I was eating lunch at Schmidt’s, a new German restaurant in San Francisco, and tried Bionade, a delicious imported soda. It’s not very sweet (tart, actually) and advertises itself as being a “naturally fermented beverage” made with malt. The company’s site says that it’s fermented in a process similar to beer, except that the results are non-alcoholic.
Flavors include: Elderberry, Lychee, Herbs, and Ginger-Orange. I love the trend towards fermented, lightly-sweetened, soda-type products. I think this is going to be the big non-alcoholic beverage trend of 2010, fulfilling the promise that “adult sodas” like Dry never really delivered on because they were, well, a little tasteless.