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. 

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.

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.

Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner at Farmers & Distillers

*Update: Due to snow/weather conditions today in the DMV area, we have cancelled this evening’s F&D/Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner, but are planning to reschedule this special event. Stay tuned!

We’ve teamed up with craft beer pioneer Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to create a very special four-course, paired dinner at Farmers & Distillers. Five of their iconic Northern California brewery craft brews will be perfectly matched with some of our Farmers & Distillers favorite menu selections.

THE MENU

 Welcome Beer

  • Sierra Nevada Southern Gothic Unfiltered Pils

First Course

  • Sierra Nevada Brut IPA
  • Crispy Shrimp Spring Rolls and Kung Pao Chicken Pan-Fried Dumplings

Second Course

  • Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA
  • Italian Sunday Salad Topped with a Hazy Citrus Ceviche Shrimp

Third Course

  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Signature Cumin Lamb Hand-Pulled Noodles

Dessert

  • Sierra Nevada Chocolate Chipotle Stout
  • Vanilla Ice Cream Affogato Served with a Maple Glazed Donut

Join us on February 20th, 2019 at 7pm for a great tasting experience. The price for the entire evening, including tax and gratuity, is $68.50. Tickets must be purchased in advance here.

Sierra Nevada representatives will be on site to provide tasting notes and insight into the brewing company’s award-winning operations. *Please Note: If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please email: EHough@frg.co PRIOR to purchasing tickets. Please understand that these menu pairings have been specially developed for this specific event and as such, last minute requests, variations, or substitutions may not be possible.

Enjoy Our Scratch-Made, Creamy & Delicious Eggnog

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Farmers & Distillers will be dolling out our delicious, scratch-made Eggnog, available by the glass and by the bottle.

Our special Christmas Eggnog can be enjoyed on its own or in cocktail form, with our very own Founding Spirits. Our Eggnog cocktail is made in-house, in very small batches, with pasteurized eggs, cream, milk, sugar, our special spice blend, a little vanilla extract, and the perfect pour of our four-time award-winning Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro and Founding Spirits American Whiskey. The bitter notes from the amaro and the high proof of the whiskey cut the sweetness and make for a light, delicious holiday cocktail. We think it is absolutely the best Christmas cocktail in town.

For those wanting to enjoy it at home, we are also selling a bottled To Go version of our Christmas Eggnog (without alcohol) for the whole family to enjoy. If some want the added spirits, you can purchase bottles of our craft spirits – both the Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro and Founding Spirits American Whiskey, as well as our award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka at Farmers & Distillers.

Our holiday Eggnog, by the glass and the bottle, are only available as long as supplies last. Stop by and enjoy our Christmas treat and bring a little cheer into this year’s holiday season with Farmers & Distillers Eggnog.

 

 

Christmas Cocktails & Winter Warm Ups

As the colder temperatures seem to have arrived to stay, downtown DC is bustling with Christmas. Shoppers, tourists, and revelers alike, all excited to see our National Christmas Tree and enjoy our nation’s capital during the holiday season.

What better way to enjoy the weather and the season than a tasty holiday cocktail at Farmers & Distillers?

We are serving a delicious group of winter cocktails at our Mt Vernon Square restaurant close to all of this season’s downtown holiday fun. Whether you are taking in the holiday bazaar, the National Christmas Tree, a holiday show, or just enjoying the beautiful, holiday sites our nation’s capital has to offer, we welcome you to Farmers & Distillers to enjoy one of our winter craft cocktails.

Our current holiday cocktail choices include:

Winter Pie

A delightful Christmas craft cocktail featuring our award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka, blended just steps away from our bar, infused with cinnamon, clove, star anise, allspice, and chamomile tea. It is topped off with cold-pressed apple juice and honey, and a finished with a smoked cinnamon stick.

Irish Coffee

Our version of this classic winter cocktail is made with rich, brown sugar syrup, Irish whiskey, our very own First Bake Compass Coffee Blend, topped with fresh, hand-whipped cream.

Hot Toddy

Likely the coziest cocktail of them all, ours features our Founding Spirits American Whiskey, fresh-squeezed lemon, honey, and breakfast tea.

Hot Buttered Rum

A decadent holiday cocktail treat, made with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, all mixed with dark rum.

In addition, our complete craft cocktail menu is always available, featuring our very own Founding Spirits and a whole host of other cocktails, as well as beer and wine. We are certain to have something to whet your holiday whistle.

Pick Up a Spirited Gift Box

Shopping for the holidays? Instead of waiting in long lines with the masses, stop by Farmers & Distillers for a drink, or make a reservation for a meal, and get your holiday gifts from us.

This year, we have chosen some very special Founding Spirits items and created gift boxes available for purchase in our restaurant. Choose from three different gift boxes of our award-winning spirits, or pick up all three:

Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro Gift Box

Founding Spirits Vodka Gift Box

Founding Spirits American Whiskey Gift Box

So, instead of the Black Friday throngs of shoppers, join us for brunch and pick up some presents for the people on your list. These Founding Spirit gift boxes are sure to make many happy.

If you can’t get to the restaurant, you can also order our spirits online, including our very special edition of our quadruple award-winning amaro made with honey from our apiary atop George Washington University. Our spirits can be shipped across the country. In addition, you can order The Founding Farmers Cookbook or one of our restaurant gift cards.

At Farmers Restaurant Group, we have many ways to bring you & yours cheer this holiday season. Join us for the holidays, in person or online, and let us help you celebrate.

Celebrate DC Cocktail Week With Us

Each year, our team awaits DC Cocktail Week. Sure, it’s a great chance for us to gather guests around our bar for a special, weeklong event, but we also get to celebrate the talents of our team and share this event with the more than 60 other participating local bar and beverage teams from across DC’s dynamic restaurant and bar scene.

From Monday, November 12th through Sunday, November 18th, we invite you to come by Farmers & Distillers to see what our team has crafted especially for you.

A week of handcrafted cocktails perfectly paired with small bites. We start with our scratch-made, Savory Beignet and pair it with our The American cocktail, a modern take on traditional Irish Coffee. Served hot or cold, this specially crafted cocktail features our very own, pot-stilled and barrel-aged Founding Spirits American Whiskey with an amaro cream finish. Find this pairing only at Farmers & Distillers for just $15.

Gather your friends and family for a great pre-holiday event and celebrate DC Cocktail Week with our team at Farmers & Distillers. Come to the bar and stay for dinner. We won’t disappoint. We always recommend reservations if possible.