Steve and his wife Johanna became interested in non-alcoholic drinks and bitters after leaving his profession as a public school teacher after 19 years. They started a craft soda bar and mixology retail shop with the idea of making non-alcohol, drinks that are healthy, complex and delicious. Twenty months after, Vena’s did acquire a license to serve alcohol.
Bitters were the major key, with the emphasis at our bar is to show how bitters are used in both cocktails and mocktails, with the main goal is to teach people that they can have marvelous non-alcohol drinks, along with craft cocktails. More than three years later, we are the leading educators, sellers, & creators of bitters with over 200 bitters sold at our shop in Portland, Maine.