Our Story

A Tea Company First

I started Townshend’s Tea Company in 2006 with the idea of serving great teas in a casual teahouse setting. In 2008 we began making kombucha in the kitchens of our two teahouses, calling it Brew Dr. Kombucha. In 2009 we moved kombucha production to our current headquarters in Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood.

Today we operate seven teahouses and our kombucha is distributed across the US and Canada. We have stayed true to our roots as a tea company, using high-quality organic tea in every batch of BDK. We hope you’ll agree our no shortcuts approach is worth the effort.

Matt Thomas, Founder & CEO


Brew Dr. Kombucha is produced entirely in-house, leaf to bottle. After we brew our recipes of quality tea and dried herbs, roots and fruits, it takes about two weeks to complete the probiotic fermentation process.

Our attention to quality at the beginning of the process means we don’t need to add any flavors or juices at the end. Our flavors stand on their own, balancing the right levels of sweet and sour that make well-made, traditional kombucha so interesting. We are proud of our commitment to using only whole, organic ingredients with no added nonsense.

Every bottle of Brew Dr. hosts billions of naturally occurring probiotics including beneficial bacteria, yeasts, and organic acids (acetic acid, lactic acid, gluconic acid, glucuronic acid and propionic acid).

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We believe in having as little impact on our natural environment as possible. Here are our current sustainability practices:

  • Supporting Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO):  ECO is an Oregon non-profit that provides hands-on science enrichment programs to elementary schools.
  • Fueled by Biofuel: We power our delivery fleet with fuel made locally and sustainably by SeQuential Biofuels.
  • Renewable energy: We use renewable power at our teahouses and kombucha brewery.
  • Responsible waste disposal: We compost all compostable byproducts including tea leaves, SCOBYs and paper towels in our teahouses and Brew Dr. Kombucha brewery. We’re diligent about recycling everything that can be recycled.
  • Toxic Prevention: We utilize non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products.