BORN IN AMERICA, RAISED IN ENGLAND
Brew Loka was founded in 2013 in Bend, Oregon – a small and remote town nestled below the mighty Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. Bend is a beer town – the water flowing through town from the Deschutes River is prized by brewers and said to be almost as good for making ale as the River Trent in England. Brew Loka founder Mark Young was so fond of kombucha he started brewing it himself in 2008 and after many requests from friends to buy his kombucha Mark built a small brewery and began selling kombucha in bottles and on tap to local yoga studios, cafes and restaurants. After brewing kombucha for several years Mark heard about a “new” fermented drink called Jun – a distant cousin to kombucha which is made from green tea and honey and fermented at a much lower temperature. Brew Loka soon became one of the first breweries in the United States to produce and sell Jun. In 2018, after many years away from home, Mark returned to England and brought with him some of his prized kombucha and jun cultures – “mothers” as they’re known – and began to rebuild the Brew Loka brewery in Manchester.