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Kegs & Legs Beers of the Week: KYLA Hard Kombucha

I love beer. After now having visited over 390 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer cider drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages. Check out previous posts here!

I recently stumbled up a drink while perusing for new bottles and cans to take home and try – hard kombucha. I’m a relative fan of the drink, thought not obsessive, so I was pretty taken aback by what I saw. After all, I generally associate kombucha with good things – live cultures, improved digestion, and overall detoxification. What I hadn’t associated it with is alcohol. But I was willing to give it a try.

KYLA Kombucha‘s name is actually an acronym (Kombucha – Yeast – Lactobacillus – Acetobacter). Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, so KYLA was a good decision. It’s actually brewed in Hood River by Full Sail and each of the two flavors (Hibiscus Lime & Ginger Tangerine clock in at about 4.5% ABV. But even with this turn towards an alcohol beverage, it still provides some good – such as only 2g of sugar, vegan & gluten-free, and those same live cultures. We recently tried a few out.

I found that both seemed to have a Kombucha-forward taste, as opposed to being overpoweringly alcohol-y. That was a very pleasant surprise. Clearly these could both be easily drank out of the bottle. I found that the Ginger Tangerine was a little bit more flavorful than the Hibiscus Lime (which was still good, but just milder overall). However, where I think these hit a homerun is adding these to a cocktail. In fact, I tried a few of their recommended cocktail recipes and they were fantastic.

Find out where to get KYLA here and enjoy some of these this summer.


Kombucha:

Kombuchery (?): KYLA Kombucha (Facebook)

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About Matt Rasmussen (1181 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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