SAVOR & Sip Six Selections from Alewerks

Great news, beer lovers. Farmers & Distillers is pre-gaming what The Washington Post describes as “the gold standard” of beer festivals, SAVOR.

On Tuesday, May 29th from 5-7pm, we are hosting a Tap Takeover featuring six selections from Alewerks Brewery Company to celebrate. Three Alewerks brews will be available for tasting: Superb IPA, Chesapeake Pale Ale, and Tavern Brown Ale. And we will offer three limited releases for purchase on draft: Jalapeño Weekend Lager, Pancake House Stout, and Secret Admirer DIPA.

Head on down to DC’s Mt Vernon Square to our bar and Pleasure Garden on Tuesday night for a small taste of what will be coming your way at SAVOR.

This year’s SAVOR – held June 1-2 at the nearby National Building Museum – will host 90 small and independent craft breweries from around the country showcasing 181 beers, each one thoughtfully paired with a small plate that will dazzle your palate. Tickets are available online.

What’s A ZooFari?

Last night, Farmers & Distillers joined nearly 100 of the top DC area restaurants and vintners for a premier culinary event in a very unusual setting: the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. In the wild habitats of so many of our favorite resident animals, guests were wined and dined at an unforgettable fundraiser to support our zoo and all of its amazing species.

ZooFari included exotic animal encounters, food sculptors, and a silent auction featuring exclusive paintings made by DC’s famous panda family Mei Xiang, Tian Tian, and Bei Bei. Guests were given after-hours access to the Small Mammal House and the Reptile Discovery Center. In addition to the growls of lions and the calls of orangutans, the evening included live entertainment from the chef that rocks, DJ Chef—champion of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen— and renowned dance band DC Fusion, as well as classically trained violinist Ben Hoyt.

Part of the ZooFari experience included food and beverage tastings from top DC culinarians. Our Farmers & Distillers team was on hand, hanging with the animals and the animal lovers, while serving one of our house favorites, Crunchy Ahi Tuna Bites. It was a roaring good time.

Memorial Day Brunch In the Midst of All of the Weekend Festivities

Memorial Day weekend not only marks the beginning of summer for most, it is a time of gathering with family and friends and remembrance of our nation’s fallen heroes.

What better place to gather and remember than around a brunch table in the heart of downtown DC at Farmers & Distillers. We are located in the midst of all of DC’s Memorial Day national celebrations, from the largest Memorial Day parade in the country to the National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to Rolling Thunder. We are also steps away from all of our National Mall memorials, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.

If you are planning your weekend around some of these activities and memorials, consider adding a rest stop at Farmers & Distillers. Come in to cool down and fuel up with our famous brunch on Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day Monday. It is a great place to enjoy some downtime with family and friends.

Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is a bounty of delicious food with traditional breakfast fare such as French toast and bacon, a hot items & carving table, a cold table ripe with luscious salads, and lots of passed decadence.

We also have the best Bloody Mary in town, according to Washington City Paper and an amazing array of craft cocktails made with our very own spirits we distill in-house at our Founding Spirits. These include some delightful shared drinks that are worth the trip alone.

If a buffet brunch isn’t your thing, our sibling restaurant, Founding Farmers DC on nearby Pennsylvania Avenue, has a sit-down, a la carte style service that includes our ever-popular Chicken & Waffles made breakfast-style with scrambled eggs, we also have French toast, benedicts, buttermilk pancakes, and our famous applewood smoked bacon.

All of Farmers Restaurant Group will welcome guests in all seven of our restaurants for the three-day long weekend. Voted as a top DC Best Brunch spot by Washingtonian Magazine readers and Washington City Paper’s Best of DC, our brunch menus vary some by location. Our Farmers Market Buffet Brunch is also served at Farmers Fishers Bakers on the Georgetown Waterfront, at Founding Farmers Tysons, Reston Station, and King of Prussia in Pennsylvania. MoCo’s Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD has our sit-down, a la carte style service.

Whatever your Memorial Day weekend brunch needs are, we are pretty confident that one of our restaurants will meet them. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

 

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!

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.

Joining Taste of the Nation to End Childhood Hunger

On April 9th, Farmers & Distillers and Founding Spirits attended Taste of the Nation at the National Building Museum in downtown DC.

Joining 80 area restaurants, Farmers & Distillers served one of our guest favorites, our delicious Crunchy Ahi Tuna Bites. Founding Spirits was in the event VIP Lounge mixing and serving our Suffering Candidate, a smoky, yet refreshing craft cocktail made with our Founding Farmers Rye Whisky and mingled with the lighter botanical notes of our Founding Farmers Gin.

Taste of the Nation is the culinary event organized by Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign that highlights the nation’s finest talent in the food and drink industry, all united under one roof for one cause: ending childhood hunger.

In the U.S., one in six children struggle with hunger. No Kid Hungry unites teachers, chefs, community leaders, parents, lawmakers, and CEOs to help solve childhood hunger. They work to connect kids in need with nutritious food, including teaching families to learn how to cook healthy, affordable meals.

No Kid Hungry has fed 775 million meals to children, a remarkable milestone made possible from fundraising events like Taste of the Nation.

For those interested, they always welcome individual donations too.

Catch the Silver Line to the Latest Founding Farmers

Today’s silver lining: Founding Farmers Reston Station has opened its doors serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and our famous weekend Farmers Market Buffet Brunch. Hop on the metro’s Silver Line and come for a visit.

Conveniently located at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, this latest Founding Farmers is an easy stop for a meal, a craft cocktail, or just to grab a freshly made breakfast and coffee to go. Part of our Farmers Restaurant Group, Founding Farmers Reston Station is serving our famous scratch-made food and drink all day, every day. Menu selections include Founding Farmers favorites, with a few new tastes made especially for our Reston guests.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown DC and help us welcome Founding Farmers Reston Station to the family. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

 

Chocolate Cherry Treats for Our Cherry Blossom Lovers

Join Farmers Fishers Bakers and Farmers & Distillers to celebrate DC’s famous cherry blossoms.

Every year, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), highlights the area’s vibrant and diverse restaurant scene for the over 1.5 million visitors to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Picks Restaurant Program is now in its 16th year.

This festival celebrates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the U.S. that bring beautiful blooms to DC’s Tidal Basin every spring. We are joining the celebration with some cherries of our own.

Our pastry team has outdone themselves with a Chocolate Cherry Pie with White Chocolate Vanilla Sauce. The dessert will be available throughout the festival at Farmers Fishers Bakers and Farmers & Distillers.

This year’s festival runs from March 20-April 15. Participating restaurants in the Cherry Picks program will highlight items from their seasonal, springtime menus.

Pink Ties & Special Chocolate Cherry Treats

Farmers & Distillers joined more than 800 spring revelers at the annual Pink Tie Party to celebrate the start of DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival. This evening of food and fun is often considered to be the city’s most festive kick-off to spring.

With offerings from nearly 20 local restaurants and bars, Farmers & Distillers showcased a special, not-even-on-our-menu treat, the delicious and decadent Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake with Vanilla Cream Drizzle. Guests also enjoyed an open bar, Taiko drummers from Japan, and a silent auction.

The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is celebrated over a four-week period, welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors to our nation’s capital. The Pink Tie Party is a fundraiser to support the beauty of nature and international friendship through the famous annual festival, as well as year-round programs, events, and education initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.

Dance a Weeklong Irish Jig at Farmers & Distillers

Starting Monday, we are dancing our Irish jig. Join us for a weeklong St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Our St. Patrick’s Week menu has some tasty beers, including Devils Backbone Reilly’s Red Ale and O’Connor’s Dry Irish Stout, a gathering of Irish Whiskies, and the Classic Whiskey Sour made with Irish Whiskey, lemon, and egg white.

One of those choices is sure to put a little spring in your step.

Join us next week – Monday, March 12 through Sunday, March 18 – to celebrate the Emerald Isle and dance your Irish jig.