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Help us bottle the flavors of Hawaii and share them with cocktail lovers & bars around the world! 100% locally sourced, made in Hawaii!

Help bring the flavors of Hawaii to the world!

Cocktail Bitters are for craft cocktails what spices are to gourmet cooking. Bitters distill and impart unique characteristics, flavors and aroma which can be used to create amazing cocktails. Historically, there have been only a handful of prominent bitters that have defined classic cocktails, but in Hawaii, cocktail culture has evolved differently around local flavors and ingredients. Many of these flavors are only readily available on the Islands, yet tropical cocktails are enjoyed around the world. Help launch Hawaii Bitters Company's first bottles of authentic barrel aged bitters to bring flavors like Lilikoi, Chocolate, Kona Coffee, Myer Lemon, Maui Lavender, Tiki and more to craft bars and cocktail enthusiasts everywhere!

Check out our coverage on Honolulu Magazine's Biting Commentary!

100% locally sourced and handcrafted! 

Each bottle of Hawaii Bitters will be handcrafted by Kyle Reutner (an award winning craft bartender and chemist) & Mike Prasad (cocktail enthusiast, blogger and cocktail competition judge) in Honolulu using all locally sourced ingredients. We will actually visit the farms and choose only the best ingredients to include in our bitters. Every part of Hawaii Bitters will start and finish in Hawaii, from the flavor ingredients, the spirit base, bottling even the artwork and handstamped and numbered labels. A 100% authentic product of Hawaii.

Hawaii Bitters will be created to the highest standards with flavors not available anywhere else.

You help us choose & unlock up to 7 flavors!

Our initial goal of $9,500 will allow us to make 3 initial flavors which backers will vote for. HOWEVER, we want to make more! If we raise over $15,000 then we will be able to create 5 flavors and if we raise over $20,000 then we will be able to create 7 flavors! Backers will vote for what flavors we create. Each flavor costs $3,000 to $4,000 to test, fine tune and create, so the more you back, the more flavors we can create for you!

Help a backer take the next step.

Hawaii Bitters Company was founded by Mike Prasad & Kyle Reutner. Mike is an avid cocktail enthusiast, co-founder of MXLGY.com, cocktail competition judge, digital strategist behind the viral Kogi BBQ Food Truck and Kickstarter Backer of over 300 projects! This is his first time working on a project of is own. Kyle is half of Imbibe Hawaii, one of the top craft bartenders in Hawaii and has won national competitions. He is also a chemist who understands the science behind creating the best bitters possible. Help us take the next step and launch Hawaii Bitters!

What we need to raise funds for.

So far, we've already spent our own money on producing some test batches, buying base spirits, test barrels, on label design, website, and more, but to get each flavor right, we need to refine each flavor. That means for each flavor we want to create, we have to purchase test and production barrels (which can cost up to $500 each), make smaller test batches to create consistent flavor (which includes buying base neutral spirits and ingredients and paying for commercial kitchen time) and then finally producing and bottling the best production batch we can for backers. This adds up quickly per flavor. Help us reach our goal to produce 7 flavors and thank you for supporting local producers and authentic  handcrafted Hawaii Bitters!

Add-Ons

Help us reach our 7 flavor stretch goal by upping your pledge with an add-on. Up your pledge and you'll be able to specify in the backer survey which of the following options you want:

  • +$20 for a limited edition Hawaii Bitters Tshirt
  • +$20 for a limited edition Hawaii Bitters Mystery Flavor (Will be different from our main flavors)
  • +$40 for both!

FAQ

  • It looks like we will be able to shoot for 7 flavors or more. Ultimately, Kyle and I will choose the flavors based on viability, but backers will be able to vote to determine what gets attempted first for at least 2 flavors. Ultimately, we won't ship anything that isn't up to our standards!

    There are some flavors that we will definitely be working to produce regardless, which are Lilikoi, Mai-Tai, Mango, Manoa Chocolate and Kona Coffee + Mac Nut. If there's decent interest, we will also be testing Kiawe Wood, Pineapple, Guava, Taro and Shiso!

    We've already started and successfully tested Kona Coffee Bitters and Lilikoi Bitters! A full official list and details on all the possible flavors will be posted before the campaign ends!

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  • After our Kickstarter completes, you will be sent a questionnaire and will be able to specify which flavor you want for each bottle in your reward.

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    SUPPORT BITTERS + DIGITAL COCKTAIL RECIPE CARDS! Anything is better than nothing! Follow along with us as we kickstart and get a digital set of our limited edition cocktail recipe cards teaching you how to make unique epic cocktails and impress friends! Each cocktail card will match a bitters flavor, plus your name and link on our website!

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    CUSTOM COCKTAIL RECIPE CARDS! Get a special set of limited edition cocktail recipe cards teaching you how to make unique epic cocktails and impress friends! Each cocktail card will match a bitters flavor and includes one extra special custom recipe based on your tastes plus your name and link on our website!

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    1 BOTTLE FOR OAHU! Live on Oahu? Choose any flavor and get 1 individually numbered bottle of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters for local pickup in Honolulu. Includes matching cocktail recipe card and your name and link on our website! WANT TO PERSONALIZE? Add $10 and you can name your bottle flavor with a personalized label!

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    1 BOTTLE FOR EARLY BACKERS! Choose any flavor and get 1 individually numbered bottle of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters shipped to you, anywhere in the U.S. Includes matching cocktail recipe card and your name and link on our website! WANT TO PERSONALIZE? Add $10 and you can name your bottle flavor with a personalized label! (International Backers, add $10)

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    1 BOTTLE FOR ALL! Choose any flavor and get 1 individually numbered bottle of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters shipped to you, anywhere in the U.S. Includes matching cocktail recipe card and your name and link on our website! WANT TO PERSONALIZE? Add $10 and you can name your bottle flavor with a personalized label! (International Backers, add $10)

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    3 BOTTLES FOR OAHU! Live on Oahu? Choose your own flavors and get 3 individually numbered bottles of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters for local pickup in Honolulu. Includes matching cocktail recipe cards and your name and link on our website! WANT TO PERSONALIZE? Add $30 and you can name your bottle flavors with a personalized label!

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    3 BOTTLES FOR ALL! Choose your own flavors and get 3 individually numbered bottles of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters shipped to you, anywhere in the U.S. Includes matching cocktail recipe cards and your name and link on our website! WANT TO PERSONALIZE? Add $30 and you can name your bottle flavors with a personalized label! (International Backers, add $30)

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    LAUNCH & TASTING PARTY LOS ANGELES! Get a pair of tickets to our official launch and tasting party in Los Angeles. Location and date TBD. Includes 1 individually numbered bottle of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters and matching cocktail recipe card to be picked up at the party, plus your name and link on our website!

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    LAUNCH & TASTING PARTY HONOLULU! Get a pair of tickets to our official launch and tasting party in Honolulu. Location and date TBD. Includes 1 individually numbered bottle of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters and matching cocktail recipe card to be picked up at the party, plus your name and link on our website!

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    LAUNCH & TASTING PARTY SAN FRANCISCO! Get a pair of tickets to our official launch and tasting party in San Francisco. Location and date TBD. Includes 1 individually numbered bottle of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters and matching cocktail recipe card to be picked up at the party, plus your name and link on our website!

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    5 BOTTLES FOR OAHU! Live on Oahu? Choose your own flavors and get 5 individually numbered bottles of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters for local pickup in Honolulu. Includes matching cocktail recipe cards and your name and link on our website! WANT TO PERSONALIZE? Add $50 and you can name your bottle flavors with a personalized label!

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    5 BOTTLES FOR ALL! Choose your own flavors and get 5 individually numbered bottles of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters shipped to you, anywhere in the U.S. Includes matching cocktail recipe cards and your name and link on our website! WANT TO PERSONALIZE? Add $50 and you can name your bottle flavors with a personalized label! (International Backers, add $30)

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    7 BOTTLES FOR OAHU! Live on Oahu? Choose your own flavors and get 7 individually numbered bottles of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters for local pickup in Honolulu. Includes matching cocktail recipe cards and your name and link on our website! WANT TO PERSONALIZE? Add $50 and you can name your bottle flavors with a personalized label!

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    7 BOTTLES FOR ALL! Choose your own flavors and get 7 individually numbered bottles of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters shipped to you, anywhere in the U.S. Includes matching cocktail recipe cards and your name and link on our website! WANT TO PERSONALIZE? Add $50 and you can name your bottle flavors with a personalized label! (International Backers, add $25)

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    THE BAR PACK FOR OAHU! Live on Oahu? Choose your own flavors and get 10 individually numbered bottles of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters PLUS Hawaii Bitters Coasters and whatever other bar swag we can craft up, for local pickup in Honolulu. Includes matching cocktail recipe cards and your name and link on our website! WANT TO PERSONALIZE? Add $50 and you can name your bottle flavors with a personalized label! (International Backers, add $25)

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    THE BAR PACK FOR ALL! Choose your own flavors and get 10 individually numbered bottles of genuine handcrafted Hawaii Bitters PLUS Hawaii Bitters Coasters and whatever other bar swag we can craft up, shipped to you anywhere in the U.S. Includes matching cocktail recipe cards and your name and link on our website! WANT TO PERSONALIZE? Add $50 and you can name your bottle flavors with a personalized label! (International Backers, add $25)

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    THE BETA BAR INSIDER PACK! Become an exclusive beta test taster and receive select pre-release test batch bitters. You'll get to try flavors that no one else will and you're feedback will help determine the final product and flavors! PLUS INCLUDES THE BAR PACK FOR ALL REWARD! (International Backers, add $100)

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    THE HOME BAR KIT! Get a special selection of Hawaii Bitters (including some single bottle blend flavors), a bitters book, a SIGNED copy of the Home Bar Basics handbook by Dave Stolte and a bartender's cocktail kit with mixing glass, shaker, barspoon, jigger, peeler, & strainers! Includes your name and link on our website and shipping to anywhere in the U.S. (International Backers, let us know your country and we can calculate the shipping cost for you to add to your pledge.)

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    THE LANDSBERG LAW LILIKOI DOUBLE BARREL! Sponsor 64 bottles of Lilikoi Bitters to be made available locally in Oahu, branded with customized Landsberg Law Lilikoi labels. Special reward for Landsberg Law!

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    YOUR OWN SMALL BATCH PERSONAL BITTERS! Get 1 gallon of your very own handcrafted batch of bitters (about 32 individual bottles). You work with us to create your own personalized flavor with your own personalized custom label design! ALSO INCLUDES 3 bottles of your choice flavors of Hawaii Bitters, matching cocktail recipe cards, your name and link on our website and shipping to anywhere in the U.S. (International Backers, let us know your country and we can calculate the shipping cost for you to add to your pledge.)

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    BECOME THE FOUNDING BACKER! Want to be part of bitters history? Get your name & signature or company name and logo ON THE BACK OF EVERY BOTTLE WE MAKE for at least the next 2 years, right next to Mike and Kyle's name and signature, as the founding backer. PLUS WE WILL FLY YOU OUT TO HAWAII (MUST LIVE IN U.S.) for a few days to taste the flavors and foods of Hawaii in person! PLUS get Invites to all 3 Launch Parties with a personal toast to you, the Home Bar Kit, the Beta Bar Insider Pack, your own Small Batch Personal Bitters and a bottle of bitters sent to you every month for 2 years! (Estimated to start in November 2012)

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