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.

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.

 

 

Christmas Cocktails & Winter Warm Ups

As the colder temperatures seem to have arrived to stay, downtown DC is bustling with Christmas. Shoppers, tourists, and revelers alike, all excited to see our National Christmas Tree and enjoy our nation’s capital during the holiday season.

What better way to enjoy the weather and the season than a tasty holiday cocktail at Farmers & Distillers?

We are serving a delicious group of winter cocktails at our Mt Vernon Square restaurant close to all of this season’s downtown holiday fun. Whether you are taking in the holiday bazaar, the National Christmas Tree, a holiday show, or just enjoying the beautiful, holiday sites our nation’s capital has to offer, we welcome you to Farmers & Distillers to enjoy one of our winter craft cocktails.

Our current holiday cocktail choices include:

Winter Pie

A delightful Christmas craft cocktail featuring our award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka, blended just steps away from our bar, infused with cinnamon, clove, star anise, allspice, and chamomile tea. It is topped off with cold-pressed apple juice and honey, and a finished with a smoked cinnamon stick.

Irish Coffee

Our version of this classic winter cocktail is made with rich, brown sugar syrup, Irish whiskey, our very own First Bake Compass Coffee Blend, topped with fresh, hand-whipped cream.

Hot Toddy

Likely the coziest cocktail of them all, ours features our Founding Spirits American Whiskey, fresh-squeezed lemon, honey, and breakfast tea.

Hot Buttered Rum

A decadent holiday cocktail treat, made with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, all mixed with dark rum.

In addition, our complete craft cocktail menu is always available, featuring our very own Founding Spirits and a whole host of other cocktails, as well as beer and wine. We are certain to have something to whet your holiday whistle.

Holiday Gifts for Food Lovers

The December gift-giving season is looking bright for local food lovers. At Farmers & Distillers, our menus have something for everyone, and all of it is made from scratch in-house. There’s a lot to love for food lovers (and drink lovers), whether our neighborhood favorites, our decadent desserts and famous donuts, or our extensive craft spirits program featuring spirits from our very own distillery, Founding Spirits.

This year, we’re making your shopping easy with gift options your family, friends, and colleagues are sure to love: the gift of delicious food and drink. We have some great food (and drink) gift ideas for all on your holiday list this year:

  • Invite them for a meal at Farmers & Distillers. Create your own holiday food and drink festival, giving them the gift of great food, drink… and your company. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.
  • Get them a gift certificate, which is good at Farmers & Distillers or any of our sibling restaurants, including Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers. Let your loved ones and colleagues experience some of our scratch-made goodness on their own.
  • Order a copy of The Founding Farmers Cookbook, available online. Here they’ll find over 100 recipes, including traditional American classics and farmhouse favorites, as well as tips from our chefs.
  • Pick up a canister of our First Bake Blend Compass Coffee, available at Farmers & Distillers. This well-balanced blend is a guest favorite. After much testing and experimenting by our beverage director and the experts at Compass Coffee, our First Bake Blend was created especially for our restaurants and makes for a delicious cup of Joe, perfect for any coffee lover on your list.
  • Give the gift of small-batch spirits from Founding Spirits. Check out some of the spirit gift options at our very own Founding Spirits. From gift boxes and individual spirit bottles available for purchase in person at Farmers & Distillers to individual spirits available for purchase online, many on your list will delight in our unique, handcrafted spirits from our in-house distillery.
  • Peruse our Guide to the Holidays for holiday hours and other gift options for food and drink lovers this Christmas.

Give the gift of good food, handcrafted spirits, and great experiences this year. Sharing the gift of Farmers & Distillers and Founding Spirits with the foodie and beverage lovers in your life will surely make for a very joyous holiday season.

Ho Ho Ho! Holiday Shopping & Celebrating in DC

The holiday season is well underway, and there is great news for holiday shoppers. Downtown DC has some of the best Christmas shopping in the entire DMV. DC’s Downtown Holiday Market was named one of the 20 Best Christmas Markets in the U.S. by TravelMag.

And guess what? This renowned annual market is only a short walk from Farmers & Distillers. It’s hard to beat a fun-filled, festive holiday shopping spree followed by tasty holiday cocktails and a scratch-made meal.

Shop local this year and pick up many unique holiday gifts from the 14th Annual Downtown Holiday Market. Hundreds of distinctive holiday gift items including jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles will be offered by more than 150 regional artisans, crafters, and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods. You’re sure to find a special gift for everyone on your Christmas list.

Located on the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Streets, NW, this unique shopping village is open every day from 12-8 through Sunday, December 23rd.

Explore the market, check off some boxes on your holiday list, and then come celebrate at Farmers & Distillers. You can check off one last holiday gift here with us too. Our Founding Spirits gift boxes are available for purchase throughout the holidays. We are open every day throughout this year’s holiday season.

Ho ho ho!