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Local breweries partner to reveal new Kombucha flavor, raise money for Toys for Tots

We first told you about Crossroads Kombucha on Locally Made Monday.

Posted: Dec 6, 2018 5:31 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2018 6:10 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Tom Brookshire of Crossroads Kombucha, and his cousin, Jim Brookshire are working to perfect their latest flavor of Kombucha tea. They plan to use the unveiling as an opportunity to raise money for Toys for Tots. 

We first told you about Crossroads Kombucha on Locally Made Monday. 

"We put together a really delicious Kombucha, very rare. We're only making a very limited batch," said Tom Brookshire, president of Crossroads. 

While it will be sold in breweries, the drink is not a beer. 

"It starts off like the beer process, but the bi-products of the yeast actually become the food for the bacteria, so that actually neutralizes and the bacteria consumes the alcohol," said Jim Brookshire, vice president of operations and the brew master at Crossroads. 

Now, with the help of some breweries, they're spreading the word about their new flavor and raising money for Toys for Tots. 

"We're hoping to raise around $4,000 dollars for this year's first event, and of course grow from there next year," Tom Brookshire said. 

The idea for the new flavor, Black Raspberry Vanilla Bean, came from the pair's grandma. 

"We had a grandmother that was really big into developing and doing flavors and cobblers and pies with black raspberry," Jim Brookshire said. 

Micah Soltz with Chapman's Brewing helped spread the word to the other breweries. 

"When Tom and Jim approached me about it, I was very enthusiastic about the idea. Obviously, this is the perfect season for this kind of project and we're always open to community interaction and helping to raise awareness and funds for great causes in the community," Soltz said. 

Sunny Helstrom with Toys for Tots said this fundraiser could give kids in need the Christmas they deserve. 

"Monetary donations are so important along with the toy donations, because at any given time during our campaign we run short of toys for particular children," she said. 

The Brookshires hope to keep the fundraiser going in future years.

The new flavor of Kombucha can be found at any Chapman's location, Two Toms, LaOtto Brewery, HT2, and Hop River starting Monday. 

All proceeds go to Toys for Tots. 

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