About Us

Our mission at Down to Ferment is a simple one; good quality ingredients sourced from local purveyors and community inclusion. Community outreach through education, fostering partnerships with local nonprofits, and restaurants are a cornerstone of how we want to run our company. If this global pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we need each other’s support and to keep a strong network of community engagement.
The ultimate goal for this company is to have a large catalog of quality products and encompass a broad scope of customers. Fermenting is in our everyday life and is such a time-honored tradition in food preparation, yet most people do not know of its prevalence in the daily routine. We would like to get “back to our roots” so to speak and educate the public about the magic of fermenting.


 Down To Ferment, San Diego's Finest Hot Sauce - Fermented, Kombucha based
Owners - Sean Kirkpatrick & Ryan Minor
Sean has been cooking professionally all of his adult life. Discovering that passion early on in adulthood was a very lucky break, and allowed him to focus his attention on developing his craft. He has been an Executive Chef, Food and Beverage Manager, and Culinary Director. It got to the point where he couldn't do the corporate cooking culture anymore and needed to remind himself of why he fell in love with cooking in the first place; to exercise my creativity, and spread joy through food.

Professional Partnerships

 Photography - Bradley Schwiet

Bradley and I have been friends and colleagues for several years now and highly recommend his services. He is both incredibly professional and passionate about his work.


Super Hots - Father of Peppers


A small organic grower of a wide range of peppers up in northern California. Michael has been instrumental in providing us with top quality super hot peppers which will be in season this summer. Keep an eye out for our Identity Crisis flavor utilizing his amazing pods.


More Than Apples Inc.

Volunteers hard at work sorting food for pick up

More Than Apples, Inc is a food redistribution non profit organization, run by volunteer members of the community in North County San Diego. We save food that is destined for the landfill, for various reasons. Stores have a continual rotation of product, which sometimes means perfectly wonderful food gets thrown away. Sometimes the food is close to best by date, past the best by date, damaged packaging, etc.

Our company founder Sean, volunteers with this wonderful organization once a week and sometimes is able to make products for them out of their produce!