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OWL LANDING: Digg Inn Union Square

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We are super excited that you can now find Brew Lab Tea iced teas being served up Digg Inn Union Square. This unique seasonal market is dishing up delicious food and making it their mission to make it easy to eat well. Chef Daniel Angerer is so good that competed on The Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”. The six principals listed on their Company Values page makes us proud to be a part of what they do

Transparency

Openness, honesty, communication. We are transparent with each other, our customers, our vendors, and our friends and family. We fundamentally believe that an open, communicative relationship is the only means to a fruitful one. We are proud of who we are and what we do. We want to share.

Respect

Everyone is a person. Anyone who walks into our restaurants, whether to look around, use the bathroom, work, or enjoy some food, deserves to be treated with grace and respect. Treat everyone like your mom. Obvious, but not trivial.

Empowerment & Accountability

Teach a (wo-)man to fish. We believe in educating and empowering those around us, facilitating ownership and accountability. We find that absent these principles, the opportunity for forward progress is limited, whether it be in the context of a professional setting or a personal one. Without empowering our employees, we cannot grow and move forward as an organization. Without educating our customers, our ability to help them achieve their own goals, wellness or otherwise, is limited.

Relentless Improvement

Competitive drive, openness to innovation and change, never being satisfied with the status quo – we are committed to always doing better. We rarely find an instance that lacks the opportunity for improvement, and our competitive spirit drives us to innovate, enhance, and refine. If we are not moving forward, we are moving backward. Complacency is a big 4-letter word.

Focus

Avoiding the pitfalls of focusing on many things and being great at none. We realize that we can’t have it all and must constantly make trade-offs as we move forward and progress as a company.

Balance

We strive for balance, both in and outside of work. We seek balance for both ourselves and our customers – how we all live, eat, and enjoy life. Too much of anything just isn’t good for you, and we practice what we preach. We’re all in this together, after all.

See what we mean? Make sure that you stop by and get your fill of our four very special iced teas.

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Top 10 Reasons to Have a Cup of Tea

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Did you know that January is National Hot Tea Month? We celebrate tea all year long but we thought that it would be a great time to focus on the many reasons to add a cuppa to your day. We had a hard time keeping the list down to just 10.

1. It relaxes you.
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in tea that is known to reduce stress and anxiety while also improving relaxation.

2. It contains antioxidants
While it will never be a cure-all, tea contains antioxidants which help our bodies defend themselves against free radicals. Some studies suggest that it may protect against certain kinds of cancer.

3. It’s a healthy alternative to sugary drinks
Tea in its natural state contains zero calories. That makes it a great alternative to soft drinks and sugary juices.

4.It protects your teeth and gums
Tea contains catechin, an antioxidant that supports healthy gums and teeth.

5. It keeps you hydrated.
Despite it’s reputation because of caffeine, tea has been proven to hydrate our bodies just as much as water.

6. It keeps your heart healthy.
The flavonoids in tea promote heart health by reducing plaque build up in the arteries.

7. It is one of the world’s oldest beverages.
Tea has been cultivated since the Neolithic period. Each sip connects you thousands of years of history.

8. It’s celebrated by cultures all of the world.
England, India, China, Japan..the list goes on. There’s not many things that the whole word can agree on but a love for tea is definitely one of them.

9. It lets you get creative.
Tea can be prepared in so many different ways. Infuse it with fruit or even try using it as a base for a cocktail.

10. It tastes great!
All other benefits aside, we love tea simply because it tastes amazing.

What are your favorite reasons for drinking tea? Let us know in the comments!

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Coco Chai Spiced Muffins

Coco Chai Muffins

As the weather grows increasingly colder, a comforting cup of chai is just what the doctor ordered. Pair these sweet and spicy muffins with your favorite tea for a festive treat.

Recipe by Nicole Martin of Tea For Me Please.

Ingredients:

Makes approximately 12 muffins
  • Approximately 2 teaspoons of Brew Lab Tea Coco Chai blend
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 stick of butter
Preparation:
1. Simmer tea in cup of milk for 5 minutes. Keep the flame low to avoid scalding the milk. Pour into heat safe container and set aside to cool.
Step 1
2. In a large bowl combine flour, salt and baking powder
Step 2
3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs then add sugar and vanilla. Strain tea and add the milk to this mixture.
Step 3
4. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in microwave, let it cool but don’t allow it to solidify
5. Line muffin tin with paper liners
6. Very slowly add melted butter to the egg mixture.
7. Mix wet ingredients into the flour mixture, stirring only until just combined
Step 7
8. Spoon batter into muffin liners
9. Top with optional cinnamon streusel (see recipe below)
Step 9
10. Bake in pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes
Store in an airtight container. These will keep for 3 to 4 days.

Enjoy!

Optional Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Ingredients:

Makes enough to top 12 muffins
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1. Add all ingredients together and mash with a fork until a crumbly texture is achieved.
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2. Sprinkle evenly over tops of muffins.
Step 2

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What’s in My Cup? Ginger

Here at the Brew Lab, we consider ginger a superstar ingredient.

While the knobby root may not be the most aesthetically appealing herb, the flavor and health benefits more than make up for its looks. This spice also happens to be in good company with plant relatives like tumeric, cardamom and galangal.

Ginger is native to the warm regions in South Asia and today is cultivated and used pickled, dried, ground into powder, candied, and fresh. Depending on its preparation, its flavor can be quite spicy, sweet or mild. Because of this range, you’ll find this multipurpose ingredient in savory dinner dishes, sweet desserts, and beverages—our favorite being ginger tisane, of course.

Famed for its natural medicinal properties, ginger may be most well known for its use to ease nausea. There’s a reason you’re offered ginger ale when you have a stomachache (just make sure it has real ginger, and not ginger flavoring!). It is also attributed with immune-boosting properties and aides with general digestion.

Below are a couple of our favorite ginger blends, but be sure to check out our full collection here.

Black & Ginger:

A pure ginger tisane—because ginger doesn’t need additional ingredients to make it great. This tisane is delicious on its own or mixed in tea cocktail form, as designed by Owl’s Brew here.

Black and Ginger

The Siberian (Vanilla Houjicha Ginger):

This blend is considered a coffee lover’s blend because of the rich flavor combination of roasted green tea, vanilla and ginger.

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