Who we are:
Crude Bitters & Sodas was started in 2012 with small-batch artisanal cocktail bitters (the first bitters company in North Carolina) and expanded into draft soda and shrub syrup concentrates. Why “crude”? The name is in reference to the rudimentary origins of bitters. Exotic (and undocumented) roots, herbs and spices were aged in various liquids and unverified medicinal claims were attached to them. Hence, crude.
Our crude moniker does not reflect our methods. Crude Bitters are crafted in small batches from 100% maceration in alcohol, with no glycerin, chemicals or dyes. No plastic or metal is used in the storage or aging of our bitters; glass pots or wood barrels are used exclusively to reduce any possible reaction or contamination. The ingredients are all natural and selection, preparation, maceration, bottling and labeling is done by hand.
Why we need your help:
We recently signed a lease on a new production space in downtown Raleigh which would allow us to increase our bitters and soda production and build a small tasting room. In our two years of operation, we have spread to numerous stores and bars in North Carolina, as well as locations in Charleston, Richmond, New Orleans and Denver. With your help, we can expand into more states and bring our products to more cocktail drinkers and foodies alike.
We plan to use our brand spanking new space to craft more batches of year-round and seasonal bitters. The first release will be an Orange and Fig bitters with North Carolina figs and a limited release of Cherry and Walnut featuring North Carolina cherries from this past season. Upcoming fall and winter releases will be:
- Smoke and Salt
- Blood Orange
The money we raise will go to assisting in the build out of our new kitchen and tasting room, buying ingredients, bottles, growlers, kegs, wide mouth carboys, tanks, and packing supplies in order to sustain larger production and distribution.
We offer three year-round flavors of bitters and a rotating seasonal:
- "Rizzo" - A delightful balance of rosemary, grapefruit and black peppercorn. The grapefruit brightens, the rosemary aromatizes, and the peppercorn punches.
- "Big Bear" - Dark roast coffee beans and bittersweet cocoa nibs are used to pair perfectly with rum or bourbon. These bitters are a rich, velvety and perky addition to any cocktail.
- "Bitterless Marriage" - Hibiscus provides a tart and fruitful base, lavender infuses a floral aroma to represent a bond and oak provides the depth and strength.
- "Apothecary" Bitters - Our rotating seasonal with past flavors including Ginger-Honey, Cucumber and Habanero.
Our shrub syrup concentrates are seasonal and include:
- Watermelon & Basil - Sweet with a faint spice; summery and light. For a cocktail, best used with light spirits mixed with soda water
- Apple & Spice (coming soon) - A refreshing autumn concoction. A mixture of sweet and tart apples, ginger, and warm mulling spices. Best with bourbon or rum.
- Pineapple & Ginger - Tropical and zippy; tangy and refreshing. Will brighten any cocktail with rum, bourbon or tequila.
Soda Growlers and Kegs!
We also plan to (re)introduce our draft sodas and be able to fill and distribute 32 oz soda growlers. Our first two sodas, The Ginger (a floral ginger beer) and Zerbert! (a lemon-cucumber soda with jalapeño) made their debut in 2013 with a limited run in mason jars and bottles. With your help, we can provide reusable glass growlers at our shop and our farmers market stands around the North Carolina "Triangle" area. In addition, we can experiment and produce new rotating flavors like: Roasted Pumpkin Pop, Honey and Beet, as well as sodas with no sugar added.
What are Bitters?
Bitters are an aromatic flavoring agent made from infusing bitter roots, barks, fruit peels, seeds, spices, herbs, flowers and other botanicals in high-proof alcohol. They are the bartender’s salt and pepper, used to make a drink more alluring and to bring balance to cocktail ingredients.
To ensure all botanicals properly extract in the high-proof alcohol, bitters can take from 3 – 6 weeks before being strained and bottled.
What are shrubs?
In days gone by, before refrigeration, people would use vinegar as a preservative. The season's fruit would be chopped and covered with vinegar and cane sugar. The vinegar and sugar break the fruit down into a syrup which is mixed with carbonated water for an amazingly refreshing and hydrating drink. Nowadays, shrubs mixed with seltzer and spirits make deliciously layered cocktails.
Risks and challenges
We are confident we can fulfill every reward to our backers. As we have been in business for two years, we already have much of the inventory required and all new items are planned to be completed before the campaign ends.
A possible unforeseen circumstance may be delays in shipping as we work out final supplies and numbers for this campaign, but we do not expect this to be an issue.
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