of the things we adore about kombucha is that it’s become this beautiful, national—and international—community filled with creative people, people who care about their health and the health of the earth and our co-inhabitants. Another member of our growing, diverse and vibrant community is Akron, OH’s Bucha Bill.

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Bill in this case is Bill Bond, who together with his partner and fellow “kombucha cultivator” Mark Slyder (as well brother-in-law or, as they like to say, “bucha brother”) has been brewing Bucha Bill commercially for the past few years out of Ms. Julie’s Kitchen, which is a vegan farm-to-table restaurant in Akron. If this kombucha could talk, it would say, proudly: “I am kombucha. I am raw. I am fermented. And you are going to taste both when you drink me.”

This is the earthiest kombucha we’ve ever tried. It’s has almost no sweetness, which is just fine. There is a perfect amount of fizz—doesn’t gush out of the bottle, but also doesn’t sit flat. It has great, strong bite. It has an almost tart/sour finish, but it’s not aggressive. All of the flavors were very mild and subdued, but our favorite was Lemongrass, which had kind of ginger-aley notes. Very refreshing. Overall, this a very unique kombucha that sits kind of in its own category!