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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 1:00 am

The Dish: Lunar Infusions Kombucha opens tap house in South Whitley


A local kombucha brewer that got its start at farmers markets has opened a tap house in South Whitley.

Lunar Infusions Kombucha opened at 110 S. State St.

Sarah Trombley has been selling her kombucha since 2017 and has built “quite a big following” through her presence at local markets and retailers.

“I believe that people who love my kombucha will drive out to the taproom,” she says. “I'm excited to bring something really cool to South Whitley.”

If you are unfamiliar, kombucha is a fermented tea that has become popular in recent years. It's known for its probiotic content, and many people report health benefits. Trombley says she first got interested in kombucha for its health benefits in 2009 when she was living in Asheville, North Carolina.

Kombucha taprooms have been popping up across the country – and world – for several years. However, Lunar Infusions is among the first in the state. A kombucha taproom tourism guide, published by Kombucha Brewers International, shows a handful of taprooms in the Midwest, including one in Evanston, Illinois, and another in Louisville, Kentucky.

There are 18 taps at Lunar Infusions. There's a Root Booch flavor and Blue Dream, featuring blueberry, lavender and nettle. Blue Dream, the most popular flavor, Trombley says, is a mix of sweetness from the blueberry and the slight herbal taste from the lavender. Nettle, while known by Hoosiers for “stinging” them, is full of nutrients, Trombley says. In fact, many of her kombucha flavors feature an herbal element.

Nitro kombucha will also be available. Just like nitro coffee, these taps inject nitrogen into the brew, taking off the edge and enhancing the sweetness without sugar.

In addition to the kombucha, which is nonalcoholic, there will be flavored seltzer water, ginger beer and craft soda.

“We really want to be more than just a kombucha place,” Trombley says. “We want people to be able to experience and learn about things that will make them healthier.”

A grand opening will be Feb. 11 to 13. There will be specials on various refills and food trucks on site during the celebration.

But the South Whitley location is more than a taproom. Trombley moved her production from the Cookspring kitchen to the South Whitley building, which underwent a complete renovation. There are six 55-gallon fermenters, which are designed for the craft brew industry, and she has six more on order.

Hours for the taproom are currently limited.

Mug club perks

The Landing Beer Co., 118 W. Columbia St., is unrolling its first-ever mug club.

Members of the club pay a yearly fee and can fill up their 20-ounce mug for the price of a 16-ounce beer. There are additional perks, including a birthday beer and discounts on carry-out brews.

The beer steins stay at the Landing Beer Co. for the remainder of 2022. At the end of the year, you can take it home.

The cost of the membership is $55 and includes a 20-ounce beer stein made by MudLove.

Around town

Rise N Roll announced that a favorite winter sweet will be making its return. Paczki will be available Feb. 16. These Polish pastries will be available in several flavors, including apple raspberry, apple and blueberry.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8304 at least two weeks before event or desired publication.

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