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We're going mobile with a beverage camper and fill station.
Be a part of our expansion to bring healthy local drinks to the triangle!
We're going mobile with a beverage camper and fill station. Be a part of our expansion to bring healthy local drinks to the triangle!
97 backers pledged $11,574 to help bring this project to life.

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What is Boro Beverage?

Boro Beverage began from a love of food preservation. Mother nature isn't perfect, and blemished or unpretty produce doesn't sell. For Boro Beverage, this works perfectly, as we juice, crush, shred and ferment all our ingredients. We are reducing food waste while providing a hand crafted, probiotic, non-alcoholic drink option for our local communities (the "Boro's" - Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, and beyond).

Carly, your friendly neighborhood beverage purveyor
Carly, your friendly neighborhood beverage purveyor

I started producing kombucha in my home kitchen in 2012, mastering techniques and testing flavor combinations. As of 2016, Boro Beverage has been producing in a commercial kitchen and selling kombucha and seasonal shrubs at farmers markets. We have been working hard on establishing our brand and are excited to launch wholesale distribution. Right now, you can buy our grab-and-go bottles at Steel String Brewery, Grey Squirrel Coffee Co., Johnny's Gone Fishing, and Gughlhupf stores. More to come! 

Look for our bottles on shelves at local bars, coffee shops and co-op markets!
Look for our bottles on shelves at local bars, coffee shops and co-op markets!

We wouldn't be here without the support and guidance of Launch Chapel Hill startup accelerator, Slow Money NC, and Got to be NC Agriculture.

What is kombucha?

This is the SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast): a disc-shaped layer used in the fermentation process that metabolizes sugar and caffeine to create probiotics, vitamins and enzymes. Science!
This is the SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast): a disc-shaped layer used in the fermentation process that metabolizes sugar and caffeine to create probiotics, vitamins and enzymes. Science!

 A fermented sweet tea derived from Russian and Chinese traditions dating back to 221 BC. Kombucha is a natural open fermented beverage that has a fizzy effervescence and tangy flavor. It is packed with naturally occurring probiotics, beneficial bacteria and yeast that help maintain balanced gut flora.   

Our blueberry lavender kombucha, fresh flavor from local farms
Our blueberry lavender kombucha, fresh flavor from local farms

The main ingredients in kombucha are tea, water, sugar and a culture for the fermentation process. We flavor our tea using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers. Kombucha is aged in stainless steel kegs and has a 3 month shelf life once refrigerated.

What are shrubs?

Shrubs (aka drinking vinegars) have a long lived history as a method of food preservation prior to refrigeration. Seasonal produce would be placed in vinegar to extend shelf life so the fruits may be enjoyed post harvest. 

Hibiscus shrubs - great in a cocktail or a homemade soda
Hibiscus shrubs - great in a cocktail or a homemade soda

Shrubs are the perfect combination of fruit, sugar and vinegar. The result is a balanced flavor combination of sweet and tart with the probiotic benefits of the fermented vinegar. They make a delightfully different mixer for sodas, mocktails and cocktails.

Why we need your help

We are excited to announce the next phase of Boro Beverage. As we work toward bringing local, tasty beverages to our community we have found a fun way to be a staple in the triangle.

Mothership in all her glory
Mothership in all her glory

Boro Beverage is in the process of converting an adorable 1968 Shasta Camper into a mobile unit that will be used to produce our beverages as well as serve them. The Boro Mothership will be a friendly fixture at food truck rodeos, music events and the farmers market. We plan to be parked weekly in downtown Carrboro to fulfill all your kombucha growler filling needs. 

Beginning the transformation
Beginning the transformation

Additionally, the Mothership will serve as a craft bar for hire, serving mocktails and cocktails at weddings, corporate functions and other local events beginning next year.

Take a Tour of the Mothership!
Take a Tour of the Mothership!

 

Follow @BoroMothership on Instagram to watch her transformation and donate to help us bring the Mothership to the masses!

Everybody wants some!
Everybody wants some!

 

Risks and challenges

Boro Beverage tested and researched the market for years leading up to becoming a business. We experimented with recipes to see what our market liked and took necessary coursework to learn the process of producing a safe product. We did everything needed to guarantee our ability to pass inspections, and acquire permits and licensing to operate the business dreams are made of!

With that, we have paved the golden road ahead! Once the camper is ready to go, we have a clear vision and plan on how it will function in the community. We have parking locations lined up, and have planned how to transition our current setup to the production space in the camper.

Small batch, small scale, made by human hands... and on the move!

As far as rewards, we have set up our rewards to be timely and deliverable for good reasons. We want our supporters to reap in the benefits ASAP! This is why you will find our subscription-based program a REWARDing option (see what we did there?).

Our shipped rewards are not guaranteed before the holidays but rest assured we have much of the swag already and will be prepared to ship by the start of the new year!

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    I Heart Kombucha

    This reward is only available for locals who can pick up at the Chapel Hill Farmer's Market.

    Includes:
    • 32 oz. growler of seasonal kombucha
    • A funky Boro Mothership camper patch
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    I Heart Shrubs

    Make yourself some tasty beverages by mixing our shrub with your favorite sparkling beverage or spirits. Makes 8 drinks.

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    • 8 oz. bottle of seasonal shrub (choice of Apple or Hibiscus)
    • A funky Boro Mothership camper patch
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    I Heart Shrub of the Month

    The perfect gift for yourself or loved ones! Members will receive an 8 oz. seasonal shrub and recipe card every month for 3 months.

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    • 3 month subscription to the Shrub of the Month club
    • A funky Boro Mothership camper patch
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    I Heart Shrub of the Month Even More

    Double your Shrub of the Month membership! Members will receive an 8 oz. seasonal shrub and recipe card every month for 6 months.

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    • 6 month subscription to the Shrub of the Month club
    • A funky Boro Mothership camper patch
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    I Heart Shrubs All Year Long

    Get Shrub of the Month for all of the months! Members will receive an 8 oz. seasonal shrub and recipe card every month for 12 months.

    For you diehard shrub-lovers, we'll also throw in a Boro Beverage tote bag with a cool glass, bottle opener keychain, and funky Mothership camper patch.

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    • Boro swag bag
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    I Heart Fermentation

    Learn all about the magic of fermentation! Attend a private Fermentation Class with Carly (in-person for locals or virtually for non-locals) and get a free bottle of your choice to take home, plus a Boro Beverage tote bag with a cool glass, bottle opener keychain, and funky Mothership camper patch.

    Includes:
    • Private fermentation class
    • Bottle of kombucha (locals only) or shrub of your choice
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    I Heart the Mothership

    Get your own private mocktail/cocktail bar party with the Boro Mothership camper! We will come to any location within 20 miles of Carrboro to deliver an onsite pop-up bar experience for you and up to 9 friends for 2 hours. You provide the alcohol (if desired) and help design your signature drink; we'll provide the mixers and serve up the fun.

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