Canning Vale: Kombucha kommunity say cheers for the brew, boys

Justin Lewis, Jarred Dickie and Beau Neunuebel at Kommunity Brew in Canning Vale. Picture: David Baylis
Justin Lewis, Jarred Dickie and Beau Neunuebel at Kommunity Brew in Canning Vale. Picture: David Baylis

WHEN three friends reduced their drinking substantially, the last thing anyone would expect would be that they’d start their own bar.

But that’s exactly what Jarred Dickie, Beau Neunuebel and Mason Bagios did.

Instead of a waterhole that served beer though, they started an organic bar for “after-work bevies” that was a “healthy night out” by serving kombucha; a fermentation of living bacteria and yeasts.

Kommunity Brew (KB) in Canning Vale was founded by the trio in 2015 when they each reduced their drinking and started drinking kombucha as an alternative to beer.

Mr Baigos said kombucha tasted similar to a beer, cider or soda, all of which had alcohol, sugar and zero nutrition that the body didn’t really appreciate on any scale, so swapping any of these drinks with kombucha made a difference.

Mr Baigos said they wanted to make a kombucha that suited the palate of over 18s before creating a community that they had envisioned at the bar.

“We were fortuitous too – we had the right minds and a strong bond of friendship and that is what has helped us get to where we are three years later,” he said.

“Beau has extensive knowledge as a brewer and distiller, Jarred is a mechanical savant and I’ve always enjoyed management and customer service.

“The three pillars that we like to think we’ve reached some measure of success in.”

Mr Baigos said KB was made from organic and ethically sourced local ingredients, with the brewing and maturing processes taking up to eight weeks.

As its name suggests, Mr Baigos said KB was about giving back to the community and most recently committed to the Trillion Trees initiative to plant trees in WA.

“We’ve grown a force that can actually have an impact in our state, kommunity is a movement for helping everyone out,” he said.

“When someone sets us apart, purchases our brews, you support a local manufacturer, a local distributor, Australian labellers, glass-blowers, tea-merchants, designers, farmers and our very own Australian landscape.”