HONEYMOON BREWERY wins title as ONE OF THE BEST HARD KOMBUCHAS IN THE WORLD
HONEYMOON BREWERY wins title as ONE OF THE BEST HARD KOMBUCHAS IN THE WORLD at the 2023 World Kombucha Awards in Barcelona, Spain.
HoneyMoon Brewery, a female-owned, US based hard kombucha company located in Santa Fe, New Mexico recently won a silver medal at the 2023 WORLD KOMBUCHA AWARDS that took place in Barcelona, Spain in September. A total of 150 Kombuchas from 22 different countries participated in the competition with each being assessed by 6 different accredited judges during a 2-day judging session. HoneyMoon Brewery was awarded a silver medal in the category of best Hard-Kombucha, with their entry, Cereza Negra, a tart cherry hard kombucha with 5% ABV that became one of their local favorites and signature flavors.
“We are incredibly proud and thrilled to have participated and won at such a highly-regarded competition,” states Ayla Bystrom-Williams owner and CEO of HoneyMoon. “I especially want to thank our master brewers, James HIll and Bill Rolland, for their devotion to our uniquely flavored, patent-pending, beverages and for their personal resilience to this amazing journey we’ve been on.”
In 2014, Bystrom-Williams and Hill began experimenting with their kombucha fermentation process in an abandoned artist studio near Madrid, New Mexico. In 2015, they received a technical grant from the NMSBA in Los Alamos to develop a unique craft brew using kombucha fermentation techniques. In 2016, Honeymoon’s craft kombucha beer won a southwestern regional competition through the Miller Lite Tap the Future Competition hosted by Shark Tank Shark, Daymond John, which qualified them to compete in the Miller Lite Tap the Future national competition in Chicago, where they were tagged one of the most innovative entrepreneur entries across the nation and won the top prize of $220,000. Bystrom-Williams and partner Hill returned to New Mexico and focused on building a taproom with a production facility in Santa Fe. In 2019, Honeymoon’s hard kombucha went on to become one of the best sellers at Whole Foods stores in New Mexico and was featured in Sunset Magazine as one of the top hard kombuchas in the Southwest. It has since been featured in Uproxx and numerous magazines including Imbibe, Vinepair and Outdoor Magazines.
“In June 2023, Honeymoon closed its tasting room in Santa Fe to focus on production and distribution,” adds Bystrom-Williams, “This move was designed to help us expand our continued vision of distribution and sustainability as we seek the right experts to take us to a new level of launching production in the northwest and beyond. We are currently developing relationships across the nation to open new markets.”