Two trends are overtaking the universe: kombucha, a sweet-and-sour fermented drink made of tea and SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), and stations where you can fill up a 64-ounce jug, or "growler," of craft beer.
These two forces have combined, and now there are several kombucha growler fill stations in convenience stores around the Treasure Valley, including Fast Eddy's stores on Ten Mile Road, Ustick Road and the one on the corner of Locust Grove and Overland roads, as well as the Beacon Light Chevron near Highway 55.
Just like beer, the kombucha, made by Bend, Ore.-based Humm Kombucha, comes in a keg. Pull on the tap, and you can fill 32-ounce ($5.99) or 64-ounce ($9.99) growlers to-go.
Humm Kombucha decided to begin distributing its product in kegs as well as bottles in an effort to be more environmentally-conscience, said Humm's Tim Stanton.
"Plus, everything just tastes better off of draft," Stanton said.
The Beacon Light Chevron currently has blueberry-mint and pomegranate-lemonade kombucha on tap, but will soon add chai and lemon ginger.
Although the kombucha is a popular item, it can't--and may never--overtake beer.