Self-described health nuts and lovers of kombucha, hold on to your glasses: the fizzy, good-for-you brew will soon be getting the bar-and-tasting-room treatment in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant ’hood.
Oddity, a local kombucha label founded by Faculty Brewing Co. co-owner Alicia Medina, has announced plans to open a kombucha bar and tasting lounge at 1863 Ontario Street. Situated across the street from Faculty along the Ontario Street bike route, the 400-square-foot room will offer kombucha by the glass, tasting flight, and growler.
Breakfast and lunch options from health-oriented café and meal-delivery service Vital Supply Co., and coffee from a local roaster, will also be on hand.
“We really want it to feel like a space where people want to go and hang out,” Medina tells the Straight by phone. “It’s not just, ‘Get your growler fill of kombucha and leave.’ ”
Medina, who began experimenting with home-brewed kombucha in 2015 after growing tired of beer, will be crafting her three signature flavours (ginger, elderberry, and the “original”, which uses a base of green tea and jasmine petals) in-house, plus two to three seasonal varieties. Many of these will use B.C.–sourced herbs and fruits, such as Okanagan cherries, peaches, and apples.
“One of our intentions is to start working with local farmers and growers, so we can buy things that are in season,” explains Medina.
In total, five to six kombucha flavours will be available on tap in the tasting room. Designed by Medina, who has a background in architecture, the 10-seat spot will be “West Coast–inspired, but clean and modern”.
The establishment, which is yet to be named, will be open from morning to early evening once it launches this summer. Medina may also acquire a liquor license down the line, which will enable the space to take on more of a lounge atmosphere at night complete with kombucha-infused cocktails.
“Kombucha cocktails are really delicious,” she says, “so that’s exciting as well.”
Oddity’s kombucha bar and tasting lounge is slated to open early June. In the meantime, you can taste the company’s brews on tap at select craft breweries and cafés around the city.