With its approachable get, East Coast Kombucha is the state’s newest fermented tea entrant

When Steve Gaskin first tried using kombucha, he wasn’t amazed. “I imagined it tasted like funky vinegar,” he states. “It just wasn’t definitely for me, but my wife and a bunch of her friends ended up consuming it.”

Even so, Gaskin realized the prospective for what this fermented tea could flavor like after his good friend, Claudia Sendelbach, had some smaller-batch kombucha at a roadside stand in Hawaii. Unlike the kombucha equally Gaskin and Sendelbach experienced experimented with formerly, this kombucha was not all about the vinegar tang, and tasted wonderful, even to 1st-time kombucha drinkers.

It was an “aha” instant for the long term enterprise companions. Gaskin was a successful Tv producer and director his credits include HGTV’s Beachfront Cut price Hunt, the Historical past Channel’s Detroit Metal, MTV’s Substantial University Stories, and PBS’ NY Expeditions. However, he was searching for a new problem and began homebrewing kombucha when he and Sendelbach explored opening a kombucha brewery collectively. “Creating a healthier beverage that aided men and women live a healthier lifetime, although creating a enterprise that would employ the service of nearby persons although offering back again to the local community, seemed like something worth making an attempt,” Gaskin states.

In 2019, East Coastline Kombucha Co. opened in a transformed historic textile factory in South Norwalk.

Steve Gaskin, CEO and co-founder of East Coast Kombucha, and his business partner Claudia Sendelbach in their Norwalk tap room.

Steve Gaskin, CEO and co-founder of East Coast Kombucha, and his company partner Claudia Sendelbach in their Norwalk tap home.

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“The total objective has been to just develop a little something that tastes good and you consume it simply because you want to drink it, not mainly because it is great for you,” Gaskin states. “We didn’t want it to be medicinal. We didn’t want it to have that vinegar flavor that many of them have.”

The outcome is a licensed organic line of kombucha that is low in energy — several flavors I sampled were being a lot less than 50 energy — but significant in probiotics and flavor. It is offered throughout the condition at several substantial-end grocery suppliers, eating places and on faucet at bars. The fruit- and tea-forward kombuchas from East Coast are light and great for uncomplicated drinking and grabbing from the fridge in the course of the workday.

The typical is the brewery’s base taste and is produced from a mix of black Assam, white peony, yerba mate and rooibos teas. Other kombucha flavors include things like cherry, blueberry, elderberry and pineapple, ginger and more. There is also a line of CBD-infused kombuchas. Both of those the CBD and non-CBD kombuchas are well worth searching for out.

East Coach Kombucha’s site is a different toughness. Built in 1903, the substantial setting up has Brooklyn-artist-retreat vibes. The new Room Cat Brewing Co. is up coming doorway, and there are other progressive companies in the building together with Large Ridge Hydroponics, a farming firm that grows salad greens yr-round. “There’s a actually awesome type of eclectic vibe of very different forms of corporations,” Gaskin claims. “It’s awesome to have a genuine neighborhood which is aiding just about every other mature.”

The kombucha brewing space and taproom is similarly spectacular and it is a exciting location to dangle out and sample unique flavors. You can also discover extra about the brewing procedure at absolutely free weekly brewery excursions presented Saturday at 2 p.m.

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