San Diego Complimentary Cocktails
Part 1 - FruitCraft Fermentery & DistilleryFruitCraft Fermentery & Distillery is one of a very few American businesses fermenting various kinds of fruit and making eau-de-vie distilled spirits. Located within the San Diego County neighborhood of Hillcrest, we spent the evening with one of the co-founders to this up and coming start-up, Alan Haghighi. He educated us on the art of making eau-de-vie "water of life" spirits. We do get into the weeds about why not too many other businesses in America are fermenting various kinds of fruit; and why did they choose to become an employee owned co-op in order to inspire the next generation of start-ups.Hope you enjoy the show. Host(s) include:Ron FoxJuliana Fausnaugh-Fox Invited guest(s) include:Sandrine RattierBrittney HaseltonGarlandKarlaEdBrissy Twohig Topics and honorable mentions to this podcast episode include:01:58 - Juliana has a decoration idea for seating area03:42 - What kind of private events do you normally host here?04:16 - Understanding EAU-DE-VIE "water of life"05:54 - Pineapple wine08:09 - Cabernet grapes are one of the sweetest fruits on the planet08:38 - Fermenting tank temperature depends on acidity of the fruit being fermented10:04 - Only red, blue, and purple color spectrum sticks around during and after fermentation process11:05 - FruitCraft's business concept explained13:00 - Drunk squirrels and animals in the wild14:46 - This might be related or not...so dead people19:43 - How much fruit do you need to make wine?21:13 - New batch of wine every week with newly hired wine maker21:49 - Whole Foods acquisition changed the business relationship with local start-up companies22:45 - WINE SNOBS SUCK!26:12 - Pomegranate-cherry wine (aka 'ruby-red slippers' coined by Juliana)26:46 - Craft beer went through the same challenges when starting up in 199528:20 - What was the discovery to wanting to start this product? Being a twin and a son of an inventor.31:23 - A different approach to business structure as a ESOP or CO-OP38:34 - Cranberry wine40:55 - This is concept no. 141:12 - Short intro to show42:50 - Eau-de-vie, brandy, and cognacCalspirits (The California Spirits Company)Decanting winesFermenting guanabana Thank you Alan for allowing SDCC to record our podcast at your fermentary. We look forward to our next encounter.Cheers, salud, and kanpai!