Monthly Archives: September 2015

Chimera Shrubs @ Glendale Beer and Wine Festival

Glendale Craft Beer & Wine Fest 2015Glendale Craft Beer & Wine Fest is this weekend and Chimera will be there offering Craft Shrub Sodas for you to enjoy. We’ll be offering Ginger Lemongrass Shrub, Hibiscus Honey Shrub and Pineapple Tumeric Shrubs for your enjoyment. There will also be a lot of excellent craft beer and wine vendors such as Urban Artifact and many others.

The festival runs Friday through Saturday! Hope to see ya there!

More info: https://www.facebook.com/GlendaleCraftBeerandWineFest

Chimera Shrubs @ CliftonFest on Ludlow on Saturday

CliftonFest black color paletteBe sure to come down to the fourth-annual CliftonFest and get a Chimera Craft Shrub Soda and enjoy local eats from food trucks and restaurants; dance to live music from the likes of Wade Baker, Baoku and other live music. There’s also going to be a 5k run through Burnet Woods!

The festival runs Friday through Sunday and vendors will be setup all day on Saturday! Hope to see ya there!

More info: https://www.facebook.com/cliftonfest

 

Fun at Second Sunday of Main

We all had a great time on SSoM yesterday. The weather was awesome with partly sunny skies and a little breezy. Thanks to all those who came by enjoyed our craft shrub sodas! It looks like the Food and Wine Classic  was being held at the same time in Washington Park and we got some crossover traffic from that with people walking over to Main to check out all the great vendors. Don’t forget that we’ll be on Fountain Square every Tuesday from 11am – 2pm selling the shrub concentrate and giving out samples.

We’ll see you next time at SSoM on Oct 11th!

Craft shrub sodas @ Mini Makers Faire 2015

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Setup for Chimera Shrub Sodas

We all had a great time at Mini Makers Faire this year!

There were a lot of curious people walking up and asking what a “shrub” is and about drinking vinegars in general. It seems that a lot of people mention to us that they have an older relative who drinks vinegar as a health tonic, but thought it was not something they would wanted to try. After trying a craft shrub soda, we changed their minds!

The term “shrub” goes back to the Colonial days, but it originated in England. In the 17th century, vinegar was used in the preservation of berries and other fruits. Fruit preserves made in this fashion were themselves known as shrubs, and it was brought over to colonial America.

By the 19th century, recipes for shrubs used vinegar poured over fruit and left to infuse anywhere from overnight up to several days. The fruit was strained, sweetener was added, and then it was cooked until it was reduced to a syrup like consistency. The sweet tart syrup could be mixed with either water or soda water and served as a soft drink, or it could be used as a mixer in alcoholic cocktails.