panel discussion

Replay: The Bitter Truth About Bitters

Bitters are essential ingredients in the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and any number of other cocktails.  These days, it seems like any flavor you’ve ever encountered is available as a bitter.  But bitters aren’t any new concoction; actually, they’re central to the history of the cocktail as we know them.  In this discussion, we’ll cover topics like what bitters are, why they were invented, and what the difference is between bitters and “drinking bitters” like Campari and Fernet-Branca.

In this discussion, special guest host Camper English, founder of,  will discuss the cocktail ingredient that has a big flavor impact despite only being used in drops and dashes. Best selling author Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, and Lee Egbert, founder and owner of Dashfire Bitters, will join Camper this evening of discussing The Bitter Truth About Bitters.

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Camper English, Founder of
Camper English is a cocktails and spirits writer and educator who has contributed to publications including Popular Science, Saveur, Details, Whisky Advocate, Drinks International, and many more. He is the pioneer of the "directional freezing" technique to make perfectly clear ice that is used around the world. Camper is a judge of the SF World Spirits Competition, a former World's 50 Best Bars polling coordinator, and the founder/writer of,, and his main website He has been voted one of the 100 most influential figures in the global bar industry all three years of Drinks International's Bar World 100 list.
Special Guests:
Amy Stewart, Best Selling Author, The Drunken Botanist
Amy Stewart is the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks and several other popular nonfiction titles about the natural world. Her books have sold over a million copies worldwide and have been translated into 18 languages. She lives in Portland, OR.
Lee Egbert, Founder, Dashfire Bitters
Based in Minneapolis, MN, Dashfire has been a leader in the cocktail bitters world since its founding in 2012. From the flagship product, a Bourbon-barrel aged Vintage Orange Bitters, to the current range of 20-plus expressions, Lee’s expertise in formulation and bitters to production is second-to-none. This expertise is also a crucial component of Dashfire’s canned cocktail line, which rely on Dashfire bitters for their complexity in flavor. Learn more at