This weekend, a new kombucha brewery offers a unique social gathering place for locals & visitors alike.
Founded by husband-and-wife team Kate and Ethan Zuckerman, Blue Ridge Bucha has been a staple of the local food and beverage scene since 2010. The kombucha brewery will now open its doors (and taps) to the public starting this Saturday, June 30th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Says Ethan, “We are excited to be able to interact directly with customers in our own space. It will be a unique, family-friendly place to hang out that will showcase the high quality products and sustainable local ethos that our company is all about.” The taproom will offer growler fills and compostable cups full of the company’s delicious Certified Organic kombucha flavors, including limited release flavors that will be available at the taproom only. A curated selection of snack and non-bucha beverage options will be available, too--all from local purveyors within a 100 mile radius of the taproom, such as Farmstead Ferments Krauts, Trager Brothers Coffee, Gearharts Chocolates, Good Phyte Food bars, Snowing In Space Nitro Cold Brew, and more.
Located on the east side of Waynesboro near Rockfish Gap Outfitters and Basic City Beer, the kombucha taproom is just two miles from I-64, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail. Its convenient location, kids play area, free wifi, and indoor/outdoor layout make it a hangout spot for just about any occasion this summer. The rustic, eco-salvaged décor of the new spot is a perfect complement to the company’s tagline: big flavor. small footprint. Says Kate, “I am so proud of the work Ethan has done in making this old building come to life again. He’s built most of our brewery equipment from scratch, so renovating this space on a tight budget using reclaimed materials is a challenge he was up for. We up-cycled our glass pallets and created a homemade wood stain using the tea from our kombucha, which is a fun and unique process that highlights our commitment to reusing resources. We look forward to curating a great experience for visitors, and we have plans to evolve the concept further in the coming months.”
According to the Zuckermans, Blue Ridge Bucha has plans to host events, tours, and food trucks in the near future, but has not yet decided on the date for its Grand Opening Party. For now, the kombucha taproom will be open Wednesday through Saturday, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. For more information, visit their website blueridgebucha.com and follow their social channels @blueridgebucha.