Frequently Asked Questions

What are these drinks anyway?

Our drinks make functional, nootropic and adaptogenic plants available and accessible to everybody as part of a beautifully balanced range of botanical tonics, each with a distinct profile.

They are brewed with real nootropics, adaptogens and botanicals, such as elderberries, juniper and sumac, carefully selected to create an amazing drinking experience.

No sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no sodium, caffeine or alcohol. Just real botanical goodness, in a can.

What exactly is a functional mushroom?

First off, functional mushrooms are not magic or psychoactive mushrooms – in short, they don’t create a high or mind-altering experience.

Functional mushrooms include chaga, lion’s mane, reishi and many others. They deliver a wide variety of nutrients thought to be beneficial to the human body and mind.

If you’d like to learn more, we highly recommend reading The Fungal Pharmacy written by Robert Rogers.

Simple enough for beginners to understand yet enough data to support the science behind the benefits of mushrooms, anybody interested in actually living their #bestlife should read this book.

If this sounds a bit much, start with this TEDMED video by Paul Stamets.

What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are naturally occurring substances that protect the body from stress. They do this by optimizing and stabilizing its physiological functions.

The term adaptogen was first developed by the Russian toxicologist Nikolay Lazarev in 1947. He used it to describe ‘substances that increase the state of non-specific resistance’ in stress.

You can read more about adaptogens here.

How do I drink Boreal?

You can drink our tonics straight from the can, but their complex flavour really opens up when enjoyed from a glass.

From our founders, Mike likes his over ice, Andreas likes his cool but not chilled too much – cellar temperature.

In addition to being great as they are, they also make sensational mixers for cocktails with an without alcohol as well as one of the best coffee spritzers we have ever tasted.

Are your drinks vegan??

All of our drinks are 100% plant-based. No animal products are being used during production.

How sustainable is Boreal?

A commitment to sustainability is one of the core beliefs we share.

Our cans are made from aluminum, which gets recycled multiple times – according to the Canadian Aluminum Association, 75% of all aluminum produced when it first entered the product market as foil and packaging in the early 1900s still in use today in some form.

The chaga we use is being foraged in a sustainable and responsible way in Northern Ontario.

20% of the mushroom is left on the tree to regrow and any chaga less than the size of a basketball is left alone. Trees are GPS tracked for observation on growth rate and the general health of chaga in the forest.

Our reishi and lion’s mane are farmed on wooden logs.

Are your drinks carbonated?

Yes, our drinks are gently carbonated and micro-filtered. The carbonation helps to lift the subtle flavours and creates an amazing drinking experience.

Where can I purchase your drinks?

On this website from our online store, and from a steadily growing list of retailers.

How expensive is shipping?

Unfortunately, shipping drinks across Canada is not cheap.

We are paying part of the shipping, but, because we’re a small business and not a well-known online retailer owned by the richest man in the world, can’t cover the entire cost for all destinations.

Our shipping rates are:

Ontario and Quebec

6 pack: $5

12 pack: free

Rest of Canada

6 pack: $10

12 pack: $5

US:

6 pack: $15

12 pack: $10

Why is the shipping for 6 cans more expensive than for 12 cans?

The cost to us of shipping six cans is only marginally cheaper than shipping 12 cans. Because we earn more money when we sell you 12 cans we can pay for a larger percentage of the shipping.

I love mushrooms. How can I work with you?

If you are an influencer/mushroom fan or mixologist who’d like to work with us, please send an email to partnerships@borealbrewing.ca

How can I sell your products?

Please send us an email to wholesale@borealbrewing.ca.