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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

House Kombucha Contest Seeks Input for Sixth Street Cafe

Posted By on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 11:32 AM

click to enlarge House brewmaster Ben Graff. - HOUSE KOMBUCHA/FACEBOOK
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  • House brewmaster Ben Graff.

Kombucha had a rocky ride in 2010, but SOMA's House of Kombucha is starting off 2011 with a kegger giveaway to help build excitement around the café it's helping to open this summer on Sixth Street.

First, the contest, which involves Facebooking: "Like" both House Kombucha and Kombucha Kamp (its info and community user site) on Facebook today or tomorrow, then go back to the primary Facebook page and answer a question about what you'd like to see served at House's Kombucha Café, slated to open this summer. The winner of the five-gallon kombucha keg will be chosen randomly (you'll get to choose from House's five flavors: rose black, jasmine green, lavender green, sun blossom, or vanilla orchid root).

As for Kombucha Café, that'll be a 750-square-foot space at Sixth Street and Natoma, adjacent to House's brewery (it moved there in October from a corner it was renting from Live Sushi Bistro at Gilbert and Bryant). House brewmaster and director of operations Ben Graff tells SFoodie the café was part of a deal it made for scoring a space in the Sixth Street Recovery Zone. Graff and House founder Rana Chang have turned to holistic health students from S.F. State to put together a nonprofit cooperative.

"It's going to be a nice hub in the community for people to hang out in," says Graff. House's full line of kombuchas will be available on tap, along with test flavors unavailable anywhere else. As for food, Graff suggests some macrobiotic offerings, maybe raw food ― part of the kegger contest involves weighing in on what you'd like to see at the café.

If Kombucha Cafe proves to be a success, Graff says he could move the brewing facility into the basement, freeing up another 750 square feet for the cooperative.

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