Bon Appétit: Local Kombucha Is Our Must-Buy Travel Item
We’re not sure exactly when kombucha crept onto brewery tap lists or “gut health” became acceptable to say in casual conversation, but the probiotic invasion of the refrigerated aisle is clear: We’re living in a funky, fermented world. While big-name brands dominate the grocery store, it’s the small-batch breweries across the country that capture our hearts—and soothe our stomachs after going too hard on that taco crawl.
Critics' Choice: Food & Drink
Kombucha’s slightly fizzy, energy-boosting probiotics are all the rage right now, and Baba’s Bucha is some of the best around.
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Checking out local kombucha’s is great way to get a sense of the area’s collective taste and style. Plus, the fermented tea could help soothe an upset tummy while you’re on the road.
TRIA: Everything's Coming Up Rosés
Shameless friend promotion: our gal Olga Sorzano of Baba’s Bucha (an Edible Philly “Local Hero” of 2019…!) makes some killer kombuchas, including plenty of pink-hued gems. We always have one of her fermented goodies on draft at Tria Taproom, so swing by and see what’s good. And funky. (And pink.)
KOMBUCHA CZAR Olga Sorzano Baba’s Brew
Each year, we honor trailblazers in Philadelphia’s local food scene with our Local Hero awards. Edible Philly readers, contributors and past Local Hero award winners put forward nominees, and our editorial team chose 2019’s honorees. The tastemakers profiled in the following pages make our local food community more vibrant every year.
Artisan food producers in Berks and beyond expand to keep up with demand for quality, locally made products.
With an increasing awareness of and appreciation for locally made products, many local food artisans are expanding their operations to keep up with demand in this boom time.
“Growers and makers are gaining traction,” said Troy Sorzano, who operates Baba's Bucha: A Culture Factory in Phoenixville with his wife, Olga, who founded the business in 2015.
“You can just see it and it's not just Baba's Brew as a maker — we aren't the only ones growing.”
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Joy Manning and Annie Baum-Stein invented Sober Ladies Happy Hours for women who want to hang out without drinking.
Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kombucha: Fermentation In Philadelphia
Here’s a look at some of Philly’s ferment-focused eateries and the most biotically blessed hometown products to sample:
Small Business Saturday Philadelphia
Olga’s inspiration for her business came from her childhood. Growing up in Siberia, Olga used to drink her Baba’s (grandmother’s) kombucha. Every time Olga would have an ache or pain her Baba would reply with a simple phrase: “Have some kombucha.”
Café Lift Opens Second Location in Narberth
… Narberth site will offer alcoholic beverages, including brunch cocktails, wine, a slew of beers from East Coast breweries, as well as kombucha from Phoenixville’s Baba’s Brew.
Baba's Brew Kombucha on Tap Around Phoenixville
Baba’s Brew is probably the most delicious kombucha I’ve ever had, and I’m gonna be honest with you, I’ve had a lot of kombucha. In a lot of different places. Over a lot of years. Chur girl ain’t no spring chicken.
Kombucha Roots: An Interview with Baba’s Brew
I’m a newly devoted kombucha drinker. Picture it with me: a slightly fizzy fermented drink, full of probiotics and antioxidants, low in sugar, and of course made with tea- sounds like a sweet deal, right? So when I learned there was a kombucha lecture in my area, I didn’t hesitate to attend. I originally went to learn more about this healing beverage and to maybe learn how to make it myself.
The Daily Tea Team
The Pros (and Probiotics) of Fermented Foods
“Probiotic” is a big buzzword in the health and wellness world these days. Probiotics are microscopic live bacteria and yeasts, and they’re the “good” kind: good for your health, especially the digestive system. We’re all looking for that good gut health, right?
‘Magic Potion’ Said To Aid Digestion, Help With Weight Loss
The Culture Factory, owned by Olga Sorzano and her husband, educates the community about the benefits of fermented foods, while brewing a fermented probiotic tonic made from sweet tea called Baba’s Brew Kombucha.
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“It’s like ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ It takes a village to support the small businesses,” agreed Olga Sorzano of Baba’s Brew in Phoenixville.
Made in PA: 5 Local Kombucha Artisans We Love
Get to know five of our favorite local kombucha makers who are evolving the beverage beyond its vinegar-y roots by fine-tuning brewing techniques, sourcing the best ingredients and adding incredible flavors:
How do you define success? For Olga Sorzano success is a balancing act. Sorzano is an entrepreneur and business owner. Along with her husband, she runs Baba’s Brew, a Phoenixville, PA kombucha brewery which has grown rapidly over the two and a half years that they have been in...
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One beautiful Saturday I sat down for brunch and was pleasantly surprised by what was on offer, usually brunch is an high-calorie, boozy endeavor but if you're on a health kick or teetotaling there are some great options on deck like local kombucha on tap.
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FOOD: DIY frozen desserts from kid-friendly to gourmet“ Popsicles - not just for children anymore,” she joked.
Trendy Toast To Health
Restorative beverage options are growing in popularity, and local health food shops and restaurants are keeping pace.
When the topic of kombucha comes up, area restaurant and health food shop managers get a little giddy because of two words: Baba’s Bucha.
Best of the Best 2017 County Lines Magazine
Turns out our great grandmothers were right. At least that’s true for Olga Sorzano, whose Siberian baba always kept homemade kombucha on hand. Long treasured for its health benefits, kombucha combines sweet tea with a yeast-bacteria culture for an effervescent drink low in calories and sugar, but high in probiotics and all the stuff your bubbe said would keep the doctor away. In her Phoenixville nano-brewery, Sorzano creates seasonal flavors like Rosy Apple and Asian Pear Ginger and year-round Flower Power. Baba’s got a shout out from Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan, and it’s popping up in bottles and on tap in over 100 locations. Look for the brewery’s new tasting room and BIY (Brew-It-Yourself) classes.
Local Artisan Purveyors Take Center Stage at Steel City Coffee House
Steel City offers three seasonal types of Baba’s Brew Kombucha on tap. Baba’s Bucha is handcrafted in small batches using only fair trade organic ingredients and local seasonal produce. It is vegan, raw, gluten free and has no artificial flavorings or colors.
Best Artisan Drink: Baba's Bucha
Baba brews in small batches...
Penn Appetit Spring 2016
Food Traditions: Growth from one generation to the next.
We crave food in the same way that we crave the comfort of home: the smells and flavors that transport us to our mothers' kitchens, the familiarity of recognizable tastes, the memories that come flooding back with these sensations. Perhaps this is what Olga Sorzano, founder and owner of Baba's Brew, experienced when she first found herself craving kombucha while pregnant with her first child.
Live together, work together: The business of 'coupreneurship'
In Phoenixville, Chester County, Olga and Troy Sorzano, owners of Baba's Brew, a kombucha nano-brewery, have been merging their life and love of each other with their professional lives.
by Courtney H. Diener-Stokes
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We met over coffee
Here at Saxbys HQ, we’ve long tinkered with the idea of serving kombucha, a fermented, flavored tea that boasts a bevy of health benefits. So when we met Olga Sorzano, a brewer who grew up with the stuff (“kombucha” was actually one of her first words), we knew she was the right person to bring kombucha to our cafes.
2 Weird Hungry Girls Podcast
In this Philly Farm Fest Baba’s Brew podcast episode we spoke with Olga Sorzano of Baba’s Brew. You’ll be surprised to hear how she was introduced to kombucha.
From Russia, With Love
Baba’s Brew kombucha uses a grandmother’s recipe, and organic and fair trade ingredients.
by Emily Kovach
Grid Magazine - gardening issue
Edible Philly Spring 2016 The Drinks Issue
A little cute article about Baba's Brew in Edible Philly magazine.
11 Places to Get Kombucha on Draft around Philly
Where to fill your growler up with the bubbly stuff — most of it local!
BY ADJUA FISHER
Drink to Your Health with Kombucha
So, what exactly is kombucha?
Practically speaking, it is a sweetened tea that is fermented with a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to become a nutrient-rich, low-sugar beverage – it’s alive with helpful organisms! But don’t let that scare you, kombucha is renowned for it’s wonderful health benefits. READ MORE....
Member Spotlight: Baba’s Brew
The local food movement has brought with it a renewed interest in traditional foods, like raw milk, fermented vegetables, and beverages—like kvass and kombucha—that have lots of flavor and purported health benefits. READ MORE...
Bubble and pop! Celebrate New Year’s Eve with fun, festive drinks
This New Year’s Eve, mix it up with unique cocktails that take a page out of history, celebrate Champagne, evoke Downton Abbey or even contain kombucha. READ MORE...
11 Places to Get Kombucha on Draft Around Philly
Kombucha, the fermented beverage that’s been touted as a probiotic wonder drink, is like Paris Hilton circa 2003: Whether you like it or not (and regardless of whether you think it’s totally gross), it is everywhere. And not just in bottles: We noticed that draft kombucha seemed to be popping up all over town, so we decided to track down as many Philly spots as we could find that offer the bubbly stuff on tap. Below, where you can fill up a growler with kombucha around Philly. Happy guzzling!
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I really enjoyed the fizzy sourness of the drink and the clean fruity flavors that shine through. Read More
The Kombucha Craze
"Delaware Local Food Exchange in Trolley Square has locally made kombucha on tap." Read More
BY SUZANNE LOUDERMILK
"This is the kind of booch we adore...." Read More
The Town Dish
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Craig Laban, Philadelphia Inquirer
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