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Jan's Valu-Mart now stocks local kombucha!
We're excited to be featured in the healthy produce and salad bar section in Deep River's grocery store. Thanks to store owner, Jan Sunstrum, you'll see Mango Lassi and Cranberry Chill kombucha right alongside some of our favourites like Cedar Juices, and Renée's Dressings.
We're always amazed at how much of a variety you can find here in town and appreciate the large assortment of fresh produce. Valu-Mart has seen a few changes over the past year and we're always on the lookout for what's new in store.
Valu-Mart has been the centre of Deep River for quite some time. You could go so far as to say it has been an integral part of our social life. The locals will tell you they can't plan on just popping in for a quick shop because they'll run into about twenty people they know. Catching up with an old friend, checking up on local happenings, making after-work plans... all happening right in store.
In addition to our many large grocery purchases (when you've got 6 in the family, it's either you're making one huuuuuuge shop a week, or you're there just about everyday!) we've enjoyed many a lunch from Valu-Mart, grab-and-go hot meals, and sometimes the deli section will surprise us with yet another new and exciting cheese.
We've got to know the friendly staff (you know it's a great place to work when you're seeing some of the same faces for over twenty years!) and one of us even WAS an employee for three years (oh the high school Valu-Mart days! only just a few years ago, right!? ;)
With all the departments of a large city grocery store, and very accommodating staff and services, you'll know why some out-of-towners come to shop in Deep River. We're stoked to have our kombucha on the shelves just for that reason. Come Summer time, Deep River becomes a popular spot for city folk to grab a bite to eat (an artisan kombucha too perhaps!?), and flock to the sandy shores of the Ottawa River. Summer is a-coming!
A big thanks again to Jan and three cheers to our friends at Valu-Mart!
Our kombucha has made its way to The Cottage Cup in beautiful Golden Lake, ON. This is going to make for pleasant delivery days come Summertime!
A gem of a shop, The Cottage Cup features fresh made-in-house goods, bulk coffee, a large selection of loose-leaf tea (have you seen that wall of tea!?), an amazing assortment of clothing and gifts, and locally made products. In the warmer months, you can grab a bite to eat at their food truck, The Boat House BBQ & Fries. Friends, this ain't your average food truck! In addition to the typical delicious food truck fare, there are healthy, gourmet options made with fresh, local ingredients. We can't wait to see what's on the menu for this year!
Owners Amanda and Donaven have made The Cottage Cup a wonderful stop for both locals and tourists alike, combining the best in giftware and delicious eats. Most recently, they have launched their healthy freezer meals to go, spearheaded by our friend and fellow Holistic Nutritionist, Paula, of The Alternate Root.
With so many reasons to make the scenic drive to visit The Cottage Cup in Golden Lake, it's a must to add to your list of day tours and a good excuse to grab a friend for a road trip.
Hey all! We wanted to write a quick note about our 1L bottle program.
We appreciate the support and participation in our 1L refill program at The Olive Tree in Deep River and LEAP Health Hub. We want to continue this on tap system as it is environmentally friendly and respectful to Mama Earth.
But we gotta be real.
Some bottles are not being rinsed and are left with gunk that's difficult to remove. Our bottles are washed and sanitized and repacked by hand and let's just say it's not our favourite job at the brewery (sorry to dash your dream job, Professional Bottle Washer hopefuls).
We'd love for you to give a quick rinse to your bottle once you've finished that last sip of booch.
To those who have been taking the time to rinse, we appreciate your efforts and say a little thank you under our breath each time.
Hey Honey! Check out our latest beverage, Jun.
What is Jun, you ask? Jun is a fermented tea very similar to kombucha but instead it uses honey as the nutrient rather than cane sugar. A traditional kombucha SCOBY (A.K.A. the culture) cannot use honey for a nutrient source as the naturally-occurring antibacterial properties of the honey will damage the beneficial bacteria of the kombucha culture. Jun SCOBYs have adapted over time to be able to use real honey as its food source, creating a sweet, distinct honey flavoured drink with the same probiotic and beneficial acids as kombucha.
In addition to the health advantages of kombucha, consuming jun will expose you to the numerous benefits of honey. Raw honey contains amino acids, enzymes and polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that reduce free-radical damage and may help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Consuming honey native to your area will also boost your immune system, can alleviate symptoms of a cough and sore throat, and may help decrease seasonal allergies.
We use a premium raw Canadian honey that is 100% pure, natural, Kosher, and unpasteurized, providing you with the full benefits of a true honey. Our Nude Jun is unflavoured, keeping the brew traditional and simple to let the subtle sweetness of the honey shine through.
Try our Nude Jun on tap at the Olive Tree in Deep River with our environmentally-friendly 1L refill program.
We're offering homebrewing kombucha starter kits for purchase!
Our kits come with everything you need to get brewing your own kombucha.
All ingredients are 100% organic. Cost is $30 including tax.
Complete Kombucha Starter Kit Includes:
-SCOBY and starter liquid
-2x 1L glass mason jar
-1x organic green tea bag (for your first batch)
-organic fair-trade cane sugar (measured perfectly for your first batch)
-2x breathable filters to cover your brew
-10 page colour instructional workbook
-cheat sheet brewing reference card
Message or email us to pick up your kit today.
I spy with my little eye... something that is new at Bruham Food Mart!
You can find two flavours of locally made kombucha on the shelves of this local store. Bruham Food Mart is a family owned and operated neighbourhood grocery store that has been serving the Valley for over 20 years. Bruham Food Mart is just off Boundary Road on Bruham Avenue, located between Brums Dairy and Colborne's Fish & Chips.
The store is open 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. 7 days a week and boasts a large range of products including fresh produce, canned goods, baking supplies, dairy, and a bulk foods section. There is a deli, a bakery, frozen foods, and a meat department with fresh meat cut daily. Bruham will also take special orders for parties or specific requests and has gift certificates available.
The friendly staff at Bruham know their customers by name and their excellent customer service certainly doesn't go unnoticed. Combine that with great weekly specials, and you have a recipe for a successful shopping experience.
We traveled to Artizen Kombucha in Perth this past weekend to attend the 2nd annual Intimate Summit of Kombucha Brewers from around the area. The list of kombucha breweries is expanding and it was great to meet the makers and catch up with friends from last year.
In attendance this year were Pyramid Ferments, Buchipop, Vox, Vivo, Artizen, Laurentian Brew, Alex May - Kombucha Scientist, and the founders of Boochfest, Drew and Samira. Missing were Culture and Loon, as they both had prior commitments (the busy life of a microbrewer!).
We enjoyed good food, tasty kombucha and bubbly jun, talked shop and shared equipment and brewing details. Alex discussed lab findings and shared his knowledge from his studies of kombucha in the U.S. (thanks Alex!). How cool is it that we can all meet together and unite as fellow brewers, helping build an alliance and shape the mold of the kombucha brand as a whole!?
We're excited to be part of a growing industry that understands the importance of gut health and sees the benefit to offering an unpasteurized, small-batch, healthy alternative beverage. There are some great festivals coming up this Summer specifically showcasing the talents of local kombucha brewers including BOOCHFEST in Ottawa July 22, 2018 and the 2nd annual Ontario Fermentation Festival (founded by Pyramid Ferments) in Picton on August 4, 2018. Commercial and artisan brewers will be sharing samples and selling their product, and both festivals will also have an amateur home brewer contest. We hope to see you there!
BIG THANKS once again to Dasha and Seb for opening up their home, organizing the meeting, and showing us around their brewery!
It's March Break and we're a bit PB & Jealous seeing all the posts of friends on the beach down South. So we decided to bring the beach to you!
Introducing our latest flavour, PINEAPPLE BLISS.
With subtle sour notes of pineapple, a hit of citrus from orange peel, and a hint of coconut, this tropical blend is best served over ice, while daydreaming of your toes in the sand, and a warm breeze on your face.
All ingredients are 100% organic.
On tap now at The Olive Tree in Deep River while quantities last.
Sharing our knowledge about gut health has become our growing passion. Last evening we presented our first seminar all about the micro biome, the many influences and processes involved, and how to implement a healthy diet for optimal digestion and well-being.
We're so thankful to have the support of friends, family and members of the community who participated.
Watch for our next gut health seminar coming up this Spring in Pembroke at LEAP Health Hub.
Much luck to the latest kombucha homebrewers in the Valley. We enjoyed teaching you the tricks of the trade and wish you happy brewing!
If you're curious about making your own kombucha, here's what is included when you attend our workshop:
Complete Kombucha Starter Kit
-SCOBY and starter liquid
-2x 1L glass mason jar
-1x organic green tea bag
-organic fair-trade cane sugar (first batch)
-2x breathable filters to cover your brew
-10 page colour instructional workbook
-cheat sheet brewing reference card
-75 minute brewing seminar and demonstration
-15+ minute Q&A period
-ongoing online support
-Laurentian Brew Kombucha sampling
Our next workshop will be coming up in the Fall. Stay tuned!
Happy New Year from Laurentian Brew! Thanks for enjoying 2017 with us! We have so much to be thankful for, including YOU! Cheers to a great year ahead!
We wish you a very Merry Christmas!
With all the holiday parties coming up, we thought we would share our Kombucha Sangria recipe.
In a large vessel combine,
1 bottle red wine
1.5 cup orange juice
lemon, sliced in rounds
lime, sliced in rounds
fresh mint leaves
Refrigerate 1 hour.
Add 500 ml of Laurentian Brew Kombucha, stir, and serve.
We recommend using Mango Lassi, Strawberry Mint, Cranberry Chill or Wild Blueberry. As always, enjoy responsibly.
Have a wonderful holiday!
Add Cranberry Chill kombucha to your Holiday list to dazzle your guests with festive cheer!
Cranberry Chill Cocktail
-Rim glass with maple syrup and crushed candy canes
-Add ice to glass
-1.5 oz vodka
-Cranberry Chill kombucha
-Garnish with fresh mint, cranberries, and a candy cane
Please enjoy responsibly!
NEW FLAVOUR ON TAP!
We've gone back to our roots with JUST GINGER kombucha. Made with freshly juiced organic ginger root, this booch is powerful in both flavour and benefits.
Perfect for this time of year when it seems everyone is getting sick.
Ginger boosts immunity, helps with nausea, promotes regular digestion and metabolism of food, is anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, and may help ward off the cold and flu that's going around.
Enjoy a cup or bottle from LEAP Health Hub and The Olive Tree in Deep River
Learn how to make kombucha at our next homebrewing workshop!
Join us on Tuesday January 23 2018 at the Deep River Public Library as we share our knowledge and passion for brewing kombucha.
Includes a full tutorial and demo on the how-tos of homebrewing kombucha, a take-home workbook and your own brewing kit (starter liquid, SCOBY, tea, sugar).
Cost is $45 and is required in advance to secure your spot. Please email transfer to email@example.com or pay cash at The Olive Tree in Deep River.
Space is limited.
We're hosting a seminar on gut health in the new year! Mark your calendar for February 6, 2018 from 7pm-8:30pm at the Deep River Public Library.
Exploring Gut Health is a seminar discussing the importance of a healthy gut biome. Learn how the bacteria in your digestive tract can influence every system in the body.
Your gut is the epicentre of your physical and mental health. An unhealthy gut has been linked to numerous health conditions including allergies, poor digestion (gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, reflux), poor mental health (depression, anxiety, memory), autoimmune diseases, skin issues, joint pain, inflammation, and low energy.
Join Natalie Surette, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Matt Weiss, biohacker, fermentationist and Laurentian Brew Kombucha Brewmaster for a seminar on how to improve your gut health.
Topics of discussion include
-How digestion works
-The roll of microbiome
-Root causes of poor digestion
-The gut-brain connection
-Eating for optimal digestion
-Incorporating fermented foods
Reserve your spot in advance by $30 email money transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or by cash purchase at The Olive Tree in Deep River.
We've been featured in baronmag.ca in their recent articles about kombucha brewers! For the full article visit https://baronmag.ca/2017/11/laurentian-brew-kombucha-company/ We're thankful to be recognized alongside some of the greats in the growing family of kombucha breweries.
We've teamed up with Engine House Coffee to bring you the perfect combination of cold brewed coffee and raw kombucha.
Using their Still Standing medium roasted coffee beans, this cold brew infusion is bound to wake you up and keep you chugging along. Coffee lovers will delight in the full flavour and dark chocolate notes of Still Standing and kombucha fans will enjoy the sweet tang of the raw kombucha.
Engine House Coffee roast their fair trade organic coffee beans in Eganville, Ontario and offer a wide selection of coffee varieties roasted fresh in small fresh batches. You may have seen owners, Dan and Genevieve at the Carp Farmers Market or sipped on a delicious cup of Engine House jo somewhere throughout the Valley. Their freshly roasted beans are available for purchase online or in a number of stores in and around the area.
For a full list of stores carrying Engine House Coffee, visit www.enginehousecoffee.com.
Our Engine House Coffee Kombucha is available on tap at The Olive Tree in Deep River and LEAP Health Hub in Pembroke.
Please note that due to the caffeine of the coffee, this flavour will be much more caffeinated than any other flavour.
Saturday, October 14th was a busy day in Renfrew with the 2nd Annual Frewtober Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival. Downtown Renfrew was the place to be to sample locally brewed beer (and kombucha!) and eat delicious food while listening to live music.
This year featured even more options with a total of 12 breweries, 3 food trucks, a coffee truck, and a mobile bar and lounge. The weather cooperated with the rain holding off and a balmy temperature for mid-October and attendance was remarkably increased in comparison to last year's rainy day and near freezing temperature. Fireworks ended the night with an exciting display from the rooftop of the Town Hall.
Festival goers enjoyed an assortment of beer brewed from Whitewater Brewing Co, Beau's All Natural Brewing Co, Perth Brewery, Cartwright Springs Brewery, Broadhead Brewing Co, Square Timber Brewing Co, Dominion City Brewing Co, Tuque de Broue Brewing, Calabogie Brewing Co, Kichesippi Beer Co, and Old Boys Beer. New to the line up this year, Cellar 82 covered all other alcoholic beverages with their spiffy Mobile Bar & Lounge truck. For the second year in a row, Laurentian Brew and Caffeine Fix had you covered for non-alcoholic drinks. Foodies united and dined out with food from Big D's Dog House & Poutine Emporium, Tracie's Hollywood Diner, and Mr. Churritos all of which just about sold out of everything!
Another year reacquainting with fellow brewer friends, catching up with amazing fans and supporters, and meeting new faces, the 2nd Annual Renfrew Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival was a successful event and we are already looking forward to next year. A big thanks to all who made it possible including Jennifer Charkavi, her family, and all the volunteers!
There's a new business in town. Actually two! Bodhi Wellness Centre and Blendz Smoothie Shop have opened their doors and we couldn't be more excited. Located in the same plaza as our brewery, we've taken our friendships to a whole new level and become neighbours as well. Owner of Bodhi Holistic Physiotherapy and Bodhi Yoga, Kara Foley has collaborated with friend and fellow entrepreneur, Dale Luckey to create a one-of-a-kind Wellness Centre and plant-based restaurant combination.
Celebrating the completion of an 8 week renovation, the yoga studio and smoothie bar welcomed customers into their gorgeous new home at 33373 Hwy 17 West following the Thanksgiving long weekend. A Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, October 14 from 2-6pm with food, music, prizes and promotions.
We couldn't wait to check out the business, and popped in first thing this morning for a tour and a smoothie (Matcha Chai was delicious!). Blendz will undoubtedly become our go-to place for healthy drinks, snacks, and lunches including smoothies, energy balls, soups, and salads, which are all plant-based with no animal byproducts. The smoothie shop will also offer grab-and-go frozen meals and select gourmet teas and (dairy-free) cheeses. But wait, there's more! Blendz has our kombucha on tap! With an awesome custom-painted fridge, Dale now offers cups of Laurentian Brew Kombucha.
Dale Luckey, originally from North Bay, is the owner and operator of Blendz Smoothie Shop. With culinary school under her belt and years of restaurant service, Dale is bringing her culinary flare and friendly personality to Deep River. With immense talent and creativity, Dale also does woodwork and creative pieces for her side project, Mix and Mash Art. You will see her work at the shop with shelving, a beautiful bar area and artwork.
Kara Foley, a Deep River original who moved back to the area in recent years, is the brains and beauty behind Bodhi Wellness Centre. A health guru, Kara has always been an active individual with a thirst for expanding her knowledge in all things body, mind and spirit. A graduate of the Kinesiology Program at McMaster University, and Physical Therapy Masters Program at the University of Toronto, Kara is well-versed in the realm of human anatomy and biology. Kara offers numerous treatment options including Traditional Physiotherapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Neural Manipulation, Medical Acupuncture, and Yoga for Scoliosis. Taking a more holistic route for treatment, Kara recently completed the Teacher Training Program at White Pine Yoga and began offering yoga classes earlier this year.
With the support and dedication of her husband and best friend, Martin Jacobson, Kara will see the success of her education flourish. Martin offers positive energy and has been behind the scenes creating a beautiful website and social media posts for the business. A dynamic duo, the two will make Deep River a healthier place for years to come. For a full list of services, yoga class schedule, or to book an appointment, visit the studio or go online at www.physiobodhi.com.
A huge congratulations to our friends at Bodhi Wellness Centre and Blendz Smoothie Shop!
Pumpkin Spice and everything nice. Well, we weren't going to jump on the bandwagon, but we had a lot of pumpkin spice kickin' around... so Pumpkin Spice lovers; this one's for you!
Introducing our latest Fall Seasonal Flavour...
Pumpkin Spiced Apple
On tap at The Olive Tree in Deep River and LEAP Health Hub in Pembroke for the month of October.
It was a brisk start to a beautiful day as participants in the Kitchissippi Run set out on the course in Chalk River. Spirits were high and competition was friendly with several distances including full marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km, a family 2km, and a bike race new this year.
This marked the 6th annual Kitchissippi Run, a fundraising event for the Deep River and District Hospital. Last year participants raised $15,000 for improvements in the health care facility. The race is run by dedicated volunteers who donate their time and efforts for a worthy cause that draws athletes in to compete in the town and around the beautiful Petawawa Research Forest.
This year, the event was open to vendors and we attended with kombucha for pre and post-race energy and hydration. We had fun cheering on the athletes, dancing to music, chatting with friends and locals, and of course serving up kombucha on tap. Congratulations to all participants and a big thank you to volunteers and sponsors who made this years Kitchissippi Run a success.
That's all folks! The Deep River Farmer's Market wrapped up it's last market of the season with the extended version for the Taste of the Valley. Smiles were as plentiful as baskets and bags of goods, and local farmers and artisans enjoyed a sunny Saturday in September serving customers from all over the Ottawa Valley.
The market was a bustlin' by 10 a.m. featuring the finest in local produce, homemade goods, handcrafted pieces, art, and tasty treats. We had kombucha on tap and free samples for both the uninitiated and loyal customers.
We wish to thank everyone who came around to our booth this year and a HUGE thank you to the Deep River Farmer's Market volunteers who dedicated so much of their time to make the season a success.
New flavour alert! We're launching our latest kombucha LEMONLESS LEMON!
Subtle in its herbal taste, the name says it all. Made with organic lemongrass, lemon verbena, and lemon balm, this new flavour enhances the natural citrus-like taste of raw kombucha without any actual citrus.
Available on tap at LEAP Health Hub in Pembroke and The Olive Tree in Deep River while quantities last.
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