We recently stopped by the Fab Ferments Tap Room in Lockland to check out the space, try some kombucha on tap (which is a totally different experience than in the bottle, by the way), and chat with Jordan, one of the duo behind all things Fab Ferments. We took some photos, had some great discussions about kombucha, and sampled some truly delicious creations.
We’ll have more news and information about an all new, exciting venture with Fab Ferments over the next weeks, including a primer on kombucha, and an official announcement about some new spaces inside Jungle Jim’s that are on the horizon.
For now, check out some of our impressions from our visit, take a look at the space, and get ready for some fun and flavorful things happening in the near future!
Having tried Kombucha before (bottled) I was excited for trying a few flavors off the tap. Having a restricted diet and actually "hating" some of the flavors listed I was happily surprised to at least be able to appreciate if not down right like even those flavors. The other surprising lesson from the visit was how drastic the difference between bottled and on tap Kombucha can be. The extra bottle fermentation drastically increases the potency of the flavor (ginger) that we tried side by side. On the other end the on tap Kombucha was smooth, clearer of sediment from brewing and just delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed both and would suggest a side by side taste test if you ever get the chance!
I will say the thought of kombucha itself had me a little weary before visiting Fab Ferments, but I arrived with an open mind ready to try some kombucha for the first time. Jordan was a super awesome dude who was really knowledgeable and passionate about his kombucha. As we went down the line tasting the different flavors on tap I quickly realized, hey this stuff is pretty good! I was actually surprised at some of the flavors that I really liked. The ginger flavors were my favorite, but the one that really stood out to me was Pineapple Cilantro Jalapeno. So if you’re like me and don’t know what to think about kombucha do yourself a favor and dive right in. I will say the stuff on tap is a little easier to get used to before you hit the bottles. Jordan at Fab Ferments is a great person to talk to and learn from if you’re interested in taking the dip into kombucha.
It would be easy to dismiss something like kombucha as a health food thing - I think that's tendency, anyway. Sure, there are plenty of health benefits, but I was personally excited by the prospect of drinking a relatively sugarless but ultimately, shockingly flavorful set of beverages. From the tap, kombucha is an entirely different experience than from the bottle. Less intense, but there's still a lot going on and so much to enjoy. For those who crave soda, or even alcoholic beverages, this is an awesome alternative. That it's actually good for you is just icing on the cake.