A hallowed home of San Diego beer royalty will enter its next chapter brewing up a whole new beverage; JuneShine, a local company that makes organic hard kombucha, is moving into Ballast Point Scripps Ranch, also known as Old Grove, which was once the main production facility for San Diego’s now-largest brewery.
It’s a big leap for JuneShine as it continues to grow distribution of its 6.0% ABV hard kombucha, which comes in flavors like Blood Orange Mint, Honey Ginger Lemon, Midnight Painkiller, and Cucumber Mojito, throughout California and beyond. The company made its debut last June in North Park in the Brewery Igniter startup hub and plans to keep that location running as it increases its presence in San Diego. “The first thing we will do with additional product, before going anywhere, is double down on our home market – we owe to our original San Diego customers only the best,” said co-founder and CEO Greg Serrao in a statement.
Ballast Point will be winding down the Scripps Ranch tasting room and consolidating its brewing operations at its 10,000-square-foot hub in Miramar. Ben Dollard, president of Constellation Craft & Specialty, shared, “Scripps Ranch represents a lot of history and growth for Ballast Point. With JuneShine acquiring our Scripps Ranch facility, we’re happy to have found another local company to occupy the location so that the art and love of brewing can live on in this space.”
JuneShine co-founder and chief creative officer Forrest Dein told Eater that they will be remodeling the tasting room, patio, office, and brewery to coordinate with the “coastal bohemian” look and feel of their North Park location, with the aim of opening for production and to the public by mid-Summer 2019. He said the company is also considering more tasting room locations around San Diego and up the West Coast.