After visiting the grave of their deceased father and son, a Virginia grandpa and his grandchildren were kicked out of a park for drinking Kombucha.
Chesapeake, VA — Sid Tatem was trying to enjoy a picnic at Chesapeake's Northwest River Park last week, but an overzealous park ranger quickly ruined the family outing. The ranger approached Tatem and sons inquiring about what they were drinking. Turns out the trio was enjoying some of grandpa's homemade Kombucha, a fermented tea that has been around for thousands of years. Ranger Michael Peters was informed by Tatem the mixture might have residual alcohol from its fermentation but it could hardly be considered an alcoholic beverage.
Kombucha is the fermented tea that is sold in nearly every store across the country and which has an alcohol content so low that children can purchase it legally.
Currently quite a health food rage, it's loaded in probiotics, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory substances. In other words, it's really good for you and your body.
However, Peters detained the family, confiscated the Kombucha, forced them to pour it out and promptly kicked the innocent grandfather and his grandchildren out of the park. The three had made a day visiting Tatem's father's grave and decided to stop by the park and enjoy some food and family time. Tatem said:
I thought it was good, clean fun…And as far as I'm concerned, it is.
The grandfather described the encounter between he, his 8 and 14-year-old grandsons, and Peters.
He said real assertively, 'What are you guys drinking today?'…He was very disturbed, convinced I was contributing the delinquency of my grandsons…Kombucha is not considered an alcoholic drink anywhere.
Grandpa's right. Kombucha is sold to minors as if it were a soda and the alcohol content is somewhere between .5 and 2 percent, hardly enough to have any effect on anyone. It is similar to a "near beer" drink such as the marked brand of beer O'Douls which has .5 percent alcohol. Even in Texas, where weed is still illegal, minors can buy O'Douls and kmobucha.