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A collection of all natural, nearly mystical, alchemetical concoctions
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Rabbit hole

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About 10-12 years ago I fell down a rabbit hole. I made my first batch of bitters out of curiosity and got hooked on the experimental, alchemical nature of crafting various cocktail ingredients and beverages. Then I started making small batches for friends, family and special occasions until I couldn't  see myself doing anything else. So last year I decided to take a run at it and have looked forward to making and selling Potents each and every day since.

Products

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Reverend Al's Bona Fide Potents are a collection of all natural, nearly mystical, alchemetical ingredients. Each batch of bitters, tinctures, elixirs and shrubs is lovingly formulated and produced in Tacoma, Washington.

I start with locally grown or ethically sourced whole fruits and vegetables then work, mix, steep, extract, press, strain, filter and bottle my Potents one batch at a time. It's labor intensive and takes longer but the results are so much better… and I think you'll agree. 

Local & Ethical

As different fruits and vegetables come into season, my line-up changes. The majority of my ingredients come from locally owned, family farms. What I can't find in the Puget Sound region, like citrus or spices, I get from companies, farmers and producers who are committed to a fair and sustainable food system. Again, this isn't the easiest path to take, but it's better for our collective health and environments.

Reverend Al

  Photo by Suki Dardarian

Photo by Suki Dardarian

I am Reverend Al, but you can call me “Albert” for short. As an Army brat, our family traveled a lot. I grew up on my mom's Korean food and my dad's constant experimentation with Soul food and barbecue. We lived in Germany, South Korea and finally settled down in Washington State. Each country, each community taught me a little more about their culture through food and celebration. And it's with that mindset that I travel as an adult–– let's have a bite and show me how you have fun. 

 

Local Vendors and Farmers

 
   Harbor Herbalist    For inspiration and brilliant ingredients used in The Purple One and Smoked Apple Elixir

Harbor Herbalist

For inspiration and brilliant ingredients used in The Purple One and Smoked Apple Elixir

   Sidhu Berry Farms    Excellent berries of all types - Blueberries for The Purple One and more on the way.

Sidhu Berry Farms

Excellent berries of all types - Blueberries for The Purple One and more on the way.

  Martin Family Orchards   Delicious Fuji Apples used in the Apple Cardamom Shrub

Martin Family Orchards

Delicious Fuji Apples used in the Apple Cardamom Shrub

 
   Terra Organics    Organic produce that doesn't grow in WA. natively. Meyer Lemons, lemons and limes used in The Purple One, Cucumber, Lime & Mint Shrub, Grapefruit Tarragon Shrub

Terra Organics

Organic produce that doesn't grow in WA. natively. Meyer Lemons, lemons and limes used in The Purple One, Cucumber, Lime & Mint Shrub, Grapefruit Tarragon Shrub

   Wild Hare Organic Farm    Delicious Lebanese cucumbers featured in the Cucumber, Lime & Mint Shrub

Wild Hare Organic Farm

Delicious Lebanese cucumbers featured in the Cucumber, Lime & Mint Shrub

   Zestful Gardens    Mostly herbs like mint and tarragon but more soon.

Zestful Gardens

Mostly herbs like mint and tarragon but more soon.


 

Media and other appearances

Really, there's just the two things right now. But if you'd like to contact me, review my products, or need an interesting perspective on the high-stakes, drink mixer world, please get in touch. 

 
 
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Mixing it up: Tacoma’s Albert McMurry plays alchemist with shrubs

BY Rosemary Ponnekanti

August 27, 2016 05:00 PM Updated September 01, 2016 02:18 PM

At the Proctor farmers market on a Saturday morning, Albert McMurry hands a customer a drink. At first, there’s wary hesitation, then the customer’s eyes widen and she starts to smile. It’s a reaction McMurry loves — and the reason why the systems engineer gave up his IT job to make shrubs.

 

Urban Green

Meet a maker of drink mixers that combines distinct flavors to create shrubs. This interesting mixer has been around for centuries and is making a delightful comeback.