It all begins with the water; clean, clear and cascading down the slopes of the mountains to the west. The same plentiful snow that makes Central Oregon a popular winter destination for skiers and snowboarders slowly melts into the Deschutes Basin, a massive aquifer supplied by an average of 2.4 billion gallons of water per day. From there it flows into the spring-fed Bear Creek watershed which sits in an old-growth forest owned and protected by the United States Forest Service. No vehicles, camping or domestic animals are permitted on the land, ensuring Bend’s water supply remains untainted and pristine.
In his “Messages in Water” series of photo collections, Dr. Masaro Emoto studied microscopic images of frozen water. His extensive studies led him to believe that water flowing from nature produces more beautiful crystals than water found near cities. “We could not get any beautiful ones from rivers and lakes near big cities,” Said Dr. Emoto. “However, from the water from rivers and lakes where it is kept pristine from development, we could observe beautiful crystals with each one having its own uniqueness.”
The Bear Creek watershed, producing 13.6 million gallons a day, has supplied Bend with drinking water since 1926, but it would be more than 60 years before Bend’s first craft brewery would open and make use of that water. Deschutes Brewery has since become one of the nation’s most successful craft brewers, and has served as inspiration to a generation of brewers who have flocked to the area and turned Bend into a preeminent beer destination.
From crisp pilsners to thick stouts and aggressively hoppy IPAs, virtually any permutation of beer one could desire is available from one of the 26 breweries currently operating in the region. Central Oregon is fast getting recognized as much for its bounteous beer selection as it is for skiing, mountain biking and river rafting.
But it’s not just beer that gets brewed here in Bend. The same principles that apply to brewing great beer — high-quality ingredients, sparkling clean conditions and meticulous attention to detail — also apply to brewing kombucha. At Humm, our brewers are just as devoted to creating consistently delicious beverages as any beer brewer in town, and they stringently examine each batch to ensure it meets our high standards for quality and flavor.
Another thing you might notice if you find yourself in Bend — many of the bars in town have a handle or two of kombucha next to their beer taps. Bend might not be like every other town, though maybe someday you’ll see Humm Kombucha offered on tap at a bar in your town. If you order a pint and take a deep quaff you’ll notice something else beneath the effervescent fizz; the taste of pure, clean, spring-fed water.
Noah Walden is a writer and editor based in Bend, Oregon. His favorite Humm flavor is Pomegranate Lemonade with a splash of Coconut Lime.