Buch Cocktails: Berry Rhubarb Kombucha Sangria

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Kombucha and warm summer days go together like, well, kombucha and sangria. This month’s #BuchCocktail is a delicious, easy to make, and easy to impress sangria made with our Very Berry Kombucha from Jess at Cooking In My Genes.

Image courtesy of  Jess @cookinginmygenes

Image courtesy of Jess @cookinginmygenes

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 cups chopped rhubarb

  • 2 355mL bottles True Büch Very Berry Kombucha 

  • 1 bottle of rosé

  • 2 cups halved strawberries

  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb (approx.1 inch pieces)

  • 1 lime, sliced 

  • Mint for garnish

  • Small rhubarb sticks for garnish

Image courtesy of  Jess @cookinginmygenes

Image courtesy of Jess @cookinginmygenes

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Make the rhubarb simple syrup by adding 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 2 cups chopped rhubarb into a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Then turn the heat down to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Set a strainer over a bowl and pour the mixture through the strainer so most of the liquid is in the bowl. *Note: save the rhubarb solids that are strained out as it tastes just like a jam and is delicious on yogurt, oats or toast**

  3. In a pitcher mix kombucha, rosé and rhubarb simple syrup. At this step you could refrigerate and add the fruit (strawberries, rhubarb, limes) just before serving.

  4. Pour sangria into ice-filled glasses, garnish with mint and optional rhubarb slice.

  5. Snap an awesome pic and share it with us using #BuchCocktail

Buch Cocktails: 3 Perfect Kombucha Cocktails for Summer

This month we are bringing you three delicious cocktail recipes from our friends Jesse + Stella from @bringtheblanket. These are the perfect summer kombucha cocktails to brighten up your day.

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Blueberry Mary Quite Contrary

What you’ll need:

Instructions:

  • Blend all ingredients together

  • Add whip topping and basil leaf garnish

  • Snap an awesome pic and share it with us using #BuchCocktail

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Mint Fizz

What you’ll need:

  • Granulated sugar

  • 1 bottle of chilled True Büch Very Berry Kombucha

  • 1 oz Butter Ripple flavoured alcohol

  • Sprig of mint and lime garnish

Instructions:

  • Sugar the rim of your glass

  • Pour out 1 oz of Butter Ripple flavoured alcohol over ice

  • Top with 1 bottle of chilled True Büch Very Berry Kombucha

  • Top with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge

  • Snap an awesome pic and share it with us using #BuchCocktail

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Root Fruit Float

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Bottle of chilled True Büch Root Beer Kombucha

  • 1 oz Butter Ripple flavoured alcohol

  • 1 oz Coconut rum

  • 1 generous scoop of Bourbon Vanilla Bean Fiasco Gelato

  • 1 grapefruit garnish

  • Drizzle White Honey for garnish

Instructions:

  • Build your cocktail over the Fiasco Gelato

  • Add whip topping, a dash of cinnamon, and Drizzle white honey for an extra sweet taste!

  • Garnish with a grapefruit wheel

  • Snap an awesome pic and share it with us using #BuchCocktail

Buch Cocktails: The Wandering Violet with YEG's Wilfred's

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This months #BuchCocktail is courtesy of our friends at Wilfred’s, The Wandering Violet. The perfect cocktail for sitting on your patio enjoying the bright spring sun.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 oz Sour Cherry Gin

  • 1/2 oz Creme de Violette

  • 1/2 oz lemon

  • 1 dash Green Strawberry Bitters

  • A few sprigs of mint

  • True Buch Kombucha Blueberry Rooibos

  • Ice

  • Mint for garnish

  • Lemon twist for garnish

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients except the kombucha in a tin with a few sprigs of mint, shake and strain into a Collins glass (or something of a similar variety) with fresh ice cubes.

Top with True Buch Blueberry Rooibos Kombucha.

Garnish with a lemon twist and a mint bouquet.

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DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? MAKE SURE TO TAG US AND USE #BUCHCOCKTAIL FOR THE CHANCE TO BE FEATURED!

To HSCA, With Love

This past fall we had the pleasure of sitting down with Kate Stenson, Executive Director for the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association, in our home of Calgary, AB. Of the many programs Kate supports in her role, one of her most notable to True Büch is the Fresh Food Basket.  The Fresh Food Basket is one of the few programs in Calgary that offers fresh produce and other basic groceries  without any identification or proof of income required. This allows people to participate anonymously and “shop” in a market style program,  giving them the opportunity to choose what best suits their needs.

Where does your fresh food come from?

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A lot of  our food is donated in kind and then we have a set budget to purchase other items to run the program 50 weeks of the year. Our food comes from a variety of places throughout Calgary. We have incredible groups that support our program from monetary donations to physical goods. Cobs Bakery in Kensington will donate bread (and sometimes treats) and we have a team of volunteers that drives over on Sundays.

We also have a number of donations that come from community gardens, backyard gardeners, and the HSCA Farmers Market. These donations can range in size and quantity but it really helps us give people choice. If someone hates potatoes we really don’t want the only option for them to be potatoes. We try to make the whole experience [of accessing food in this way] as dignified and uplifting as we can. There’s power in having choice.

We try to make the whole experience [of accessing food in this way] as dignified and uplifting as we can.
— Kate Stenson, Executive Director, HSCA
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Typically, we also get bonus items such as treats from Cobs Bakery, and we keep those separate so it’s never a choice between a baked good and an apple. We want people to be able to prioritize the fresh food, and then, if they also want a treat they can grab it.

We also offer resource tables for those attending to learn more about programs the HSCA offers as well as various groups in the city that will pop-up weekly, such as the Calgary Public Library. They will bring activities, books, and sit with the kids that are attending with their families. They will even let the kids take out books and return them monthly with the Calgary Public Library pop-up.

How long has the program been in EXISTENCE?

We started the first Monday of January 2016. We took inspiration from other programs, but designed our current [model] from scratch. During this design process we got feedback from our community and the topic of fresh food was continuously raised as there were more avenues to acquire dry goods and non perishables, but the fresh healthy food is what people were looking for and we wanted to fill that gap.


In the week before our interview, the HSCA saw a record number of 96 households, 70 of which were in the first half hour of the program being open for the afternoon. This itself proves the demand and high need for a program like this.

Currently, the HSCA is limited by their capacity of the amount of households they are able to support. Kate wants to encourage people to work to bring this program to their communities, and firmly believes that it could be replicated throughout community associations to broaden the support.


How can people support this program + initiative?

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We are more than happy to share everything we have built, down to our giant spreadsheet. We wish everyone could acquire food in the way they want to, I think that truly is what dignity is [about]. I think ultimately, it’s a charitable food access program, and that’s kind of a barrier to dignity.  It doesn’t cost a ton to run this program, but it does take an allocation of resources. Our Farmers Market helps us generate the revenue we need to be able to fund team members that can support this program, like Heather Ramshaw the Community Programs Coordinator for the HSCA.

We wish everyone could acquire food in the way they want to, I think that truly is what dignity is [about].
— Kate Stenson, Executive Director, HSCA

This past year, through our partnership with the HSCA and their Farmers Market, you helped True Büch reinvest profits into providing over 540 Fresh Food Baskets to Calgarians in poverty. To learn more about this incredible program, or to obtain the resources (shout out to the HSCA’s giant spreadsheet), visit here.

Yours in büch,

Buch Cocktails: Drizzle Honey Kombucha Cocktail

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This month for our first #BuchCocktail of 2019 we teamed up with our friends at Drizzle Honey and the talented Andrew Derksen from Charbar to craft a refreshing twist on the fan favourite Dark and Stormy.

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What you will need:

Instructions:

For the Drizzle honey syrup:

Add equal parts honey and water to a pot and bring to a boil. Stir until well combined.

Store in the fridge for up to 3-weeks.

For the cocktail:

Add rum, honey syrup, lemon juice and bitters to a cocktail shaker. Shake until combined.

Pour mixture into a Collins glass, add ice and top with True Buch Ginger Kombucha.

Garnish with a lemon wheel and serve.

Optional: Grate fresh nutmeg over the top of the glass for an aromatic addition.

Did you make this recipe? Make sure to tag us and use #BuchCocktail for the chance to be featured!

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Camp fYrefly X True Büch

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All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.
— Harvey Milk

This year, in celebration of Calgary Pride, we changed our logos across our social platforms to show solidarity with our LGBTQ+ communities. We were lucky enough to support our pals at Rosso Coffee Roasters with kombucha for their Queer Mixer. We voiced our belief that no matter gender nor sexuality, everyone deserves to feel welcomed and loved. However, we knew there was more that can, and should, be done.

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We also believe that LGBTQ+ communities should be celebrated and supported 365 days of the year.

We are excited to announce Camp fYrefly as our newest community partner. Camp fYrefly is a grassroots organization that provides empowerment, leadership skills, and improves queer youth’s personal resiliency. A portion of our sales from our single serve bottles of kombucha will help to send two queer youth to Camp fYrefly this summer.

We are excited to be able to support an incredible organization that is doing meaningful and influential work for our kids and community.

If you want to learn more about Camp fYrefly visit here, or hear the story of Marissa and her experience attending the camp.

Yours in büch,

Zenabis + True Büch

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True Büch Kombucha is excited to announce that we have signed a Letter of Intent with Zenabis to develop cannabis infused beverages.

This agreement will not be impacting our current delicious kombucha offerings, but rather allow us to innovate with new product offerings and partnerships across Canada.

"Zenabis is emerging as one of the largest cannabis producers in the world according to available growing capacity. We are partnering with best-in-class manufacturers in a variety of sectors, and True Buch Kombucha is no exception," said Rick Brar, CEO of Zenabis. "By bringing together True Buch's expertise in cultured tea beverages with Zenabis' expertise in consumer product development and the science of cannabis, we can offer a high-quality product that taps into growing consumer demand in the beverage category."

"We firmly believe cannabis infused functional beverages, such as kombucha, are the next progressive step forward in this high growth industry," said Conrad Ferrel, CEO of True Buch. "Partnering with Zenabis gives True Buch Kombucha access to the expertise we need to supply the market with high-quality cannabis infused beverages.  It's an exciting time and we couldn't be more pleased with the opportunity to partner with Zenabis and their amazing team."

To learn more visit the full press release here.

Cheers to Good Gut Health and the End of Prohibition from Team True Büch!


Cannabis Industry Leader Zenabis Ltd. signs LOI with Hillsboro Corp Inc., maker of True Buch Kombucha

NEWS PROVIDED BY

Bevo Agro Inc.

Oct 16, 2018, 09:00 ET

Licensed producer Zenabis Ltd. - which is merging with Bevo Agro to become Zenabis Global - signs LOI with Hillsboro Corp Inc., a Canadian cultured tea beverage company known for its True Buch Kombucha.

VANCOUVER, Oct. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - On October 4, 2018, Bevo Agro Inc. (TSXV: BVO) ("Bevo") announced that it had signed an Arrangement Agreement dated October 4, 2018 with Sun Pharm Investments Ltd. ("Sun Pharm") for a reverse take-over of Bevo, and announced its intent to change its name to Zenabis Global Inc ("Zenabis"). Through Sun Pharm'ssubsidiary licensed producer Zenabis Ltd. ("Zenabis"), Zenabis Global Inc. will have nearly 3.5 million square feet of available production space.1

Sun Pharm is pleased to announce that Zenabis has signed an LOI with Hillsboro Corp Inc. ("True Buch") to develop cannabis infused kombucha. Particularly, under the LOI Zenabis intends to work with True Buch to develop and distribute cannabis infused cultured tea beverage products. A definitive agreement is expected to be entered into shortly.

True Buch is a kombucha company with expertise in the creation of cultured tea beverages. True Buch cultured tea beverages are raw, unpasteurized, gluten free and non-GMO, with over 11 distinct flavours. Zenabis and TrueBuch intend to utilize each other's expertise to infuse cannabis into True Buch beverages, creating a cultured tea beverage CBD product.

"Zenabis is emerging as one of the largest cannabis producers in the world according to available growing capacity. We are partnering with best-in-class manufacturers in a variety of sectors, and True Buch Kombucha is no exception," said Rick Brar, CEO of Zenabis. "By bringing together True Buch's expertise in cultured tea beverages with Zenabis' expertise in consumer product development and the science of cannabis, we can offer a high-quality product that taps into growing consumer demand in the beverage category."

"We firmly believe cannabis infused functional beverages, such as kombucha, are the next progressive step forward in this high growth industry," said Conrad Ferrel, CEO of True Buch. "Partnering with Zenabis gives True Buch Kombucha access to the expertise we need to supply the market with high-quality cannabis infused beverages.  It's an exciting time and we couldn't be more pleased with the opportunity to partner with Zenabis and their amazing team."

Zenabis Key Milestones

  • On October 4, 2018 Bevo and Sun Pharm announced the RTO and the intent of Bevo to change their name to Zenabis Global Inc. upon completion of the amalgamation

  • On October 5, 2018, Zenabis released a presentation introducing the combined business

  • As of October 15, 2018, Zenabis has secured purchase orders from government and third party retailers/distributors in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Yukon, and Europe

About Bevo Agro
Bevo Agro is North America's leading supplier of propagated agricultural plants, operating approximately 53 acres of state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities on 98 acres of land in Langley, BC and 20 acres of land in Pitt Meadows, BC. The company has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 10.4 acres of greenhouse space on 50 acres of land in Aldergrove, British Columbia (the "Greenhouse Acquisition"). The Company's main products have been the propagation of vegetable plants such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and other plants such as bedding plants, flowers and grasses.  The Company markets its products to established greenhouse growers, nurseries and retail outlets throughout North America.

About Sun Pharm
Sun Pharm has significant experience in agriculture, technology, pharmaceutical sales, consumer packaged goods, international distribution and brand marketing, with cannabis and cannabis-related purchase orders from the provinces of New Brunswick, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Yukon Territory.  Sun Pharm is currently a privately-held cannabis company which has one of the largest, federally licensed indoor medical cultivation footprints in Canada, operating two licensed production facilities in British Columbia and New Brunswick, with a third expected to be coming online shortly in Nova Scotia. These facilities encompass 660,000 square feet of indoor pharmaceutical grade cannabis production space, strategically positioned on Canada's coasts, facilitating national distribution and access to international markets. Sun Pharm is currently working towards globally recognized EU GMP certifications.  Sun Pharm has a management team with decades of experience in the industry, with expertise in retail consumer packaged goods, global pharmaceutical sales and manufacturing, quality assurance, and commercialized cultivation. The growing team has more than two decades of experience in organic cultivation and distribution of herbs and nutraceutical products throughout the Americas, North Africa, and the Middle East.  Sun Pharm's sales team has more than two decades in product development, commercialization, and retail and pharmaceutical sales including international distribution.

About True Buch
Founded almost a decade ago with the goal of creating beverages to improve gut health, True Buch Kombucha brews raw, unpasteurized, gluten free and non-GMO Kombucha. Based in Alberta, the company distributes small-batch Kombucha and is passionate about sustainability, collaborating with local businesses, supporting employees, and adhering to zero waste principles.

For more information,
Follow Zenabis on Facebook @zenabismmj or on Twitter and Instagram @Zenabis
Follow Namaste on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @Namaste.com

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1 After completion of planned expansions

SOURCE Bevo Agro Inc.

For further information:

Visit: https://www.zenabis.com.

media@zenabis.com, 1-844-523-8679

How to Brew Kombucha

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What you will need: 

  • Gallon size glass jar
  • 1 gallon of brewed sweetened tea (use 1 cup of organic cane sugar per gallon of tea)
  • SCOBY and 1 cup of liquid from a previous batch of Kombucha
  • Cheesecloth and a rubber band

Instructions:

1.  Prepare the sweet tea. Add 1 cup of organic cane sugar.
2.  Let tea cool to room temperature as hot tea can kill your SCOBY.
3.  Once the tea is cool, pour it into a glass jar, leaving a couple of inches of room at the top. Pour in 1/2 cup liquid from a previous batch of Kombucha or 1/2 cup from a store-bought bottle of Kombucha.
4.  Add the SCOBY and the starter liquid.
5.  Cover the jar and keep tight with a rubber band. Let it sit on a counter or inside a cupboard for 7-10 days. Taste regularly – it should taste tart and sweet.
6.  Kombucha is now ready for a second ferment or for drinking. If you aren't doing the second ferment, pour the kombucha into jars with airtight lids and seal until ready to drink.

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If you’re looking for carbonation, a second ferment is in order:

1.  Get a few bottles with tight caps/seals.
2.  Pour the finished Kombucha into the bottles until about 1 inch from the top. Make sure to leave about 1/2 cup brewed Kombucha in the jar with the SCOBY for your next batch.
3.  Flavour with sliced ginger, berries or other fruit.
4.  Tightly cap the bottles and leave at room temperature for another 2-7 days until carbonated to your taste.
5.  Refrigerate before drinking

Meet Titan

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We love our friends at Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)! They rescue abandoned animals from around Alberta, and with the help of many volunteers and donations, they bring them back to health and into foster care so they can ultimately be adopted into their forever homes. 

When we set up our bottle program, we knew right away that we wanted to partner with AARCS and donate a portion of our proceeds to them.

In 2017, our Ginger Kombucha raised over $2,000 to help the cutest dog ever - Titan - get a much needed surgery. 

Titan was recently surrendered and rescued by AARCS with a badly damaged leg. AARCS soon learned that the leg needed to be amputated, and we were so happy to donate the funds we raised in order to make the surgery possible. 

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It is now a week post surgery, and  Titan is happily recovering. If all goes well after his 2 week check  His personality has changed completely and the sad pup that was rescued a few weeks ago is now a big sweetheart who is getting better each day. 

To help other animals like Titan, and to see when he will be ready for adoption, visit aarcs.ca AND keep drinking that ginger 'Buch! 

Pals x True Büch

This is Bob Marley, True Buch mascot and PALS super dog.  We volunteer biweekly at the Alberta Children’s Hospital with Bob Marley and it’s both his and our favourite activity! 

This is Bob Marley, True Buch mascot and PALS super dog.  We volunteer biweekly at the Alberta Children’s Hospital with Bob Marley and it’s both his and our favourite activity! 

We caught up with Diana Segboer, the Executive Director of PALS to chat about the organization, what it does for the community, and how others can get involved! Check it out below... 

Tell us a little bit about Pals.

PALS stands for Pet Access League Society. We are an organization that works with over 60 different places across the city to provide pet therapy to anyone from seniors to children. It might be a senior who had to give up their pet when they moved into an assisted living facility or a kid who has had an injury to their limb. Brushing a dog might make them forget about the pain in their arm and get them to move it. PALS is an organization that is more than it appears on the surface, animals visiting the hospital is just scratching the surface, it is so much more than that. 

What is the mission and vision behind PALS?

PALS evolves based on the needs of the people we visit. Our programs are constantly changing to fit the different stresses in the world. Right now we are developing a program called Positive PALS which helps kids who are dealing with bullying in school and a program called Story PALS. Story PALS was designed to help schools deal with reading problems. It is for the kids who need a little extra help developing their reading skills so they don't fall behind. It is a seven-week program that we host twice a year in collaboration with the public libraries. Kids sign up to increase their confidence and reading levels. They sit with a PALS animal and read to them, it's simple but you can see the leaps and bounds the kids make in that 7 weeks. It gives them confidence that is hard to build in traditional settings.

What is your favorite part about working for PALS?

Seeing changes in the faces of the people you go to visit. They could be having the worst day and have no emotion on their face, but when the animals walk into the room you see them light up. In that moment everything that is bad or negative in their world is gone. That animal has taken it all away, they are just living in the moment petting the animal or playing with the animal, their pain is gone and they are happy.

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Tell us one thing people probably don't know about PALS

That we are a charity that is not funded by the government. Since we are in the hospitals and senior homes people think we are funded by the government but we aren’t. We need donations all the time, sometimes it feels like all we do is fundraising. Getting funds through donations and our volunteers is how we keep the doors open. 

Where do donations like the one from True Büch go? How is the money spent in the organization? 

All the donations we receive go to programming. We have 2.5 people on the PALS team whose sole responsibility is to keep the programming going. 

If you want to get involved with PALS or make a donation how do you do it?

If you want to get involved or donate to PALS send Diana a message anytime!
Her email is Diana@palspets.com


This year, because you drank our ginger Kombucha,  we were able to raise close to $1,000 for PALS. Thanks for your supporting both us and PALS! 
Learn more about Pals at www.palspets.com