Golden Bear Bitters highlight seasonal and wildcrafted flavors of the California coast. Drinking with one's environment is as important as eating with it. Bitters and tonics have been used for hundreds of years to nourish and refresh the body and spirit. Using local fruit and wild foraged botanicals from the California coast, our products allow you to make drinks with the seasons, with the environment, for your health and enjoyment.
Our ingredients come from three primary locations: our homestead garden, local farms, and the wild. Perennial herbs and flowers grown at our homestead garden in Carmel Valley allow us to bring the harvest from field to bottle in a matter of moments. Direct relationships with local family farms growing citrus and fruits mean we only use fresh harvested citrus for our bitters and tonics. Gathering wild herbs growing in abundance along the California chaparral mountains and coast make our flavors regionally specific; potent in flavor and health. We forage in accordance with the World Health Organization's Good Agriculture and Collection Practices (GACP)
California native Katie Shea founded the company in 2016. Katie grew up in the Salinas Valley surrounded by the 'pastures of heaven', as Steinbeck referred to them, in a home her parents built and named 'Casa de Osos', house of bears. Cultivating her early interest in plants, native habitats and farming, she pursued an agriculture degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which led to work for the past 15 years in organic farming, herbal remedies, and the international food and beverage industry. Golden Bear Bitters unique recipes are developed to express the special terroir of the California coast.
Emily Underwood is our neighbor and friend. As a naturalist and artist living in Carmel Valley, it was instinctive she create Golden Bear along with the botanicals we use in our wildcrafted bitters and tonics. Emily is a Californian inspired by the landscapes that surround her and everything that lives and grows on them. She creates art to convey her enthusiasm for the natural world. Follow her studies on Instagram