Mixologist Jason Bran began bartending in 2000 at high-profile bars and restaurants like STK Steakhouse, XIV from the MINA Group and SBE, and The Roger Room. At Warwick in Hollywood, Bran helped bring elevated mixers and fresh juices to bottle service. He’s back behind the stick at bout it!  — but without the alcohol.

In his colorful shop directly across the street from CBS Television City, Bran is mixing up superfood bowls made with his signature full-flavored and thick sorbet bases topped with an array of fresh fruit, as well as smoothies, a variety of coffees and cold-pressed juices like Turnt Up Turmeric and Rage Against The Fatigue. 

The smoothies are made in a state-of-the-art vacuum blender and include Peanut Butter Açaí Time, a liquid PB&J with tropical twists co-starring Spread The Love, and the Dungeon Dragon Fruit, which blends either a pitaya or lychee base with banana, strawberries, mango, cold-pressed pineapple juice and coconut milk.

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Jason Bran, bout it! (Michele Stueven)

For the base of the bowls, Bran experimented with different açaís and also offers proprietary bases like avocado, pitaya and lychee. The Matcha Bowl comes with an added caffeine boost. Toppings include fresh fruit, hemp granola, raw blueberry honey, and cacao nibs. The top seller is the PBB Bowl, an intermingled helping of granola, banana, blueberries, strawberries, cacao nibs and unsalted peanut butter that provides all flavors in each bite. The chilly Dragon Bowl is a vibrant combination of nut-free granola, banana, blueberries, strawberries, coconut, and honey atop bright pink pitaya sorbet.   

Bout it! offers bowl flights for those who need help narrowing down a favorite. Don’t like bananas? You can customize your bowls to your taste.

“It’s always been my mission to do things the right way,” Bran tells L.A. Weekly in between pouring a blackberry ginger spritz made from his own ginger beer base. “I love the challenge of doing something different. As a bartender, I’ve worked the full spectrum of locales and it’s definitely a different crowd here. When I’m serving alcohol, there’s like a moral conflict. Booze has been glamorized for the last few years and we’re starting to see a pushback now — especially from the younger generation — for healthier options.”

But that doesn’t rule out a line of high-quality cocktail mixers in the future to challenge what the mixologist considered a weak mocktail space. In the meantime, Bran is happy with unconflicted slinging shots like ginger, matcha, and turmeric and the slingshot that blends ginger root, granny smith apple, lemon and blackberry.

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Super Food flight (Michele Stueven)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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