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CORRECTION: Andrew Keegan's Spiritual Center Cited, No Arrests Made

By    |   Friday, 15 May 2015 05:18 PM

CORRECTION: The result of the reported raid conducted by Alcoholic Beverage Control at a fundraiser held by Full Circle, an organization co-founded by Mr. Keegan, was the seizure of several bottles of kombucha and the issuance of a misdemeanor citation to the organization. The article as originally published on May 15, 2015 incorrectly indicated that Andrew Keegan had been arrested. No arrests were made.

The updated story appears below:

A spiritual group co-founded by Andrew Keegan, the actor and '90s heartthrob, was cited for selling kombucha without a license at a spiritual center in California.

The New Age spiritual center Full Circle, was holding a nonprofit fundraising event for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society when agents discovered the kombucha, or alcoholic fermented tea, The Argonaut News reported.

“We’re a complaint-driven agency, so when someone notifies us about what might be an illegal activity, we respond to it,” Alcoholic Beverage Control Special Agent in Charge Will Salao told the News. “They were cited for a misdemeanor for selling alcohol without a license.”

“They may be a complaint-driven agency, but we’re an intention-driven organization and our intentions are pure,” Keegan told the News. “Kombucha is something we’d never imagine to be an illegal substance, and it’s frustrating the system has that perspective.”

Jason Dilts, a spokesperson for Full Circle, told the newspaper that serving kombucha was part of the organization’s spiritual practice.

“We were very surprised and concerned when we saw the agents wheeling the containers of Kombucha Dog out of the fundraiser,” Dilts said.

The Kombucha Dog website states, “Traditional kombucha is a fermented tea that may be over 0.5 percent alcohol. Instead of weakening our product with water and other additives so it can be sold to people under 21, Kombucha Dog is brewed undiluted, creating a pure, full strength kombucha — the most potent on the market.”

The website also says in its FAQ section when asked about getting drunk on the brew: “Through extensive, though not government-sanctioned testing, we here at Kombucha Dog have determined that it is NOT possible to get drunk by consuming even large quantities of kombucha in a short period of time. Seriously, ask Paul, he tried. Sure, you can overdo it with anything but you can't get drunk on kombucha.”

The unusual citation captured the attention of social media:

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