Kombucha appears to be coming back, albeit slowly. After spotting full shelves at Berkeley Bowl this weekend, SFoodie called
many of the major natural-foods markets to find out what they had for sale. Rainbow, for instance, currently stocks Rejuvenation, locally produced House Kombucha, and High Country, though
the market is selling through the bottles so quickly they're out of stock. Andronico's and Thom's Natural Foods now
have Lev's Original Kombucha, while Real Food has only House in house. A few brands have returned to Other Avenues and the city's Whole Foods stores. In addition, the Whole Foods store in Noe Valley continues to sell its house-fermented kombucha on tap.
All of the above markets say that it will be several weeks before they
are able to get Synergy drinks' reformulated kombucha from the
distributor. Berkeley Bowl is the first local grocery store to carry the full line of Synergy products again, and a checker told SFoodie they've been back
on the shelves for a few weeks now. We called Berkeley Bowl's head office
to find out how the market scored a supply long before everyone else,
but it hasn't responded yet. The bottle of kombucha gingerade we
bought on Saturday may be less boozy than it once was, but it doesn't
taste any different.