Boulder-based Cocktail Punk’s bitters savoring the sweet


"Raymond Snead moved to Boulder in 1978 for graduate work in computer science, a good decade before computers began creeping like thieves into the mainstream. When he wasn’t rock climbing, the Virginia native was programming.

The early bits and bytes toil worked out well for Snead. Computers, as you may have noticed, never fell into “fad” territory.

About eight years ago, he began messing with cocktail bitters, elixirs of concentrated flavor that bartenders use for making drinks. Friends liked them, so in 2012 he founded Boulder’s Cocktail Punk, one of the first contemporary bitters start-ups in the nation. And now, cocktail bitters are savoring quite the sweet moment, although not one that yet enjoys “hijack the cosmos” status (I, for one, am pulling for bitters to usurp computers for world dominance, and am turning to Snead for guidance).