RENO, Nev (KOLO) Every Sunday from October-to-mid December for about three hours, this is where you will find Sam Francovich his family and friends, bottling the family's eggnog whose recipe goes back to the 1860s.
“I think it is older than that. The recipe actually came from the old country. And then we brought it commercially to the market in about 1999,” says Sam Francovich with Francovich Holiday Nog.
The process is down to a fine running machine. Much like this multi spout bottle filler.
Clear bottles are placed on the conveyer belt and filled with the special recipe.
The bottles make their way down where lids and gold foil seal the tops.
The finished product is then placed in boxes....and specially marked with care instructions.
“We sell a lot of this stuff. You know 1200 cases in a little more than 2 months,” says Francovich.
The source of the bourbon, rum, egg yolks, whipping cream, milk, sugar and spices is right next door, in another highly refrigerated room.
Model Dairy takes the family recipe batter and delivers it in giant vats.
Francovich adds the booze.
Because of the temperature and weight of the cream, nutmeg, and other spices, a long stemmed mixer is often used to continue to mix the formula inside the vat before it is hooked up to the bottle filler.
Keeping the product cold is paramount, that's why the bottles are chilled before being filled.
“It has to be kept cold, has to be handled just like milk. This is a dairy product, we are more dairy men than we are liquor people,” says Francovich.
Here at Total Wines the eggnog is refrigerated as well, and even during demonstrations, it is on ice.
“It is just very luxurious, and very rich and decadent. Not for the weak at heart,” says John Ekizian, the wine manager with Total Wine.
Coincidentally it's that cold manufacturing and storage that prevents the egg nog from being sold anywhere else but northern Nevada.
Francovich says most liquor distribution trucks are not refrigerated, and that prevents Francovich Holiday Nog from making it over the mountain safely.
This was the second to last bottling of eggnog for the season.
If you don't see it on the shelves after December 10th, you'll have to wait until next year to buy it.