We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam Howland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sam, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My partner Bryan and I have been long time friends….long time as in since first grade. We were always interested in starting a business together. I always had a passion for cooking and we both love food, so starting a food based business made sense. While attending Cal Poly Pomona I was working at a local brewery as a brewer. Working at a brewery certainly had it’s perks like being able to bring home a bottle or two of fresh beer. At the same time Bryan and I loved making ice cream and we thought “beer….ice cream….?” One thing led to another and craft beer ice cream was born. We started going to festivals and events and knew we had a huge hit on our hands. Since then we expanded into doing all sorts of spirit infused ice creams as well as non infused ice creams and plant based ice creams.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The number one thing that we are proud of is our ice cream. There is a lot of ice cream you can get in the market. We wanted to set ourselves apart using organic, seasonal, locally sourced, and high quality ingredients. The only flavors we sell are ones that we are really proud of, and that we have put our blood sweat and tears into (not literally). We started out 5 years ago with a home ice cream maker and a freezer. In July of 2020 we finished construction on our own production facility. We can definitively say that nothing was easy about this process. There were so many times when we questioned what we were doing and if we were making the right decisions (we still do). The late nights and long days require you to give absolutely every bit of yourself to the business. Success is absolutely not guaranteed but we can’t believe how far we have come. For most small businesses the past year has been extraordinarily rough. Our business and so many others have been affected in untold ways, but being a business owner teaches you to get up every morning and push even harder despite whatever challenges you face.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First up breakfast. Hit up the Dough Exchange in Santa Ana for some of the most delicious bagel sandwiches in SoCal. Go for the K-Pop it is ridiculously good. Then swing on by Sunset beach. This is a chill wide open beach with a lot of space to relax. Next up lunch at Hiro Nori ramen in Long Beach. Their Tonkatsu ramen is amazing and their spicy sauce is even better. We have consumed wayyyy too much of it. For afternoon beers head to: Bottle Logic, Modern Times, The Bruery and LA Aleworks. Or for a sunset beer on the ocean head to Ballast Point in Long Beach. For Dinner the Kogi Truck is always a go to. It is all about the Pacman Burrito. After dinner drinks we head to the Blind Donkey for some delicious whiskey in Pasadena.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First up our friends and family. We absolutely could not be here without their support. This has been a long hard and arduous journey and we are made better every day by the ones we love. Next up is our friends at Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Cream. Through them we were shown the ropes of what goes into making ice cream on a large scale, and creating a super premium ice cream. They helped give us a kick start when we had no other place to make our ice cream and instilled the value of quality first over everything else.