San Diego helped popularize craft beer. Are craft spirits next?

A basketful of ingredients provides the flavors of Sunday Gin, the signature product of San Diego East Village’s You & Yours distillery: grapefruit, Valencia oranges, kaffir limes, rose hips, raspberry leaves, juniper berries, coriander and mint.

While not in the bottle, another ingredient provides the inspiration: beer.

San Diego County’s emerging craft spirits industry is cribbing from the craft beer playbook. Like the San Diego Brewers Guild, the San Diego Distillers Guild stresses its status as independent, small-batch producers and has adopted craft beer’s all-for-one ethos, focusing on collaboration rather than competition.

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