All admit that I prefer a stiff whiskey over a fruity cocktail. What's alluring is the recent peak in home breweries including local artisan bitters that are cropping up all over the place. From Seattle, to NYC, and now Portland. Portland Bitters Project is a local company producing innovative bitters using local ingredients and foraging for all the wonderful Pacific NW has to offer.
Portland Bitters Project founder Cindy Capparelli can tell you all about what bitters are and her story below. Enjoy!
Portland Bitters Project (PBP) was born in Autumn, 2013. Since then, we've been hard at work creating cocktail bitters and herbal tinctures. Bitters. What does that really mean? It all starts with organic, therapeutic-grade botanicals (roots, leaves, fruit, sometimes seeds!). These are immersed in over-proof spirits and allowed to steep until all their goodness is infused in the liquid. The botanicals are then strained out, and we're left with tinctures, which are blended together in small batches. Raw cane sugar is added to round out the flavor on the palate. Now, magic can happen with a drop or a dash. Cocktails are a natural direction, and just a little soda water is a refreshing vehicle. Explore our recipe page for other inspirations (even culinary uses like PBP Swanky Nuts).
We house our bitters in amber glass bottles to protect from light and prolong their long life. The dropper top is perfect for adding just the right amount. Many commercial bitters include thickeners, artificial coloring and additives. Our bitters are free from that nonsense to better deliver clean and lively flavor right where it counts.