Cultured South—Atlanta’s First Kombucha Taproom—Opens May 20

In conjunction with the grand opening, the company will host the 2nd annual Atlanta Fermentation Fest.

Cultured South, the fermentation company from Melanie Wade of Golda Kombucha, will open its kombucha taproom and fermentation marketplace May 20, according to a press release Wednesday.

Situated on the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail, Cultured South will offer fermented foods and beverages––including kombucha tea, kefir, Jun, drinking vinegars, wild ferments, cold brew coffee, vegan cheeses and other probiotic-rich offerings––to taste and take home.

The warehouse space is in the new Lee + White food and beverage district at 1038 White Street.

Launched by Wade in 2013, Golda Kombucha is Georgia’s “first and finest kombucha company that helped pioneer the popularity of kombucha in the state.”

This year, Melanie founded Cultured South as the parent company encompassing Golda Kombucha, Pure Abundance Cashew Cheese, and other forthcoming probiotic-rich, fermented fare.

“The first-of-its-kind in Georgia and one of only a few kombucha taprooms in the Southeast, Cultured South will offer fermented foods from its own line along with goods from other like-minded businesses,” according to the release.

The space will also serve as home to educational classes about health and fermentation and will offer seating along the Beltline.

In conjunction with the grand opening of Cultured South, the company will host the 2nd annual Atlanta Fermentation Fest from noon to 6 p.m.

The festival was created in 2017 to grow awareness about fermentation and educate the community about the history and health benefits of traditional fermented foods.

Attendees can expect fermented products from around two dozen local and regional producers, educational science demonstrations, seasonal kombucha on tap, kombucha mocktails, live music and much more.

Food truck Alkaline Junkie––a mobile cafe––and other fermented foods and drinks including chocolate, coffee, vegan cheeses, beer, cider, honey, sourdough crackers and breads, and more will be available at the festival.

Proceeds from Atlanta Fermentation Fest will be donated to Community Farmers Markets (CFM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth and sustainability of a diverse local food culture.

CFM will also host a do-it-yourself fermentation station during the event.

General admission tickets are now available for $10 online (kids under 15 may attend for free with an adult).

Libation Glass Passes can be purchased for $15 and include a souvenir ATLFF tasting glass and five tasting tickets redeemable from any beverage exhibitor at the festival.

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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.

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