The Folk Story

This FOLK story begins with three friends, a seed of thought and a shared belief that anything is possible with intention, persistence and passion.

It was a journey of ideas…

The idea of starting FOLK Brewing Company came about on the winter solstice in 2013.   Brett Kendall, Jennie Fairchild, and Doug Baehr were enjoying a Stony Ridge tribute breakfast with friends at Lake Tahoe following an evening of solstice festivities, when Doug asked “So when are we going to start this Kombucha company?’  As if it were the most natural answer in the world, both Brett and Jennie replied, ‘Let’s do it.’  And that was the beginning of the FOLK journey.

It was a journey of ideas, intentions, individual philosophies, combined experiences, and a shared vision.  We officially started our business in January 2014 with a few sample batches in a small café kitchen, and we have evolved to a product line of eight original flavors + ten seasonal flavors and a newly launched brewery at Stateline, Nevada.

Folk is an acronym for ‘Flower of Life Kombucha.’

The perfect form, proportion and harmony of the Flower of Life symbol has been know to philosophers, architects, and artists around the world for as far back in time as there has been human expression. The overlapping circle design of the Flower of Life symbol is believed to depict the fundamental forms of space and time and is the visual representation of the connections of life that run through all sentient beings.

FOLK also means ‘people in general’ and ‘of or relating to the traditional art or culture of a community’.   Both of these definitions pretty much summarize who we are and who our customers might be, so we thought it was the perfect name for our company.  Even the culture or SCOBY used to create the kombucha tea is a symbiotic ‘community’ of bacteria and yeast and also the literal culture of our community at the FOLK brewery.

Folk is ‘The Original Lake Tahoe Kombucha

Our brewery is located at Lake Tahoe, a majestic setting for a company guided and surrounded by Nature’s essential wisdom.  Our water is sourced from Lake Tahoe, the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada and one of the three clearest alpine lakes in the world.  Lake Tahoe is nearly 2 million years old, which makes it an ancient lake with ancient knowledge to impart. Our chef/owners have been brewing kombucha tea at Lake Tahoe for over 20 years.

Lake Tahoe is located at an average elevation of 6,225 feet, is surrounded by mountain peaks ranging from 9,000 to 10,000 feet high, was formed by glaciers and is fed by snowmelt and fresh mountain streams.  Its water is some of the purest water in the world, and according to the Tahoe Fund, its purity rivals that of distilled water.  FOLK’s water is run through an additional purification/filtration system before our teas are brewed.

Hand-crafted in small  batches

What sets FOLK Kombucha apart from others is that (1) we use a slow-brewing process, (2) FOLK Kombucha is hand-crafted with care in small batches from start to finish in our customized kombucha tea brewery, and (3) FOLK Kombucha is 100% authentic kombucha – in other words, we make kombucha the way it was made centuries ago – NO added vinegar, NO artificial flavors or extracts, and NO pre-pressed juices.  To flavor our teas, we only use whole food ingredients, flowers, roots and herbs. Our Brewmasters, Brett and Doug, are two well respected chefs with extensive culinary backgrounds. They have the skill and expertise with kombucha to harmonize ingredients and create alchemical flavor profiles that are absolutely unique to FOLK Kombucha.

Each recipe starts with a blend of pure filtered Lake Tahoe water, certified organic teas and certified organic cane sugar.  To this they add some Mother-powered Love in the form of a SCOBY, a touch of brewer mojo, and carefully selected flowers, fruits, culinary herbs and roots to impart an ancient, energetic DNA unique to each flavor.  The probiotic magic happens in the fermentation process that takes place in variable capacity stainless steel fermentation barrels in our fermentation room.

A fresh, effervescent, living elixir

The result of our carefully designed brewing process is a sparkling, naturally fermented, probiotic beverage that not only quenches the thirst but also delivers a delicious, healthful alternative to conventional sodas.  A harmonic convergence of flavor, nutrition and higher consciousness.  Our finished kombucha is kegged in stainless steel soda kegs, topped with CO2 to avoid oxidation and further fermentation, and chilled for immediate wholesale delivery to local markets, health food stores, grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and other retailers.

And that brings us to the moral of the Folk Story…

FOLK Kombucha is a fresh, naturally effervescent, living elixir like no other we’ve met!  We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoy making it.

Here’s to bliss and beyond!

Brett Kendall, Jennie Fairchild and Doug Baehr