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. 

Winter Date Night Destination: Downtown DC

Our Mt Vernon Square location puts Farmers & Distillers right in the middle of all that downtown DC has to offer for a fantastic date night this winter in our nation’s capital.

  • Heading to Capital One Arena? We are just blocks away. Whether pre-gaming with a great meal before cheering on DC’s favorite hometown 2018 Stanley Cup Winners, the Washington Capitals, or enjoying some great hoops at a Washington Wizards game, our Farmers & Distillers menu is filled with plenty of scratch-made options to fuel your fun. From our famous Farm Breads and our Historical & Neighborhood specialties to our Premium Seafood and Steak House entrées, we encourage trying something new each time you dine with us – and sharing – to make date night extra special.
  • Planning a date night that is a bit more traditional? Join us for dinner and a table for two before taking in a concert at Capital One Arena. There are somegreat musicians coming to downtown DC’s largest arena. Mega-talented crooner Michael Bublé will be here February 19th; Marc Anthony’s Legacy Tour arrives on February 22nd for one night only; and legendary Fleetwood Mac will be rocking the arena on March 5th.
  • Looking for a date night only DC can offer? Come join us at Farmers & Distillers for an array of delicious starters and great craft cocktails made with spirits distilled in-house, here at Founding Spirits. Then head over to our nation’s historic Library of Congress where you can enjoy exhibitions, tours, and stroll through the beautiful Main Reading Room. Follow up with an intimate concert in the library’s famed Concert Hall or enjoy a movie screening in the hall’s epic Mary Pickford Theater. Best part? The concerts and film screenings are free, just reserve your tickets.
  • Date night by DC moonlight? We’re in. Take your seats on a Monuments by Moonlight trolley tour. Departing nightly from downtown DC’s famed Union Station, see the beauty of our nation’s capital and monuments in a new light. Cap off your evening with us and linger over our award-winning craft cocktails, including the latest spirit everyone is talking about following a recent feature in the Whisky Advocate, our FS American Whiskey, then settle in and order some of the most deliciously decadent desserts downtown DC has to offer, here at Farmers & Distillers.

Whether joining us for pre-date food and drink or post-date craft cocktails and dessert, and everything in between, we’re happy to serve as your winter date night destination. We always recommend making a reservation.

Farmers & Distillers and Founding Spirits Featured in the Whisky Advocate

Farmers & Distillers, and our award-winning, in-house Founding Spirits distillery, was featured in a recent article in one of the craft spirit industry’s top publications, the Whisky Advocate.

Named in “The Best Distillery Dining,” the magazine featured Farmers & Distillers sustainably-sourced and scratch-made food and drink. They highlighted the steak choices on our menu, featuring our Twice-Cooked Beef Tenderloin paired with our Never Bitter Julep, made with our Founding Spirits American Whiskey and Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro.

Whisky Advocate also told its readers not to miss our “boozy, spicy, with a hint of sweet” Suffering Candidate, which is included in their “Come for the Food, Stay for the Whisky” roundup. Made with our Founding Spirits American Whiskey, our Suffering Candidate blends our FF Rye Whisky and FF Gin, distilled with our partners at Copper Fox Distillery and finished right here at Farmers & Distillers Founding Spirits, with lemon, ginger, and cane syrup, served on pebbled ice with mint and candied ginger.

See if you agree with Whisky Advocate that Farmers & Distillers is one of the best in distilling dining. Get a taste of our Suffering Candidate, available at our bar, along with other handmade craft cocktails, like our F&D Mule made with our Founding Spirits Vodka or our Amaro Daiquiri featuring our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro. Stay for a meal. If possible, we recommend making reservations.

You can also take a tour of our distillery available on Saturdays by reservation or walk-in (pending availability). Each tour accommodates up to eight guests and includes: six spirit tastings, a cocktail, and tasty pairings with our famous F&D food items.

Founding Spirits can also be purchased in person at Farmers & Distillers, through multiple local retailers, and ordered online.

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.

 

 

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.

A Kentucky Derby Festival at Farmers & Distillers All Week Long

Farmers & Distillers is celebrating what has been coined “the greatest two minutes in sports” as they do in Kentucky, all week long. Our pre-gaming for the Kentucky Derby has started and will continue into the weekend with delicious Derby-inspired cocktails using our very own Founding Spirits American Whiskey and an opportunity to meet one of our distillers.

Join us on Friday, May 4 from 4:30-5:30pm for a tasting alongside our award-winning Distillery Manager, Bob VanLancker.

Celebrate Derby Day with us on Saturday, May 5. The first ten guests to purchase a bottle of Founding Spirits American Whiskey ($52) will receive a complimentary Founding Spirits copper julep cup and straw. Julep cups will also be available for retail purchase all week long.

Or, swing by anytime this week for a taste of our Derby-inspired craft cocktails. Our skilled bartenders will be mixing three takes on the Mint Julep, the traditional cocktail of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. We’re serving our: “Never Bitter” Julep with Founding Spirits American Whiskey, mint, and bitters, topped with Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro; TR Julep with Founding Spirits American Whiskey, mint, and bitters; and the 1924 Julep with Founding Spirits American Whiskey, mint, aromatic bitters, and cherry. You can also keep it simple with our Founding Spirits American Whiskey served neat or on the rocks.

However you like to celebrate the Derby, we’ve got you covered. Even if you can’t join us in person, all of our spirits are available for purchase online.

Let the races begin.

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, 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, Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” 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.