BRUNSWICK, Maine - Nov. 14, 2018 - “Something cool happened this summer on an island in Maine. Green Bee Founders, Chris and Lori Kinkade, got the chance to meet their heroes, Sam and Mariah Calagione, co-owners of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. "Sam is a pioneer in the craft brew movement and the name Dogfish Head to me is synonymous with passion and creativity," said Chris. "The fact that they are still a family owned, independent business is truly inspirational to us and a path that we aspire to follow," said Lori… “
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Oct. 4, 2017 - “Green Bee, the makers of all natural honey-sweetened sodas, is announcing the launch of a new line of unsweetened sparkling waters. "We thought it was time to bring The Green Bee Way to the sparkling water world," says Chris Kinkade, President and Founder. The Green Bee Way uses real ingredients for real flavors - with no shortcuts.”
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Feb. 25, 2016 - “Brunswick, Maine- February 25, 2016 - Green Bee Craft Beverages, is the recipient of the Whole Foods Market’s Local Producer Loan Program, a prestigious award to help small, independent companies grow their businesses. Whole Foods gives only a handful of companies this type of financial assistance. The award will directly allow Green Bee Craft Beverages to increase their manufacturing capabilities…”
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Sept. 16, 2014 - “Green Bee All Natural Soda, producing craft sodas sweetened with local honey, will unveil its new, Half & Half flavor at Booth#8630 at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD, taking place from September 18-20th. The Half & Half product features a formulation of Organic Green Tea combined with Green Bee’s Lemon Sting flavor. At 70 calories per bottle, it provides a light alternative to traditional sodas along with the health benefits of Honey & Organic Green Tea…”
April 9, 2012 - “Green Bee Soda announces the launch of its new flavor Ginger Buzz. Ginger Buzz is handcrafted from Fresh Ginger, Wildflower Honey, and Coriander. It is an all natural soda designed to highlight the fresh flavor of Ginger with a modest calorie count of only 60 calories per bottle…”
Nov. 10, 2011 - BRUNSWICK, MAINE - “Green Bee Soda is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with National Distributors of South Portland, Maine. The partnership is expected to help expand the customer base for Green Bee Soda throughout the entire State of Maine…”
In the News
July 8, 2018 — Meredith Goad - “Schools, cities, workplaces – many of these venues around the country have tried to ban sugary sodas as nutritionists and public health experts have sounded the alarm over their ubiquitous presence in the American diet. A regular soda is sugar bomb that, with regular consumption, can blow up your health….”
May 28, 2018 - Ann Trieger Kurland - “Green Bee in Brunswick, Maine, handcrafts natural honey-sweetened sodas with names like Lemon Sting and Ginger Buzz. The fizzy-beverage maker recently introduced a trio of unsweetened sparkling waters flavored simply with fresh squeezed juices ($2 to $2.50 for 12-ounces). One is Wild Blueberry, crafted with fruit picked from Maine fields and then put through an old-style Italian wine press…”
February 2018 - “Why we dig it: To make Blueberry Dream soda taste like blueberries, Green Bee owner Chris Kinkade uses, well, real blueberries, eschewing the concentrates and vague “natural flavorings” in big-brand bevs. The berries come from lowbush barrens in Maine, and Kinkade crushes them into juice with a secondhand Italian wine press…”
December 28, 2017 - Dave Patterson - “Like ginger root, locally sourced honey also offers a number of detoxifying benefits. Located in Brunswick, Green Bee marries these two purifying ingredients in Ginger Buzz, a soda made with fresh ginger, honey and coriander. Before opening a clear bottle of Ginger Buzz, the label instructs to gently roll the bottle upside down to allow the bits of ginger to…”
October 11, 2017 - Callie Ferguson - BRUNSWICK — Green Bee Soda, the all-natural beverage start-up launched at Fort Andross in 2011, is adding unsweetened, flavored sparkling water to its product line.
The introduction, in partnership with the Maine-based, international restaurant chain Luke’s Lobster, has founder and Harpswell resident Chris Kinkade buzzing with excitement.
“We’ve seen demand now, and we think it’s going to be really big,” he said, speaking last week about the rising popularity of seltzer. “We have a lot of hope for sparkling water.”
May 11, 2015 - John Swinconeck - BRUNSWICK, Maine - “A Brunswick soda company is looking for support as it seeks to expand production.
Green Bee All Natural Soda is a semifinalist in the Gorham Savings LaunchPad competition that awards a $30,000 grant to one Maine company to help grow its business…”
February 5, 2015 - Meredith Goad - “Green Bee Soda’s Love Potion – “an elixir known to induce love” – comes in a 22-ounce bottle that looks as if you’ve just pulled it from a dusty apothecary shelf. The woman on the label with flowers in her hair would be more at home on a early 20th-century medicine bottle than a 21st-century soda. An actual red wax seal covers the bottle cap, adding mystique and maybe a touch of naughtiness…”
Dec 5, 2013 - Emma Christensen - “Let’s talk about these sodas from Green Bee in Maine, because they’re my new favorite thing. Do you know them? They’re sweetened with wildflower honey and a squeeze of real fruit juice — fizzy, fresh, and fun. I’ve been looking for a non-alcoholic drink to serve at holiday gatherings this year and I do believe these will do the job quite nicely…”
May 30, 2012 - Ann Trieger Kurland - “Green Bee in Brunswick, Maine, handcrafts two sodas (about $6.99 for a 4-pack) with a short list of natural ingredients. One of the fizzy drinks is Lemon Sting, made with real lemon juice and rosemary, with a refreshing, slightly herbal, taste. Ginger Buzz has fresh ginger…”