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We are an artisanal bitters company that uses the finest roots, herbs, spices and fruits. Partners in bitters, exes in everything else.
We are an artisanal bitters company that uses the finest roots, herbs, spices and fruits. Partners in bitters, exes in everything else.
113 backers pledged $8,617 to help bring this project to life.

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The Bitter Ex Bitters Company

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Despite the name, we are anything but bitter. In fact, we turned our romantic loss into a delicious gain by creating The Bitter Ex Bitters Company, which specializes in creating unique, handcrafted small-batch bitters using the highest-quality herbs, spices, roots, and botanicals to create an array of flavors to make your next craft cocktail a success or to add a little extra zing to your homemade dessert (because everything is just a little better with bitters).

"Wait, are you two actually exes?" Check out this video we made with our friends to learn our story!:

Of course, in order to make this business a success, The Bitter Ex needs your support. If you've ever had a passion—or at least a profound respect—for the art of a good cocktail, then these bitters are the key ingredient you've been looking for to take your next drink to new heights. With your support, The Bitter Ex Bitters Company will be able to provide bars, restaurants and even at-home cocktail connoisseurs all over the country with these amazing batches of delicious bitters.

Here are the various bitters that you can choose from if you decide to sponsor us (or if you contribute enough you'll get the whole set!): Aromatic (Make Up Sex); Citrus (Drunk Texting); Root Beer (Float Yer Boat); Coffee (Cream Yourself); Spicy Celery (Stalking Ex).

Your contribution will also assist with costs for The Bitter Ex’s new home so we can continue to do what we love from a humble but cozy space which we can call our own. In return, you’ll get some amazing rewards, from getting your very own set of these mouthwatering bitters to making your very own set of bitters with The Bitter Ex (this makes a cool bachelor gift!) to having your own party where The Bitter Ex creates the concoctions that you need to impress your friends (because who doesn’t want that?).

Risks and challenges

Starting a business isn’t easy, especially when you only have two people doing all the work. Being able to get the proper licensing, as well as establish a space from which to make bitters, are two extremely crucial elements to making The Bitter Ex a success. If unable to get the proper funding for this project, we will continue to find backers and pool from other resources. Ideally, we would love to see this company take off thanks to the amazing support of Kickstarter contributions.

The Bitter Ex has been our brainchild for a few years now, and our passion and love for making these bitters hasn’t dwindled. Through your support, we hope to have The Bitter Ex up and running by late summer. Every time someone tries our bitters and gets excited it also gives us the drive to keep pushing. The Bitter Ex will come to fruition and we hope to be able to power through with the help of amazing people who believe in what we do (and who love bitters).

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    Barely Bitter

    You'll get a cool shout out on our Facebook page!

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    Just a Touch Bitter

    You'll receive a beautiful and original handwritten Haiku thanking you for your support and a hand-signed Bitter Ex vinyl sticker. Plus you'll get a cool shout out on our Facebook page!

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    You Might be Bitter

    A postcard with original art from Bitter Ex's very own artist Ryan Peter Miller. Plus you'll receive a beautiful and original handwritten Haiku thanking you for your support and a hand-signed Bitter Ex vinyl sticker. Plus you'll get a cool shout out on our Facebook page!

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    Revel in the Bitterness

    You'll receive a 3 pack of our scrumptious bitters in 50mL (1.7 oz) bottles. Plus a postcard with original art from Bitter Ex's very own artist Ryan Peter Miller. Plus you'll receive a beautiful and original handwritten Haiku thanking you for your support and a hand-signed Bitter Ex vinyl sticker. Plus you'll get a cool shout out on our Facebook page!

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    Bitter Trails

    You'll receive three 100mL (3.4 oz) bottles of our delicious handcrafted bitters. Plus a postcard with original art from Bitter Ex's very own artist Ryan Peter Miller. Plus you'll receive a beautiful and original handwritten Haiku thanking you for your support and a hand-signed Bitter Ex vinyl sticker. Plus you'll get a cool shout out on our Facebook page!

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    The Art of Being Bitter

    Enjoy an 8 X 10 matted print of your choice of Bitter Ex artwork from Bitter Ex's very own artist Ryan Peter Miller. Plus you'll receive three 100 mL (3.4 oz) bottles of our delicious handcrafted bitters. Plus a postcard with original art from Ryan Peter Miller. Plus you'll receive a beautiful and original handwritten Haiku thanking you for your support and a hand-signed Bitter Ex vinyl sticker. Plus you'll get a cool shout out on our Facebook page!

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    Drowning Your Bitterness

    You'll get the full set of five 100 mL (3.4 oz) bottles of Bitter Ex bitters. Plus you'll enjoy an 8 X 10 matted print of your choice of Bitter Ex artwork from Bitter Ex's very own artist Ryan Peter Miller. Plus a postcard with original art from Ryan Peter Miller. Plus you'll receive a beautiful and original handwritten Haiku thanking you for your support and a hand-signed Bitter Ex vinyl sticker. Plus you'll get a cool shout out on our Facebook page!

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    Bitter Tongue

    Signed and numbered limited edition matted 18"x24" art print of your choice from Bitter Ex's artist Ryan Peter Miller. Plus you'll get the full set of five 100 mL (3.4 oz) bottles of Bitter Ex bitters. Plus you'll enjoy an 8 X 10 matted print of your choice of Bitter Ex artwork from Ryan Peter Miller. Plus a postcard with original art from Ryan Peter Miller. Plus you'll receive a beautiful and original handwritten Haiku thanking you for your support and a hand-signed Bitter Ex vinyl sticker. Plus you'll get a cool shout out on our Facebook page!

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    BYOBitters

    You'll get to take a bitters-making class with Bitter Ex's very own Ryan and Stephanie. Learn what goes into making aromatic bitters and even make and bottle your own to take home (Chicago only) (max: 10 people/class).

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    New Bitters Exclusive

    Every time Bitter Ex makes a new batch of amazing bitters you'll be one of the first to receive a bottle. (just keep us updated if you move!) Plus you'll get the full set of five 100 mL (3.4 oz) bottles of Bitter Ex bitters. Plus you'll enjoy an 8 X 10 matted print of your choice of Bitter Ex artwork from Bitter Ex's very own artist Ryan Peter Miller. Plus a postcard with original art from Ryan Peter Miller. Plus you'll receive a beautiful and original handwritten Haiku thanking you for your support and a hand-signed Bitter Ex vinyl sticker. Plus you'll get a cool shout out on our Facebook page!

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    A Bitter Concoction

    Now you can play bitters-maker for a day. Team up with Ryan and Stephanie (in Chicago only) and make your very own bitters. You come up with the flavor and we'll help you make and name it! You'll even get some fun labeling so you can show off your own bitters at your next party.

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    The Bitter Brigade

    You'll feel like a king or a queen with this fun mixology party for 10 hosted in your home in Chicago. Ryan and Stephanie will whip up some fun concoctions complete with some delicious bitters.

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- (30 days)