Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro Wins Again

Founding Spirits brought home another major award last week. Our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro received a SILVER medal from the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

San Francisco’s highly competitive event, which launched such spirits as Tito’s Handmade Vodka, brought together distillers from all over the world. More than 2,200 spirits were judged, the largest number of entries in their 18-year history.

Our Amaro apparently stole the show, making for another sweet stop on Jon Arroyo’s journey to change the intimidating and bitter reputation of traditional Amaro. In fact, it is an essential ingredient in many of our favorite craft cocktails.

Farmers & Distillers is currently serving up delicious amaro cocktails, like our take on the famous Negroni Swizzle, and many enjoy our amaro straight up over ice. All of our sibling restaurants, Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, also serve amaro in their drink specialties.

We invite you to stop by any of our restaurants for a taste of this Silver, Gold, and Best of 2018 award winner. Or buy a bottle to enjoy at home. Founding Spirits can be purchased at Farmers & Distillers and at multiple local retailers. Our craft spirits can also be ordered online.

Farmers & Distillers is DC’s Best New American Restaurant

Farmers & Distillers wins Best New American Restaurant in Washington City Paper DC’s Best Readers Pick. Sibling to the ever-popular Founding Farmers DC, which was awarded DC’s Best Downtown Lunch and Best Bloody Mary, we are delighted Farmers & Distillers was chosen directly by the readers who live, work, and dine in the DC metro area as the DMV’s favorite New American Restaurant.

Inspired by our first president, our diverse menu has a wide range of classic American dishes from our Baby Macs, Shake & Fries to F&D Shrimp & Grits to Chicken-Fried Steak & Distillers Donut. We also have other choices inspired by nearby Chinatown and the history of our location in Mt Vernon Square that give our guests a whole lot more tasty options.

Farmers & Distillers houses a micro-batch distillery you can see from our bar, Founding Spirits, where we are always busy distilling our award-winning craft vodka, American whiskey, and many other fine spirits made of grains and botanicals sourced from American family farms. Our craft cocktail program features our small-batch spirits and includes a great gathering of American-inspired drinks, such as the Constitution Royale, How Jefferson Woulda Liked It, and our Mt Vernon Cocktail.

So, whether you are looking for a full meal or just a great drink, stop by Farmers & Distillers to see what your neighbors are calling DC’s Best New American Restaurant. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Founding Spirits Wins Three Awards

Founding Spirits received three major international distilling awards at the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) 2018 Craft Spirits Conference: a GOLD medal for our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, a BRONZE medal for our Founding Spirits Vodka, and ADI’s Best of 2018 win in the Certified Craft Blended Spirit category.

To our restaurant guests, our spirits have become well-known and beloved by many on our drinks menu. Our craft vodka is a favorite in our Cucumber Delight and our amaro brings its “never bitter” interest to the Negroni Swizzle. We are all thrilled to be recognized beyond our walls for how we have taken our company’s scratch-made mission and craft cocktail wizardry into distilling some very tasty and apparently award-winning spirits. We think this is a pretty big deal for our barely-a-year-old distillery.

Known as The Voice of Craft Distilling, every year the ADI hosts a Judging of Craft Spirits, which includes U.S. and international entries in a range of categories. In addition to being named ADI’s Best of 2018, our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro won GOLD in the Certified Craft Blended Spirit category for an herbal/botanical/spice liqueur; and our Founding Spirits Vodka won BRONZE in the Certified Distilled Spirit vodka category.

Our Founding Spirits team was excited to venture west to Portland, OR to receive these prestigious awards. They had the opportunity to meet and share distilling tales with craft distillers from across the globe. This included a lot of discussions about the latest and greatest in distilling, and of course, a bit of sipping and sampling too.

 The American Distilling Institute is dedicated to running rigorous and professional spirit judging that strives to promote craft distillers and blenders that are producing the finest quality, artisan spirits and to give participating producers valuable, unbiased, third-party feedback on the quality and process of their spirits. Their annual judging program accepts entries in all classes and categories of craft spirits from small, independently owned distillers, blenders, bitters makers, and producers of aperitif and fortified wines. U.S. and international entries are tasted blind and evaluated by expert panels of judges made up of distillers, journalists, bar owners, bartenders, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and importers. All spirits entered receive written tasting notes and are considered for awards both for the spirit itself and the packaging.

Vote for Your Favorites for Best of D.C.

Friends of our DC-based family of restaurants, we are up for a bunch of awards for this year’s Best of D.C. in Washington City Paper.

Between now and Sunday, March 4th, cast your votes for your DC favorites. There are a whole host of categories and many worthy choices.

Nominations in the Best of D.C. Food & Drink category include our very own: Founding Farmers DC, Farmers & Distillers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Founding Spirits:

  • Best Brunch: Farmers Fishers Bakers
  • Best Distillery: Founding Spirits
  • Best New American Restaurant: Farmers & Distillers
  • Best Doughnuts: Farmers & Distillers
  • Best Bloody Mary: Founding Farmers DC
  • Best Downtown Lunch: Founding Farmers DC
  • Best Fried Chicken: Founding Farmers DC
  • Best Wings: Founding Farmers DC

Voting ends Sunday, March 4th. Cast your vote today at Washington City Paper.

Huffington Post Explores What It Means To Be “Farmer-owned”

For years, almost everyone who has stepped into one of our restaurants has fallen in love with something on the menu, whether it’s the Chicken & Waffles, the awesome square doughnuts, or one of our tasty cocktails with scratch-made mixers and proprietary spirits.

What Farmers Restaurant Group (FRG) – the team behind Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers – is also trying to offer its customers is an education on what it takes to make such good food and drink, and how they can participate in changing industry standards.

A critical element to our farmer-owned restaurants is our partnership with North Dakota Farmers Union. We are working to find ways for family farmers to participate in a larger share of the food dollar and increase overall demand for family-farmed products. Through our restaurants and outreach efforts, we are also trying to educate customers on the importance of family farming for the future.

AJ Agrawal with The Huffington Post sat down with Dan Simons, to discuss what it means to be farmer-owned, and what FRG is doing to change industry standards and upgrade customer expectations about what makes a delicious, wholesome meal.

“American family farmers live on their land and eat what they grow and raise, so they inherently care about the quality of food and the long term impact it has on their land and their farming methods,” says Simons. “We’re increasing demand for product from producers who are individuals instead of public corporations. The farmers love knowing what we do with the food and because they’re investors in the restaurants, they know exactly what’s going on at all times, and they share in the profits.”

And as for growth plans? Well, the future is definitely bright thanks to the ongoing success and overall mission of our team. “Our goal is not to be a rapidly growing restaurant chain, nor to be a huge company,” says Simons. “We hope to grow at a sensible pace, nurturing the talent needed to run this level of complex, from-scratch, restaurant.”

With the exciting opening of Farmers & Distillers, FRG will continue to have a lot of tasty fare and food wisdom to share, and even more opportunities to pave the way for others within the industry.

Read the rest of Dan Simons interview with The Huffington Post here.