January 4, 2010

We Miss our Angostura Bitters

angostura.jpgWe know there are all kinds of bitters out there to use in our cocktails, but we have to say we're sort of used to using Angostura. For those who don't pay attention, Angostura is the bitters you commonly get at your local bar in your cocktails...pretty much all of them. We've complained about this before, but we can't seem to buy them anywhere.

Why the shortage? The official sources we can track down say the plant has closed down temporarily, but we heard a rumor that the employees are on strike. Bitter bitters workers? Say it ain't so, and just bring us back our Angostura before we have to fly to Trinidad to get 'em...though that doesn't sound so bad either with all the snow we're getting in VT.

[UPDATE: According to the commenters below, Angostura is back in production and we should be seeing it soon. Phew! It might even be possible that you've already got access to it again if you don't live out in the sticks like us. All we can say is...get to mixin'!]

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at January 4, 2010 6:17 PM
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No problems finding it in Atlantic Canada at various grocery stores. Mostly because most people around here haven't got a clue what the heck this stuff is (myself included, until I read-up on it a few years ago). You could always head North to Quebec and save yourself that plane ticket to Trinidad.


Posted by: SH at January 9, 2010 3:12 PM

We stocked up upon rumors of the shortage and have a TON of Angostura. I could send you a bottle, if you'd like... I've heard the Trinidad gov't has stepped in, though, and we should be fine again by the summer. Guess we'll see!


Posted by: Nate at January 4, 2010 9:58 PM

Fear not, good folks -- the factory was shut down temporarily last year due to their parent company's financial troubles, but they're back to full production as of November. If you haven't seen new stock yet, you should soon!


Posted by: Matt K at January 4, 2010 9:51 PM
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