We believe in the cumulative powers herbs bring to our bodies when enjoyed in a daily drink ritual. We grow what we can at our homestead farm following sustainable practices. We support small family farms. We let the environment and the season guide our flavors and ingredients. We believe the best of an herbs flavor and health are expressed when using fresh herbs (never dried or frozen), brewed within hours of harvest.
Magic happens when sharing a delicious drink around a table with friends or, by yourself in the quiet of the morning. Both imbibers and teatotallers enjoy the flavor of our wildcrafted bitters and tonics.
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)
Our duty to be a conscious producer does not stop at the ingredients we use to flavor our bitters and tonics.
The glass bottles used to pack our products are manufactured in the USA.
The sugar we source for our tonics and bittersweet syrups is made in a carbon-free certified processing plant powered by renewable energy generated from leftover sugarcane, which is also vegan and non-GMO project verified.
California native Katie Shea founded the company in 2015. Katie grew up in the Salinas Valley 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 over 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