MEET JUNESHINE, CALIFORNIA’S FIRST ORGANIC HARD KOMBUCHA BREWERY

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EMILY BURKE

JAN 28, 2020

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IMAGE VIA @JUNESHINECO | INSTAGRAM

Kombucha is one of those relentless trends that just seems to be getting better with age (yes, that was a fermentation joke). And while the probiotic-packed fermented tea has long been a staple among SD yogis and surfers, three local dudes are shaking up the booch scene, adding to its already mass appeal by upping the ABV.

FARM-TO-BOOCH

JuneShine’s success didn’t happen overnight, though. It took months of experimentation and lots of trial and error with different types of yeast and flavor variations (don’t worry — there were plenty of surf breaks in between) before they were ready to introduce their craft sips to the public.

See, what sets JuneShine’s kombucha apart—aside from the 6% ABV—is their unique brewing process, which uses honey and green tea rather than more commonly used add-ins like black tea and sugar. The result? A smooth and tasty fermented adult beverage featuring high-quality, locally-sourced, organic ingredients and all sorts of antioxidants, probiotics, and vitamins.

RELAX, IT’S HEALTHY

Whether you stop by JuneShine’s OG brewery in North Park or their 25,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room in the former Ballast Point Scripps Ranch location, you’ll instantly understand why people can’t get enough of this place.

It could have something to do with the bright, minimalistic aesthetic, the plant-adorned walls, or the driftwood tap handles. But if you ask us, it has a lot more to do with the friendly, welcoming staff (don’t be surprised by the crew of bearded bros wearing rubber boots and well-loved beanies) and cozy, laid-back atmosphere that JuneShine is known for. Grab a seat at the bar or hunker down on the wicker couch in the back corner, either way, you’ll be greeted with a big smile and a generous pour (or six) of some of the best hard kombucha you’ve ever had.

On the menu at both tasting rooms, you’ll find a handful of familiar flavors like honey ginger lemon and acai berry, as well as some lesser-known varieties, such as the Midnight Painkiller, featuring activated charcoal and nutmeg. Hey, they like to do things differently around here. But if you’re looking for a recommendation, you can’t go wrong with the Hopical Citrus, a tangy, fizzy blend of light and fruity flavors.

Stop by JuneShine’s charming North Park location for an afternoon kombucha flight or make the trip to their Scripps Ranch space and post up on the patio with a bubbly booch in the San Diego sun. Either way, be sure to snag a few cans of their tasty hard kombucha on your way out the door. Oh, and keep an eye out for pop-ups, movie nights, and other happenings, as they’re in the habit of hosting community events on the regular.

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