Celebrating Shaw & Its Historic Main Street

A Taste of Shaw returned to the Howard Theater this past week, and the city’s Best New American Restaurant joined the party with one of our favorite craft cocktails. The Farmers & Distillers crew was in the house mixing our American Whiskey Buck, a smooth blend of Founding Spirits American Whiskey, lemon, ginger, and cane syrup.

This Shaw neighborhood annual celebration brings together a who’s who of DC’s thriving dining scene. Guests enjoyed unlimited sips and noshes throughout the evening from over 20 local restaurants and bars, plus dancing to live music by internationally-renowned Ethiopian artist Yehunie Belay and his band.

It was a very festive night to celebrate the amazing Shaw neighborhood, which won the 2016 Great American Main Street Award, the country’s Oscar for community leadership in renewing traditional downtown areas across the U.S. Proceeds from the event support the continued economic revitalization and preservation of Shaw Main Streets, which has helped bring about the transformation of this historic DC neighborhood since 2003.

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.

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.

Sip to Support Slow Food, All Negroni Week Long

Monday marks the start of Negroni Week, which runs June 5-11, 2017. This annual fundraiser put on by Imbibe magazine and Campari is no small affair. To date, $900K has been raised for charities nationwide.

A classic Negroni is made with gin, a bitter aperitif (such as Campari), sweet vermouth, and finished with an orange twist. Our challenge, led by Beverage Director Jon Arroyo, was to join the celebration with our famous handcrafted flair using our very own proprietary spirits.

Our Negroni Sour is a smooth and creamy mix of amaro, Founding Farmers Gin, Campari, lemon, orange, and egg white. The Negroni Swizzle is a delightful mix of amaro, FF Gin, Campari, cinnamon, and lemon. We will also be serving a restaurant favorite, Buck’s Choice, which combines amaro, FF Gin, and aperol. (And, if you can get to Farmers & Distillers, these cocktails will feature our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro.) Each cocktail is available for $14.

All of these cocktails and more will be available at our DC Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers. Come give them a taste. We think you will agree that our takes on the traditional Negroni are worth the trip, even without the added bonus of raising money for a great charity.

This year, we are supporting Slow Food, a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to “prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life, and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.”

Slow Food’s mission aligns with all of us at Farmers Restaurant Group, and we will be sharing part of our proceeds with this provocative global movement involving millions of people in 160 nations.

What more do you need to know? Join us next week! Come on down and sip to support Slow Food, all Negroni Week long.

Founding Spirits Brings Us Home with the Release of American Whiskey

Perfectly timed with Kentucky Derby Week, Founding Spirits is releasing our latest (and maybe our favorite yet) handcrafted spirit, American Whiskey. Since the very beginning of our distilling adventures with Copper Fox Distillery almost a decade ago, we have had our sights set on making a true American Whiskey. But we knew we had to be patient, as truly great things take time.

We are excited to announce that the big day has finally arrived!

Starting today, Founding Spirits will be bringing us home to one of our nation’s true, great tastes: American Whiskey. Pot stilled and barrel aged for at least 18 months at Copper Fox Distillery – using our good friend and farmer, the late Billy Dawson’s Virginia-grown corn, wheat, barley, and oats – we proof, blend, and bottle it in-house at Founding Spirits.

This week (May 1-6, 2017) at Farmers & Distillers, Beverage Director Jon Arroyo will debut some very tasty, Derby-inspired ways to try our new American Whiskey with an array of takes on the famous Mint Julep:

  • Traditional Mint Julep with FS American Whiskey, mint, and rum for $12
  • Never Better” Julep with FS American Whiskey, mint, and our delicious, “never bitter” FS Amaro for $14
  • Blueberry Julep with FS American Whiskey, blueberry gin, mint, and ginger for $14

Of course, you can also try this unique, small batch blend neat, on the rocks, or in a whole host of other delicious cocktails. And make sure to swing by on Friday, May 5th from 4:30-5:30pm when we will be hosting a free FS American Whiskey tasting at our Farmers & Distillers bar with Founding Spirits Distillery Director Jon Arroyo.

On Derby Day, May 6th, you can purchase a bottle of FS American Whiskey for $52. The first 10 buyers will receive a special, complimentary Founding Spirits branded copper Julep cup, complete with matching copper straw.

We look forward to celebrating Kentucky Derby Week with you at Farmers & Distillers, May 1-6. If joining us for a meal, reservations are recommended. Or just drop by anytime, and we can welcome you home to the smooth and savory taste of our very own American Whiskey. Beginning today, cocktails for in-house enjoyment or bottles to take home can be purchased at Farmers & Distillers. And for a behind the scenes look inside our distillery, you can arrange a tour of Founding Spirits to learn what goes into the makings of all our spirits.