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Monday, January 22, 2018

It all came to Johanna Corman after four nights of tossing and turning. "I had this whole vision," she said. "A bar with bartenders, and they're mixing and muddling and shaking. But there's no alcohol. It's seltzer-based, but they're using really good, healthy ingredients. I love old fashioned ingredients, like bitters and tonics and shrubs and syrups. I just could see the whole thing in my brain." ... Vena's Fizz House, named after Johanna's temperance-minded great grandmother, was born on July 10, 2013 with just 10 drinks on the menu and cans and bottles of seltzer as the base.

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These days, Steve leads the bartending staff. He works with more than 200 bitters and 30 shrubs to invent new drinks, trains Vena's staff, and leads classes to train bartenders and home enthusiasts of what they call liquid alchemy with bitters.

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FYI, bitters is alcohol.

#1 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-01-22 03:44 PM | Reply

Sounds like hipster --------

#2 | Posted by qcp at 2018-01-22 07:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Bar didn't stay non-alcoholic for long....

#3 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2018-01-22 08:10 PM | Reply

There is a bar on Wash. Island in WI. in Wisc. that was the only "bar" that was legally allowed to be open during prohibition. It served bitters, considered medicinal at the time. If you can still drink a shot of bitters, you belong to the "Bitters Club"

#4 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-01-22 09:03 PM | Reply

Every club's membership is not in demand.

So...No. Thank. You.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-22 09:04 PM | Reply

If you took their basic ginger & mint tonic, and add some vodka, it's probably really good.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-22 09:11 PM | Reply

My favorite cocktail is kind of like a Sex on the Beach but instead of vodka it has grains, and instead of the orange and cranberry it has hops and oats -- then I swap out the peach schnapps for yeast; shake and let settle for 4 weeks.

My second favorite cocktail is probably the mojito.

#7 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-22 10:51 PM | Reply

Here in Philly, we have tons of bars that don't serve alcohol. They're called Coffee shops.

#8 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-01-23 08:13 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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