Laura Johnson knew she wanted to be in the distilling
business “come hell or high water.” Today, she’s
the successful founder of You & Yours, SoCal’s first
female-owned and urban destination distillery, whose
Instagram-worthy design and spectacular vodka and gin
spirits have everyone talking.
How did you get in the business? I’d had an interest in
spirits and distilling for some time, and have always loved to
cook and create flavors, but it wasn’t until after I attended my
first distilling course that I knew. The opportunity for creativity
and to put your own mark on a spirit really drew me to it.
What makes You & Yours Distilling Co. different? After
graduating from USD in international business and
economics, I spent the rest of that year traveling to different
distilleries and studying distilling. What I found was a huge
disconnect between product and customer experience. We’re
unique in our industry, in that we put an equal amount
of thought and effort into the quality of our spirits and
the experience as a whole. We’re essentially a hospitality
company with a passion for distilling.
What inspired its beautiful design? It’s simply a direct
reflection of the brand—and in a lot of ways, of me as well.
Why do you think you’re getting so much national attention?
We’re new to the game, and we’re female-founded and
owned, but hopefully, most of all, because we’re making
really delicious and complex spirits worth sharing.
Favorite You & Yours drink? The Distiller’s G&T, our
flagship Sunday Gin with grapefruit tonic water garnished
Spanish-style, with all of the botanicals distilled in the gin.
It’s the perfect way to experience the gin.
Any fun partnerships? We distilled our first flavored vodka
exclusively for Loews Coronado Bay Resort, using lemon,
kumquats and herbs picked from their orchard and gardens.
The final product is pretty delicious, if I do say so myself.
Almost like a creamy, tart lemon bar in booze form..
Three favorite things to do in San Diego? 1. Taking our little
boat out to Loews for a You & Yours cocktail. 2. Trying new
places to eat. 3. Hanging out at our tasting room. It never
gets old watching people enjoy what we’ve created.
Why do you love San Diego? The lifestyle is just really
hard to beat. It’s the only place I’ve ever lived where, when
returning from vacation, I’m just so content to be home. We
really do live in paradise. I also love the proximity to Mexico,
and frequent Tijuana and the Valle quite a bit. I’m really
excited to watch the two metropolises continue to merge
over the next few years.
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