Joshua and Sarah Opatz of Young & Yonder Spirits with Liam (Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)

(Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)

Foodie Chap Travels To Healdsburg For Young & Yonder Spirits

Liam Mayclem
January 30, 2019 - 2:47 pm

HEALDSBURG (KCBS RADIO) — Sarah Opatz took a leap of faith, leaving a great job and a promising career (including a one-time career as proprietor of a greeting card company), but decided to put that on hold to focus 100% on building her own business and follow her passion of distilling together with her husband, Josh Opatz.

“I don’t regret it one second, but it was hard going from having a steady income and benefits to solely surviving from the growth and profitability of the business.”

From grain to shelf, Sarah and Josh belabor every detail for quality and continually strive to innovate, trying out new, novel techniques, flavors and experimentations to create exceptional distilled products for all to enjoy.

I met up with this young, spirited duo (Josh & Sarah) for cocktails and conversation at their distillery and tasting room, Young & Yonder in Healdsburg.

Cheers, Liam!


Young & Yonder Spirits Cocktail (Photo credit: Foodie Chap/Liam Mayclem)

The Green Beast


  • 1 part fresh lime juice 
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 1 part absinthe


  1. Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into glass. 
  2. Top with a touch of chilled water and garnish with cucumber slices

Rosemary Greyhound


  • 1 1/2 part fresh grapefruit juice 
  • 1 1/2  part vodka
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part rosemary simple syrup


  1. Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into glass. 
  2. Garnish with rosemary sprig

* For simple syrup: Boil equal parts water and sugar. After all sugar is dissolved, take off heat and let it cool. For the rosemary, once taken off the heat, leave a few sprigs of Rosemary in the syrup for about 1/2 hour for flavor infusion.


Young & Yonder Spirits
449 Allan Court
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 473-8077