Bittermens was the first independent producer of cocktail bitters in America to be licensed after Prohibition. Since 2007, Avery and Janet Glasser have been formulating cocktail bitters, growing Bittermens into one of the largest hand-produced brands of cocktail bitters in the world.
In 2012, Avery and Janet took on another project – creating a Nordic-style Bitter Schnapps. This new formulation, which is now known as Bäska Snaps, was launched during the fall of that year in Sweden and is now available throughout the United States and Europe. Solståndet, a malted aquavit, and Salmiakki Dala, a salted licorice fernet, soon followed.
The Nordic flavor profile is profoundly different from that of southern Europe, making use of wormwood, dill, caraway, licorice and unique flavorings like sal ammoniac. Exploring those flavors, the Glassers decided to build a small offering of unique Nordic inspired spirits. As a collection, these are now called DALA Spirits, named after Swedish folk-legends of the Dala Horse.