Wishing you a very Happy New Year!
We hope you enjoyed the holidays and had a wonderful Christmas break!
We rung in the new year with a few of our favourite people, and a 30 year snow football game tradition we call The Toilet Bowl. True story. Our family and friends in the community have been getting together to play a friendly game of football in the snowy field beside my Uncle's property every New Year's Day for 30 years! It's a fun afternoon, complete with hot chocolate and a group photo at half-time, that gets us outside (and sometimes even helps us remember to not drink so much NYE knowing that we have to be so active the next day) and sets the tone for the year. BUT if we happen to over-indulge, there's always kombucha, right!? ;)
We're excited for what's ahead in 2020, thankful for what's behind us in 2019, and very humbled and grateful for your support over the last three (almost FOUR!) years.
May you all be blessed with a joyful, prosperous, healthy 2020. Cheers!
Whoa! We've won something! ;)
We're honoured to have received the Lux Life Magazine 2019 Food & Drink Awards for Most Outstanding Kombucha Brewery - Canada, and Best Organic Brewed Beverage Manufacturer - Ontario.
Thank you to those that nominated us and to all of you who continue to support Laurentian Brew Kombucha! 🙌
Full list of award recipients can be viewed here:
CHERRY CINNAMON is back!
It's been a while since we've made this flavour but we're in a festive mood and wanted to kick off December with a red booch featuring organic Ontario cherries and a touch of cinnamon. MmmmmMmmmm.
Dress up your glass with a few slices of orange and a cinnamon stick and you'll be in the spirit too!
Limited quantities available on tap at Blendz Smoothie Shop in Pembroke and The Olive Tree in Deep River.
We've tried something new! CRABAPPLE SUMAC!
Another locally harvested flavour made with ingredients from the beautiful Ottawa Valley.
We've hand-picked lots of crabapples in the area (thanks to friends and family!) and we're loving the fruity taste of this one!
A delicious brew that's not tot too tart, naturally sweet, and flush with flavour. Think freshly juiced apples with a hint of wild berries (and that's exactly what it is!).
Sumac berries are anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant. Combined with Vitamin C from the crabapples, and the usual benefits of raw kombucha, this is the perfect beverage for this time of year.
Aaaaand Crabapple GINGER has returned!
We had to make use of every last drop of juiced crabapple, so back by popular demand is our Crabapple Ginger. Made with hand-picked local crabapples and freshly juiced organic ginger, this seasonal flavour is sure to please the palate (and help give your immune system a boost!).
Pour yourself a tall glass!
On tap at The Olive Tree in Deep River and Blendz Smoothie Shop in Pembroke.
Sudbury's first zero waste store, The Nickel Refillery Inc, will be opening soon!
We couldn't be happier that they are set to feature our kombucha on tap, with refillable bottles.
Pursuing a path of less impact on the planet, owners Liz, Trista, and Julie, came together to share their knowledge and passion of waste reduction by creating a storefront to provide convenient access to zero-waste products and supplies. In meeting with Liz (a wonderfully cheerful, down-to-earth, soon-to-be Mother of two), it was quickly apparent that her passion for this project runs through and through, and she is determined to spread the good vibes and her product knowledge to the Sudbury area.
“For a community to employ a zero-waste strategy, it needs to ensure everyone has access to tools to reduce, reuse and recycle waste where they live, work and play … we want to support this process”.
"We have sourced a variety of products with a focus on those that are local or Canadian, organic, non-toxic, preservative-free, and cruelty-free, all in bulk and without disposable packaging".
The Nickel Refillery's product lineup includes many household items such as metal and glass containers and straws, dish soap, laundry soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, bamboo toothbrushes, sunscreen, household cleaners, a variety of toiletries, beeswax food wrap, refillable bottles, oils, and several more items.
The store is set to open in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for their Grand Opening, follow them on social media, and be sure to pop in if you're in the area. Let's all raise a glass and give these ladies a hand for helping to make this planet a better place for us all.
Just grab a kombucha to wash it all down! J&E's Bored N' Saucy has quite the lineup of made-in-house BBQ sauces, marinades, hot sauces, specialty doughnuts, sweet treats, freezer meals, wings, burgers, fries, salads, sandwiches, wraps, alllllllll the grilled cheese, and check out that poutine menu!
But wait, there's more! ;) J&E's Bored N' Saucy also does catering and meal planning to help ease your weekly food prep. If you're a frequent customer, you get rewarded too! Earn points with your purchases for in-store credits with their loyalty program. PLUS if you're real good n' saucy, you'll feel extra warm n' fuzzy knowing that $0.50 of every bottle of sauce sold goes to support Wounded Warriors Canada.
A fairly new business in Petawawa, J&E's Bored N' Saucy was established by a husband and wife team, Jeremy and Elissa, (high-five fellow Ma n' Pa biz!) who started perfecting their own sauces at home, offering it to family and friends, and then spreading their saucy love all over the town when they opened their store this past Spring. Situated in the new plaza adjacent to Hyska's Your Independent Grocer, J&E's Bored N' Saucy is in good company with several new neighbours who have also recently planted their feet in the 'hood.
With so many reasons to stop by the area, you'll be sure to work up an appetite. Pop on in for a kombucha, grab a bite, order for your pals, and get saucy!
Café Obscura has opened their doors! Sudbury's newest coffee shop is drawing in a unique crowd, and it's not just for the delicious coffee. The shop is a one-of-a-kind print and film development store. That's right, FILM! What we once thought was a near obsolete craft has been making a resurgence over the last few years. Film sales have seen a slight increase as millennials and former film photographers gravitate towards using older cameras and developing their own film. A new light has been shed into darkrooms and black and white prints are back in style. As a former darkroom gal myself, there's something so serene, and rewarding spending hours printing your own photos.
Owner and photographer, David Wiewel opened the shop this month and has been thrilled with the success of the café over the first few weeks. Film enthusiasts have come out of the woodwork, customers have been bringing in long lost rolls of film they figured would never be developed, and curious residents have been stopping in to see the impressive collection of old cameras on display and for sale. David develops each and every roll himself, and has been pulling late shifts attending to the back log of film. He's also managing the café solo for now but is considering hiring a barista and front counter staff in the near future.
Situated at the corner of College and Elm Street, the café is spacious with loads of character. Vintage seating and wooden tables make for a cozy (and photo-worthy) place to enjoy your cup o' jo and catch up on the latest news. Serving up Sudbury's locally roasted Old Rock Coffee and freshly made soup and sandwiches by Beards Bakery and Pinchmans, there's something for everyone to fill up on at lunch and snack time. Patrons can wash down their meal with a glass of our kombucha as the café now pours kombucha on tap (cue happy dance!). Offering two flavours of our draught kombucha and four flavours in bottles, Café Obscura marks our third fill station, adding to the local flare and small business support of the shop.
Open Monday to Friday from 8am until 6pm and on Saturday from 10am until 4 pm, head on over to Café Obscura to check out one of very few analog film and development stores in North America. A rare gem!
Wheelie Good Coffee is Muskoka's bar and barista coffee catering company offering delicious coffee, specialty beverages, and now kombucha! This unique Vespa car turned pop-up espresso bar is the first spot we hit up when we attend the annual Muskoka VegFest in Huntsville, Ontario.
In chatting with owner, Matt Tynan before this years event, we were thrilled when he requested our kombucha to add to his pop-up coffee bar. A professional barista, Matt serves up all your favourite espresso drinks right at his mobile coffee station. With an aptly named business, the bar on wheels is available for bookings at events throughout the Muskoka area and beyond.
Hit up Wheelie Good Coffee on instagram and Facebook to book or follow the wheelie journey!
Pour yourself a cold glass of Very Cherry kombucha!
This refreshingly simple booch made with organic Ontario cherries is sure to please the palate on a hot Summer's day.
Fill up on tap at The Olive Tree in Deep River, and Blendz Smoothie Shop in Pembroke.
This beautiful café is known for its perfectly made lattés (be still my former barista heart - a rosetta late made right!), fresh sourdough bread (hello monthly subscription!), made-in-house ice cream sandwiches, wholesome eats, and authentically chill vibe.
Located in the heart of Eganville and named after nearby rapids on the Bonnechere River, Fifth Chute is open Tuesday to Saturday, welcoming locals guests, cottagers, passersby, and road trippers alike. Open and airy, with loads of character, you'll come for the best coffee in the Valley, and stay for the pleasant music and friendly service.
We delivered freshly bottled kombucha to the shop, met some lovely customers (check out the little booch fan with the "Small Towner" shirt!), and enjoyed a perfectly poured latté by wonderful owner, Hilary. You'll want to stop in on your next tour through Eganville!
Just in time for the busy season, our kombucha is making its debut at the Sands on Golden Lake.
Now when you visit this gorgeous lakeside inn and restaurant, you can enjoy a cold, refreshing Laurentian Brew! We're so excited to be in the Sands! We've always loved this spot and how could you not!? A restaurant with amazing food and a beautiful view of the lake, guest rooms, chalets, or a cottage for overnight guests, a sandy beach, and a full-service spa for a complete self-care getaway. It's no wonder the Sands has such great reviews!
Open year-round, the Sands on Golden Lake is a travel destination for both locals and adventurers from afar. A dreamy spot for a wedding or conference, and a great family-friendly escape to the great outdoors, the Sands will whisk your worries away for the day, the weekend, or a full week vacation. With a golf course nearby, the OFSC trail system, special events, and live entertainment, there's plenty to keep you busy during your stay.
Check out www.sandsongoldenlake.com for more info or to book your visit. We'll be hitting up the restaurant for lunch on our next delivery day!
Just in time for the long weekend, our limited edition seasonal flavour Strawberry Rhubarb is here!
We infused our raw kombucha with organic Ontario strawberries and fresh, locally harvested rhubarb to create this refreshing flavour. It doesn't get much better than enjoying the fruit of our own backyard! Best served chilled over ice and enjoyed on a hot Summer day, this brew is sweetly satisfying and full of healthy benefits.
Fill up on tap at Blendz Smoothie Shop and The Olive Tree in Deep River. PLUS for a limited time, you can purchase a 1L booch refill AND a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie made fresh from B & R Bakery for only $20!!
Cheers to local goodness!
Wishing you a happy Canada Day long weekend!
A New Leaf Food Experience has just opened their doors!
Located in Petawawa on Victoria Street, A New Leaf is a plant-based, made-from-scratch restaurant. Featuring soups, salads, wraps, sweet treats, snacks and entrées, you'll find a tasty meal to take out or dine in.
I sampled the Rainbow Hummus (my favourite was the sweet potato!) served with fresh veggies. Paired with a kombucha to wash it down (four flavours in stock!), this hit the spot for the lunchtime belly growls.
Hours of operation are currently 11am - 7pm Tuesday to Saturday, serving the lunch crowd, midday snack attacks, and ringing the supper bell. A New Leaf is also hiring! Hit up their Facebook page for contact info if you think you might be an asset to the team.
Pembroke has a new business in town! Farmstead Cheesehouse opened their doors this week just in time for the warm weather.
This beautiful building is now home to a café featuring a large selection of delicious local cheeses, homemade gelato, baked goods, coffee, tea, kombucha and various locally sourced products. A family run business, Farmhouse Cheesehouse is located on the outskirts of Pembroke at 2545 Greenwood Road, near the Quebec turnoff.
Customers can take their treats to go, or stay and eat in (note the beautiful front patio!). Owners Nick and Steph Petermann are thrilled to be in business and are looking forward to a wonderful first season. We highly recommend their gelato! The pistachio and cantaloupe flavours were out of this world.
Congratulations Farmstead Cheesehouse! We look forward to our next visit.
Our Seasonal flavour Maple Rose is back, only this time it's a little different.
Made using maple sap and wood-fired maple syrup in place of water and cane sugar to start the batch, this brew has a smoky, mild syrup taste and a slight hint of rose. Sourced from our friends in Chalk River, Bagg's Road Maple Syrup was boiled down over a wood fire, giving it a more earthy, camp fire taste, prompting us to rename the batch Wood-fired Maple. Thoughts of camping and cooking over the fire came through over the first few sips, and we're feeling the first Summer vibes around here. Let's hope the bugs stay away (we can dream, right!?).
Try Wood-fired Maple on tap now at The Olive Tree in Deep River and on deck for next week at Blendz Smoothie Shop in Pembroke. Let us know what you think of this unique brew!
We've created a special Pride edition kombucha to show our support for the LGBTQ community!
Introducing PRIDE and EQUALI-TEA Kombucha.
Developed to stand out from the rest, this booch made its debut on tap today featuring a fun, bolder, appearance, symbolizing uniqueness, inclusion, and flare.
As a kombucha brewery, an exciting part of our work is flavour development and taste-testing. Originally we had thought of formulating a kombucha combining a fruit from every colour in the rainbow, but the end result would have had less effect and visual appeal. Pride and Equali-Tea is much more simple in flavour, yet loud and proud in its striking colour.
Infused with organic whole pineapple, stevia leaf, and blue algae powder, this vibrant brew is anything but ordinary. Known in colour psychology as the colour of the evolved soul, Turquoise not only helps evoke peace, happiness, and creativity, but it is said to help open communication, build self-esteem and self-love, which in turn supports our ability to love others unconditionally.
As a proud sponsor for the Pembroke Pride Festival, we also wanted to take the opportunity to use our kombucha for the cause.
$1 from every 1L Pride and Equali-Tea bottle sold will be donated to supporting Pride initiatives in our community.
Booch lovers can fill up on tap in Pembroke at Blendz Smoothie Shop and in Deep River at The Olive Tree, knowing their purchase contributes to making a difference.
Although the brew is seriously delicious as is, we thought a signature Pride and Equali-Tea kombucha cocktail recipe would take it to the next level.
- Pride and Equali-Tea Cocktail -
4 oz Pride and Equali-Tea Kombucha
3 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Blue Curaçao
0.5 oz Vodka
Pour over ice or combine ingredients in a shaker, serve in a tall glass and garnish with a pineapple, strawberry or whatever suits your fancy.
Make it colourful, just like you!
*Opt out of the alcohol and it's just as delicious as a virgin cocktail!
Other cocktail recipes like Electric Lemonade, Smurf, or Blue Margarita can be made by using half juice, half kombucha or by fully replacing the pop with kombucha.
June is Pride month. We stand proud alongside our LGBTQ family members, peers, those in our community and across the globe. Together we unite, not only this week, this month, but always, making our voices heard and understood, moving forward in alignment so that we never have to be afraid to wave our flag and show off our brilliant true colours.
Join in the many fun and exciting activities throughout Pembroke Pride Week from June 7th to 15th and for a full day of celebration at the Pembroke Pride Festival on June 15th. A huge thank you to the Pembroke Pride volunteers and organizers!
“One day we won’t have to ”come out of the closet”. We’ll just say we are in love and that will be all that matters.”
Four flavours of Laurentian Brew Kombucha have made their landing in Sudbury, Ontario!
Find our brew in the new location of locally owned and operated Frubar Juicery at 1984 Regent Street. Situated in a health-oriented plaza, Frubar is making its mark as a healthy on-the-go options for Sudbury residents. With a variety of delicious smoothies, fresh cold-pressed juices, made-in-house snacks, specialty drinks (hello Bulletproof coffee!), frozen yogurt, and cleansing programs, Frubar has something for everyone, anytime of day.
With a mission to keep the community healthy, vibrant, and well-nourished, it's easy to see why Frubar is gaining popularity in the Northern Ontario city. Open 7 days a week, the shop is newly renovated with a light, bright and energizing colour palette, and a small seating area to enjoy your beverage in house.
Friendly service and a passion for wellness, the enthusiasm is contagious, and I just had to try the fresh-pressed juice of the week, 1 in a melon (seriously good!), and the most beautiful blue coloured smoothie, Tropical Waves (wow!). I'll be looking forward to the next delivery day (drooling until then).
We're so fortunate to have the support of Frubar Juicery and look forward to having more Sudbury customers. If you're in the area, be sure to pop in for a treat!
April 28th, 2019 marked the 3rd Annual Intimate Summit of Local Commercial Kombucha Brewers. An event we always look forward to, this is a gathering of fellow brewers to create a sense of community, share our stories, discuss challenges, and talk shop. Graciously hosted by Dasha and Seb of Artizen Kombucha, we join together for a casual potluck lunch and informal meeting in Perth, Ontario.
This year, Dasha discussed her experience from Kombucha Brewers International Kombucha Kon event and shared information from the conference. A large focus of KKON 2019 was to collect data and create a Standard of Identity, a definition of the word Kombucha, to better differentiate and clarify the brew, while unifying the voice of brewers across the globe. We also discussed upcoming events, Boochfest 2019 and the Ontario Fermentation Festival, both of which have been created by attendees of our gathering, and are a must-see for kombucha and fermentation fans.
Present this year was Artizen, Culture, Vox, Pyramid Ferments, Buchi Pop, Vivo, Laurentian Brew, and Kombucha Scientist, Alex May. We filled and refilled our glasses with plenty of kombucha, enjoying the different brews and sampling some alcoholic kombucha as well as a sip from Kombucha Iceland.
To complete the visit, we took a sunny walk to Artizen's new brewery, in a wonderfully renovated bright space shared with Perth Pie Co. The time flew by, as it always does, and we look forward to catching up at events over the Summer. We have to say we have a pretty awesome crew of brewers in the area!
Did you know…
Our brew starts with a high quality, certified organic, kosher, whole, loose-leaf Sencha green tea. That’s a mouthful. A dreamy, deliciously mild one at that. We love the green tea flavour. Subtle and soft, it allows our flavour infusions to shine through.
Sourced from the mountains of Japan and imported to our distributer in Ontario, each batch received is tested and has a certificate of analysis showing it has passed microbiological testing. We receive our tea in bulk, never in tea bags, and steep at 75 degrees celsius in a reusable nylon bag. Being such a big part of our process, it was imperative for us to find a sustainable, non-leaching method in which to steep our tea.
Caffeinated tea is required as a nutrient for the kombucha culture, although the majority of the caffeine is consumed throughout the fermentation process. We recently had the caffeine levels in our kombucha lab-tested and much to our surprise, the caffeine content in 250 ml of kombucha was 5 mg. In comparison, the average cup of coffee contains around 95 mg of caffeine and decaf coffee contains around 3 mg, making the levels in our kombucha a pretty safe bet for those sensitive to caffeine.
We’re passionate about brewing kombucha. But not just a race to the final product. We take care to ensure you’re getting what you deserve. A premium product from start to finish, with each ingredient and method carefully selected and executed. And in our case it starts with a healthy live culture and the finest sencha green tea.
We haven't had this flavour on tap since our first Farmers' Market days and it couldn't come back at a more opportune time! Known as one of the top most potent anti-viral herbs, elderberry is a major cold and flu buster. If you've had that bug that's been going around (or have been one of the lucky ones who hasn't) this is the booch for you!
Made with organic elderberry and elderflower, this kombucha is seriously delicious (if I do say so myself!), lightly fruity, and ever-so-slightly floral. Described by Hippocrates (the "Father of Medicine") as his "medicine chest", elderberry has a wide array of benefits and uses including help with sinuses, allergies, and blood sugar stabilization, but is most known for its effectiveness at mitigating cold and flu symptoms.
And if you're already healthy as a horse, well just try it for the refreshing taste. ;)
On tap now at The Olive Tree in Deep River and Blendz Smoothie Shop & Healthy Eatery!
We're in Symphony Spa & Yoga on Brock Street in the heart of downtown Kingston!
You'll find a fridge full of kombucha in the newly launching smoothie bar. To compliment the wide range of wellness treatments in Symphony, the spa is opening a café and smoothie bar THIS WEEK! Sip on a healthy, raw smoothie or kombucha after completing a hot yoga class or while getting pampered with one of many salon and esthetic services.
Featuring a hair salon, yoga studio, massage therapy, waxing and sugaring, lash extensions, facials, laser hair removal, manicure/pedicure, and a café lounge, Symphony is an elaborate, one-stop-shop for personal wellness and self-care.
Kingston brides-to-be, and girls-day-out - this is for you! Head to www.symphonyspa.ca for more info.
We're looking forward to sitting on that patio this Summer!
Since we were in London for the weekend, we figured it would be great to sample our kombucha in the Farm Boy Wellington Street location!
We sure are happy to be in such a great store! It was a pleasure chatting about our product with the Sunday shoppers. Sounds like we converted some hesitant newbie booch drinkers into fans of the fermented tea. ;)
What a great weekend in London, ON for the first annual London Tea and Kombucha Festival!
Such a great group of tea sommeliers, tea totalers, tea enthusiasts, kombucha brewers and fans came out for the event at the Wolf Performance Hall downtown London. We certainly enjoyed meeting new faces, making new friends, and getting to know some of the kombucha brewers in the area.
So many teas to sip on! We're grateful for the welcome invitation and thankful to Founder, Michelle Pierce Hamilton, fellow RHN, tea sommelier, and owner of The Tea Lounge and Be Teas and her wonderful team for bringing this festival to life.
You can find Laurentian Brew Kombucha in another 3 Farm Boy locations!
Pick up a bottle in the RIDEAU CENTRE,
in OAKVILLE at the Oakwoods Centre,
and in Farm Boy's newest location at Leslie and Lake Shore in TORONTO.
We're so excited to bring our brew to more areas in Ontario.
Check out our retail map to find a store near you.
Thanks for the support in our expanding outreach!
Booch Balms are available at Blendz Smoothie Shop and Healthy Eatery in Pembroke!
All natural nourishment for your lips made using healthy kombucha culture in collaboration with the balm-making expertise of Sister Moon Gems and Herbs.
Find Peppermint Lavender and Sweet Orange Spice in stock at the front counter.
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