Our Autumn Brew is Here!

We’re happy to share our newest seasonal tonic, Spiced Apple, with you.

Spiced Apple Autumn Booster

Making a new brew is akin to birthing a new baby.  You lovingly adore it the minute it’s created and can’t wait to see what it does in the world.

We really thought deeply about what signifies the beginning of a new season, specifically Autumn, and what kind of Brew could capture feelings of warmth, comfort, earthiness…and of course good health.

To us, nothing signified the Fall season more than leaves falling off the trees, the school year starting and warm apple cider.  To that end, we selected an array of crisp, mouth-watering apples, aromatic spices like nutmeg, allspice, and star anise, and cleansing burdock root.  We then added  it all to to our fiery base of all-natural fruits, vegetables, and herbs and let is steep for weeks in our raw, organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

The end result?  The perfect Autumn tonic.

From a health and wellness standpoint, this blend is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. The aromatic spices help with digestion, sleep, and cognitive functioning.

Remember, all you need is a tablespoon a day.

Anatomy of a Start Up: The Kitchen Chronicles Part 2

Well look at us!  We not only moved into our new kitchen but we organized it too.  I’m so impressed with our crew!  Check out some pictures below.

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Our “Area”
Our Walkway
Chris. King of the Move.

We are sharing the space with some amazing other companies – the Bitter Housewife folks, who make phenomenal exotic bitters.; Eliot’s Nut Butters, which are grown up peanut butters with all sorts of amazing flavorings (Spicy Thai, etc); Clutch Coffee Roasters, whose scent fills me with delight the whole time I’m there!

We’re excited to get some good work done here.

Fire Brew Out and About All Weekend!

Join Us, Won’t You?

Along with the sprouts, bulbs, and buds of Spring, our event schedule at Fire Brew is blooming this weekend!

As you may have read in a post from earlier this month, we will be at Ag Fest this Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and 30th. It is going to be a wildly fun time, focused on helping families understand where their food comes from and how Oregon benefits from such a rich agricultural bounty! For more info and tickets check out their website!

 

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Who doesn’t love a Farmers Market?!

Also on Saturday, April 29th, you can catch us at both the Hollywood Farmers Market and Bumble Spring Emporium and Plant Sale. The Market is always a blast, absolutely spoiling us all with the freshest produce direct from the farmers! Bumble Spring Emporium, presented by Go Forth Culture, brings out the latest and greatest talent on the garden, wellness, creative, and food scenes of Portland – come experience something new!

 

On Sunday, April 30th, join us at the PDX Flea + Food! Hosted on the corner of SE 6th and Salmon, this happening flea market always dazzles on the last Sunday of the month. Come celebrate Spring, shop for rare and creative goods, and obviously have a Fire Brew shot with us!

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PDX Flea

We’ll be busy this weekend serving up the Brew for any and all, and we hope to see your smiling face!

Love always,

The Fire Brew Crew

Garlic, a Powerhouse Ingredient!

An Age-Old Cure All

One of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, Garlic belongs to a family of flora distinguished by its pungent aroma and taste.

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Cloves of Garlic

Though its role in the battle against vampires is still open to interpretation, Garlic has been used as a remedy of sorts for over 5000 years (per ancient Sanskrit documentation). During World War I it was even applied to wounds in order to cleanse, treat, and heal – earning Garlic the nickname ‘Russian penicillin’ because of its antibacterial properties.

Garlic is a bountiful source of Vitamins C and B6, and also minerals including phosphorous, calcium, potassium, iron and copper. It helps improve heart health, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, support blood flow as an anti-coagulant, and even reduce the risks of cancer.
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Raw, fresh garlic in every shot!

Garlic is a prolific member of our Fire Brew recipes, and for good reasons. This daily dose of raw, fresh Garlic nourishes even more than you may have originally thought. Last but certainly not least, it is a key player in creating the unique and explosive flavor you can expect from a shot of your favorite Fire Brew!

A Toast to Turmeric

 

Raw and ground turmeric
A Love Poem for Turmeric From the Fire Brew Crew

 

Three cheers to this meritorious dream plant,

A popular player in the world of the supplement;

 

You’d think this spice a recent uproarious trend,

But age-old uses in eastern medicine have no end;

 

A cousin of Ginger, with its iconic orange-yellow hue,

Aromatic and savory, with so many benefits too;

 

Anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and more,

Relief for stiffness, fatigue, and pain, so you can be less sore;

 

Purification of the blood, and remedies for respiratory strain,

Treatment for a cough, so you can breathe easy once again;

 

Not many other substances can cross the blood-brain barrier,

But lo, Turmeric is one of the few, so let it be your carrier,

 

And so, without question, the brain benefits from a daily dose,

That is why Turmeric is in every flavor of FireBrew, keep it close!

Fire Brew Clove

Our Clove brew, Turmeric included! 

 

Trusting Your Gut with Apple Cider Vinegar

Hibiscus Fire Brew

As we gear up for an active and expansive Spring season here at the Fire Brew HQ in Portland, Oregon, it’s a good time to talk up one of the most foundational ingredients in our potent health tonic: raw, organic apple cider vinegar.

Adding a daily dose to your health and well-being regimen improves the stomach’s acidity allowing for better digestion (reducing instances of bloating and food-induced heartburn). Carbohydrates can be more effectively transformed into energy, even potentially interrupting the full absorption of unnecessary calories from breads and starches. For those with a sweet tooth, it also slows the rush of glucose in the blood stream, providing sugar-crashes with a much softer landing. Studies have also linked apple cider vinegar with lower blood pressure, balanced pH levels, and even solutions to bad breath.

Fittingly, apple cider vinegar has proven to foster more efficient nutrient absorption from the things we consume, making it the perfect base for all of our Fire Brews. The nutrient-dense selection of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices which we chop, juice, and shred in every bottle, hit their best stride because of the strong foundation we’ve laid with apple cider vinegar.

Check back soon for more reasons to keep a little Fire in your belly!

Musings from Fire Brew

It’s been a long week. Whether you’re political or not, there’s no denying that what went on with the election this week, and the past two years gearing up for it, was unprecedented. Personally, I am now taking a breath and have my fingers crossed for the best. But, man, I’m exhausted from it.

Luckily, we have Fire Brew that needs attention and keeps us inspired. We love more than anything making a product that heals and brings people comfort. Our aim is to continue doing this work so that we can be part of a bigger picture of health and wellness. Please let us know your experience with our product so we can continue to serve your needs in the best way possible.

In the mean time, here’s some new ways you can find us:

Portland Night Market – Nov 18, 19, 20.

Portland Night Market
Portland Night Market

STORES
World Foods
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Capers Cafe and Bar

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Bowery Bagels

Bowery Bagels
Bowery Bagels

Spreading Fire (in a good way)

This weekend was busy. It was my first ever “trade show,” VegFest, and I had no idea what to expect. So many questions like…how much product do I bring? do I need help? where do I load my stuff into? Then there’s the existential questions like, will people even like the products? are they too spicy? do they taste good? But somehow, despite all the questions, it all comes together in end (though I could have lived without the flat tire on my way into the convention center).

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We are in some new stores! Have you ever been to Tender Loving Empire? A great store! If you love handcrafted, small batch gift types of things, from cool jewelry (fact: that was the word I lost to in the camp spelling bee 5th grade summer) to baby gifts to hand-made health products — this is your place!
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Another stop to find Fire Brew if you’re in the Gorge…head to Farm Stand in the Gorge. A great spot to get all your seasonal produce and picnic needs when you go on those awesome hikes in that area! Here’s the owner, Rob, sampling Fire Brew to a friend of mine, Amy, who just happen to pop into the store one random day. Small world!
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Other upcoming shows:

Portland Flea
Sunday, October 30th
11am-4 pm

Hanukkah Gift Fair
Sunday, November 20th
10 a.m.-2 pm

Handmade NW
Tuesday, November 29
10:00 A.M-5:30 PM

Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar
Sunday. December 4th
9am-4pm

The Madeleine Marketplace
Thursday, December 8th
2 pm-8 pm

ADX Gifted
Saturday December 10th
10 am-7 pm

Isn’t She Lovely….?

Well, we have a new arrival in our Fire Brew family and her name is Clove. Pretty – huh?

Bella Clove
Bella Clove

We’re very excited about this new blend. Not just for its earthly flavor, full of base notes, that unfolds like a symphony in your mouth but for all the health benefits the herbs impart. Let’s talk about what some of those things are:

Cloves: This warm, aromatic spice helps reduce inflammation due to its main component, Eugenol. It’s also high in some crucial vitamins and minerals such as manganese, Vitamin K, iron, magnesium and calcium.

Burdock: Rich in vitamins and minerals (iron, magnesium, thiamine, etc), burdock is excellent for skin related imbalances (i.e. eczema, psoriasis, acne). It’s a very cooling herb and promotes healthy kidney function, and is excellent blood purifier. The herb is also helpful for gout and rheumatism.

Dandelion: Dandelion is another powerhouse herb. It is a stimulant to the liver (encouraging the flow of bile) and is considered a very safe diuretic. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and vitamins A and C.

Sarsaparilla: Proven to have beneficial properties that improve skin conditions, joint pain, fatigue and hormone balances in both men and women. The herb also has numerous anti inflammatory and anti bacterial qualities.

Anise: Works as a digestive aid and expels gas. Wonderful for colic.

Fennel: Great for nursing mothers to increase milk flow, works as an antacid (neutralizing the stomach and intestines), stimulates digestion and relieves gas.

One Big Happy Family
One Big Happy Family