Celebrating the Shiny New Apple Store with Decadent Apple Donuts

This Saturday, May 11th, marks the opening of DC’s long awaited, flagship Apple store at the historic Carnegie Library, located just blocks from Farmers & Distillers. 

Great news for locals and tourists alike, the shiny new Apple store, named the Apple Carnegie Library, is the result of a two-year restoration of our DC landmark – the Carnegie Library – creating a reimagined, modern center for learning. In addition to continuing to provide the innovative products and services that would make Apple founder and legend Steve Jobs proud, our new Apple store was designed as a space “where everyone is welcome.” In addition to a built-in DC History Center, the Apple Carnegie Library will host ongoing exhibits and programs designed to inspire and educate, including a StoryMakers Festival beginning on May 18th where local artists, photographers, filmmakers, digital artists, musicians, and more will be on hand to share their craft. The Apple Carnegie Library schedules will change daily.

A five-minute walk (or less) to Farmers & Distillers, we are welcoming our new Apple store to the neighborhood with a very special F&D Apple Donut. Inspired to celebrate all things Apple and the historic grandeur of the Carnegie Library, Chef Joe and our Pastry Chef, Chandler Raffa, crafted a decadent donut with the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. Maple-glazed on the outside, with a hit of red-hot cinnamon apple cream on the inside, we think it is the perfect way to welcome our new Apple friends and customers.

And the best part? Our Farmers & Distillers Apple donuts are FREE for Apple store shoppers!

So, if you have plans to check out the new Apple store anytime between Saturday, May 11th through Sunday, May 19th, walk the few blocks over to Farmers & Distillers, show us your Apple Carnegie Library receipt, and get our red-hot Apple Donut for free.

We’re open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or our decadent Farmers Market Buffet Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. As always, we recommend making a reservation.

Celebrating Derby Day Our Way

Derby Day will soon be here. From the exquisite beauty of the horses to the fantastic show of hats to sipping the South’s classic Mint Julep, we’re big fans of the tradition and revelry surrounding America’s Greatest Race.

Since 1875, Louisville’s legendary Churchill Downs racetrack has played host to the Kentucky Derby, and our Farmers & Distillers bar team loves crafting our annual derby festivities to celebrate. 

Come cheer on this American tradition with us April 29th through May 5th with some pre-gaming all week long, lots of racing spirit, and of course, some great cocktails.  

We are featuring some fine derby-centric cocktails, all made with our very own Founding Spirits American Whiskey, which you can enjoy all on its own for $12, served neat or over hand-cut ice. Or try our takes on the traditional Mint Julep. Our FS Julep, at just $13, is a classic blend of ourFounding Spirits American Whiskey, mint, and FS aromatic bitters. And our “Never Bitter” Julep, for $14, is made with our Founding Spirits American Whiskey, mint, and topped with our deliciously smooth, Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro.

Our bar menu also features a whole host of handcrafted whiskey cocktails to tempt you if you’re not a Julep drinker. Care for our Whiskey Sour with muddled fruit, ginger, and more? What about sipping on our Gold Rush Royale? The blend of lemon, honey, and sparking cava, pairs perfectly with our FS American Whiskey. We also craft a daily whimsical take on a whiskey cocktail for to share. Of course, if you aren’t a whiskey drinker, we have a full menu of craft cocktails available.

Come in & get in the derby spirit right here in downtown DC. Join us for a Tasting & Distillery Open House on Friday, May 3rd from 5pm-7pm, and enjoy a mini behind the scenes tour of our distillery. 

We will also have our regular lunch & dinner menu on hand for when you get hungry for some of our scratch-made food to pair with your whiskey or Julep choices. If you care to take your cocktails from our bar to a table, we recommend making a reservation. If you choose to watch the derby at home with friends, we have you covered there too. Order our FS American Whiskey online. And just for our weeklong derby celebration, receive 10% off the purchase of a bottle of our Founding Spirits American Whiskey and a complimentary Founding Spirits copper Julep cup, while supplies last. 

Farmers & Distillers Supports No Kid Hungry

This week, our Farmers & Distillers team once again joined forces with some of DC’s finest chefs, bartenders, and sommeliers at the Taste of the Nation event, all with one common mission: to support No Kid Hungry and their workto end childhood hunger in America.  

Each year, Taste of the Nation hosts fundraising events across the U.S. to raise much-needed support to help ensure that our nation’s children get the healthy food and nutrition they ought to, every day. We were honored to represent our scratch-made, farmer-owned food and drink concept that is Farmers & Distillers at the National Building Museum for this year’s festivities.

Chef Nick and Chef Eric (pictured) served up a house favorite, our Good All Green salad with a couple special additions: a tasty, Farmers feta cheese and some plancha-spiced chicken. Event goers followed the delicious aroma of our chef’s plancha-spiced chicken and were delighted with the added layer of flavor it gave our Good All Green salad of mixed greens, broccolini, avocado, green apple, green beans, and toasted seeds, topped with a fresh lemon vinaigrette. Our special, salty Farmers cheese sprinkled on top was a brined Feta imported directly from Greece just for the event. Our salad, which was gluten-free and modified on the spot for dairy-free and vegetarian revelers, was a big hit… and so was our table. Our chefs loved serving all of the guests who returned for more. 

For those who enjoyed our offering at DC’s Taste of the Nation, come by Farmers & Distillers for another taste, as our Good All Green salad is available every day on our Lunch & Dinner menu. Enjoy it as is in the restaurant or add herb chicken, steak, salmon, tuna, shrimp, or scallops to your liking. As always, we recommend making a reservation.

A special night of tasting and fun was had by all. Great cause and great food & drink. We’re already looking forward to next year! 

CAPS Hour! CAPS Hour! #ALLCAPS Hour All the Way to the Game

Hey, DC Caps fans. It’s officially NHL Playoff Hockey season and we are so ready to Unleash the Fury that is DC hockey. We can’t shout out our excitement enough. To gear up for the playoff games and support our Stanley Cup champs and all of their awesome fans, we’re hosting a CAPS Hour at Farmers & Distillers.

Located just a few blocks from Capital One Arena, our CAPS Hour specials include $2 off select draft beers, $8 Founding Spirits highball craft cocktails, and half-off our Bar Bites, including our Crispy Imperial Spring Rolls, Founding Farmers Garlic Black Pepper Wings, Chips & Dips, and Pan-Fried Dumplings. 

Stop by our Farmers & Distillers bar before any Caps playoff home game, present your Washington Capitals playoff ticket to your bartender, and enjoy our CAPS Hour specials. Or if you prefer, for the earlier playoff games, come by after the game. Our CAPS Hour specials are offered two hours before our hometown heroes hit the ice AND two hours after the hockey playoff games end, if during our regular business hours.

Need easy parking for the game? Our neighboring garage is the perfect place away from the Capital One Arena fray. Park, enjoy our CAPS Hour, and rock your red all the way to the game.

Let’s do this again, DC! Let’s win the Stanley cup two years in a row. #ALLCAPS. All the time.

Unleash the Fury: Our Stanley Cup Champs are Playoffs Bound!

Our Washington Capitals just clinched the NHL Playoffs, and we can’t wait to watch our hometown Stanley Cup champs Unleash the Fury. As you plan which hockey games you’ll be attending, don’t forget about your pregame or postgame eats and drinks. 

Being just blocks away from Capital One Arena makes Farmers & Distillers the ultimate place for all of your pregame or postgame needs. We’re hosting a CAPS Hour at our Farmers & Distillers bar with specially priced select draft beers, Founding Spirits highball craft cocktails, and Bar Bites for home game playoff ticket holders. Find out more here.

We also have some of DC’s favorite scratch-made food and drink on our regular menus to make for a winning night of Caps fever with friends or a great date night to Rock the Red with someone special. Make your reservation today to make game night a breeze.

Red, Red Wine. What better way to Rock the Red than with a fruit-forward pinot noir or a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon from our extensive wine list? We’re proud to offer selections from vintners who align with our values and follow sustainable, organic, and biodynamic practices. If you’re with a larger group, check out the winning line-up featured on our Director’s List for bottles specially chosen by our very own Jon Arroyo.

Get Your Cold Beer, Here! If you are more of a beer person, especially on hockey game nights, our beer program has something for everyone. With multiple taps, choices from light to bold, lagers to ales, we make it easy to choose one of your favorites or try a new brew. 

Winning Cocktails on Ice. It only seems fitting to cheer on our hometown heroes with our award-winning Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro. Distilled and bottled at our in-house distillery, our cocktail menu is chock-full of unique amaro craft cocktails like the Amaro Daiquiri or Negroni Swizzle. 

Snack on Some Starters. Our beef & pork Meatballs are must-haves. Ground in-house and made from scratch, our Meatballs are topped with our delicious, homemade red sauce. And on the assist, try our Parmesan Garlic Knots, served with a savory roasted tomato-basil chutney, with whipped ricotta. Or feast on a selection of our famous Farm Breads, FF Glazed Bacon Lollies, or Ahi Tuna Bites. 

Indulge in a House Favorite. It wouldn’t be a sporting event without a fresh n’ juicy burger. Try our All-American double patty burger or enjoy our Baby Macs, Shake & Fries. But, let’s remember… anything can happen in post-season hockey. Conquer the no-longer-impossible (since we already brought home the Stanley cup, after all) with our IMPOSSIBLE Burger, made entirely from plants for people who love meat. And don’t skip out on our house-made fries and chips, we promise they won’t disappoint. 

Save Room for Dessert. Donuts + Cherry Pie = Win. There are other choices too, but for game night, we’re thinking these are our favorite picks.

Come join us. Farmers & Distillers is an easy walk to Capital One Arena. We’re close by two metro stops (Gallery Place-Chinatown that serves the red, yellow & green lines + Mt Vernon Square, serving the green & yellow Lines). Or if you drive, parking is easy at Farmers & Distillers in our neighboring garage

We’ll be Rocking the Red all post-season long, and hope you will too. Cheers to good drinks, great food, and our Stanley Cup champs. Unleash the Fury that is DC hockey.

Great American Food & Donuts for Opening Day at Nationals Park

Avoid the throngs of fans near Nationals Park this year as the Washington Nationals take on the New York Mets on Opening Day, March 28th. Instead, come by Farmers & Distillers before or after the big game for some of the best American food and drink that DC has to offer.

Our burgers are the best in town, and there are so many choices. Try our All-American Double Cheeseburger or a complete meal of Baby Macs, Shake & Fries or our popular IMPOSSIBLE Burger, made entirely from plants for people who love meat. 

If you don’t want a burger, try some of our other scratch-made, American family favorites, such as our Farm Breads and chicken wings, Handmade Pasta and Steak House classics, as well as our FF Fish, Chips & Beer dish served with a short white beer for a great sampling of our incredible, 24-tap beer program. Our Whirley Pop Kettle Corn will surely give you a taste for the ballpark. We will also have very special Opening Day Farmers Donuts. Or if you want to wrap up your meal with some traditional American treats, try our delicious Cherry or Caramel Apple pie, complete with our hand-churned vanilla ice cream.

We are in it to win it at Farmers & Distillers this Washington Nationals Opening Day. From the food and drink to sidelining the crowds and long waits to the easy commute to and from the ballpark. We recommend making a reservation to ensure a hassle-free, great time. 

Park easily in the lot near Farmers & Distillers and walk the two blocks to the green line at the Gallery Place Chinatown stop and metro over to the stadium or come see us after the big game. 

If you can’t make it for Opening Day, there are many other games to take in this baseball season, and Farmers & Distillers is a great way take in some pre- or post-game fun, without all the guff. 

Irish Pop & Irish Brew

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, but on our corner, we’re already celebrating. 

Farmers & Distillers is offering a special St. Patrick’s Day bar menu that includes the perfect match-up, an Irish Pop & Irish brew, aka Irish whiskey and beer, as well as a handful of cocktails inspired by Irish whiskies and ales, and a special tap takeover from two local draft breweries: Flying Dog’s Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale brewed in Maryland and O’Connor’s Dry Irish Stout made in Virginia.

We also have some pretty special casks of Irish whiskey in store as well. Tullamore D.E.W. XO Rum Cask Finish and Tullamore D.E.W Cider Cask Finish are at our bar. Both are crafted in Ireland. Both are equally delicious in their own ways. It’s a good thing you have more than one day to enjoy them.  

Stop by Farmers & Distillers anytime now through Sunday, and get a little taste of Ireland. 

Come for lunch, after work, or make it a great, Irish-inspired date night and stay for dinner. We promise we won’t pinch you if you aren’t wearing green.

Exclusive Pilsner Urquell Brew at Farmers & Distillers

Last night, we shared a very special unfiltered brew created by the expert brewers at historic Pilsner Urquell. This exclusive brew, Pilsner Urquell Nefiltrovaný, was flown all the way from the Czech Republic especially for us. We are the only bar in the DC metro featuring this remarkable Pilsner Urquell brew. 

The free tasting featured lots of beer samples and special pours, beer expertise, and even branded mugs and additional swag from our Pilsner Urquell partners. But most important of all, guests got an exclusive taste from the legendary pilsner giant. 

The 175 year-old Pilsner Urquell brewery, located in a remote town in the Czech Republic, is widely known as the creator of the very first pilsner lager, the most popular golden brew on the planet, which has been adopted and adapted over the years by breweries around the globe. If you like lager, you can thank Pilsner Urquell. Our Beverage Director, Jon Arroyo, made the trek to the brewery and said, “I can die now,” after tasting their lager directly from the cask in the cavern where it’s brewed.

It goes without saying that Jon and his team are delighted to be able to share this special, original taste with our guests.

This spectacular pilsner is still available at Farmers & Distillers, as long as our special delivery lasts.

Of course, Farmers & Distillers is usually known for its distillery, Founding Spirits, and our tasty craft cocktails, but we have a pretty rockin’ beer program as well. With multiple taps, our program is styled from light to bold, lagers and ales, making it easy for guests to not only navigate their favorites, but also try something new. We serve our beer upon order, by the glass, generally ranging from $8 to $10 for a 10 oz to 16 oz pour. 

Stop by for a taste of the special pilsner, while supplies last… or any of our tasty brews.

Farmers & Distillers Unique Beer Program

At Farmers & Distillers, and across our company, we have a unique and robust beer program. Developed with our source-matters, high-quality, earth-friendly mission in mind, we most often partner with like-minded breweries that care not only about great tasting beer, but also about the importance of their ingredients and operating sustainably.

Our Beverage Director, Jon Arroyo, and Assistant Beer Director & Bar Manager, Melinda Koepke (both pictured), are always on the look out for new partners and tasty new brews. We work to provide an array of brands, some highly recognizable and some not. We have cultivated long-term partnerships with Devils Backbone and Flying Dog who also pursue responsibly minded business practices. Their brews can usually be found in our taps. In addition, we serve selections from the brew masters at: 

  • Sierra Nevada, including an as yet to be rescheduled Sierra Nevada beer dinner, which will feature five of the brewery’s favorites perfectly paired with our delicious, scratch-made food. 
  • Hellbender, noted as the first brewery on the East Coast to invest in a mash filter, which radically increases efficiency, allowing this smart brewhouse to brew around 25% faster from start to finish, while using about 18% less grain and 30% less water per batch than most breweries in the world.
  • Warsteiner, an impressive ninth-generation, family-owned premium brewery, world renowned as the originators of the Bavarian Purity Law, a major turning point in beer brewing history and most notably the founding family of Germany’s famed Oktoberfest. We feature their Konig Ludwig Weissbier beer, one of the first “hefeweizen” beers ever brewed. 

Our bar houses multiple taps, styled from light to bold, lagers and ales, giving guests some ease in navigating their go-to beers and inspiring them to try something new and different. Beers are served by the glass, generally from $8 to $10 for a 10 oz to 16 oz pour. 

Farmers & Distillers may be best known for our craft cocktails using small-batch spirits from our very own in-house distillery, Founding Spirits, but we think our beer program is pretty awesome too. 

Come in and check out our beer menu (and our fun bar-specials chalkboard) or ask our bartenders and servers what we have on tap. And stay for a meal. We promise, you won’t be disappointed. As always, we recommend making a reservation.

Let us Cater to You

BIG NEWS! Our Farmers & Distillers team caters. Not only do we serve our delicious scratch-made food and drink every day in our restaurants and our private dining rooms, but we also cater to guests who want to enjoy all we have to offer even if they can’t come in to see us in downtown DC.

Farmers & Distillers Catering

Our Farmers & Distillers culinary team has created a large selection of our restaurant favorites for our catering menus. 

Want breakfast catered for your next early-bird office meeting? Leave the details (and the coffee, donuts, and more) to us. 

Need a selection of food and drink and smart service to satisfy your children, your grandparents, and all of your cousins at your next family event? Our diverse menus have something for everyone; and we can take care of everything, so you can sit back and enjoy your company.

Hoping for an easy buffet while the gang gathers to watch your favorite team win big? Our menus have many options for a casual gathering, and we can provide as little or as much catering support as you need. We can set up a tasty buffet and go, come back to clean up later if necessary, or stick around and provide service throughout your event. 

Our Farmers & Distillers catering services are designed to provide you with everything you need so you can enjoy your guests – not worry about shopping, cooking, or cleaning up. We can provide exactly what you need from full catering services to merely arranging to have the food delivered, and everything in between. 

Our catering menus include breakfast, lunch & dinner, and even a selection of our scratch-made beverages, famous First Bake Blend coffee and Farmers donuts, and of course our crowd-pleasing desserts. Choose among boxed meals, a la carte selections, build your own buffet, and more. 

Catering from Farmers & Distillers is easy and delicious. Order here, call us at: #202-465-0887, or email our catering specialist at: FDCatering@FarmersRestaurantGroup.com to arrange your order for pick up or delivery to select areas.