Harvesting Salvia clevelandii (blue sage) from our garden. Photo by  Angela Nunnink Photography

Harvesting Salvia clevelandii (blue sage) from our garden. Photo by Angela Nunnink Photography

 PHILOSOPHY

We make bitters and tonics using herbs, citrus and bitter roots grown on the California coast.

We believe flavor and medicinal compounds are found in the entire plant; leaf, flower, stem, roots are used in our infusions. We try to capture the most vibrant flavor by processing our selected herbs into bitters, tonics and syrups within 24 hours of harvest.

 Organic Dandelion root and leaves, ready to process into bitters and tonics.

Organic Dandelion root and leaves, ready to process into bitters and tonics.

INGREDIENTS


The herbs used in our bitters and tonics are grown on a small vineyard farm in the hills of Carmel Valley. We source organic citrus from the Eichorn family at Country Flat Farm in Big Sur, and our dandelion root is grown in Carmel by Serendipity Organic Farms.

Our ingredients are selected because they are flavorful and easy to grow in the California coastal climate.

MEET THE FOUNDER 

Golden Bear Bitters was founded in 2016 by Katie Shea, who also operates Bar Cart Cocktail Co. -- a craft cocktail catering company.

Katie grew up in the Salinas Valley in a house built by her parents named Casa de Osos (house of the bears). From a young age, she was curious about plants.

She received a degree in Agriculture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and then went north where she spent two years at the Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, tending to their herb garden and managing the organic apple orchard. This 3,000 acre ranch is situated on the edge of the coast about 15 miles north of Santa Cruz. After 8 growing seasons there, she moved back down to the Carmel area and started working farmers markets for Serendipity Organic Farms, a woman-owned organic farm based in Carmel. From 2008-2015 she worked with ginger; connecting the ingredient to chefs, bartenders, r&d firms, and product development for use in natural and organic food and beverage products throughout the world.

 

 
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artist illustrations

 Emily Underwood is our neighbor and friend who creates all of the wonderful illustrations for our labels and packaging. Emily is 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. We hope to bring a bit of that to you with each bottle of Golden Bear Bitters.

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