CAPS Hour at Farmers & Distillers

Farmers & Distillers is bringing back our famous CAPS Hour* to unleash our Washington Capitals gameday excitement. A quick walk to the Capital One Arena, stop by two hours before home games and join us for some serious Caps spirit. 

This week, our CAPS Hour celebrators got a visit from the Official Mascot of the Washington Capitals, Slapshot. He even jumped behind the bar to make a cocktail, took a tour with Distillery Manager, Bob VanLancker (pictured here with Slapshot), and helped us select the lucky winners for our giveaways, which included free Caps tickets, Ovi-themed gifts, including an authentic Ovechkin jersey and bobblehead, other Caps swag, and restaurant gift cards.

Since our distillery, Founding Spirits, is the Official Distillery of Caps Arena, Farmers & Distillers is THE place to be for your pre- and post-game festivities. We will be serving cocktails made with Cap One’s official Founding Spirits Vodka and our brand-new Founding Spirits Dry Gin. 

Try our Founding Spirits Rock the Red cocktail specially made with DC’s #1 local vodka, lime, raspberry, ginger, bitters, and a splash of soda. Other CAPS Hour drink specials include our expertly made $8 Highballs, craft draft beers for $6, and glasses of red or white wine or bubbles for $5. All can be enjoyed with some of our favorite bar bites, including Sticky Pork Riblets, Pan-Fried Dumplings, Garlic Black Pepper Wings, and more.

If you can’t get to Farmers & Distillers, you can still get a taste of the official Capital One Arena spirits by ordering cocktails made with Founding Spirits at the arena, and at other bars and restaurants across the city. Every day, we’re happy to know more and more DC Fans Drink DC Spirits. 

*Please Note: We won’t be hosting CAPS Hour during our Saturday & Sunday brunch, between 9am–2pm.

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.  

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.

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.

Get a Taste of Our Award-Winning Bloody Mary at Farmers & Distillers

Our Founding Spirits team spent the weekend at the Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival giving out tastes of our spirits and serving the award-winning Bloody Mary we make every day at Farmers & Distillers.

The running commentary of festivalgoers was consistent: this is the best Bloody Mary in town. Voted as DC’s Best by Washington City Paper readers, our Bloody Mary is made with our award-winning craft Founding Spirits Vodka and infused with fresh pepper.

We think they are really not to be missed.

A favorite, of course, at our weekend Farmers Market Buffet Brunch, our Bloody Mary is a continual crowd pleaser wherever and whenever they are served. It is available at Farmers & Distillers, and if you can’t get there, stop by one of our sibling restaurants, Founding Farmers or Farmers Fishers Bakers, for a taste. We are certain you won’t regret it.

 

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.