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.

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 a great date night concert, our Farmers & Distillers menu is filled with plenty of scratch-made options to fuel your fun. From our famous Starters and Table Breads to our Chinatown Favorites and Premium Seafood entrées, we encourage trying something new each time you dine with us – and sharing – to make date night extra special.
  • 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 their annual concert series in the library’s famed Concert Hall or catch a movie in the hall’s epic Mary Pickford Theater. The best part? The concerts and film screenings are typically free.
  • 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. Then, cap off your evening with us. Stay and enjoy our selection of award-winning craft cocktails while sharing a couple of our delicious desserts.

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.

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.  

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 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. 

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.

Winter Dragging On? Show the Kids a Great Time in Downtown DC

Seeing the sights of downtown DC might not be on your family’s 2019 cold weather radar, but we are hear to tell you that the city has plenty of great family-friendly events and places to go this winter. Here is a gathering of some destination options – and, of course – Farmers & Distillers is the perfect downtown DC spot to refuel before or after your family fun. Or just for a treat, the kids will LOVE – our scratch-made donuts.

Museums only found in our nation’s capital. From exhibitions, to educational events, to historical programs, the Newseum is a wondrous, historical archive as told through the lens of the best of our nation’s news outlets. Want to add some espionage to your family’s outing? Check out our nation’s only public museum dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world that offers a glimpse into the all-but-invisible profession that has not only shaped history, but continues to impact world events. Your mission is waiting at the International Spy Museum. Slip into one of our Farmers & Distillers booths to enjoy a great meal after a great day, only DC can provide.

Get your March Madness on. Just a few walkable blocks from our restaurant, Capital One Arena will join DC’s hometown men’s collegiate team, Georgetown University, to host the NCAA’s 2019 Men’s Basketball Regional Championship, Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31. Head on over to see us at Farmers & Distillers for some pre-game baby macs, shake & fries the whole family with love; or stop by post-game for a great meal and our delicious desserts. Who knows? Maybe a NCAA player or two will get hungry for our famous food and drink too.

Send the kids to Neverland at DC’s historic National TheatreGet your tickets today for a special production of the fairytale classic, Finding Neverland, from February 26 – March 3. Your family is sure to love the performance and a pre-show, Farmers Market Buffet Brunch with us here at Farmers & Distillers. We have something for everyone, even our pickiest of young friends.

Spend an afternoon learning & exploring at the National Building MuseumLocated at 401 F St NW, in downtown DC, the National Building Museum and all they have to offer, from exhibitions to hands-on building workshops, and more, is just blocks from our restaurant. Enjoy brunch with us before or come by later to enjoy lunch or dinner. We have a wide array of offerings for the entire family. From our tasty Farm Breads and salads to fresh burgers and handmade pastas to delicious steaks from our Steak House. Top it all off with some of our yummy Farmers donuts and other desserts for the kids, while the adults sample some of our award-winning craft cocktails.

Who knew our nation’s most famous library, the Library of Congress, offers so many activities for familiesAn engaging, interesting downtown DC destination for everyone to enjoy, the Library of Congress offers walking tours of the historic site, exhibitions, interactive kiosks, arts & craft activities, and their popular Young Readers Center. Fun for all ages, visit us to reflect on all you learned at the library over some great scratch-made food and drink.

As always, we recommend making a reservation.

 

Celebrating our Neighborhood Traditions this Chinese New Year

At Farmers & Distillers, our Mt Vernon Square neighborhood offers our culinary team a wide array of inspiration, right here in the middle of downtown DC. We are lucky to have the cultural and culinary influence of our nearby Chinatown neighborhood to help guide our chefs when creating our menus.

We are celebrating that influence with the start of Chinese New Year 2019 on February 5th. Marking the Year of the Pig, representing wealth and generosity, we will be celebrating with our neighborhood friends on Sunday, February 10, 2019, when downtown DC comes alive with the annual Chinese New Year Parade beginning at 2pm and heading down H Street, NW, between 6th and 8th Streets.

As we sit just steps from the parade route, we invite you to join us for brunch before enjoying all the sights and sounds the parade has to offer – from the Chinese lions and dragons dancing along H Street to the beautiful red lacquered drums/musicians marching down the parade route or spectators cheering on the Chinese Youth Club of Washington as these talented kids twirl a traditional Chinese yo-yo, aka the diabolo.

Or join us for dinner following your afternoon of revelry. We are serving plenty of delicious, scratch-made fare inspired by our neighborhood. From our Sticky Pork Riblets to our Pan-Fried Dumplings to our Hand-Pulled Noodles to our famous Chinese Fried Chicken, we have something for everyone. Continue the celebration with a sampling of our award-winning craft cocktails from our in-house distillery, Founding Spirits.

For such celebratory meals, and every day occasions, we advise guests to make reservations with us.

If you choose to skip the parade and enjoy your Chinese New Year taking in a traditional Chinese performance, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage is featuring two amazing shows: the Guangdong National Orchestra Ensemble playing traditional Chinese folk music on February 7th; and the award-winning Guangdong Arts Troupe Chinese dance, acrobatics, and puppetry theatrical performance on February 8th.

As our Farmers & Distillers sibling restaurant, Farmers Fishers Bakers, is located right at the Washington Harbour, our team is happy to serve you before or after enjoying one of these Chinese New Year-centric Kennedy Center performances. As always, we 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.