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Small-batch cocktail bitters and artisan sodas, hand-made by human hands.
141 backers pledged $14,442 to help bring this project to life.

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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:

  • Apple-Ginger-Persimmon
  • 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.

Crude Bitters Year-round Flavors
Crude Bitters Year-round Flavors

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.  
Bitters and Seasonal Shrubs
Bitters and Seasonal Shrubs

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. 


FAQ

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.  

THANK YOU!

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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    A Cocktail Recipe Card featuring "Off the Wagon" and "On the Wagon" recipes / Crude Bitters and Sodas sticker

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    Your choice of one 2oz bottle of our year-round bitters / A 'thank thank thank you' on the website / Cocktail recipe card / Sticker

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    RALEIGH AREA LOCALS: Your choice of one 2oz bottle of our year-round bitters / One 32oz soda growler of our first run of Ginger Beer (available at our new space, cannot ship this) / Cocktail recipe card / Sticker / A 'thank thank thank you' on the website

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    A Crude Bitters Gift Box containing three 1oz bottles of our year-round bitters / Cocktail recipe card / Sticker / 'Thank thank thank you' on the website

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    Your choice of one 4oz bottle of our year-round bitters / One 8oz bottle of our seasonal Apple and Spice shrub / One 8oz bottle of a limited release Citrus and Honey shrub / Cocktail recipe card / Sticker / 'Thank thank thank you' on the website

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    A set of three 4oz bottles of our year-round bitters / One 8oz bottle of our seasonal Apple and Spice shrub / Cocktail recipe card / Sticker / 'Thank thank thank you' on the website

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    One 100ml bottle of our NEW Orange and Fig bitters / FIRST RELEASE of our upcoming seasonal "Apothecary" Cherry and Walnut bitters (2oz) / All three 4oz bottles of our year-round bitters / Bottle of Apple and Spice shrub / Cocktail Recipe card / Sticker / 'Thank thank thank you' on the website

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    A LIMITED EDITION, hand-numbered bottle (4oz) of "Gratitude" aromatic bitters crafted exclusively for Kickstarter backers! / Bottle of Cherry and Walnut bitters / Bottle of Orange and Fig bitters / All three 4oz bottles of our year-round bitters / 8oz bottle of Apple and Spice shrub / Cocktail Recipe card / Sticker / 'Thank thank thank you' on the website

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    A FLAVOR OF BITTERS HANDCRAFTED EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU! Using your input and liquor preferences, we will create a one-of-a-kind flavor just for you (Three 4oz bottles) / Your name and bitters flavor will be displayed in a commemorative showcase in our new space in Raleigh / Bottle of Cherry and Walnut bitters / Bottle of Orange and Fig bitters / All three 4oz bottles of our year-round bitters / Bottle of Apple and Spice shrub / Cocktail Recipe card / Sticker / 'Thank thank thank you' on the website

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    You are one of the most generous people in the world. You will be honored with your name on an old-fashioned bitters flask and displayed in our new space / For the next year, you'll receive a bottle of every new flavor of bitters and shrub (including seasonals) before they are released to the public, as well as everything in the $225 reward category. THANK YOU.

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