Kombucha is Alive and On Tap in Dallas

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The Wall Street Journal shines light on kombucha, a fermented beverage made from freshly brewed tea, bacteria and yeast. The preparation, popularized by health nuts, is slowly becoming a trendy alternative beverage and ingredient at bars and restaurants everywhere.

Joel Levin, the service manager at the Meddlesome Moth, confirms that the trend is alive and well in Dallas. "We've been serving it for about five or six months," he said. It's not quite as popular as beer: A keg of kombucha lasts the gastropub three weeks to a month, while most kegs of beer sell off in about a week and a half. But it's making gains.

The Moth gets its brew from Kimberly Lanski, who founded Buddha's Brew in Austin. The 56-year-old entrepreneur was caught the kombucha bug when she encountered it through a professor at UT. Now she brews up to 1,200 gallons a week and distributes to 130 locations, many offering it on draft, including both locations of the Company Cafe here in Dallas.

Another purveyor, Holy Kombucha, is based in Dallas. Its brew is available at nine different locations in the area, including Bolsa Mercado and all three locations Buzzbrews.

Note, there's no buzz here. While the beverage is fermented, finished batches typically have less than .5 percent alcohol. While other bars across the country have been been using the drink as a mixer, here in Dallas it seems to stand on its own. The Moth serves it plain on draft. With low alcohol, a light effervescence and a complex flavor with tart and funky tones, the brew makes and interesting alternative bar beverage, and it tastes a hell of a lot better than O'Douls.


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www.thegaywhisperer.com

Went on a Dallas Kombucha krawl yesterday with the help of your article! Thanks!! The only thing is the Moth did not have it on tap anymore :(

Jana
Jana

Holy Kombucha at Buzzbrews in Deep Ellum is amazing! Right now they have cranberry which is my favorite... After drinking it alone and enjoying the health benefits (instant energy!), mix it up for a buzz and try with some chilled vodka and you have yourself a great drink.

foodbitch
foodbitch

Had that fancy tea business at the Moth a couple weeks ago. Loved it. 

Whitney Filloon
Whitney Filloon

I love the unique flavor and effervescence of kombucha, can't speak to any health benefits but it tastes good. Really expensive when you buy it bottled though, gotta get over to Company Cafe or the Moth and give the draft a try.

Jennifer Holyk
Jennifer Holyk

Make sure you try the local Dallas brew, Holy Kombucha, also mentioned in the article! On tap at Buzz Brews, VSpot, Ann's Health Food, Green Spot and The Granada!

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