Not too long ago, small batch bitters were hard to come by, so you either had to take to crafting your own or be lucky enough to know someone who had. I’ve done both with varying degrees of success. In the last couple years it seems there are new bitters brands sprouting up everywhere. I couldn’t be happier, so long as it doesn’t impede my ability to get them for myself.
Some of the brands I’ve favoured over the last few years (Scrappy’s, Urban Moonshine, Boker’s, Regan’s) have long been available at specialty bar-supply boutiques like BarKeeper here in Los Angeles and Cask in San Francisco, but are now becoming a bit easier to come by. Fortunately for those of us who are more selfish about supply, not too easy.
Liquor.com has tracked “the bitter boom” for a while, and gave a good update earlier this week on some of the newest offerings including, Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters, Bittercube, The Bitter End, Bittermens, and recently-opened NYC “bitters tasting room” Amor y Amargo. Check out the piece here for more details on each.
I’m getting back to work on a few bitter experiments so hopefully I’ll have more to share on that in a bit.