Bhakti Chai Brewery Tour {GIVEAWAY}

I was invited to visit the Bhakti Chai brewery in Longmont last week and jumped at the chance!
am30 I discovered Bhakti Chai a little over a year ago when my bro forced me to have a sip at Cranknstein when I was visiting from California. I instantly fell in the love with the intensely spicy, gingery cup of warm deliciousness.
am6 Ever since then, I’ve been touting my love for the local company and their wonderful drink. I even moved back to Colorado just so I could have more access to it! Well, not really, but it’s been an added bonus.
am31 Since my bro is the one who initiated me into the Bhakti love club, I had to bring him and my sis-in-law along! Ignore the pained looks on our faces – we were actually thrilled to be there, but dang, that sun was bright!
am We arrived at the brewery in the morning and were greeted by the warm scents of mulled spices before we even entered the building. This adorable, colorful table was laid out with a handful of the Bhakti products, most of which I’ve never had the chance to try before!
am1 Our tour guide/marketing genius Allison gave us each one of the bottles to sip while we chatted about the history of the company.
am2 See that coffee blend? That is going to be the very first thing that I run to after Lent is over. Coffee and chai? I can’t wait!
am3 I grabbed the new almond blend. I love that they’re using almond milk now – I’ve never been a huge fan of soy, so this one called to me.
am29 Brook Eddy is the mastermind behind Bhakti Chai. She began making her own blend of spicy chai in her kitchen years ago, and stored it in mason jars to keep in her fridge.
am4 Brook’s creation became incredibly popular with her friends who started snagging these jars from her fridge and leaving a few bucks  in their place. Soon, a local cafe caught on and ordered three gallons of the blend to sell in-house, and Brook’s company was officially open!
am5 Bhakti means devotion through social action, and this company is committed to the empowerment of women and girls.
am6 Their walls are lined with examples of all the different organizations that they support. I love how deeply involved and committed they are with these causes. Allison was thrilled to share all of the work they’ve done.
am7 Then, it was time for the tour! We grabbed our bottles, put on some sexy hairnets and entered the brewery.
am8 This baby is basically a giant Vitamix. They grind all of their ginger into a pulp to feed into the vice.
am9 Nate hard at work. Grindin’ ginger. Sportin’ a beard-net.
am10 All of the pressed ginger is scooped into this vice which squeezes all of the spicy goodness into large buckets for brewing.
am11 Allison informed us that this number has more than doubled. They actually press around 3,500 pounds of fresh, organic ginger every week.
am12 The chai brewery is similar to a beer brewery.
am13 In fact, these tanks used to be the brew system for the now-defunct Oasis Brewing out of Boulder!
am14 Gallons and gallons of ginger juice and organic sugar being prepped to hop into the boil kettle!
am15 I also love their use of organic EVERYTHING!
am16 I forced brewer Jared to take a break and pose for me.
am24 Yes. Yes, they do.
am17 Up until six months ago, Bhakti was hand filling all of their bottles.
am18 Considering how far spread out Bhakti is, this handy bottling line was quite necessary to keep up with demand.
am23 They’re spread out across the states with more accounts being gained every month.
am20 Just a sample of the amount of ginger juice stored up in the walk-in!
am21 They receive their soy and almond milk in these gigantic vats so they can make their ready-to-drink bottles.
am22 And fresh ginger. So. Much. Ginger!
am25 Bhakti Chai is also a certified B Corp – one of about only 1,000 businesses around the world who meet the standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
am26 Happy magnets! I was able to get one of these to go on my new fridge!
am27 They recently introduced a new, dry Bhakti Chai! Now you can take Bhakti with you when you travel! Since the ginger pulp still has plenty of flavor left in it after going through the press, they decided to dry and pelletize the pulp to put into the new dry tea bags, reducing waste of perfectly good ingredients.
am28 I still have to find some of this ice cream to try! If they start making some almond milk ice cream, I will be their most devoted customer – even more so than I am now!
am19 It was one of the most wonderful smelling and interesting brew tours I’ve been on. A huge thanks to Allison and the entire Bhakti crew for inviting us in!
am32 Since I walked home with some special presents that they spoiled us with, I felt inspired to create a recipe. In the food blogger world, almond milk is in, Bhakti Chai is in, and chia seeds are IN.
am33 Combine the seeds, almond milk and Bhakti Chai…
am34 And WHISK your heart out!
am26 Refrigerate overnight and ta-da!
(Note: If you haven’t had chia pudding, the texture takes some getting used to, but it is deeeee-lish!)

Bhakti Chai Chia Pudding

Serves 2
Prep time 8 hours, 5 minutes
Dietary Vegan
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Serve Cold
Spicy ginger and sweet mango make this healthy, omega-2 packed chia pudding a delicious and satisfying snack.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Bhakti Chai concentrate
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

Optional

  • 1 Small mango (pitted and diced for garnish)

Directions

Step 1
In a bowl, combine the chai, almond milk and chia seeds and whisk well.
Step 2
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Step 3
After refrigerating overnight, stir in the diced mango and enjoy!

Aaaaaaand now for yet another giveaway!!! Bhakti Chai has kindly offered up two quarts of their amazing drink for one winner! All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what your beverage of choice is. It’s that easy! I’ll pick a winner on April 14th! Open to U.S. residents only.
Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 10.46.40 PM Note: Bhakti Chai provided me with product samples for tasting and a brewery tour, and is also furnishing two quarts of chai to the contest winner, but I received no other compensation for this review, nor was I pressured to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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14 Responses to Bhakti Chai Brewery Tour {GIVEAWAY}

  1. A nice hot cup of tea is all I need ;)
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  2. In the morning, I usually like something hot, but I’m not picky about tea or coffee. During the day, I drink wayyyyyyyy too much seltzer :)

  3. Brian

    I always start my day with a cup of tea or two. Then it’s Sodastream seltzer for the rest of the day.

  4. Aaron Cerny

    Beer of course. Not too original! But, it is the truth

  5. Ben

    a nice, hoppy IPA.

  6. James

    I’ve come to the conclusion that there are really only 3 beverages I need: beer, coffee, and water (in that order).

  7. Jason

    Probably a Russian River sour. Consecration is one of my top favorites.

  8. Jeff D.

    Milk, Coffee, Beer, Water in that order. But I do love me some Bhakti Chai as a treat!

  9. That looks like such an amazing tour. I love Bhakti, I can’t believe the amount of ginger in that store room- YUM!

    xx Kait
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  10. As a Colorado native and now living away I am obsessed with the spicy Bhakti chai!
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  11. Alyssa

    Tasted Bakhti chai in telluride colorado and couldn’t wait to go back and have more, oh and ski too. Wish it was more accessible in New York. Maybe you could try to get it in the coffee bean and tea leaf chain. There is nothing like i!!!

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