Bitter Winner

bittersMixologists and cocktail enthusiasts sure do love their bitters. I’ve overheard, on more than one occasion, a group of like-minded cocktail lovers bragging about their bitters collection. Check out Kaiser Penguin’s recent post: Who Has the Most Bitters? for evidence of this. Interested in growing your collection, bitters-lovers? I’ve got your chance to score a very rare bottle of bitters right here….

The Bitter Truth recently created special-made bitters for Beefeater 24 gin. (For those unfamiliar, The Bitter Truth is a German company run by Stephan Berg and Alex Hauck. They make a range of bitters and liqueurs and have fast become successful and popular, especially within the bartending community). Currently there are only 100 bottles of these Beefeater bitters in the US and they are NOT for sale—but guess what?

I’ve got one.


Well it could be yours-but first, read on.

Unfortunately, I can’t share very much about these Beefeater bitters, but here’s a bit of info from Beefeater brand ambassador Dan Warner:

“In order to produce the bitters we send Stephan [Berg, of The Bitter Truth] high proof, straight off the still Beefeater Gin and he uses this as a base. The recipe is Stephan’s secret but he did tell me that lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, and ‘a few different types of citrus’ are featured. They work amazing in martinis and I’ve also been dashing them in my G&Ts.”

Like I said, the bitters are a limited edition product and not currently for sale. Dan Warner is simply gifting them to select bars in New York and San Francisco. Here are a few names of establishments where you can find them (though they might be in more by now):

15 Romolo-San Francisco

The Rickhouse-San Francisco

Clock Bar-San Francisco

Nopa-San Francisco

Bourbon & Branch-San Francisco

Gitane-San Francisco

Pegu Club-NYC

Death & Co-NYC



Double Crown-NYC

So, you’re still wondering how you can get your hands on a bottle, huh? I’m offering up my bottle to the first reader who submits a photo of themselves with the bottle of Beefeater Bitters at one of the New York or San Francisco establishments they’re in. My apologies to those of you who aren’t near one of these major cities—I know what you’re thinking. These city slickers have all the fun, but you know what? They also pay exorbitant sums for rent and have to breathe in loads of pollution. Feel better? Me neither, but alas…

If you’re a bitters-lover and you’re in the San Fran or NYC area—get down to one of these joints with a camera in tote stat. Send your photo to me at samharrigan_at_comcast_dot_net. There can only be one winner so get on it! Good luck!

UPDATE: We have a winner, folks. Official announcement post will be up later today.


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8 responses to “Bitter Winner

  1. Hey! LA has real cocktail bars now, too! Why does SF always get all the glory? *grumble, grumble*

  2. Yeah! I live in a place with exorbitant rents and way worse pollution than those places! Where’s MY bar with those bitters?!

  3. And what about Stockholm…we have TikiRoom…

  4. cocktailculture

    Sorry guys/gals! You’re right-you’ve paid your dues with the rent and the pollution lol. LA has Beefeater 24 now so hopefully The Bitter Truth will make a few more bottles and send them your way! 🙂

  5. tonyharion

    Oh man! That was a quick contest.
    I was out of the league to begin with, but that was fast.
    Was the winner sitting on the next stool down the bar from where you posted? 😀

  6. Truly, it is we who are the bitter ones!

  7. Jim Romdall

    Where’s the love for us up at the bars in Seattle? We has bitters!

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