Vice: The Guy From ’10 Things I Hate About You’ Who Started a Religion Had His Temple Raided for Kombucha

Vice: The Guy From ’10 Things I Hate About You’ Who Started a Religion Had His Temple Raided for Kombucha

The Guy From ’10 Things I Hate About You’ Who Started a Religion Had His Temple Raided for Kombucha

“Part of our spiritual practice is drinking kombucha,” a temple spokesman told us.

Full Circle, the Los Angeles new age temple co-founded by 10 Things I Hate About You actor Andrew Keegan, has been raided.

An undercover agent from California’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) infiltrated the temple on Friday night, clearing the way for a 9 PM incursion by five officers who confiscated two kegs of blueberry kombucha from a neighborhood kumbucha brewery called Kombucha Dog.

Jason Dilts, Full Circle’s communications and development director, called the raid “distressing,” and explained to VICE that “part of our spiritual practice is drinking kombucha.”

“It’s a sacred tea to a lot of people who come into our temple. So to have a raid, saying we can’t do the sorts of practices that we do on a daily basis is rather disturbing,” Dilts said. He added that the event was a benefit for Sea Shepherds of California, and another charity that supports sustainable communities in Ghana.

According to Eduardo Manilla, a member of the Venice neighborhood council who witnessed the raid, the ABC declined to identify themselves when people repeatedly asked them who they were. “All they said was ‘you’ll find out on the report,'” he told VICE.

Kombucha is a preparation of tea mixed with yeast that is lightly fermented, resulting in fizz, and an alcoholic content that can sometimes exceed 0.5 percent. It tastes like green tea with light beer in it, and a splash or two of vinegar.

A beverage cannot be labeled non-alcoholic if it exceeds 0.5 percent. However, kombucha, like kefir, something that also has trace amounts of alcohol, isn’t traditionally something drinkers imbibe in order to get sloshed. This became an issue in 2011, when Lindsay Lohan claimed her kombucha habit was what caused her to fail a test for alcohol.

“We weren’t aware that we needed any sort of special license to sell kombucha,” Dilts said

“Kombucha Dog meets the legal definition of an alcoholic beverage, so it requires a license to sell it,” Will Salao, supervising agent for ABC told VICE. “We went in and contacted the persons involved, got their identifications, and seized evidence,” he said, estimating that the whole thing took “a total of a half hour or 45 minutes.”

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