Kombucha’s most fervent fans have long credited the fermented tea with making their joints more limber, their energy stronger and their eyesight sharper. Now Whole Foods is wondering if the beverage is also making them drunk.
The Austin-based chain last week pulled all kombuchas from its shelves, citing concerns about slightly elevated alcohol levels. According to an Associated Press report, dozens of kombucha manufacturers agreed to voluntarily withdraw their products while the company reviews the situation.
“Every single kombucha maker is working hard to solve the problem,” says Kimberly Lanski, co-owner of Austin’s Buddha’s Brew, which was sold by the bottle at six Dallas-area Whole Foods and offered on tap at the Park Lane location.
“We should be back on the shelves really soon,” she says.