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Join Napa Valley Bitters Company as we craft Napa Valley's only cocktail bitters from local, organic ingredients!
Join Napa Valley Bitters Company as we craft Napa Valley's only cocktail bitters from local, organic ingredients!
203 backers pledged $11,978 to help bring this project to life.

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Join us, and TOGETHER we'll bring Napa Valley Bitters to the world!

UPDATE:
As featured on The Crowdfunding Mafia's site:
#MafiaApproved Blog Post "Founder Ian Winget has traveled the world and has been a mixologist as well as a chef. Your bitters experience is in great hands with Ian and Napa Valley Bitters. Have a toast with them on Kickstarter!" - The Crowdfund Mafia

UPDATE:
As featured on Mutineer Magazine's site:
"I am personally looking forward to mixing the Meyer Lemon Sage Bitters with some sort of gin based cocktail." http://www.mutineermagazine.com

"Napa Valley Bitters will transform cocktails as it improves the Napa Valley! We stand for spectacularly delicious and fun libations as well as a prosperous community!"

    - Ian Winget (Founder / Bittermaker)

My project is to produce 4 amazing seasonal flavors of small batch craft cocktail bitters.

What the heck are bitters?

Bitters are distilled alcoholic beverages strongly infused with aromatic herbs, barks, roots and citrus. First developed in the early 1800s as a digestive aid; now bitters are also used as flavoring agents for various popular cocktails such as Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Martinis and Margaritas. Bitters are also a delicious addition to seltzer water, Champagne, food and beer. The sky is the limit for food and beverage combinations!

A True Story

I believe that creating innovative craft cocktails is as much about imagination and savoir-faire as it is about using fresh, local, organic and most flavorful ingredients.

Culinary masters employ the freshest and finest ingredients to express their creativity though cuisine. Similarly, cocktail masters (both professional and enthusiasts alike) equipped with the finest craft cocktail bitters will reach previously unknown heights of creative cocktail expression!

Dry ingredients used to flavor bitters (examples)
Dry ingredients used to flavor bitters (examples)


By using the freshest, local and organic ingredients in our bitters, Napa Valley Bitters Company will bring to market and showcase the best the Napa Valley has to offer!

Fresh ingredients used to flavor bitters (examples)
Fresh ingredients used to flavor bitters (examples)

Napa Valley Bitters Company's possible bitter flavors*:

1. Tamarind Lime Chili Bitters
2. Strawberry Rhubarb Bitters
3. Meyer Lemon Sage Bitters
4. Coffee Pecan Bitters
5. Key Lime Bitters
6. Aromatic Bitters

*All flavors listed have been tested and are amazing! My project is to produce 4 flavors with the initial $9000. Actual flavor choices may vary due to seasonal produce availability.

Handcrafted and Napa Valley inspired

Who I am.

Each batch of our bitters will be handmade by Ian Winget - a life lover, bittermaker, avid world traveler, wine, cocktail and coffee enthusiast, former mixologist and chef, certified sommelier, and wine business professional with a Master's degree in business who currently works and lives in Napa, CA.

Napa Valley Bitters Company will start and finish in the Napa Valley. We believe strongly in supporting local Napa Valley businesses and creating strong relationships within the community. We are also aligned with the philosophy and commitments of  conscious capitalism – standing as a model for how all businesses can powerfully align capitalism and social equality so that all stand to benefit by its success.

The more you pledge the more WE succeed!

How Pledges Work

The set goal is exactly the amount needed to get the initial batch produced. If we come up short, even by $1, the campaign won’t get funded which would be sad. However, there is no limit to the amount that can be raised. So check out our 'Stretched Goals' and together we can make it happen!

The initial goal of $9,000 will allow us to make 600 bottles each of 4 amazing seasonal flavors.

Stretch Goals:

1. $9,500 = Awesome swag. A logo sticker with every pledge level.

2. $12,000 = Mystery Seasonal Flavor #1 (Possibly: Atomic Citrus Burst, Wild Blackberry, Grapefruit, Bitter Almond-Orange, Lemon Thyme, Chai, or others)

3. $15,000 = Barrel aged Aromatic bitters flavor

4. $17,000 = Mystery Seasonal Flavor #2 (Possibly: Atomic Citrus Burst, Wild Blackberry, Grapefruit, Bitter Almond-Orange, Lemon Thyme, Chai, or others)

5. $50,000+ = We'll purchase then create The Napa Valley Bittersmobile, and drive it from Napa to NYC and lots of cities in between to visit our amazing Backers!

Your money will go towards...

WHAT DO WE HAVE?

We have assembled a crack-squad of professional wine makers, marketers, sales team and business strategists to take Napa Valley Bitters to the next level. We have done small batch experiments with many possible initial flavors with great success! We have sent samples of our bitters to 15 professional bartenders around the world with rave reviews. We are ready to go as soon as we have the funding.

Our brand logo, website splash page (full site under construction) , and packaging were all designed by Mission Designs, Napa, CA.

Napa Valley Bitters sample packaging of possible bitter flavors
Napa Valley Bitters sample packaging of possible bitter flavors


WHAT WE NEED:

We need you!

From A-Z we will need the following items to complete our project:

· Fresh Local Produce

· Fresh Local Herbs and Spices

· Dried Herbs and Spices

· Dried barks, roots, seeds, and leaves

· Base-Spirits for infusion/maceration

· Tools of the trade (to grind, cut, process, handle, weigh, stir, measure, strain, store, clean, filter and sanitize everything along the way)

· 15 glass maceration jugs (carboys)

· Oak barrels (for stretched goal #3)

· 2400+ final product bottles and caps

· Printing 2400+ labels

· Commercial kitchen time

· Storage

· Packaging and shipping

We are reaching for the stars and your pledges will get us there!

A humble and sincere thank you,

Ian Winget

Founder & Bittermaker
Napa Valley Bitters Company

Risks and challenges

There are two main challenges that we foresee:

1) Procurement of supplies:

We will be doing business with 20+ vendors to amass all of the dry, fresh and liquid ingredients as well as all of the hardware. Each could have their own supply and inventory issues despite our research and assurance of product availability.

A delay in ingredient or hardware supply could impact the delivery schedule of our bitters and / or change one or all of the possible flavors of bitters about which we would be 100% transparent, and in constant communication with our backers.

2) Production of bitters:

Once we have all the supplies, and depending on the recipe, our bitters take 4-6 weeks to produce. After production, hand bottling and labeling will take at least a week each.

Procurement of supplies 2 weeks
Production 4-6 weeks
Bottling 1 week
Labeling 1 week
Packaging 1 week
Shipping time 1 week
Total = 14 weeks

These are estimates and could take more or less time depending on circumstances.

A delay in production could cause a delay in delivery about which we would be 100% transparent, and in constant communication with our backers.

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    PRINTED COCKTAIL RECIPE CARD - Thank you for your support! Learn how to make awesome and innovative cocktails with our bitters!

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    1 FLAVOR (Early Bird Price) + 1 INVITATION TO LAUNCH PARTY* + DIGITAL COCKTAIL RECIPE CARD - Join us for the official brand launch party in Napa in September 2013 where your reward will be available for pickup. *All guests must be 21+ years old with valid ID to attend brand launch party.

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    ALL 4 FLAVORS + DIGITAL COCKTAIL RECIPE CARD - Early Bird special! Get ALL 4 flavors of our bitters.

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    4 FLAVORS (Early Bird pricing) + 4 INVITATIONS TO OUR LAUNCH PARTY* + DIGITAL COCKTAIL RECIPE CARD - Bring your entourage and join us for the official brand launch party in Napa in September 2013 where your rewards will be available for pickup. *All guests must be 21+ years old with valid ID to attend brand launch party.

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    4 INAUGURAL FLAVORS OF BITTERS + 4 INVITATIONS TO OUR LAUNCH PARTY* + 4 BOTTLES OF CUSTOM SMALL BATCH FLAVOR (8 bottles of bitters total at Early Bird pricing) + 2 CUSTOM NVB LOGO HOODIES. Celebrate with Napa Valley Bitters Company in Napa! Work with founder / bittermaker, Ian Winget, to make a singularly unique flavor just for you. Rewards will be available for pick up at event. *All guests must be 21+ years old with valid ID to attend brand launch party.

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    4 INAUGURAL FLAVORS OF BITTERS + 8 INVITATIONS TO OUR LAUNCH PARTY* + 4 BOTTLES EACH OF 2 CUSTOM SMALL BATCH FLAVORS (12 total bottles of bitters at Early Bird pricing) + 8 CUSTOM NVB LOGO HOODIES. Bring your entourage and celebrate with Napa Valley Bitters Company! Work with founder / bittermaker, Ian Winget, to make 2 epic flavors just for you. Rewards will be available for pick up at this event. *All guests must be 21+ years old with valid ID to attend brand launch party.

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Funding period

- (33 days)