LOS ANGELES — Melkon Khosrovian never thought he would be interested in the world of spirits — of the alcoholic variety.
But here we are: Khosrovian, and his wife, Litty Mathew, cofounded Greenbar Distillery in 2004, the first in Los Angeles since the end of Prohibition. They specialize in gourmet, organic, small-batch spirits, cocktails and mixing bitters.
The two, who married in 2002, became distillers quite by chance, and for love.
As Khosrovian said in an interview in December, “literally everything happened by some kind of accident.”
Khosrovian and Mathew met at the University of Southern California (USC) where they were both enrolled in the journalism master’s program. One thing led to another and they soon became an item and got engaged.
“When my wife and I got engaged, we went round to visit with our families. We would make toasts and drink,” Khosrovian said. Unfortunately, there was nothing that ticked off any of the boxes for Mathew and she said all the liquor was too harsh.