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Looking for orange bitters

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...specifically, Regan's or Fee's brand orange bitters. I could swear that I've seen the latter somewhere in a market in the South Bay or Peninsula, but I can't find it now. If anyone has any leads on where these might be sold, anywhere in the Bay area, I'd love it if you'd share.

(I'm not looking for Stirrings' "Blood Orange Bitters," which are easy to find but, sadly, not very good.)

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  1. John Walker & Co. in Union Square carries them -- and multiple other flavors (I prefer the grapefruit!)


    1. Beltramo's in Menlo Park sells Fee's orange bitters.

      1. Plumpjack on 24th in Noe Valley usually has them, but I'd call first.

        1. I bought some at Cosentino's in Campbell a year ago. (Fee's)

          1. Beltramo's in MP is also stocking Regan's now.

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            1. re: jcr1

              Weimax in Burlingame.

              Weimax Wines
              1178 Broadway, Burlingame, CA

              1. re: jcr1

                Yes, I did find some at Beltramo's recently. That's actually a really dangerous place for a home cocktail aficionado -- they have a great selection of relatively hard to find spirits and ingredients, and their prices often tend to beat BevMo's.

              2. Draeger's in Los Altos, with its compact but intense specialty-cordials selection, has carried Fee Bros. "West Indian" orange bitters. I got some early this decade (before the recent fashion for cocktails, so more could be available now).

                Draeger's by the way, though a grocery chain, has been in the past one of the region's leading fine-wine purveyors (it had extraordinary selections of things like Burgundies, and offered classes for consumers, when the wine buyers had freedom to build inventory, and the US's 8th (?) successful Master of Wine licentiate -- the extraordinary Peter Marks, now wine director at Copia -- was in charge).

                Wiemax in Burlingame is notable also for its radical stance of ignoring the numerical-ratings wine critics (a new phenomenon that came to steer wine retailing so strongly in recent years, ironically raising the prices of wines these critics wrote up, as local writer John Haeger showed in his incisive 1998 article on the subject).

                1. Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley has a large selection of bitters. I know they have Fee's.