MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin’s first Black women-owned Kombucha company, Soul Brew, is celebrating three years in a very niche industry.
Owner Alesia Miller embarked on this journey after dealing with her own health issues. As a full-time singer and teacher, she found herself pouring out more than she had to give. After a visit to the doctor, she learned that she was pre-diabetic.
“I wasn’t taking care of myself and because of that, so many things were going wrong in my body,” Miller said.
Miller became one of millions of unconscious and undiagnosed American adults with pre-diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one in three people are at risk.
So she took a step back and started trusting her instincts.
“I drank Kombucha and had more energy and it gave me the boost I needed to say, you know what, I feel better. What’s cool about Kombucha, is that it has so many amazing properties. It’s going to help with your gut health, we don’t understand that our immune system, 80% of it is in our gut.”
Miller made the bold decision to join the Kombucha brewing industry, becoming the only woman of color in Wisconsin to do so.
“I’m now in an industry where brewers don’t look like me and when I started brewing it was basically about me wanting to like myself a little bit more. It expanded with me trying to like the others and to love on the community. I wanted to create a brand that speaks to Blacks and Browns”
Each glass bottle of champagne contains billions of healthy probiotics fermented in its downtown mini-factory.
Each flavor is inspired by her life experiences through music and social justice.
Music will not be set back in Miller’s life. In its current flavor, Love Potion #414, it features local artists by asking customers to scan the QR code printed on the back of each bottle.
“We have a program in which we will continue to promote local artists, whether you are a singer, an artist, a musician or a painter. It’s just that I really stay true to who I am.”
Soul Brew Kombucha is currently available at Outpost Natural Foods, Beans & Barley, The Glass Pantry, Willy Street Co-op, and Frannie’s Market.
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