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After a spectacular whale-watching trip on the Salish Sea, I (Shelley) became ill with a rare neurological malady with a fantastic French name—mal de debarquement. I was constantly swaying; it was as if I was falling-down-drunk. That health challenge led to a commitment to healthier choices for both of us. I broke up with booze and Jeff committed to mindful drinking and For Bitter For Worse was born.

I love how we’re affecting people’s lives. We make drinks, but our mission is inclusion. As a longtime activist, mission is crucial to me. It’s rewarding to receive thanks for what you produce, and we get so many heartwarming thank yous. As a woman founder with a famiy business, I love spending work days with my team/family!

Portland! Our heart’s home is the Siskiyou, but the Portland food and beverage scene is among the most vibrant in the nation. Our lovely facility is a renovated potato chip factory. It's got great light, a soaring celiling with wooden trusses and awesome food & bev maker neighbors!

We do! For any wholesale inquiries, please feel free to get in touch with us and we can discuss further.


We do everything differently ;)

First of all, we make our drinks ourselves, rather than hiring a contract manufacturer. This way we control the entire process, including ethical ingredient sourcing and uncompromising attention to quality.

We don’t take lab-made shortcuts! Nearly every other nonalcoholic brand uses either “natural” flavors (which are FAR from natural), preservatives, or undisclosed additives. Since we don’t use lab-made compounds or extracts, you know you’re not getting anything sketchy. No propylene glycol solvents or Velcorin in FBFW drinks.

A cocktail is generally made with a base spirit, a modifier (often another spirit), and a mixer. Most mocktails hit just one of these"notes," and it's usually the sweet juice/mixer component.We use an actual still and a proprietary distillation method of "reverse bootlegging" to craft our spirit-free base. We hand blend that base with modifiers containing our house-made botanical blends, and Northwest ingredients, such as Douglas fir tips and Saskatoon berries.

Yes! All of our varietals are made without gluten or animal products.

We use only real botanicals (no "natural" flavors, and no preservatives). We don't use Velcorin.

Eva’s spritz:
Filtered water, organic rhubarb juice, organic white grape concentrate, organic sweet orange peel, organic bitter orange, organic beet root powder, organic gentian root, organic rhubarb root, organic hibiscus, non-GMO monk fruit, organic spices, non-GMO citric acid, organic roasted dandelion root

Contains no milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, fish, crustacean shellfish, or soybeans

Contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume, 25 calories per 4 oz serving

The Saskatoon:
Filtered water, organic white grape concentrate, saskatoon juice concentrate, organic apple cider vinegar, organic sweet orange peel, organic hibiscus, organic spices, organic gentian root, organic bitter orange peel, organic rhubarb root, non-GMO citric acid, organic dragonfruit powder, organic roasted dandelion root, organic dried chamomile flowers, foraged douglas fir needles, non-GMO monk fruit

Contains no milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, fish, crustacean shellfish, or soybeans

Contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume, 35 calories per 4 oz serving

Smoky no.56:
Filtered water, organic maple syrup, organic apple cider vinegar, organic fig concentrate, organic sweet orange peel, organic lapsang souchong black tea, sea salt, organic spices, organic gentian root, organic decaffeinated black tea, organic roasted dandelion root, organic bitter orange peel, non-GMO citric acid, non-GMO monk fruit, vanilla

Contains no milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, fish, crustacean shellfish, or soybeans

Contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume, 0.7 oz caffeinated black tea, 30 calories per 4 oz serving

Sediment is natural, just like our drinks. We don’t use gums or emulsifiers, so “dregs” are expected.

Absolutely! Our reverse bootlegging process removes alcohol from the herbaceous base spirit. Our drinks are less than .5% ABV. Kombucha and ripe bananas can contain the same amount of alcohol. If you’re concerned about consuming trace amounts of alcohol, follow your intuition or seek medical advice.

Everyone has their own recovery process, and triggers are unique to the individual. Please make the choice that’s right for you. Cheers to your health and recovery.

While For Bitter For Worse uses only the highest quality botanicals that have rich culinary traditions and have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, we recommend that people who are pregnant follow the advice of their medical providers.

Eva’s Spritz: 25 calories, 5g sugar, 7g carbohydrate per 4 oz serving

The Saskatoon: 35 calories, 8g sugar, 9g carbohydrate per 4 oz serving

Smoky No. 56: 30 calories, 7g sugar, 7g carbohydrate, and 0.7 oz caffeinated black tea per 4 oz serving

Rose City Fizz: 30 calories, 6g sugar, 8g carbohydrate

Each 750 ml bottle contains approximately six 4-oz servings. Each can contains 6 ounces.

Celebratory. Included.

And yes, some people do report a placebo effect. You may experience a loosening-up, increased sociability—a feeling you just put on your party pants. Associations and sensory stimulus are powerful and fascinating. We don’t make functional claims, but our cocktails do contain organic herbs with health-supporting properties.

We formulated the flavors to be complex and satisfying without alcohol, but you do you. We're not gonna judge. And if you create an incredible concoction, let us know about it!

We designed our cocktails to be ready to enjoy straight out of the bottle. However, dilution is personal—if our flavors are more concentrated than you prefer, simply add sparkling water to taste.

And while our drinks are ready to go, even on the go, if you want to get fancy with the shaker, head over to our recipes page for an evolving roster of riffs.

Once opened, bottles should be refrigerated. They will last several weeks in the fridge, but as with any carbonated beverage, the spritz will lose its bubbles after a time. Add a splash of seltzer to regain the sparkle.

Shipping & Returns

Right now, we only ship within the continental U.S. But we are in the works of expanding our destinations - thanks for your patience!

We offer free UPS ground shipping on two or more bottles. Rush shipping is available at UPS rates.

We ship UPS ground, and usually pack orders within a day of receiving them (UPS ground doesn’t pick up on weekends). We’re a family business that packs shipments ourselves, so we appreciate your patience during extenuating circumstances (such as blizzards or order avalanches from glowing national press). Typical transit times range from 1 day within Oregon and parts of Washington, to 4 days to most of the East Coast, winter conditions excepted. If you have a special shipping need, email us and we’ll try to make it happen. BTW, we like the fact that UPS is a union company, and our dog Forest is obsessed with Chad, the great guy who drives our home route.

Please remember to count shipping days for ground and express delivery starting with the shipping day, not the order day.