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Roxbury Is Getting a New Brewery That Features Hard Kombucha

Flying Embers — which focuses on hard seltzer, hard kombucha, and beers brewed with probiotics — will open in the former Backlash space

A lineup of six hard kombucha cans from the brand Flying Embers on a white background. The three cans on the left are white; the three on the right are black.
Cans of Flying Embers hard kombucha
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A California-based brewery specializing in hard kombucha, hard seltzer, and beer brewed with probiotics will open in Roxbury in June. Flying Embers, which got its start in Ventura, California, and has taprooms in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, plans to open inside the former Backlash Beer Co. space at 152 Hampden St., almost directly in the center of the triangle formed by Lower Roxbury, Nubian Square, and the South Bay Center. (Backlash closed its taproom at the start of 2020 but continues to contract brew and distribute around the region.)

“[We’re] thrilled to be joining the local community, alongside the likes of Dorchester Brewing Company and Bully Boy Distillers nearby,” said Holly Mattson, Flying Embers’s director of operations for taprooms, via email.

Flying Embers’s lineup of hard seltzers features flavors such as passion fruit elderberry and pineapple chile, while its hard kombucha offerings include grapefruit thyme, black cherry with lime, ginger with turmeric and oak, and more. Its line of beer includes a chocolate stout and a classic lager.

The taproom is spacious, and it will feature indoor and outdoor seating. The drinks menu will focus on so-called “boochtails” (cocktails made with hard kombucha), various hard seltzers and beers, and non-alcoholic cocktails made with Flying Embers’ own kombucha. The food — which Mattson described via email as “New American” — will be made in collaboration with Bon Me, which has several food trucks and restaurants in and around Boston.

Flying Embers also plans to function as an events space, eventually offering live music and entertainment, as well as exhibiting the works of local artists.

Backlash Beer Co.

152 Hampden St., Roxbury, MA 02119 Visit Website

Flying Embers Social Club and Brewery

1581 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021