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Flying Embers, a leading line of hard kombucha, is the first product line launched by Fermented Sciences, an innovator in better-for-you, probiotic alcoholic beverages. Flying Embers offers a great-tasting core line of USDA-certified organic, low calorie, alcoholic kombucha with a refreshing 4.5% ABV and zero grams of sugar or carbohydrates, in addition to its higher ABV and seasonal flavors. Fermented Sciences was founded by beverage entrepreneur Bill Moses, the former founder and CEO of leading kombucha brand KeVita, which sold to PepsiCo in 2016. Products can be found in retailers such as Whole Foods Market, Total Wine, BevMo, Costco, and more.

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  • BevAlc Insights - February 24, 2021
    Hard Alternatives: A Category on the Rise

    Despite making up a small percentage of Drizly’s overall beer sales, hard alternatives are among some of the platform’s fastest-growing beer subcategories year-over-year. Combined sales of hard kombucha, hard lemonade, and hard iced tea accounted for less than three percent of Drizly’s 2020 beer sales, but the products are making big relative gains.

    In 2020, hard kombucha sales grew 2,134 percent over the previous year and sales were similarly impressive in the wider off-premise market. For the 52-week period ending Dec. 26, 2020, Nielsen data shows that off-premise hard kombucha dollar sales surged more than 128 percent.

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  • goop - January 4, 2021
    Hard Kombucha: What goop Staffers Are Talking about This Month

    Some of the only positive things to come out of 2020, for me, involved an embrace of low-ABV hard seltzers and also a surprising but deserved watermelon renaissance. So I was thrilled to try Flying Embers, which crafts both hard seltzers and hard kombuchas in the watermelon variety (along with an impressive array of compelling flavor combinations). I’m usually suspicious of any packaged product that advertises that it’s ‘keto-friendly’ because through informal anecdotal research I have found that typically corresponds with it tasting bad. But these are the rare exception: They taste, perhaps dangerously, incredible. Beyond the immediate lovely somatic effect of a light buzz, there are other details to feel good about: They’re made with organic ingredients, adaptogens, and botanicals, and most importantly, the brand donates a portion of every purchase to firefighters and first responders.

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  • Forbes - September 9, 2020
    Hard Kombucha Entrepreneur Bill Moses Talks Innovation, Growth Opportunities

    Bill Moses – who previously co-founded and later sold sparkling probiotic beverage company KeVita to PepsiCo PEP -1.7% for over $250 million — shared insights into the emerging hard kombucha category and explained why he believes Fermented Sciences is poised disrupt the entire alcoholic beverage industry. To help bring attention to the hard kombucha segment, and build additional offerings under the Flying Embers banner, Fermented Sciences has raised $35 million as it works to become a national leader in shelf-stable probiotic products that also give back.

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  • Brewbound - August 2, 2020
    Flying Embers Announces First Probiotic-Powered Hard Seltzer Line

    Flying Embers, the better-for-you alcohol brand, announced the launch of its new hard seltzer line – Flying Embers Hard Seltzer, the world’s first probiotic-powered hard seltzer with antioxidants and all USDA organic ingredients. This new entry to the fast-growing category will feature delicious and unique new flavor combinations, and will deliver on the consumer need for healthier options with only 95 calories, 0 sugar, 0 carbs, USDA organic ingredients, live probiotics, and the antioxidant Vitamin C.

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  • Brewbound - August 1, 2020
    Santo Domingo Group Investment Vehicles Lead New Funding for Flying Embers

    The leading “better-for-you” alcohol company, Fermented Sciences, Inc. DBA Flying Embers (“Flying Embers”), announced that it has closed $10-million of new funding, bringing the Company’s Series B total raised to $35 million. The new funding was led by investment vehicles of the Santo Domingo Group, advised by Quadrant Capital Advisors (“Quadrant”), and included participation from existing Flying Embers’ investors.

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