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WE'RE SHELLEY & JEFF

For Bitter For Worse is inspired by our long, sparky marriage and love for celebration. 

A whale-watching trip on the Salish Sea led to an obscure neurological malady with a fantastic French name…As a result of this health challenge, Shelley broke up with booze. She’s our Taste Maven. She drew from years of experience as a cocktail enthusiast to create her own nuanced non-alc recipes. Jeff’s our Reverse Bootlegger. He invented our patent-pending process and converted Shelley’s recipes to scalable formulas. For Bitter For Worse has been starting parties since 2020!

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OUR VALUES

For sober folks and those who are simply cutting back on booze, For Bitter For Worse embraces occasion and community, inviting opportunity for richer relationships. We aim to create a healthier, more inclusive culture.

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OUR MANIFESTO

Our drinks come from real plants

Our drinks value labor

Our drinks are for those who want to get real

Our drinks are for those who haven’t had a place at the table

Our drinks invite you to be free

Our drinks are for those who are building a new table

Our drinks are your drinks

Come sit at our table

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REVERSE BOOTLEGGING

For Bitter For Worse drinks are in direct response to the too-sweet mocktail. We craft cocktails for the sophisticated adult palate.

1. INGREDIENT EXTRACTION

We macerate a proprietary blend of herbs and botanicals in neutral alcohol and water to extract the flavors.

2.  ALCOHOL REMOVAL 

Using a still, we remove the alcohol using our patent-pending “reverse bootlegging” process. This creates our robust, bitter spirit base.

3. LAYERS

We mix our spirit base with decoctions, juices, and syrups made from Pacific Northwest ingredients.

Our drinks contain no added flavors—“natural” or otherwise—and they’re low carb, sweetened with pure monk fruit, wine grape nectar, or maple syrup. Simply put, they’re delicious AF.

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