Kombucha Dog is one man’s venture satisfy his craving for the kombucha, fermented tea, while also helping dogs find homes. Michael Faye, a dog photographer and health conscious Californian, began brewing in 2010. After experimenting with over 200 teas and fermenting 60, Faye perfected his kombucha recipe. Kombucha Dog currently offers four flavors—Just Kombucha, Mint, Wild Blueberry, and Ginger. The brew has a unique blend of probiotics, antioxidants and detoxifying, gluconic and acetic, acids. He describes his brew as “A powerful probiotic…kombucha has an utterly singular and complex taste, that has fueled the passion kombucha instills in its many devotees across the world for centuries”.
Unlike mass-manufactured beverages, Faye only uses raw, organic ingredients He hand brews each batch and stores the beverage in dark glass bottles. Kombucha Dog makes unadulterated kombucha—it does not dilute the beverage like other manufacturers. Full-strength kombucha has 0.05% alcohol and; thus, is only available to those over 21. Although the government categorizes kombucha as “beer,” Faye feels kombucha should belong to a separate category and explains that it is not possible to get drunk from the brew—even if you try.
While kombucha and dogs do not immediately go together, for Faye both are about rejuvenation. Kombucha’s probiotics and antioxidants will refresh the body while dogs will renew the Faye. He describes working with dogs as “instantly rejuvenat[ing]” and sees Kombucha Dog as a way to “to do something with dogs, to have that energy in [his]life every day.” Faye works with local, no-kill animal shelters to feature one dog up for adoption on each batch of kombucha he brews. Thus far, Faye has helped 30 dogs find homes. Kombucha Dog is available at a variety of local grocery stores, restaurants, and online. As the company continues to grow, Faye invites “you to taste the difference that passion, and a little compassion, can make”.