**All rewards are scheduled to arrive in time for Christmas!**
Why Back our Project?Seven Stills was founded by Tim and Clint, two now 26-year-old San Franciscans with a passion for making craft booze. They've been producing everything on an extremely small scale using most of their home brewing equipment (in a small storage space), and are completely self-funded and need your help to upgrade their equipment and begin scaling production!
Here is your chance to say you were a part of the first distillery in the world to specialize in making whiskeys from craft beer, and help these two get the craft bitters program of their dreams off the ground! Each of the bitters you are backing are made in extremely small batches of 10-15 gallons, using organic ingredients from local farms, and herbs and spices. (See the process)
By supporting our project and helping us reach our goal you are both helping us to produce the first batch of 15 gallons of cranberry, cocktail and prickly pear bitters, and to purchase new, modern equipment to help us produce our future batches more efficiently.
If bitters aren't your thing, check out our site to learn more about how we make whiskey from craft beer. Whipnose was made from a double IPA and Chocasmoke is made from a Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Both are incredibly unique and have won medals at the World Spirits Competition. *To find out more on how to join our club and receive access to extremely rare limited edition whiskeys check out our members only page*
Prickly Pear Bitters - $16
We make our Prickly Pear Bitters by macerating organic prickly pears for over two weeks with cactus pads, and a blend of herbs and spices. They are a great addition to your favorite tequila or mescal cocktail and are unlike anything you've ever tried! The prickly pear adds a sweet, kiwi-like tanginess while the cactus pads balance it out with an earthy bitterness. The base for these bitters is our non-GMO corn vodka: California Courage!
Cocktail Bitters - $16
Seven Stills' Cocktail Bitters are unique blend of Aged Rye Whiskey with organic, Bay Area blood oranges and a blend of cloves, coriander, Hungarian Hyssop and other herbs and spices. They add an amazing deep citrus and spicy component to your favorite old fashioned or Manhattan (hopefully using one of Seven Stills' craft beer inspired whiskeys!).
Cranberry Bitters - $16
Whalers once used cranberries to ward off scurvy on their long trips to sea so our bottle depicts an angry whale, smacking that whaler off his boat!
Cranberry bitters add a great winter spice and herbal twist to your favorite cocktails. Made from organic cranberries, gentian root, cloves, peppers, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg and other autumn herbs and spices.
Suggested Cocktail: The Holy Ghost
California Courage Vodka, Cranberry Bitters, Lemon Juice, St. Elizabeth Dram, Egg White
Box Set: Only $45!
How to Use Bitters
Bitters are most commonly known for being one of the necessary components of a traditional cocktail. The traditional cocktail was originally described as a combination of bitters, alcohol, water and sugar (many of you probably think of the Old Fashioned).
But through our research in testing bitters with bartenders we've found that it's not always appropriate to have a strong alcoholic drink. For those times try using bitters as a flavoring additive to tonic or soda water. Adding just a few drops will give you a drink flavored either with one bitter flavor or any combination you choose. Additionally tonic helps to separate out all of the up to 13 herbs and spices we use in our bitters to create a complexity often lost in cocktails.
While we're not saying that bitters should be used for medicinal purposes, pre-prohibition companies such as Atwood's Jaundice Bitters and Porter's Stomach Bitters recommended a few dashes to help with a stomach ache, indigestion or a myriad of other ailments. (Bitters by Brad Thomas Parsons).
But one of my personal favorite recommendations is to use bitters after a night of drinking. Since bitters contain 45% (nonpotable) alcohol, a couple of drops will act like the hair of the dog, while the mixture of herbs and spices may help with indigestion.
The Power of Gentian RootIn our Prickly Pear bitters we use organic gentian root or Gentiana lutea. WebMD states, "Gentian is used for digestion problems such as loss of appetite, fullness, intestinal gas, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, and vomiting."
The Power of WormwoodIn our cranberry bitters we use wormwood, which "is used for various digestion problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, gall bladder disease and intestinal problems." (WebMD)
The Power of HyssopIn our cocktail bitters we use hyssop which is most famously known as being a main ingredient in Chartreuse, but is also used for "digestive and intestinal problems including liver and gallbladder conditions, intestinal pain, intestinal gas, colic and loss of appetite." (WebMD)
We are timing this Kickstarter so that all of our backers will get their rewards in time for Christmas! So whether you're ordering for yourself or as a gift for your friend or family, we'll have our first batch completed and ready to ship for Xmas. If you're sending it somewhere else as a gift we're happy to ship directly to the address of your choice, or add multiple addresses and we'll ship multiple gifts!
Don't know how to use bitters?
Try to keep it simple! Just add a couple of drops of your favorite bitters to soda water to spice it up and add some complexity.
Want to beat a hangover?
Buy a bottle of bitters and put a couple of drops in tonic water, or put them directly on your tongue. The combination of a couple of drops of alcohol and herbs that aid in digestion may help!
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Risks and challenges
By far the biggest challenge that we have encountered is the massive upfront cost of starting a distillery. We founded the company on January 1, 2013 and after eight months of figuring out the legal system we received our federal distilled spirits permit on August 1st, 2013. For the last 14 months we have been contract brewing and distilling and it is our goal to finally get our own equipment to start producing everything in-house in San Francisco.
The goal of our project is to first and foremost get our new line of bitters off the ground. We've created hundreds of test batches of bitters and selected our three favorites to launch the new line: Prickly Pear, Cranberry and Cocktail (blood orange and Rye).
Our extended goal is to purchase our own still to be able to produce everything in house. With a new still we will be able to add on a tasting room and bring a small specialized team on board to help us grow our roots in San Francisco.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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