3 Of The Midwest’s Best Kombucha Bars: Where To Sip And Savor

Tea tonic, elixir of life or fermented fizz—whatever you may call it, kombucha has solidified itself as a go-to probiotic beverage for those curious enough to try it. Hailed for its purported health benefits—including improved digestion, increased energy and an immune support, to name a few—kombucha’s rise in popularity has spurred bars and cafés specifically dedicated to serving up the tasty fermented tea.

If you’re in need of a cold kombucha fix on a hot afternoon this summer, look no further than these kombucha-centric bars to grab a fresh brew.

Photo credit: Confluence Kombucha

Photo credit: Confluence Kombucha

Confluence Kombucha: St. Louis, MO
Located in The Grove, one of St. Louis’ most diverse neighborhoods, Confluence Kombucha serves up a rotating selection of fresh kombucha on tap. With flavors like pineapple turmeric, citra hop and jackfruit saffron, there’s a savory or sweet flavor that will satisfy even the pickiest of palates. Can’t choose a favorite? Check out Confluence’s tasting flights, in which you can sample four or eight small kombucha pours of your choosing. If you find a flavor you can’t part with, take home a jar or growler of your favorite kombucha, priced by the ounce. In addition to kombucha, the homey and eclectic spot also offers a full menu of healthy eats like kimchi, celery pancakes and gazpacho.

kombucha growler

GYST Fermentation Bar: Minneapolis, MN
GYST centers itself around delicious fermented fare and a commitment to sustainably sourcing its menu. Situated in Minneapolis’ Whittier neighborhood, GYST is the spot for an unforgettable imbibing and dining experience, incomplete without its selection of funky, fermented flavors. To supplement regularly rotating kombucha flavors on tap, GYST also slings beet kvass (a beet brine), brine shots and brine and soda for those who can’t get enough of the flavorful suckerpunch. The fermentation hangout also offers full lunch and dinner menus, which pair perfectly with a tall glass of kombucha.

Photo credit: The Kombucha Room

Photo credit: The Kombucha Room

The Kombucha Room: Chicago, IL
The Kombucha Room solidified itself as Chicago’s first kombucha-dedicated bar when it opened in April 2017, and it hasn’t stopped pouring up local and sought-after brews since. With 20 rotating taps, the Logan Square spot aims to provide patrons with a selection of diverse sips and promote kombucha as a delicious and beneficial daily beverage. With current flavors on tap like peach habanero, lavender hops and grapefruit rosemary, it’s safe to say that there’s an adventurous flavor profile for every guest. Looking to learn more about what it takes to brew your own ‘booch? The Kombucha Room also hosts workshops and classes to educate patrons about the brewing and bottling process.

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