Local Booch – a local favorite

by Gatlin Beemus, Rype & Readi Contributing Blogger

Local BoochSt. Augustine native, Matt Webb, is the proud owner of our favorite local kombucha brewery. Matt was inspired to open his own brewery after a trip to Colorado two years ago. During his travels, he fell in love with a drink that was a healthy alternative for those who enjoyed the taste of fermentation but are unable to enjoy it. Being allergic to hops found in beer, Matt was drawn to its fermentation process and gluten free nature. He brought the drink back to his home of St. Augustine and set off to share it with all of you. Thus, Local Booch was born.

Kombucha is a non-alcoholic, fermented drink made out of tea. Local Booch uses high quality organic fair trade black and green tea and Yerba Mate tea. The tea used in the fermentation process creates a drink that boosts the immune system, helps digestion, and increases immunity. Not only is it extremely good for you, Local Booch’s kombucha is a refreshing and delicious alternative to a soda or brewed beer.

The operation began with a lot of flavor experiments. Matt wanted to incorporate local produce into his kombucha. He experimented with ginger, lavender, blackberries, strawberries, guava, watermelon, and many others.

Local BoochMatt has been steadily expanding his company from his own personal brewing set to larger fermenting tanks. First, the tea base is made with a mixture of water, Florida grown evaporated cane juice, and tea. Yeast is then added to start the fermenting process. Fresh fruit juice and other natural ingredients are added for flavoring. Carbonation then occurs when CO2 builds up in the mixture. The final result is chilled and delivered for thousands to enjoy.

Matt has made it his goal to bring his kombucha to many diverse locations. He wants to help everyone have an alternative carbonated, fermented, and gluten free drink readily available. Matt and his partner are planning on bottling their kombucha in the near future in order to get more Local Booch out to the world.

Dan’s the Man for North Florida’s Best Blueberries

Dan’s the Man for North Florida’s Best Blueberries

By Gatlin Beemus, Rype & Readi Contributing Blogger

Blublueberrieseberries, blueberries, blueberries! Tis the season for Northeast Florida’s juiciest and plump blueberries. These blueberries are not only delicious in pies, smoothies, salads, jams, muffins and pancakes; they are incredibly healthy for you. Current research done by The United States Highbush Blueberry Council’s research shows that blueberries can help with anti-aging, infection fighting, improved eyesight, and cancer fighting anti-oxidants[1].

Delicious and nutritious!

Rabbiteye and southern highbush are the primary blueberries grown in Florida. These blueberries need a low-chill environment in order to thrive. That is why northeast Florida is the best location in Florida to buy local berries. These berries thrive on acidic soils. Don Cowren of Blueberry Hill Farm located in Crescent City has his U-pick farm situated along Silver Lake. This lake is highly acidic and is used to water Don’s blueberries. The environment allows his blueberries to thrive and allows you to go and pick as many as you’d like!

Dan Doran Dan Doran of St. Johns Oaks Vineyard shares our passion for fresh and local produce

Dan began his life on the farm as a foliage cutter. He is still active in that business but now enjoys strolling the farm and munching on his delicious berries. He is constantly checking up on plants and expanding his crop. He started his organic practice of growing blueberries over 20 years ago. Dan grows some of Rype and Readi’s sweetest blueberries every season. He is now gearing up for blackberry season. Not many growers in northeast Florida participate in blackberry season, making Dan Doran the Man for blackberries this summer.



[1] US Highbush Blueberry Council. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017