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Kombucha

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. 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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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      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.

      1. 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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        1. re: boris_qd

          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.

          1. re: SteveG

            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.

            1. re: boris_qd

              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.

              1. re: Radical347

                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.

        2. 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. 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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            1. re: Pei

              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

              1. re: Pei

                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. 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.

                1. 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!)

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

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