What is a health tonic?

I often get a lot of questions about what fire cider is and my response is that it’s a kind of health tonic.  But what exactly is a health tonic and why is it good for us?

As with many things in the health world, taking a step back and observing how our ancestors did things can be invaluable. Simple, minimally processed, raw ingredients — ones that are selected for their natural health benefits, not the many altered, unnatural ingredients in today’s marketplace — have been used since the beginning of time to keep the mind and body strong.  It is only with the advent of modern medicine and our migration to an on-demand society that “ancient” natural remedies fell by the wayside to make room for quick fixes to take our pain away.

Health tonics are antithetical to highly processed panaceas prescribed and sold over the counter.  They are designed to be natural antidotes that promote vitality and wellness (especially as we age) and are meant to heal, restore and strengthen our internal systems day in and day out.  The changes in our health are subtle when we take them…we simply feel better and, sometimes, we’re not sure exactly why.

Think of a health tonic as the equivalent to your daily visit to the gym.   Both require long-term vision and commitment to stay the course but the payoffs are tremendous.  After all, what could be more important than being vigilant about your health (from a mind, body, spirit standpoint) in order to live your life to its highest potential?

Enjoy your August!

Next Wave Fermentation

Sunset Mag Fire Brew

Fire Brew in Sunset Magazine

In case you didn’t know, we’re still over the moon here as Fire Brew has been featured in this month’s issue of Sunset Magazine! Seated beside some other amazing brands, we represent the next wave of fermented foods and we could not be more proud. Grab a copy and enjoy the read! Cheers to your health and the future –

 

The Fire Brew Crew

 

 

 

 

Fire Brew Crew Spotlight

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An Ode to Fire Brew

This past weekend was a wonderfully busy one, as we had the opportunity to see many of you out and about at 5 different events in Oregon! While the whole Fire Brew crew deserves tons of cheer, a special shout out goes to Nicki our Fulfillment hero! After rocking and rolling all weekend, ensuring shots and smiles for all, she thought up a little poem while on a peaceful stroll before our Monday morning meeting…

 

 

Fire Brew.
Fire Brew.
The cold and the flu, they run from you.
A sip a day,
Keeps the aches away.
Fire,
Fire Brew!

 

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

Heavenly Horseradish

Fresh Horseradish Fire Brew

As Potent as it is Powerful

It was once remarked to the Olympian deity Apollo that Horseradish was worth its weight in gold. For thousands of years, the leaves and roots of this perennial plant were harvested for medicinal and culinary usage. As such, this week begins the Passover tradition in Judaism, which means many observing the holiday will find Horseradish at their dinner table.

Horseradish is a low-fat, high flavor ingredient which packs a serious punch of Vitamin C. The main chemical compound in Horseradish also fights foodborne
bacteria and pathogens (such as E. Coli or Listeria) and is responsible for the pungent but invigorating taste you’ve come to know.

A little goes a long way, which is why we’ve put a small but meaningful serving of fresh Horseradish in our Fire Brew.Fresh Horseradish 2 FireBrew

Wishing you a Happy Monday, and a Happy Passover,
Love,
The Fire Brew Crew

The Ag World

Oregon Ag Fest 2017
Oregon’s Ag Fest

Oregon Ag Fest 2017

As the month of April waits for us just beyond tomorrow’s sunset, so too does this year’s Ag Fest. As a two-day celebration and convention for Oregon’s agriculture world, Ag Fest brought in over 20,000 visitors last year. The hosts of the event would say,

Our two-day event, aimed to help families better understand where their food, fiber and flora come from, is a unique learning experience, where hands-on exhibits make learning about Oregon’s vast agricultural industry educational and entertaining.

The Fire Brew Crew will be there to show off our premium health tonics, but we’d love to see you and your loved ones too! The Ag Fest will take place on Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th, and will be free for children 12 and under. Check out their website for more information, ways to get involved, and even a coupon for adult admissions!

As always with love,

The Fire Brew Crew

Final Weekend for March Markets!

Rejoice! Spring is upon us –

We’re seeing the first signs, seedlings, and sprouts of what is sure to be a great season for fruits, veggies, and especially Fire Brew!

Beaverton Farmer's MarketWhile we will be regulars at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market this upcoming Spring and Summer, you can also catch us there this weekend as we help them wind down the Winter Market. Come say hi, grab some brew, and enjoy the market with us this Saturday, March 25th, from 10 am to 1:30 pm. For more info about the market, click here!

PDX Flea RejuvenationIn case Saturday doesn’t work for you, or you just want to have some serious fun, you can also catch us at the Portland Flea and Food this Sunday! This incredibly cool market will be absolutely jumping from 11 am to 4 pm with tons of awesome brands to check out. We will be stationed inside the awe-inspiring store Rejuvenation, so come grab a shot and say hello! For more info about the Portland Flea and Food, click here!

Xo,

The Fire Brew Crew

Garden Brew is here!

Wow! What a ride! Starting a food business is exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time…and we wouldn’t trade it for anything. We’ve been busy here at Mind Your Manna learning all sorts of new things about how to create the best health tonic out there on the market. We have gotten great feedback from our customers and people have been ordering from this site all across the states! Exciting!

Recently, we’ve introduced our latest flavor – GARDEN – and it is tasty! It’s our base blend infused with kale and spinach and lots of powerhouse greens. Give it a try!

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We also are now selling ‘sampler packs’ from the site. So…if you’re not sure which flavor to try, this may be a good route for you. Our 3 packs are sold in two sizes – 3/12.7 oz bottles and….

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3/2 oz bottles!

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Enjoy!

Pirate Bread for the People!

Pirate Bread

I love when someone turns me on to a great new product.  Especially one that I can feel really good about eating and recommending to others.  This was the case the other day when my sister in law told me about a new bread.  The brand is “Pirate.”   Their website is http://piratebread.com/.  Though they make 5 kinds of bread, I opted for the Sourdough Rye with Caraway Seeds.  I love the ingredients primarily for one reason — I can actually READ them.  No weird chemicals or names of ingredients I can’t pronounce — just water, enriched, unbleached flour, rye flour and salt.  Thank you Pirate!  Why do things need to be so complicated?

Pirate Bread fresh out of the oven

I bought the bread at a great natural foods grocery/deli in St. Johns in Portland called Proper Eats (http://www.propereats.org/).   They have a decent curated selection of organic products and a sweet cafe in the back that I could hang out in all day long if I lived in the area.  But I also found it while perusing the aisles at Food Front Co Op, which is great because St. John’s is a hike from where I live!

Pirate BreadLook for it on the shelves!  Pirate Bread for the People!