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San Diego Kombucha company helping bartenders and servers

Local Roots Kombucha is a company started by two cousins who are trying to help some people hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

SAN DIEGO — If you're a fan of Kombucha, the fermented drink that's suppose to have a lot of health benefits, you may want to support a local company that's giving back to the community. 

Local Roots Kombucha is a company started by two cousins who are trying to help some people hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Just a year ago, Joe Carmichael and Ryan White, opened up a tasting room in Vista where people can try their 16 flavors of Kombucha. Now they're in 600 locations through out Southern California, that includes bars, restaurants and grocery and liquor stores. They both have non-alcoholic and hard Kombucha and say fortunately retail sales are up. 

However, because bars and restaurants are closed they're taking part in a worldwide campaign called "All Together Beer" and are collaborating with over 750 breweries globally to help raise money for bartenders and servers. They're making a special All Together Kombucha Pale Ale.

For every 4 pack they sell, $5 will go to the US Bartenders' Guild.

"A lot of restaurants are closed, hotels, we had a lot of customers there. All of the bartenders , servers those people are all out of jobs right now," said White.

"We're in a unique spot where we are one of the few that weren't really impacted. We were very fortunate and said we can help out and that was basically the reason behind this," said Carmichael.

The 4 pack rangers from $14 to $20 dollars. You can find it at stores like Whole Foods, Jimbos, Fraiser Farms or their website.

The US Bartenders Guild says nearly 700,000 bartenders in the US are out of work right now, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of people who work alongside them. 

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