Founding Spirits Award Winner Now Available for Purchase

Yesterday, Founding Spirits announced our award-winning amaro is available for purchase within our restaurant and online.

After winning three big awards this year, Founding Spirits upgraded production levels to share our Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro beyond the walls of our restaurants.

Available on its own and in craft cocktails at Farmers & Distillers, as well as sibling restaurants, Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, our Amaro is a tasty, distinctive take on this very special spirit developed to appeal to spirit lovers everywhere.

Stop by Farmers & Distillers for a taste. It is a guest favorite in our Amaro Daiquiri and featured in our take on the famous Negroni Swizzle. Many enjoy it on its own as a deliciously smooth before or after dinner drink.

If you like it, buy a bottle to take home to your own bar. We think it will make a perfect addition for your next party, whether in a pre-gathering cocktail, alongside a meal, or as an after-dinner treat. If you can’t get to Farmers & Distillers, order a bottle online at FoundingSpirits.com.

We also invite you to come into Farmers & Distillers for a sneak peek of not only how our amaro is distilled in-house, but also learn about our passion for distilling and our process by booking a Founding Spirits Tour & Tasting.

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.

 

Joining DC’s Biggest Annual Tennis Competition

Farmers & Distillers is joining DC tennis fans at the city’s annual Citi Open next week.

This year’s Citi Open includes a special 50th Anniversary Kickoff party on Friday, July 27th from 7pm-10pm at the Rock Creek Tennis Center, where we will be serving one of our guest favorites, FF’s Glazed Bacon Lollis. Our Founding Spirits team will be mixing up our Farmer Jon cocktail. Tickets for the kickoff party are available here.

Founding Spirits is the spirit sponsor throughout the weeklong competition, from Saturday, July 28th– Sunday, August 5th, where we will be mixing up our specialty cocktail, the Founding Spirits Mule (mint, ginger, lime, FS Vodka), as well as other cocktails made with Founding Spirits Vodka, Founding Spirits American Whiskey, and Founding Farmers Rye Whisky.

Expert mixologists from Farmers & Distillers are also hosting a special tailgate mixology contest on Friday, August 3, from 6:30pm-9pm. Striving for the best classic Tom Collins, Farmers & Distillers will be competing with bartending friends at Service Bar, The Salt Line, Colada Shop, Archipelago, and Copycat Co.

Tickets for the competition or any of the special events are available here.

The Citi Open, formerly known as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, has been part of summertime in DC since 1969. Each year, proceeds benefit the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, which works to improve the lives of DC-area youth, particularly those from lower-income communities, through educational and community-based activities, including tennis. Farmers & Distillers also participated in the kickoff event last year.

New Menus for Downtown Diners Just in Time for the 4th

The week-long Fourth of July festivities just got even better as Farmers & Distillers has released all new menus that feature many of our restaurant specialties and guest favorites, including some big news: more beloved choices from our sibling restaurants.

Diners will notice the addition of Founding Farmers Reuben Melt and Farmers Fishers Bakers Roasted Vegetable sandwich, as well as our Founding Farmers perennial guest favorite starter, Glazed Bacon Lollis.

Also of interest is our Southern Fried Chicken & Donut, a delicious nod to the famous Founding Farmers Chicken & Waffles. Using Bell & Evans chicken, Farmers & Distillers is offering our fried chicken with a twist. For lunch and dinner, instead of a waffle on the side, it comes with one of our maple glazed donuts, made fresh in small batches throughout the day. Be sure to save room for both. Breakfast Chicken & Waffles will be available on the breakfast menu.

Steak House choices, including select cuts of beef, are now primarily coming from family-owned J.W. Treuth, who work directly with Pennsylvania cattle farmers to ensure we are getting the highest quality meat. There are also delicious and sustainable seafood choices, a great grouping of burgers and sandwiches, and some of the best garden-fresh salads in town.

Everyone has their own comfort foods. This menu shares some of our Co-Owner Dan Simons’ favorites, such as the IMPOSSIBLE Meatloaf, a tasty vegetarian recipe using the plant-based IMPOSSIBLE Burger served with mashed potatoes and sautéed green vegetables, and our Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro, a delicious medley of roasted squash, roasted garlic tomato sauce, and pecorino.

Other highlights include our hand-pulled Chinese shop style noodles, an array of noodle dishes with lamb, beef & pork meatballs, chicken, or beef combinations. Of course, we will continue to have a whole host of our fresh, house-made donuts, including a new favorite flavor, cinnamon roll.

As always, our craft cocktail menu is sure to delight many with a creative, yet classic array of drinks, many made with our very own Founding Spirits, distilled here in-house, including our award-winning craft vodka and Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro.

With all of our menus, we work hard to make sure there is something for everyone and we continue to make everything from scratch using ingredients primarily sourced from American family farmers we know.

However you plan to spend this Star-Spangled Banner time of year, we have new choices and old favorites, including cool and tasty drinks, and delicious food. We are also super close to all of the Fourth of July celebrations on the mall!

Come on down and check out our new menus. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Walking to the DC Convention Center for The RAMMY Awards Gala

It was a big night for DC’s hospitality industry last night with the annual RAMMY Awards Gala. Our family of restaurants team were delighted to walk a block down the street from Farmers & Distillers to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and join our area’s fashionable restaurant industry foodies, about 2,400 of them, to celebrate the city’s big winners.

We brought along our Founding Spirits team to mix some of DC’s favorite cocktails, including our Cucumber Delight, a light and refreshing mix of our award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka and ginger liqueur, cucumber, cantaloupe, and lemon. As one of our most popular cocktails, also served at Founding Farmers, our Cucumber Delight has quite a fan club. It was the perfect craft cocktail to add to the evening’s celebrations.

In addition, this year’s festivities also included two important no’s for the hospitality industry: single-use plastic straws and Initiative #77. Our parent company, Farmers Restaurant Group, continues to support our employees working to save tips and vote no on Initiative #77.

We have also just launched a campaign to eliminate single-use plastic straws across the DMV. Our Last Straw is seeking partners in the local restaurant and hospitality industry to commit to stop serving plastic straws and make the switch to paper or to no straw at all when the beverage doesn’t need it. We are also seeking personal pledges to #StopSucking and join the movement to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics.

Kathy Hollinger, President & CEO of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, announced the efforts of Our Last Straw, saying we all need to work together to 86 plastic straws starting now, which meant that no plastic straws were used at the gala. She also encouraged restaurants and individuals to take action by joining the Our Last Straw coalition.

Calling All Campari Lovers, Negroni Week is Here

June 4th marks the start of a very special season for Campari lovers: Negroni Week.

Across Farmers Restaurant Group, we love this annual opportunity to serve delicious cocktails for a cause. This year’s benefit is No Kid Hungry, which is a movement of teachers, chefs, community leaders, parents, lawmakers, and CEOs with one shared belief: No kid in America should go hungry.

We are also pretty psyched to wow Negroni lovers, as well as newbies to the Negroni scene, with a few of our spins on this classic cocktail. While a traditional Negroni is made with gin, a bitter aperitif (such as Campari), sweet vermouth, and finished with an orange twist, our Managing Partner, Beverage & Distillery Jon Arroyo, has come up with some very special handcrafted alternatives.

Our Negroni cocktails use our very own Founding Spirits, including Gold Medal Winner Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro. We will be serving three Negroni-inspired craft cocktails from June 4-10 at Founding Farmers, Farmers & Distillers, and Farmers Fishers Bakers:

Negroni Sour is a smooth and creamy mix of our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, Founding Farmers Gin, Campari, lemon, orange, and egg white.

Negroni Swizzle is a delightful mix of Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, Founding Farmers Gin, Campari, cinnamon, and lemon.

The Silent Negroni includes Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, Mezcal El Silencio Espadin, Campari, and Pamplemousse Rose.

If this trio of taste isn’t enough to get you out and about, perhaps and you can have a Negroni Week party of your own and order some of our award-winning Founding Spirits online. Sponsor Imbibe Magazine has lots of recipes online and even Negroni week t-shirts to order.

Negroni Week is an annual international fundraiser put on by Imbibe magazine and Campari. To date, they have collectively raised nearly $1.5 million for charitable causes. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger through effective programs that provide kids with the food they need.

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.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Farmers & Distillers All Week Long

Starting today, it’s officially Cinco de Mayo at Farmers & Distillers. We are jumping right into our festival of tequila, which will include a special Saturday visit from the brand ambassadors at Patrón.

The sun is shining. The temps are rising. The tequila is flowing. It’s going to be a good week.

Come on by Saturday, May 5th from 4-6pm, to hang out with us and our friends from Patrón to talk and taste tequila.

Or join us any day this week, today through Sunday, May 6. We will be serving three very special craft cocktails. For a tasty take on the classic Mule, try our Mule de Fresa with Altos blanco tequila, ginger, lime, strawberry, and mezcal. For something a little sweeter, we have our Strawberry-Ginger Blended Margarita with Avión Silver Tequila, fresh ginger, strawberry, and agave. Or if you like a little spice with your sweet, get a taste of our Señor Arroyo circa 2010 with Altos Añejo Tequila, pineapple, thyme, and jalapeño.

Try one. Or, since you have the whole week to celebrate with us, try all three of them and let us know which is your favorite.

Of course, we are serving our usual delicious scratch-made food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and our festive Farmers Market Buffet Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

Salud!

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.

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.