For the Love of Tennis & Spirits

Farmers & Distillers, along with our in-house distillery team at Founding Spirits and fans across DC, officially welcomed Citi Open back to the district this week for a kickoff event at the Pleasure Garden area of our bar.  

The teams from Citi Open and Founding Spirits collaborated on this special event, serving up all things tennis and spirits-inspired. All guests were welcomed with a Match Point Mule, made with Founding Spirits Vodka – the OFFICIAL Vodka of the Citi Open – mint, ginger beer, and lime. After munching on an array of appetizers, including our house-made Farmers Donuts and Parmesan Garlic Knots, guests made their way over to the Founding Spirits tasting table to sample all three Founding Spirits: Vodka, American Whiskey, and our Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro. Then, they were invited for a Distillery Tour. 

For the rest of the evening, guests enjoyed our special Citi Open cocktails, available now at Farmers & Distillers and throughout the entire tournament, July 27-August 4: 

Match Point Mule – a delightful summertime refresher blending the award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka with fresh lime juice and mint syrup, shaken and served over ice, then finished with ginger beer and garnished with fresh lime and mint. 

Break Point Buck – our American Whiskey lovers’ summertime dream cocktail is made with Founding Spirits American Whiskey – also the OFFICIAL American Whiskey of the Citi Open – shaken with fresh lemon juice and blackberry, served over ice and topped with ginger beer and a fresh lemon and blackberry garnish.

Stop by the Citi Open for one of these great tastes or head over to Farmers & Distillers to cool down & stay for a meal! Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2pm and is the perfect way to fuel up for your day at Rock Creek Tennis Park. Make your reservations today.  

Restaurant Week is on!

We’re back at it: Restaurant Week is here for Summer 2019 and we are thrilled to participate once again. 

Join us August 12th through August 18th at Farmers & Distillers as we welcome guests for this summer’s Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s (RAMW) Restaurant Week. This delicious and bargain-filled restaurant industry event is designed for guests to check out new restaurants or revisit old favorites. 

We welcome our downtown DC Restaurant Week guests with our specially-crafted, three-course lunch for $22pp and dinner for $35pp. (Saturday & Sunday brunch is excluded.) Our Summer Restaurant Week 2019 menu features many of our Farmers & Distillers favorites. From our famous Whirley Pop Kettle Corn, Table Breads, and FF Glazed Bacon Lollies for starters to our delicious Chinatown Favorites, Handmade Pasta, and signature entrées to a choice of one of our select Farmers Donuts or a cone/cup of our hand-churned ice cream for dessert, we have lots of choose from. If you have no room after the first two courses, no worries: you will receive a gift card to use at your next visit. 

While beverages are not included, we hope you will enjoy one of our delicious scratch-sodas or one of our craft cocktails made with our Founding Spirits, distilled right here in our in-house distillery.

Restaurant Week is a popular, annual DC event, so we suggest making your reservation today. We look forward to serving you for this summer’s Restaurant Week. If you can’t make it to Farmers & Distillers, join us at our participating sibling restaurants, Farmers Fishers Bakers and Founding Farmers.

Classic Cocktailing for a Cause

Help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of a truly iconic Italian cocktail, the Negroni, during Negroni Week from June 24th – June 30th. Dating back to 1919 when Count Camillo Negroni invented the classic Negroni cocktail, it has since become a mainstay on every great bartender’s menu of guest favorites. 

As distillers and craft cocktail connoisseurs, our take on the Negroni is something very special. Taste for yourself as Farmers & Distillers participates in DC’s annual Negroni Week. We will be serving several handcrafted Negroni cocktails (specially priced at just $13 each) made with our award-winning Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro: 

  • Negroni Sour made with our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, Founding Farmers Gin, Campari, lemon, orange, and egg white
  • Negroni Spritz made with Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, aperol, lemon, sparkling cava, and jerk soda
  • The Classic made with Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, Campari, and gin

Negroni Week was launched in 2013 by Imbibe Magazine and Campari to pay homage to the refreshing, unique, Negroni cocktail and raise money for global charities, Negroni Week has proved so successful, it has raised approximately $2 million to date for various charities worldwide and has grown from 120 industry participants to almost 10,000 partners around the globe. 

Farmers & Distillers is participating in Negroni Week, along with our downtown DC sibling restaurants, Founding Farmers DC and Farmers Fishers Bakers, and donating a portion of our weeklong event proceeds to No Kid Hungry. As longtime supporters of No Kid Hungry, we’re proud to continue to support their efforts to end childhood hunger.

Join us June 24th through June 30th for Negroni Week, and support No Kid Hungry by enjoying one of our specially crafted Negroni cocktails. It’s that simple. 

Make a reservation for dinner to make your Negroni Week even better. Or book a Tour & Tasting for a sneak peak behind the scenes of our Founding Spirits distillery, right here at Farmers & Distillers. 

Our spirits are also sold at our bar, at DC local area retailers, and online, should you want to try your hand at making a Negroni at home.

Summer in the City: Rest, Cool Off & Enjoy All That is Farmers & Distillers

Summer is almost officially here and vacationers from around the globe are descending on our great city. Farmers & Distillers is smack dab in the middle of it all – within walking distance of so many of the best sights to see, places to go, and summer events – right here in our nation’s capital. 

Whether you are a local or an out-of-towner, and wherever your DC touring may take you, plan to stop by Farmers & Distillers for a great meal, a cool rest, and perhaps a craft cocktail or two. 

Taking a walk along DC’s famed National Mall? Heading to Chinatown to enjoy all the sights and sounds? Walking over to the White House? Make a quick stop at our sibling restaurant, Founding Farmers DC, only three blocks from the White House. 

How about taking the kids on an educational adventure to the National Building Museum or the Newseum or the National Museum of African American History & Culture? Want to try your luck at Escape Room DC or catch an outdoor movie on a beautiful summer evening right in the heart of Freedom Plaza? Heading over to Nationals Park to catch our hometown team in action? Or hoping to check out DC’s newest addition, the not-to-be-missed, modern innovation of the Apple store housed within the Carnegie Library? Farmers & Distillers is near it all. 

If you like to get an early start, we’re open and ready to serve you eggs any style, our famous Farmers Donuts, and delicious First Bake Blend coffee every weekday at 7am or weekend at 9am for brunch. Or join us for a midday, sightseeing respite or pop in for dinner later, we’ve got all you need from salads and Farm Breads to burgers, steaks, chicken, sandwiches, and don’t forget our sustainable seafood options

Help the kids beat the heat. They’ll love our scratch-made sodas. And for you and the other adults in your party? We’ll have our selection of award-winning, handcrafted spirits, made right here in our distillery, Founding Spirits, waiting for you. And of course our desserts. Always made in house. What better way to top off a summer day spent in the city than with a scoop (or two) of our hand-churned ice cream? 

Come in, rest up, cool off & enjoy all that is Farmers & Distillers. We are in walking distance of so many of DC’s treasures. We have easy parking. And our menus are developed with our American family farmer partners to satiate what you crave. As always, we recommend making a reservation.

Enjoy DC this summer. We know we will. 

*photo: Our beautiful city. DC at sunset: https://www.tripsavvy.com/.

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.