Based In: Farmington, MI
Distribution: Detroit, MI and surrounding areas
Neu Kombucha, which is named after its founder Jennifer Neu, is about as local as it gets. She began brewing commercially by hand at the Cacao Tree cafe (which is raw and vegan) in Royal Oak, MI. Although Jennifer started making booch at home in 2012, it wasn’t until two years later that she began bottling, at the suggestion of her then fiancé Julius. In a true family affair, Jennifer's father, Doug, even helps with the labeling of the bottles. They have now expanded their operations into a new facility in Farmington, MI and continue to use nearby suppliers for bottles, caps and their fun, colorful labels.
Overall, Neu's brews are all more on the sweeter side than the tarter side, which is owed to Neu’s lighter fermenting process. Each 16oz bottle contains about 18-20g of sugar. “When we started, we wanted to try and get non kombucha drinkers into it,” Jennie explains.
Our favorites were definitely Lavender Lemonade and Root Beer. Lavender Lemonade is a great drink for kombucha fiends and those who may be a little on the fence about booch. It tastes just like lemonade, but with a little something special. A fun drink for kids too.
Root Beer would definitely hit the spot with root beer lovers. It has an authentic old-timey soda fountain root beer smell that just floods your senses when you open the bottle. And it tastes just like Root Beer, with notes of vanilla. The tongue delights in the pleasant, mild carbonation. There’s also wild cherry bark, anise, nutmeg and licorice in the ingredients. Definitely a special booch.