With their roots ranging from Mugaritz’s Creativity + Research team (Dani Lasa and Ramon Perisé) to the vineyards of Granja Remelluri (Sancho Rodríguez), and the expert fair-trade sourcing of London’s The Rare Tea Company (Henrietta Lovell), the team behind AMA Brewery are nothing short of visionary in their quest for impeccably sourced, naturally low-abv beverages. AMA Brewery is a team of fine dining chefs, artisan winemakers, scientists, and craftspeople. Their pét-nat is the next generation of sophisticated, low-alcohol drinks.
AMA pét-nat tea is a bottle-fermented kombucha brewed with pure Basque mountain water, carefully sourced teas, and locally-foraged botanicals. It is a pioneering beverage in the super-low alcohol category, blending traditional pét-nat and kombucha techniques with an entirely new innovative spirit to achieve a naturally effervescent beverage. Its fine and delicate mousse is a result of its secondary fermentation in bottle. AMA is the first beverage of its kind produced without the processes of forced carbonation, dealcoholization, or additives. It arrives at a natural 1.5% to 2.5% alcohol by volume, depending on the cuvée, through the fermentation process facilitated by a specially chosen SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), literally the “mother.” The SCOBY feeds on the infusion, transforming it into an elegant beverage.
As the bubbles mature in the bottle, they decrease in size, integrating into the liquid; aromas intensify, flavors harmonize, and the mouthfeel becomes silky. In their quest to continually push boundaries, AMA Brewery produces experimental micro-batches with longer fermentation times.
“We believe the future of drink pairings in restaurants will challenge the status quo. Low and non-alcoholic alternatives have become part of the discourse of traditional wine pairings and have given mixologists more to play with. Our bottle-aged pét-nat tea is as complete a drinking experience as any fine wine, beer, or sake. Less alcohol, more experience.”
– Co-founders Dani Lasa and Ramon Perisé