Bitters Bar adds Local Flavor to South Scottsdale

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When Erika Rode decided to return to her home state of Arizona she seized the opportunity to combine her wealth of experience working in the alcohol industry with the local dining movement underway here in Arizona. The result was Bitters, the bar and restaurant Rode opened with executive chef Ehren Litzenberger in September. The concept for Bitters was founded on Rode’s passion for craft beer, wine and spirits. The drink menu includes artisanal cocktails like The Bitter End, a rum and fruit based drink that uses locally made Más Mole Bitters from AZ Bitters Lab. They also have 12 craft beers on tap and a rotating wine list, with Arizona breweries and wineries always well represented.

Arizona is where I was born, grew up, and a large part of who I am today. So, supporting and encouraging local, small business is incredibly important to me.
— Erika Rode, Owner of Bitters Bar

Litzenberger designed a food menu that rotates seasonally and complements the unique beverages available at Bitters. Their produce is all sourced from Stern Produce (a Local First Arizona Legacy Partner), and Gilbert-based edible landscaping firm Agriscaping. They even grow some of their own vegetables on-site in their restaurant garden. Embracing local, seasonal ingredients is a natural choice for a restaurant that values the quality and distinctiveness of craft beverages. The concept for Bitters is also perfectly aligned with a broader shift in customer preferences toward unique dining experiences at restaurants that provide transparency about where their food and drinks are sourced.

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The kale chips have quickly become a customer favorite on the Bitters bar snack menu. Served with Sirachia aioli and made with kale grown in their own garden, the salty, garlicky chips go well with just about any drink on the menu!

Bitters is also planning an exciting roster of events to celebrate the Arizona craft movement. On February 8th they will be hosting Arizona Beer Week's Women's Collaboration Beer Launch Party. To promote AZ craft beers, they will be featuring all local breweries on tap for the entire month of February. They also host a weekly trivia night on Tuesdays, wine specials on Wednesdays and open mic night on Thursdays.

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Rode understands the value of choosing local. She says, “we all vote with our dollars, and my dollars will always go to a small business, local supplier, or local service whenever possible.  This is how our community continues to grow, thrive, and remain creative.” Her new business is a testament to those beliefs and a wonderful additional to the Scottsdale dining scene.

Bitters is located within the ASU SkySong campus at Scottsdale Rd. and McDowell and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon until close.