Distillery entrepreneur’s mention on Forbes’ list has a romantic twist

A local woman’s inclusion on Forbes’ coveted list of 30 entrepreneurs under 30 who will shape the beverage choices of Americans in 2018 brought her more than publicity. It most certainly speeded up a marriage proposal.

The magazine was looking beyond food fads like frozen yogurt and creative cupcakes to lasting trends backed by sound business planning.

Enter Laura Johnson, 26, whose You & Yours Distilling Co. opened last March at 1495 G St. in downtown San Diego. Her distillery started with two craft spirits, a Sunday Gin and a You & Yours Vodka — distinctive because they are distilled from grapes, rather than grains or potatoes. But, beyond that, her goal was to turn her distillery into a welcoming “destination” with a tasting room and event space accommodating pop-up dinners and food truck visits.

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