Kombucha taproom by vegans

The number of companies bottling kombucha seems to multiply each year—even Safeway has its own brand. But one local brewer really stands out: KC Kombucha. Hustling since October 2017, owners and spouses Courtney Edwards and Kevin O’Toole began brewing at Idol Beer Works in Lodi, then at Burly Beverages about a year ago and now they’re building out a space at 3326 Broadway to be Sacramento’s first kombucha taproom, opening “in early summer 2019,” Edwards said. Because the O’Tooles are vegan, they plan to outsource an all-vegan food menu. “I want to help out local vegans who don’t have a spot to sell their items,” she said. Edwards said there’ll be six to eight of their organic kombuchas on tap, including flavors such as blueberry mint, coconut lime, grapefruit lavender and pineapple ginger. In the meantime, KC has been collaborating with other vegan companies such as Compassion Meals and Conscious Creamery for pop-ups, plus selling at the Oak Park Farmers Market.—Shoka