Howdy, friends! Joe here.

We’re a few days into the new year, and that means you’re already hard at work making moves to propel yourself further into badassery in 2018, right? Absolutely. I’m right there with you.

If living even slightly healthier is on your to-do list for this year (and it’s definitely on mine) then check it out. There are a number of ways that Kombucha can help you make small but meaningful adjustments to your lifestyle and propel you to a better feeling, better living year.

1. Booch as a substitute (or healthier mixer) for alcoholic beverages

Every year, I tell myself I’m going to quit drinking, because every year, I feel like crap on January 1st. In 2016, I managed to make it 5 months without drinking alcohol, but that was my best attempt to date. Playing the substitute role for beer, wine, and cocktails was my trusty steed, Kombucha. The variety of flavors kept things interesting, the color and carbonation looked and felt like a mixed drink, and the lack of hangovers was absolutely unbeatable.


But of course, complete and lasting abstinence isn’t a practical or appealing notion for everyone. Even just mixing Kombucha into your evening cocktail, or drinking a probiotic 6% ABV Farmhouse Booch can be a legit improvement over high-calorie beers and high-sugar (or corn syrup) cocktail mixers. You may well find that the little bit of detoxification and probiotics makes you feel better the next morning. In my experience, that's no coincidence, but of course, your mileage may vary.

Oh, and don’t worry about the alcohol killing the live cultures in the Booch. You can rest easy knowing that even dead probiotics are a “prebiotic” food that feed and benefit the live probiotics in your body. Cool, right?

2. Combat the afternoon slump (or morning fog!)

In my house, nearly every single morning starts with a strong cup of coffee. Sometimes two. Typically, most afternoons feature a couple more shots as a picker-upper so I can finish the day strong.

Kombucha is brewed with green and black teas, among others, meaning it contains a small but effective amount of caffeine that can take the place of that mid-afternoon espresso break. Kombucha also contains B vitamins, which help you obtain more energy from the food you eat, so instead of a cup of coffee to avoid that post-lunch fade, try a glass of Booch instead and see how you feel!

3. Swap your soda with a bubbly, low-sugar alternative!

Despite tasting sweet, Kombucha (when brewed long and Zesty) contains remarkably little sugar. Our full-strength, plain Kombucha contained 2 grams of sugar per 8 oz. serving at last testing. Our sweetest infused flavor that features whole, organic blackberries, raspberries and vanilla beans, tested at 4 grams per serving. That is nearly nothing compared to the 23 grams of sugar in the average juice, or 39 grams in the average soda.

Kids and adults that belly up at the Booch bar can agree that Kombucha is a delicious and satisfying alternative to sugary soft drinks and juices. It may take a little time to love it, but give it a few chances to grow on you and before long, you may just find yourself preferring the flavor and thirst-quenching experience of a Kombucha to anything else.

We're hot on the trail of a handful of flavors designed specifically to hit the spot of your favorite soft drinks, so be on the look out for more cola-inspired Booch flavors on tap at our tasting room in the coming weeks!

4. Feeling Sporty?

Kombucha is full of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. As such, Kombucha can also fit the bill after a workout, ski day, hike, or other physical activity. As always, we encourage you to drink plenty of water with your Booch, as the detoxifying properties work and feel the best when aided by plenty of hydration.

Don’t believe the hype? Try Kombucha for two weeks in one of the scenarios above and see how you feel! The proof is in the pudding, and the results may just surprise you.

Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year!

Joe and the DZB Team