Glass Half Full: Investors Pour Funds into San Diego’s 619 Distillery & Tasting Room NextSeed Campaign

619 Distillery & Tasting Room, a new craft distillery and tasting room based in the heart of North Park, one of San Diego’s hip neighborhoods, has partnered with NextSeed for its  Reg C equity crowdfunding campaign.  To date, 619 has raised over $43K toward its minimum goal of $100,000.  This investment is secured by a blanket lien on all assets of the business.

619 will used its NextSeed funds to build out the 619 Distillery & Tasting Room and kick off initial production runs in the new facility. Money raised over the minimum will be used to enhance 619’s product offerings, including the development and production of new infusions and potential expansion into ready-to-drink “cocktails to go.” 619’s infusions are made using whole ingredients – mostly sourced from San Diego.

The NextSeed campaign was launched by the makers of Six One Nine Vodka, the San Diego-based vodka maker is known for its premium handcrafted vodka and signature all-natural vodka infusions. Named for the city’s primary area code, Six One Nine Vodka launched in 2012 and is widely available in bars and restaurants as well as retail outlets throughout the San Diego area. Investment rewards are offered beginning at the $100 level and include launch party tickets, gift cards, tasting room membership, private parties and early access to special events, special events, and tasting dinners.

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Recently amended Prohibition-era laws now allow distilleries to produce and sell bottles for home consumption under one roof. Located in the vibrant North Park area – known for its Craftsman bungalows, art galleries, critically acclaimed restaurants and a myriad of nightlife options – the 619 Distillery & Tasting Room will occupy 4,200 square feet of a reclaimed industrial space at the corner of 30th Street and Lincoln Avenue. Founded in 2012 by Nick Apostolopoulos, a former software architect and spirits aficionado, the 619 team originally sought to fill a super-premium handcrafted vodka niche.

“At the time, local and state laws made it nearly impossible to establish a distillery within the city limits. By 2015, regulations loosened, and Six One Nine Vodka began entirely producing its award-winning vodka in the city of San Diego,” according to the campaign. “Six One Nine Vodka is distilled entirely from cane sugar (most vodkas use wheat or corn) resulting in a uniquely clean and smooth texture and natural absence of gluten.”

Apostolopoulos’ vision: a central gathering place for the community: cocktail classes, summer BBQs and art events. The distillery portion of the space, which will be open for tours and house a custom-made two-column 1,000L still, will sit adjacent to a tasting room & bar featuring spirits and cocktails by both 619 and other local distilleries. Chef Sean Ames will lead the kitchen and its seasonal culinary offerings. Artist Jason Feather is producing several custom works for the space, including a large graffiti installation on the dog-friendly outdoor patio. The 619 Tasting Room & Restaurant portion of the project is slated to open in April 2018. For more financial details, click here. The campaign closes in 81 days.

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