It started in 2021 with us questioning the ubiquity of alcohol consumption, especially in the wake of the pandemic. We didn’t know it at the time but we were each taking several months off alcohol. After revealing our mutual explorations into sober curiosity, we discovered that kombucha was filling the gap left behind by booze. It catalyzed an adventure in discovering new varieties, brands and flavours. We also each had started brewing booch at home, not because we were drawn to its purported health benefits, but found the flavour complexities combined with low sugar properties elevated it above soft drinks. Unlike non-alcoholic beer, we felt fulfilled when drinking it and not as if we were missing out on something.
As a result of this period without alcohol, we were both feeling the benefits of increased energy, better sleep and sharper focus. We knew we weren’t giving up booze forever, but it led us to question how many of the incidental alcoholic drinks we’d had in our lives had been worth it, and whether we had resorted to them simply because the non-alcoholic alternatives were unhealthy or uninspiring.
We love Bristol’s creative vibrance having each lived there for several years working on startups we had each co-founded. Harry shared that one of his life’s ambitions was to raise £1m for charity. This led Tom to ponder whether this bold ambition could be achieved by embedding it into a company’s purpose from the outset.