Jun 17, 2016

Craft beer brings people together! Enjoying an ice cold artisanal brew with friends can lead to zestful conversations and sprightly memories. Research has shown that beer (in moderation) even provides health benefits – reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and even cataracts – and boost immunity and bone density. Unity Vibration in Ypsilanti has found yet another way to boost health through beer – with probiotics present in kombucha.

Even the most particular craft beer connoisseur can enjoy Unity Vibration’s kombucha beer, while restoring the body’s healthy bacteria (like that found in yogurt). Not to mention, Unity Vibration’s beer is raw, organic, and naturally gluten-free.

Unity Vibration is produced in Ypsilanti, Michigan and has made waves throughout the country with its probiotic beverage. In 2013, “Draft Magazine” named their Bourbon Peach Kombucha Beer as one of the top 25 beers in the country. Other unique flavors include raspberry, ginger, and cherry tisane. 

The origins of Unity Vibration are in the home of owners Rachel and Tarek Kanaan. The husband-and-wife team began making kombucha tea in small batches for themselves and to share at family gatherings. The drink became so popular amongst friends that they began professional distribution of their kombucha tea  out of their home. Eventually, due to the production process they were faced with a decision: obtain a brewer’s license or compromise the integrity of their product with pasteurization.

The kombucha production process begins with fermenting tea, sugar and/or fruit, and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, also known as a SCOBY. As a result, there is a slight trace of alcohol in any batch of authentic kombucha tea, and therefore subject to state regulations. Pasteurizing the tea eliminates the traces of alcohol from the beverage, but also strips much of the natural and beneficial bacteria from the drink. After much consideration, Rachel and Tarek obtained a brewer’s license and continued producing quality products rich in probiotic health benefits.

Equipped with a brewer’s license, Rachel and Tarek developed the kombucha beer next, adding hops to the tea’s fermentation process. The beer is concocted in bourbon barrels by hand, in small batches. The result is effervescent, sour, and full of health benefits. Many will tell you kombucha beer is an acquired taste with its sour, tart, and vinegar-like qualities. If you like sour beers, such as those made by Jolly Pumpkin, Unity Vibration kombucha beer should definitely be on your bucket list!

Today, Unity Vibration is distributed through Whole Foods and many more health food stores and local co-ops. From Michigan to Texas, and New York to California, craft beer enthusiasts can enjoy this unique beverage, unlike any other. So, the next time you raise your glass to toast a friend’s health, toast with kombucha beer from Unity Vibration and turn happy hour into a healthful one!


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