Embitterment Summer Update: 2016

This month, we take a break from our “Liquid Poetry” series to give you an update on what we’ve been up to all summer long!

New MD and VA Retailers

For those of you in Maryland and Virginia, we’ve got some excellent new friends carrying Embittement Bitters. In the Commonwealth, head over the Middlesburg and check out Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery. Sample some excellent ciders on draft in their tasting room, and learn about the various liqueurs, brandies, and rums they distill as well. On Kent Island in Maryland, head over to Blackwater Distilling or White Tiger Distillery–two very different and very delicious experiences. Blackwater boasts a growing selection of MD spirits, including vodka, several varieties of rum, and even some flavored spirits and liqueurs. White Tiger, on the other hand, focuses on Laolao (Laotian Rice Whisky) and Coquito (a creamy, Puerto Rican delicacy).

When you visit our new partners, be sure to sample their products, pick some up for your home bar, and grab a bottle of our bitters before you hit the road! Check out our “Purchase” page for a complete list of Embitterment retailers.

Feature on the Speaking Easy Podcast

Speaking Easy Podcast

This August, Embitterment Co-Founder Eric Kozlik had the chance to sit down with Alex Luboff and Jordan Wicker of the Speaking Easy Podcast. In their hour-long session, they covered everything from bitters, to first cocktail stories, to cocktail culture, and almost everything in between. Be sure to check out the Embitterment Episode, and make this fun and informative podcast part of your weekly listening routine.

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Virginia is for Bitters

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In case you’re not following us on social media (which you should be…) Embitterment is pleased to announce that our Aromatic and Orange Bitters are now on sale in the tasting room at the Catoctin Creek distillery in Purcellville, Virginia!

We’re extremely excited to be carried by D.C.’s foremost local rye producer, and for a number of reasons.  First, Catoctin Creek is known for their sustainability efforts and their 100% organic, Kosher products.  Second, they have a (well-deserved) reputation for producing exquisitely-crafted pre-prohibition-style rye whisky, as well as excellent brandy and gin.  We here at Embitterment have been enjoying their products for a long time, and we’re proud to stand alongside Catoctin Creek as the District’s go-to for the makings of an excellent cocktail.

What does this mean?  Well, if you live in Virginia, it means that Embitterment Bitters are now available in your state!  So what are you waiting for?  Get yourself down to Purcellville, take a distillery tour, enjoy a tasting, and don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Roundstone Rye and some bitters on your way out.  It also means that you can look forward to some awesome cocktail recipes from us featuring Catoctin Creek products…and maybe even a collaboration or two down the road.  Who knows?

Stay thirsty, stay bitter.

-The Embitterment Team


Late Fall Embitterment Update

You may be thinking, “hey, these guys have been kinda quiet lately…” Well, you’re right. BUT that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy.

Embitterment is pleased to announce that you can now find our bitters behind the bar at Cava Mezze and in a select number of Thanksgiving co-op baskets from DC’s finest farm-to-doorstep company, From the Farmer.

Glendon Hartley Oxley Julep Cocktail

Photo Credit: Glendon Hartley

Cava Mezze

Mixologist Glendon Hartley has been busy at Cava Mezze developing a stellar cocktail menu for diners and imbibers at their restaurant locations. You’ll taste our bitters in some delicious new drinks like the Oxley Julep (Right), which features Oxley gin and is literally bursting with fresh mint and rosemary. The menu is still being rolled out, but one thing you can count on is Glendon’s customary focus on high quality, fresh ingredients and tasty innovation.

Our Gift to You From the Farmer

Thanksgiving is nearly here and that means stretchy pants fit for feasting. Be the first of 25 to purchase The Gourmand meal kit From the Farmer and get a bottle of our perfectly complimentary Aromatic Bitters for free! We make the bitters, you make the cocktails and From the Farmer takes care of the rest. Heck, they even deliver! Learn more by checking out the From the Farmer Thanksgiving page.

Embitterment Orders

We’re still working to make our aromatic and orange bitters available to you at your favorite DC retail establishments, but we are capable of filling wholesale orders for bars, restaurants, or other bulk customers. So, if you or anyone you know are interested in featuring our local bitters on your drink menu, give us a shout at dcembitterment@gmail.com!

Stay tuned for more updates on our upcoming feature in Domicile Magazine’s holiday gift guide, a primer on affordable home mixology, and a few delectable fall and winter drink recipes as the cold weather sets in.

Keep on drinkin’ on!

-The Embitterment Team


We’re Going Public!

Alright bitter ladies and gents, THE TIME. HAS. COME.

If you read all the way through our debut Review on bottlegeek.com, you may have noticed that a few choice beans were spilled…namely, that Embitterment will be making our public debut at DC VegFest 2014!

That’s right, for the first time ever, you’ll be able to purchase our Aromatic and Orange Bitters, try some delicious samples, meet our friendly staff, and chat up the two bitter dudes who made this all happen.

We have a limited quantity of each product to sell, so if you want to make sure you can get your hands on batch numero uno, then be sure to get to Yards Park a little bit early.  VegFest is a huge event, and there will be thousands of people lined up to sample some great products and support DC’s locally- and ethically-produced and sourced chow.  The event itself is sponsored by Compassion Over Killing, but there will be lots to do and see for Vegans and Omnivores alike.

We’ll continue to update you on any important details as VegFest draws near, but until then, try not to openly salivate when thinking about the delicious food and cocktails you’ll whip up when you get your hands on a bottle or two of our bitters.

Cheers! –The Embitterment Crew


To Our Future Shareholders: An Update

Hey Folks, Eric from Embitterment here.

It’s been a while since we filled you in on our progress with this grand experiment in the gustatory arts.  Since you’re all future shareholders, or rather, people who might purchase and be wildly obsessed with our bitters, we thought you might appreciate a little update.

First things first, if you follow us on Twitter and/or Instagram, then you already know: we’ve got ourselves a damn good-looking new logo, and here it is:

Embitterment_profileThis is the design you’ll see gracing our bottles, wearable and stick-able swag, and bar coasters in the near future.  It was designed by our very own Jeff Martin, (THE Visual Ninja), and we couldn’t be more pleased with it.  The “E” stands, of course, for Embitterment, as well as for “Ethan” and “Eric,” the two guys who thought this whole project up on a couch one afternoon.  Those of you from the District of Columbia will also notice that we’re riffing off of DC’s own flag, which boasts the stars and bars (in a non-secessionary way, of course).   Our logo is tilted and a bit off-center, like our nation’s capitol and the people who live and make their way in this grid of monuments, row houses, side-streets, and traffic circles.  Our goal is that, when you see this logo at a store or farmer’s market or bar, you’ll think of DC, and you’ll take pleasure in knowing that you’re getting the best of what this city has to offer.  If you’re from here, or if The District is where you currently hang your hat–take pride! and boast Embitterment as your own!  If not, come for a visit, and let us make you a drink.  It’s as simple as that.

Moving onto the next piece of news, our Twitter and Instagram followers will also be able to tell you [I hope by now it’s apparent that we’re trying to get you to follow us on social media] that we just bottled our first commercial-sized batch of bitters! Below, you’ll see our attempt at re-creating the logo using our cute, little 50ml dasher bottles.  We’ve got a bunch of orange bitters, and a TON of aromatic bitters ready to go, and we’re very excited to announce when and where our public debut will be taking place in the near future.  HINT: it’s going to be in the middle of September, and it’s going to be a big event, so get ready for some samples, and start planning your cocktails!

Bottle LogoFinally, keep your eyes out for some additions to our recipes page.  We’ve been studiously testing our products, and we’re ready to give you some hints on how to use them in the kitchen and behind the bar.  We will, of course, have a list of signature cocktails, but we’ll also provide lists of sweet and savory dishes that taste great with a dash (or six) of bitters.  Each new libation or dish will be featured on our blog, and then sent to the recipes page, where it will be archived for your use indefinitely.  Also, we’re always on the lookout for new dishes, or spinoffs dreamed up by our fans and customers.  If you email your bitters-related recipes and drink ideas to dcembitterment@gmail.com, we may even feature you on our site!

Thanks for taking the time to stay up-to-date with all things bitter, and we hope you look forward to seeing recipe updates, a Facebook business page, and the announcement of our public debut all over the next couple of weeks.

Cheers! –from the truly bitter dudes at Embitterment