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kare_raisu Jul 26, 2010 07:44 PM

Is there anywhere in the city where I can still purchase some. On tap or in bottle. Thanks San Diego has been dry for a couple months.

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: kare_raisu Jul 26, 2010 07:53 PM

    wow, you're checking the Bay Area now? that's desperation ;)

    Henry's still carries "Kombucha 2000" but i haven't tried it. or, if you want to drive up to LA for it, Rainbow Acres in Marina Del Rey is still selling Synergy...for about $4.50 a pop.

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      kare_raisu RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 26, 2010 08:03 PM

      Yep, I'll be in the city tommorow and I understand that there are quite a few local companies that I hope are still producing. 2000 is at People's co-op as well and its real good.

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      sfbing RE: kare_raisu Jul 27, 2010 12:48 AM

      House has some interesting flavors. http://housekombucha.food.officelive....

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        boris_qd RE: kare_raisu Jul 27, 2010 02:32 PM

        Rainbow and Birite still carry it. Some brands are in Mollie Stones.

        Actually after a brief moment of reduced supply i'm seeing it most places again - at least the local brands.

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        Mollie Stone's
        851 Cherry Ave # 22, San Bruno, CA

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          SteveG RE: boris_qd Jul 27, 2010 05:46 PM

          Nope, was in Rainbow yesterday and the Kombucha shelves were empty, with signs up from each producer explaining that they are in the process of voluntarily redoing labels to make it clear there is trace alcohol in Kombucha.

          House Kombucha's sign specifically said you can still get it, though wasn't too clear. This is the same sign I saw at Rainbow:
          http://housekombucha.food.officelive....

          Edit to add: it's possible the imported large bottles of German kombucha at Rainbow are still available. They're in a fridge in the health supplements section--ask the staff. Much more expensive per ounce of liquid, but it is higher concentration kombucha than the individual serving bottles, so it works out to be cheaper.

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            boris_qd RE: SteveG Jul 28, 2010 11:11 AM

            Maybe Rainbow was just sold out? Last week I was there and the sign was up but behind the signs was Kombucha for sale (including house). I purchased a House Kombucha.

            I bought Lev's at Birite on Sunday morning.

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              Radical347 RE: boris_qd Jul 28, 2010 12:30 PM

              Maybe you got one of the last of it. I went to Rainbow not too long ago too and saw the shelves empty. The only brands that they had were Kevita/Kefira (which is the only one Whole Foods still carries... maybe they were the only brand that passed the alcohol test) and some one in plastic bottles that didn't look too promosing.

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                boris_qd RE: Radical347 Jul 31, 2010 09:42 PM

                Just was at Rainbow today. 3 or 4 brands of Kombucha available including "House". Also saw Kombucha for sale at the ferry terminal (don't remember the brands).

                Some stuff is back and some stuff isn't i guess.

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          saffrongold RE: kare_raisu Jul 27, 2010 03:07 PM

          Andronico's on Irving and Rainbow both carry GT's brand of bottled Kombucha. If you want a starter kit to make your own go to baykombucha@gmail.com

          1. Pei RE: kare_raisu Jul 27, 2010 04:08 PM

            Crepe O' Chocolate on O'Farrell between Stockton and Grand (just south of the Men's Macy's near Cafe Madeleine) had homemade kombucha as of a few weeks ago. I can't vouch for anything other than the fact that I saw dozens of bottles in several flavors.

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            Cafe Madeleine
            300 California St Fl Grnd1, San Francisco, CA 94104

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              takuhead RE: Pei Jul 27, 2010 07:39 PM

              Mollie Stones and Country Sun in Palo Alto have several brands stocked. Whew!
              I tried this really interesting one today by Top Shelf Kombucha
              http://topshelfkombucha.com/home.html

              Not made from a scoby but from fermented tea leaves - very smooth, low sugar, and delicious.
              kinda of pricey - $2.99 for a small bottle - about 7 ounces.

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              Country Sun Natural Foods
              440 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA

              Mollie Stone's Market
              164 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA

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                Radical347 RE: Pei Jul 28, 2010 12:31 PM

                They have some interesting flavors (like cayenne pepper tincture kombucha.) Unfortunately all the kinds I've tried have been offensively sweet. Like WAY sweeter than any of the store-bought brands.

              2. kare_raisu RE: kare_raisu Jul 27, 2010 09:31 PM

                I bought a chai kombucha from Vibranz at Real Food on Polk that I really liked. I also saw house and lev's at the Ferry plaza.

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                  ellenbh RE: kare_raisu Aug 1, 2010 05:54 PM

                  I bought G.T.'s Kombucha at Berkley Bowl yesterday and they had a good selection of his different flavors. (I was soooo happy to find it!)

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                    bgbc RE: kare_raisu Aug 1, 2010 06:20 PM

                    Bette's-To-Go had Lev's today.

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                    Bette's-To-Go
                    1807 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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                      boris_qd RE: kare_raisu Aug 3, 2010 08:55 AM

                      http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2010...

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