Panacea Brewing Co.
– Wilmington, NC
Back in 1993, when Artie and Robin were just two kids in a small upstate NY high school, Artie began experimenting with fermentation. While attending culinary school Artie worked at Loon Ale Brewery in Manchester, NH. Robin decided to start brewing her own ferments too, first water kefir. After a few years battling over her open ferments cross contaminating his beers, Robin decided to try another probiotic ferment- kombucha. Finally, a ferment they could both agree on!
Kombucha’s tart and tangy taste captured their hearts and resolved Art’s lifelong acid reflux issues. After getting rave reviews about their homebrew, the couple launched Panacea Brewing Company in 2016 from the Burgaw Incubator Kitchen. They started selling at farmers markets from a Artie’s custom built tap system on the side of their 1975 Volkswagen Westfalia, now called the Boochbus. In 2017 Panacea Brewing Company moved into their new space in Wilmington, NC. Panacea Brewing Company continues to grow organically, taking bigger steps one batch of booch a time.