Culture Craft Kombucha was founded in 2015 by North Vancouver entrepreneur and chef Dan Larsen, who decided to turn his attention from a 15-year grind in the back of house at renowned restaurants like La Quercia, Café Medina, Sonora Resort and Bishop’s and combine his relationships with local farmers and purveyors and passion for food and drink into building his own boutique brand of kombucha.
Admittedly, his motivation behind the creation of Culture Craft Kombucha was also one of a personal quest to improve his own health.
“While working as a chef I was tired, wired and burned out, had neglected my health and found myself with a seriously compromised digestive system,” he says. His future mother-in-law introduced him to the nutritional benefits of kombucha, which can aid in reproducing beneficial gut bacteria heavily depleted from stress, toxins and a poor-quality diet to create a more powerful digestive response and strengthen the symbiotic relationship shared between mind, body and digestive system.
Not to mention that the nutritionally ‘alive’ functional beverage contains healthy organic acids, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes and B vitamins — all of which have the potential to help boost energy, mood and immunity and promote detoxification.
It also allows him to provide his young son Shay with a healthy, delicious probiotic drink that is nutrient dense, low in sugar — making it a far superior beverage to pop or juice — and made with local, organic, preservative- and pesticide-free ingredients that Shay recognizes.
Culture Craft Kombucha also brings to bear other ‘greater-good’ benefits like protecting local farmland, reducing negative impacts on the environment by using recyclable, photodegradable and compostable labels and eco-friendly packaging, and keeping money in BC communities by supporting farmers in our own neighbourhoods.
When it comes to Kombucha, Dan relies on the principle of ‘Fresh is Best’.
“So many mass-market kombucha brands are flooding the market with product that can take weeks or even months before it hits the grocery store shelves, and during that time, kombucha has a tendency to become more acidic and take on a vinegary flavour that can be unpleasant and off-putting,” says Dan. “We want to help people avoid buying far-from-fresh kombucha. It’s our mission to shorten the distribution chain and show consumers who are thirsty for change that only the freshest will do.”
Dan is hands-on every step of the way, from recipe creation and sourcing all the seaonally inspired ingredients in each flavour to brewing and bottling the finished product. His favourite part of the business is sourcing fresh, organic produce from some of BC’s best farms to elevate the flavour of each brew, all while supporting local food systems.
In a nod to his Danish heritage, Dan kept the Scandinavian principles of ‘Hygge’ — a sense of simplicity, coziness and instantly comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or wellbeing — front of mind when envisioning all aspects of the Culture Craft Kombucha brand. And it’s these same principles with which he conducts his business and nurtures his relationships with local farmers, purveyors, clients and consumers.
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What are your Covid safety measures?
Masks are recommended for those not fully vaccinated while visiting the brewery
We will continue to sanitize all surfaces regularly and staff will continue to wear masks until such time as this pandemic is over
How do I order?
Check out and pay online. Online orders are ready for Pickup in 48hrs. Delivery is offered once a week** on Friday to Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver. If you are outside of Vancouver a flat delivery fee of $20 and you will get your order within 48hrs. Delivery to: Burnaby, Delta, Langley, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey, White Rock. You will receive an email when your order is on its way.
**Might be delivered before Friday
Can I just drop into the shop?
Our facility is a shared production kitchen so we only allow visitors by appointment. If you call 1 hour ahead we can generally arrange an appointment for you.
All orders must be placed and paid online.
PICKUP & DELIVERY
Online Orders will receive an email titled "Order #(your order number) is placed" within 48hrs of your order being placed. This email will detail your pickup date and time. You will receive a confirmation email when your order is ready for pickup. Do not try to pickup your order before you receive this confirmation email.
Late unclaimed orders
Due to our limited space, orders will be held for 24 hrs
Delivery is offered once a week** on Friday to Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver. If you are outside of Vancouver a flat delivery fee of $20 and you will get your order within 48hrs. Delivery to: Burnaby, Delta, Langley, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey, White Rock. Your order must be placed 48hrs before the delivery day to be part of that week’s delivery runs. You will receive an email when your order is on its way.
If you are in a house, we will knock and leave at the door if there's no answer.
If you are in an apartment, please leave your buzzer number in the Delivery Instructions box for Local Delivery. If you can’t buzz us into your apartment remotely please make sure you are home to receive your delivery. We will send you an email letting you know your delivery is on its way, please be home between 9-5pm to receive your delivery. We will buzz you, if there is no answer we will take your order back to our facility for pickup.
If you are still in BC but outside the cities listed above contact us we have limited options for delivery outside the Greater Vancouver Area.
**Sometimes Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver might be delivered before the following Friday. At the latest they will be delivered by the following Friday.
Product care is simple!
Keep Refrigerated. Caps can be twisted off. Do not use a bottle opener. Do not shake.
My kombucha was left out of the refrigerated overnight can I still drink it?
Yes, Kombucha left out of the fridge is safe to drink if left unrefrigerated. After 72 hours the kombucha may become increasingly carbonated and might burst its cap.
I have a food allergy can I have your kombucha?
Our production equipment is used solely by us and is sanitized after every use. We are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, GMO free, Nut Free You can see a list of the ingredients in each flavour on the flavours product page.
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