Bittercube Door County Hop Bitters Limited Release

Bittercube Door County Hop Bitters are now available at Randall’s!

bittersphotoBittercube 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.

Proper Kings
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.

Schlafly Can Sessions coming soon!!

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Schlafly American Brown
ABV: 5.0 | IBU: 30

Appearance: Dark brown
Process: Classic American Brown
Hops: Amarillo, Chinook, Simcoe (US)
Malts: 2-row and caramel malted barley, Chocolate malt
Yeast: American Ale
OG: 12.6
SRM: 40

Schlafly American Brown Ale starts with a classic British brown recipe crafted with caramel and chocolate malts for sweetness and color. Then we fortify it with the bold flavor and aroma of American hops.

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Schlafly IPA
ABV: 4.5 | IBU: 30

Appearance: Straw colored, bright
Process: Dry hopped
Hops: Amarillo, Boullion (US), Magnum (Polish)
Malts: 2-row and caramel malted barley
Yeast: American Ale
OG: 11.7
SRM: 10

Schlafly IPA is a session IPA, a smooth golden ale packed with the bold flavor and aroma of American hops. We crafted it in the spirit of the low gravity IPAs common in the UK where the style stands for hoppy, not heavy.