Catching up with Joey O’Hare – a podcast with Masterchef’s Queen of Fermentation

For this week's Real Podcast, I jumped on the wrong bus from Waterloo and turned up late for my meeting with Joey O'Hare. That's OK – she's a kindly soul, as you might have guessed if you ever saw her on Masterchef: The Professionals.  It's been quite a while since...

Real Kombucha Meets: Jamie Park, Head Chef at The Frog Hoxton (video)

Anyone at the cutting edge of the foodie world knows that there's huge change afoot. People are eating and drinking in ways that would've seemed like pie in the sky a decade ago. Words like vegcentric and sober curious (more on which next week) are rapidly moving from...

10 top kombucha spots – our pick for April

We're whipping through the year at what seems like a crazy rate. So let's slow down a little, grab a chair somewhere nice and savour the flavours of an exquisitely brewed kombucha. Not sure where to start? We've got a few recommendations for you...  Kombucha bars,...

Kombucha UK: why all kombuchas are not created equally

Unsurprisingly, we get asked a lot of different questions about kombucha. However, as the UK public gets more accustomed to seeing kombucha on supermarket shelves, in pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels, one question pops up again and again: there are so many kinds of...

Getting Sober Curious with Ruby Warrington – a Podcast Interview

The language around being a non-drinker is ultimately insubstantial. In this week's Real Podcast, Jon Wilks chats to Ruby Warrington about the ways in which communication can hinder someone new to a less alcohol-dependent life, just as much as a lack of choice can. On...

Real kombucha food pairings: charred leek, goats curd, Jerusalem artichoke crisps

Several weeks ago, we passed a very happy day interviewing vegcentric chefs in Bristol. One of the highlights was an hour spent perched at the kitchen counter in Box-E, chatting with Tessa Lidstone and head chef, Elliott Lidstone, as he knocked together the perfect...

Pairing exquisite non-alcoholic drinks with the finest food

One of the biggest hurdles that a non-drinker faces is choice. Non-alcoholic drinks have long been limited to sugary, unsophisticated offerings – so much so that they often say they feel overlooked. Real Kombucha is brewed with that at the forefront of our minds. We...

Why the top UK restaurants have started serving kombucha

When we set out to create Real Kombucha, we were driven by a passion to create a fantastic tasting, complex soft drink that worked just as well served with food as it did to quench your thirst down the pub on a Friday night. So, while we were pretty amazed when our...

The Real Podcast, Episode 1: The Mark Hix Interview

Welcome to the first episode in our all-new podcast series, in which we'll be chatting with some of the amazing creators and innovators that we've met – and continue to meet – on our journey. You can get straight into it by clicking the Mixcloud player below, or by...

The 5 best non-alcoholic cider alternatives and where to find them

Until recently, going without alcohol has been a tough ask, mainly because of the lack of genuine alternatives. But these days, with the flood of amazing alcohol alternatives arriving in shops across the country, it's quite easy to swap out the frustration for a sense...

CATCH US THIS SUMMER AT: Pub In the Park, Marlow, 17-19 May – River Cottage Food Fair, Axminster, 25-26 May – Soho Food Feast, London, 8-9 June – Rickmansworth Farmers Market, Rickmansworth, 15 June – Taste of London, Regents Park, 19-23 June – Waddesdon Manor Summer Fest, Aylesbury, 6-7 July – Abergavenny Food Festival, 20-22 September

Real Kombucha is now served at many of the UK’s top restaurants, bars, hotels and pubs, including the following locations

CLOVE CLUB
Isaac McHale

HIX
Mark Hix

THE HAND & FLOWERS
Tom Kerridge

LE GAVROCHE
Michel Roux Jr

SAT BAINS
Sat Bains

THE PIG
Kamil Oseka

LE MANOIR
Raymond Blanc

HAKKASAN
Alan Yau

NATHAN OUTLAW
Nathan Outlaw

NO. 6
Paul Ainsworth

SIMPSONS
Luke Tipping

STORY
Tom Sellers

THE FAT DUCK
Heston Blumenthal

L’ENCLUME
Simon Rogan

CASAMIA
Peter Sanchez-Iglesias

THE FROG
Adam Handling

Non-alcoholic fermentation at its finest

Inspired by techniques going back over millennia, blended with processes from fine wines and craft beers, at Real Kombucha we really know our fermentation. Our unique brewing process builds on the delicacy of our teas with complex floral and fruity flavours, astringency and subtle acidity more commonly seen in the most carefully crafted alcoholic brews.

A quest to discover the Truly Exquisite

Real Kombucha is brewed from hand-picked, loose-leaf fine teas carefully selected from small gardens around the world. Working closely with our very own tea expert, we have experimented with over 150 teas to develop our three individual brews. Focused on complexity of flavour, our drinks have an ability, unique amongst non-alcoholic drinks, to pair with a wide variety of different foods.

Real Kombucha Dry Dragon Made from Dragonwell Green Tea

Brewed from Dragonwell, a pan-roasted green tea from the area around Longjing Village in Zhejiang, China. Dragonwell makes a kombucha that is light and fruity with notes of grapefruit and lemon, with the clearly detectable undertone of green tea.

Real Kombucha Royal Flush made from First Flush Darjeeling tea

Brewed from First Flush Darjeeling, known in India as Queen of Teas. Picked by hand as the first tips emerge in spring, the tea is richly fragrant and creates a kombucha fresh with notes of rhubarb, white peach, almond and a subtle astringency.

Real Kombucha Smoke House made from Yunnan black tea

Real Kombucha’s Smoke House is brewed from a high-grown black tea from the southwestern districts of the Yunnan province in Southern China. A delicious brew with a warm, golden colour and a rich, smokey flavour that reveals apple and caramel undertones.