4
| Booze |

Rowdy Mermaid Debuts Kombucha Beers in Boulder

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Boulder kombucha brewer Rowdy Mermaid joined the ranks of Colorado's craft-beer brewers with the release of two kombucha beers on Saturday, August 13. The two brews are wild, sour kombucha ales — one flavored with cherries and the other with notes of apple.

The Wild Sour Cherry beer is a grain-based quaff brewed in conjunction with New Image Brewing in Arvada. It is fermented to 7.5 percent alcohol by volume using brettanomyces yeast (a wild yeast strain that gives many sour beers their distinctive funky flavors). The Wild Sour Apple rings in at 5.5 percent ABV and is blended with a "super-sour kombucha which derives its flavor from the apple quality of the sugars," according to Rowdy Mermaid. Both are dry-hopped to add citrus and piney notes.

Founder James "Jamba" Dunn received a liquor license to brew and serve alcoholic beverages earlier this year, making Rowdy Mermaid the first kombucha company in the Rocky Mountain region to do so. For now, the two beers are only available in the tap room at 2516 49th Street in Boulder from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, but Dunn plans to expand his offerings with bottled alcoholic kombuchas in the coming months. 

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.