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The Real Brewing Company

Real Kombucha was founded in 2016 by David Begg. He probably wasn’t expecting to be creating a brand like this after he had all but given up drinking. However, Begg found himself in a classic conundrum for those that stop imbibing: he could no longer pair great wine with great food, and there simply wasn’t a good enough alternative. He felt that for those who don’t drink a sophisticated, catered experience wasn't being offered.

Earthy, rich, oolong kombucha emerged to Begg first as a real alternative after he was introduced to it by a friend. Despite being fermented, Kombucha typically weighs in at less than 0.5% ABV, so it’s perfect for those who are enjoying the emerging low and no-alcohol trend, which has aided its resurgence. Kombucha also benefits from being downright delicious in cocktails, as well as being easy to pair with a range of foods.

A silver needle tea that he happened to have bought on a family holiday to India became the basis of his first brew and the resulting floral, aromatic flavours inspired him to push on with creating more. Begg put together a small team that included nutrition innovator, Adrian Hodgson, and tea expert, Will Battle. A further two years of development and over 150 tea-based experiments followed, and Real Kombucha was the result. There are currently three expressions available, Dry Dragon, Smoke House and Royal Flush.

Now, we do appreciate that some of you reading this may have felt the need to ask one burning question: what exactly is Kombucha?

Kombucha is an ancient tea-based booze (the first recorded use dates back to 221 BC, in China) that’s made by brewing loose leaf tea in water, with sugar and a mother culture known as a ‘scoby’, which stands for ‘symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast’, which provokes fermentation.

If you’d like some more info on the brand, as well as Kombucha itself, then check out this wonderful blog post which goes into plenty of detail and features comments from Begg himself!

Real Kombucha Dry Dragon

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A light and refreshing kombucha (a fermented tea drink) - Dry Dragon from Real Kombucha specifically is brewed with pan-fried Dragonwell green tea leaves from Zhejiang Province in China. It's a star…  More info

Real Kombucha Dry Dragon

Real Kombucha Royal Flush

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A rather interesting tipple from Real Kombucha, Royal Flush is brewed from First Flush Darjeeling, which is also known as the Queen of Teas over in India. The tea is harvested in the first bloom of…  More info

Real Kombucha Royal Flush

Real Kombucha Smoke House

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Smoke House from Real Kombucha, brewed from a smoky black tea from the Yunnan district in the high mountains of southern China. Lightly sparkling, it's ideal for some rather interesting serves, or…  More info

Real Kombucha Smoke House

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