Dance a Weeklong Irish Jig at Farmers & Distillers

Starting Monday, we are dancing our Irish jig. Join us for a weeklong St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Our St. Patrick’s Week menu has some tasty beers, including Devils Backbone Reilly’s Red Ale and O’Connor’s Dry Irish Stout, a gathering of Irish Whiskies, and the Classic Whiskey Sour made with Irish Whiskey, lemon, and egg white.

One of those choices is sure to put a little spring in your step.

Join us next week – Monday, March 12 through Sunday, March 18 – to celebrate the Emerald Isle and dance your Irish jig.

Founding Spirits Pours Our Craft Vodka & More at the DC Distillers Festival

Founding Spirits, our small-batch distillery located in the heart of Farmers & Distillers, joined the party at the DC Distillers Festival this past weekend.

This curated, three-session, all-day, all-night event featured 1920’s jazz bands and a burlesque show. Gatsby-era costumes were encouraged and plentiful in this speakeasy environment. Guests sampled over 60 craft spirits to their heart’s content from over 20 craft distillers, including our very own DC-based distillery, Founding Spirits.

We poured samples of our spirits, including our craft vodka, and mixed three of our signature craft cocktails, including: Buck’s Blood Orange, pictured above, (Founding Spirits Vodka, lemon, ginger, honey, aperol); Boulevardier (Founding Spirits American Whiskey, Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, campari); and our Amaro Daiquiri (Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, Founding Farmers Rye Whisky, orgeat, lime).

This one of a kind annual event was held at the Long View Gallery in downtown DC. The day and night included a lot of mingling and chatting, tasting and relaxing, and even some dancing. We were delighted to be a part of this year’s party.

Our Spirits Straight Up, Straight To Your Door

We have big news just in time for the holidays: You can now order some of our spirits online! And they can be shipped directly to your door or shipped to the door of a friend, family member, or colleague just in time for the gift-giving season.

Currently, we are shipping four of our handcrafted spirits directly from our distillery, Founding Spirits in Washington, D.C. This includes our Founding Spirits Vodka, Founding Spirits American Whiskey, Founding Farmers Rye Whisky, and Founding Farmers Gin.

Founding Spirits is a micro-batch distillery custom-built in the heart of our restaurant, Farmers & Distillers. Led by our dynamic duo, Jon Arroyo and Bob VanLancker, Founding Spirits is an extension of our from-scratch, source-matters mission. We are creating a growing collection of small-batch spirits distilled and blended to preserve the true flavors that come from the wheat, barley, rye, and botanicals grown on family farms across the country.

If you have yet to experience our spirits, please stop by Farmers & Distillers, or its sibling restaurants Founding Farmers or Farmers Fishers Bakers, for a taste. We have a delightful variety of craft cocktails made specifically to highlight our spirits.

When ordering online, please note that only adults 21 or older can make the order, and an adult of 21 or older needs to be present to sign for the delivery. Shipping is $8 for a single bottle, and an additional $2 for each bottle after that, but shipping is absolutely FREE for six or more bottles.

Cheers! Here’s to a very spirited holiday season from Farmers Restaurant Group.

*NOTE – Spirits cannot ship to the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.


A Week of Cocktail Lovin’

Come on over to Farmers & Distillers this week for our celebration of the 5th Annual DC Cocktail Week. We are joining other local mixologists, bartenders, and innovative cocktail programs across the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region for a week of tasty drinks and paired snacks.

Starting today, Monday, November 13th, and continuing all week (through Sunday, November 19th), we’ll be serving our Amaro and the Rye cocktail, featuring our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro and Founding Farmers Rye Whisky, stirred and served in Georgian glass with lemon zest and a brandied cherry garnish. Guests will also get two of our delicious Kung Pao Chicken Dumplings for a total cost of $11.

As DC gets into the holiday spirit with decorations starting to go up around the city, make DC Cocktail Week your own holiday. Gather with some friends for some cocktail lovin’ at Farmers & Distillers. Make an evening of it and stay for a meal too. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Straw Switcheroos & Strategies for More Sustainable Sipping

At Farmers Restaurant Group, we are excited to announce we have taken another step to do more good and less harm for the earth and so many of its beautiful creatures.

From now on, we’re implementing an entirely new straw program for our beverages. When you order a drink in one of our restaurants, we will be serving up two earth-friendly options. Some of our drinks will come without straws because, frankly, we realized they don’t need them. And some of our drinks will come with our new paper straws.

We have made the switch to Aardvark paper straws, which are both eco-friendly and biodegradable. Made in the U.S., Aardvark straws are BPA free, FDA approved, and decompose in just 45-60 days. That’s a whole lot of good news for the earth and everyone on it.

“Even though straws are small, they are causing massive pollution problems,” says Co-Owner Dan Simons. “In the U.S. alone, we use over 500 million plastic straws EVERY DAY. That’s a lot of trash, much of which ends up littering our waterways, oceans, and shorelines. If the straw pollution problem is news to you, do a quick online search to find work around the globe encouraging changes to our straw sipping habits. And if you haven’t seen the video of the poor sea turtle with the cocktail straw stuck in his nose, Google that too. It’s heartbreaking. In our restaurants, we are making this switch so we don’t participate in all of the hazards associated with using plastic straws, and to bring more awareness to the global straw use problem.”

Preventing straw pollution has been part of our earth-friendly practices for a long time. Prior to this week’s change, we were using compostable straws. While a much better choice than standard plastic straws, if they get thrown away as trash they act like plastic. They don’t break down like they do in the compost facility. With paper straws, they decompose wherever they end up.

Our new program has one caveat: we’re still looking for a solution for the long straws we serve with our shared drinks. These plastic straws will continue to get recycled until we can find an alternative.

Everyday, across all of our restaurants, we’re committed to reducing our use of plastics. This is why we have always served filtered water, instead of selling plastic water bottles, and why we are now serving paper straws, or no straws at all, when we think they aren’t needed. Of course, we will make our paper straws available for all of our drinks if our guests want or need them.

So, come on down for one of our tasty beverages and join us in our straw switcheroo and strategy. Let’s all work together – one straw at a time — to make the earth a little bit cleaner and safer for everyone on it.

Young Washington Visits Mount Vernon

For a few hours this past Saturday night, Mount Vernon’s iconic lawn overlooking the Potomac River was filled with fine duds and mysterious masks for a moonlit Mount Vernon Masquerade party.

One guest, however, remained unmasked although some would say he was still in costume. Our Young Washington, who has become colloquially known as George with a Man Bun, left his home at Farmers & Distillers to be on display at the event. Artist Nathan Loda, who we commissioned to create this contemporary take on George Washington, was also in attendance. He spoke with guests, sharing the story behind the portrait.

The Farmers & Distillers team escorted Young Washington to the event and served one of our oft-featured craft cocktails, the American Buck, made with whiskey, aperol, lemon, ginger, and cane syrup.

It’s the Bee’s Knees Raising Money for Honey Bees

Buzz on over to one of our restaurants this week – Founding Farmers DC, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers – for a taste of the Bee’s Knees. This delicious, Prohibition-era cocktail is being served as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funds to support honey bees and other pollinators.

Between September 25th and October 1st, we are joining other restaurants and bars across the country in this year’s Bee’s Knees Week. Sponsored by and Barr Hill Gin, Bee’s Knees Week brings attention to the honey bee, not just for the tasty honey they provide for our drinks and food, but for their important role in our food supply and its biodiversity.

Join us for a Bee’s Knees and tell your friends and families (#DRINKBEESKNEES) all about the importance of our honey bees and other pollinators, and ways we can all celebrate and protect them this week and every week.

Farmers Restaurant Group will be donating a portion of our proceeds from the sales of this cocktail to the Pollinator Partnership, whose mission is to promote the health of pollinators through conservation, education, and research.

Bee’s Knees Week is just one piece of our ongoing efforts to protect the honey bee and the future of our food supply. We support research on honey bees at our urban apiary at George Washington University. We also support other education efforts, such as our partnership with Sweet Virginia, which works to inspire and educate children about honey bees.

Saying “No” to Plastic Water Bottles Since Day One

Across all of our restaurants – Founding FarmersFarmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers – we say “no” to plastic water bottles. And we’ve been saying no since we first opened our doors back in 2008.  

At Farmers Restaurant Groupeverything matters, including how we serve our water. We have made a commitment to provide all of our guests unlimited, free filtered water, sparkling or still. Just last year alone, across all of our restaurants, we filtered about 400,000 gallons of water, the equivalent of more than three million 16-ounce bottles.  

Why do we do this?  

Watch this video with Co-Owner Dan Simons to learn more about why we don’t buy or sell bottled water. And join us in yet another one of our sustainably-minded practices to do more good and less harm… for the environment, and for your wallet.

With a Name Like Bubba’s Sweet Nectar, They Had Us at Hello

When we first learned about Bubba’s Sweet Nectar and the story behind their honey, we were all individually saying, “show me the honey.” Obviously we are excited about our recent partnership with this central Virginia-based honey company started by two friends who call each other “Bubba.” 

The Bubba crew wowed us with their honey, and we are happy to say we are now using Bubba’s Sweet Nectar in our food and drink. Their clover honey can be found in everything from our Founding Farmers house favorite, Skillet Cornbread, to our Honey Thyme Roasted Spatchcock Chicken to the whipped honey butter we serve with our biscuits to the multigrain bread we bake every day. Clover honey is also used in some of our dressings, sauces, and many of our scratch-made cocktails. For example, clover honey is a crucial ingredient to the tasty Farmers & Distillers Clementine Cooler, which uses Founding Spirits Vodka infused with clementine, Founding Spirits clementine bitters, lime, honey, and maraschino. Even some of our proprietary spirits use honey. We are currently using Bubba’s wildflower honey to sweeten our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro.

Bubba’s Sweet Nectar is 100% pure, raw honey that is not pasteurized, not ultra-filtrated, and doesn’t contain additives or artificial preservatives. They have two varieties: Clover is traditionally the honey most people use and has a light, mild flavor. Sweet clover plants come in a variety of types, are the highest nectar producing plants, and are the most important plants for honey production. Wildflower is a mixed floral honey derived from a wide range of flowers. It is usually a bit richer and tangier than clover honey, depending on the mix of seasonal wildflowers. 

The honey masters at Bubba’s Sweet Nectar are also devoted to the future of honey bees, and our planet, which aligns well with everyone across Farmers Restaurant Group. We are all big fans of honey and the hardworking producers of honey, honey bees. Our urban apiary at George Washington University is one of our most beloved partnerships. We are delighted to expand our hive and bring our guests Bubba’s Sweet Nectar. We hope you will join us in the honey love. 

Celebrate America with Our Star-Spangled Brunch

Rally up your independent spirit and patriotism and join us for brunch on Tuesday, July 4th in honor of America’s birthday. Yes, we are such rebels, we are doing brunch on a Tuesday!

All of our locations will be offering our award-winning brunch this Independence Day, and MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac will also be serving brunch on Monday, July 3rd.

What better way to celebrate this great land of ours than by enjoying our American classics, which help to support hardworking family farmers, many of which are our owners, investors, and suppliers. At Farmers Restaurant Group, we are working every day to help give our farmers a larger portion of the food dollar all the while providing tasty, scratch-made food for our guests.

Selected as one of DC’s best brunches by Washingtonian Magazine readers and the Washington City Paper, our star-spangled brunch menus vary some by location. Founding Farmers DC and MoCo’s Founding Farmers have sit down service that includes the ever-popular Chicken & Waffles made breakfast-style with scrambled eggs, and our famous stuffed French toast, benedicts, buttermilk pancakes, poached egg hashes, and our specialty glazed bacons.

Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is served at Founding Farmers in Tysons, Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown Waterfront, and Farmers & Distillers at Mt Vernon Square. This festival of food is hard to beat with traditional breakfast fare such as pancakes and bacon, a butcher’s table, a gardener’s table with luscious salads, and lots of passed decadence from Eggs Benedict to Cracker Crusted Shrimp to our house-made doughnuts.

Looking for a little bang before the fireworks? Our brunch drinks are also notorious. In all of our restaurants, we make craft cocktails with our proprietary spirits and house-made syrups and mixers. From one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town, according to the Washington City Paper, to our Fisher’s Tikis at Farmers Fishers Bakers, to our Whimsical Shared Cocktails at Farmers & Distillers, to our old fashioned scratch sodas, we can usually quench everyone’s thirst. Of course, we also serve our delicious Compass Coffee First Bake Blend designed and roasted especially for our restaurants.

So, come on over for a little revolutionary weekday brunch. If you can, we recommend making a reservation. For specifics on our brunch hours and menus for each location, go to:

Founding Farmers DC

Founding Farmers Tysons

Founding Farmers MoCo

Farmers Fishers Bakers

Farmers & Distillers