Bittercube Door County Hop Bitters are now available at Randall’s!
Bittercube Bitters are developed in Milwaukee, WI and created in Madison, WI utilizing spirits from Yahara Bay Distillers, where all aspects of production are completed. Bittercube literally creates the bitters by hand, peeling hundreds of pounds of citrus, weighing dozens of spices, and decorticating vanilla beans, among other time consuming tasks! Bittercube Bitters do not use any extracts or oils, but only “raw” ingredients. The process is different for each style of Bittercube Bitters, with batches going through various phases on their way to completion, taking anywhere from four to eight weeks depending on variety. Bittercube has grown from creating one gallon jars of bitters to now producing batches in large stainless steel maceration tanks, but the hand-crafting process has stayed the same.
Their latest special release are bitters made with Cascade and Chinook hops from Door County.
Bittercube’s Ira Koplowitz describes the bitters at OnMilwaukee.com:
“‘We worked with Door Peninsula Hops in Door County,’ [Koplowitz] explains. ‘They hand delivered 50 pounds of fresh hops right off the vine. That was really exciting. That’s when the hops are at their best. We immediately put them on neutral grain spirits (Everclear) to extract the flavors.’
The idea was to use classic beer ingredients in the bitters. So, the pair looked to add-ins like feverfew, yarrow and honey to balance out the flavor profile of the bitters.
‘We also used some flowers for aromatics’ sake, along with apricots,’ Koplowitz elaborates. ‘We sampled and made tinctures. We made test batches and created this awesome floral, hoppy bitters.’”
What can you do with hop bitters? A couple of cocktail suggestions:
A Life With Dedication
1.75 oz. Johnny Drum Private Stock Bourbon
.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 oz. Cane Sugar Syrup
.25 oz. Benedictine
1 dropper Bittercube Door County Hop Bitters
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into martini glass.
Garnish with a lemon disc.
2 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
.5 oz Cream Sherry
2 eyedroppers Bittercube Hops Bitters
Stir gently and strain into chilled mini rocks glass. Float one hop flower atop the cocktail.
Garnish with a dried hop bud.