This weekend’s 14th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival will feature one new brewer to the lineup — Unity Vibration. The nation’s first pure Kombucha beer, Unity Vibration’s Kombucha is a lightly sparking beverage made with black of green tea, sugar, bacteria and yeasts.
Unity Vibration will have three flavors of brew available at the Summer Beer Festival, including plain, pineapple/ginger and the current seasonal: strawberry rhubarb.
“You feed the Kombucha mushroom the black tea and sugar and it converts most of the sugar,” said Tarek Kanaan of Unity Vibration Living Kombucha Tea. “This process creates many beneficial acids, enzymes and viable probiotics.”
Kombucha also yields some surprisingly positive side-effects — its anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals help people balance their metabolism, aid in digestion, raise energy levels and even help prevent or heal cancer.
Each Kombucha batch is brewed by hand and infused with healthy, fresh organic ingredients.
Unity Vibration has been in business for about two years, producing non-alcoholic beverages. Last summer, the federal government issued testing for all Kombuchas on the market. Many came in over .5% alcohol — as they are all raw and viable living creations — changes were required.
“We decided to go the route of ‘microbrewery’ to keep all of our products authentic and to not be forced to dealcoholize, said Tarek, who has experience in brewing wine and beer from wild edibles, as well as more traditional ingredients.
Attendees to the Summer Beer Festival will be able to try Kombucha this weekend, July 22-23, at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti.