A delicious drink
Hello! My name is Jessie. I live in Anchorage, Alaska with my family. Few years ago, I was introduced to bottled, store-bought kombucha. I have tried all the different varieties that Alaska's stores had to offer. To be honest, it wasn't love at first sight, but like a carefully crafted microbrew, this tart tea quickly became a staple in my life.
Learning to brew
Naturally, the next step was to save money by brewing my own. My wife, who is from Russia, used to drink kombucha (or what the Russians call kvas or mushroom tea) all throughout her childhood. She was my taster, with a very honest opinion that she wasn't afraid to share. Finally, I had struck the right chord with her and she started to say things like, "This is what I remember drinking as a child." While I had a lot of success, the brew was flat and didn't really have the kick of a nice bottled brew.
the kegged kombucha
Then I started getting serious. My beer equipment quickly became very handy for my new fascination. I converted sankey kegs into brewing vats. Batches of 10-15 Gallons, two batches at a time. Kegged and placed in 5 gallon corny kegs. Carbonated and chilled. The outcome was amazing!
Cold Kombucha on tap for a fraction of the price.
All I have wanted to do since then is to introduce this amazing tea to the world, at a price that doesn't break the bank. We worked hard on perfecting our Plain Jane Kombucha. It has been a hit with many of our friends. Luckily, we had lots of wild Alaskan blueberries in the freezer that we had picked during the previous summer and fall, so we quickly came out with our second flavor - Bluberry Mary (intentionally misspelled). It too resonated well with most everyone who tried it.
In 2016, we decided to start Zip Kombucha. In addition to being affordable, our goal was a locally made kombucha made with healthy ingredients. Nothing beats the taste of a great local brew - fresh and artisanal.
Zip Kombucha today
Zip Kombucha is in the process of a transition. I, Jessie, am still the brewer and owner. But it will be some time until we are back in production.
Please stay tuned. Hopefully you will start seeing us on tap this spring.