Introducing Our ALL NEW Founding Spirits Rye 

Spring is springing here in DC and with it, we are releasing our latest spirit: Founding Spirits Rye will be available on Wednesday, March 16.

With forward notes of caramel & vanilla that fade into a complex spicy, slightly smoky body, the aroma of our Founding Spirits Rye reveals bold rye spice with floral notes and background hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and mint. It is delicious in light, summery cocktails as well as cozy classics. Since spring has a mix of both, we thought it was the perfect time to share our new spirit. 

Beginning on Wednesday, March 16, you can enjoy our Founding Spirits Rye many ways: 

>> Stop by for a taste… at the bar or reserve a table at  Farmers & Distillers … or at any of our bars or restaurants: Founding Farmers in DC, MD, VA, and PA and Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown.

>> Purchase bottles to go online for pick up in our DC & MD restaurants. You can also simply stop by one of our DC & MD restaurants and purchase a bottle to go in person.

>> Ship Founding Spirits Rye (and all of our Founding Spirits) to most states nationwide.

Back to School with Founding Spirits Hand Sanitizer

Founding Spirits donated our hand sanitizer to the DC nonprofit, Serve Your City, to pack in backpacks provided for students at their 2nd Annual DC Back to School Bash serving Ward 6. 

We were delighted to provide our support to this important program. During the early days of the pandemic, we transitioned our distillery from making spirits to making FDA-approved hand sanitizer with a recipe from the World Health Organization. We used the sanitizer for our team and guests across our restaurants AND were able to provide it in bulk and in bottles to local hospitals, healthcare workers, first responders, community groups, and more. Now, we are able to provide our hand sanitizer to kids in our community as they are heading back to school.

Serve Your City is working with our District communities to help our neighbors transition back to in-person school life, ensuring they have the resources and support they need to thrive. Building off the success of last year’s inaugural Back to School Bash, which reached over 425 students and families, this year they doubled down on their efforts providing 1,000 backpacks with necessary school supplies (including Founding Spirits Hand Sanitizer).

Serve Your City works to support the basic needs for community members and provide life-changing experiences and opportunities for under-resourced Washington, D.C. students through mutual aid, community-building, and educational programming. 

Announcing Our Bourbon

Founding Spirits is now distilling Bourbon!

Aged in oak barrels for at least two years, our Founding Spirits Bourbon is distilled from corn, rye, and barley from the heartland of our Nation. We think our bourbon is great on it’s own and especially good in our restaurant cocktails. We have developed an all new cocktail menu featuring some delightful and unexpected Bourbon cocktails you definitely don’t want to miss.

Stop by Farmers & Distillers or any of or our restaurants for a taste. Bottles of our all new Founding Spirits Bourbon can be purchased online and picked up in our DC & MD restaurants. We also ship to most states nationwide.

To get a taste of how we are enjoying our new bourbon, join us in our Founding Farmers and Farmers & Distillers restaurants to enjoy our new cocktail menu. If possible, we recommend making a reservation.

If you prefer to stay home, you can also pick up our bottled cocktails to go from our DMV locations.

Introducing Founding Spirits Gift Box

We have created a Founding Spirits gift box to help you with your holiday shopping.

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Our Founding Spirits gift box – Find Your Spirit – is a special Founding Spirits Tasting Kit designed to inspire delicious cocktails. It is the perfect holiday gift for your bestie, your boss, your neighbor, your cousin, for any spirit lover on your holiday shopping list.

We have developed a selection of DC-made award-winning spirits using grains and botanicals from farmers we know and trust, including fourth-generation wheat farmers, the Watne family from Minot, ND and Bay’s Best Feed in Heathsville, VA. Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, we distill small-batch spirits recognized by distillers and spirit connoisseurs worldwide. Our Founding Spirits tasting kit includes:

  • Founding Spirits Vodka (200 mL)
  • Founding Spirits Dry Gin (200 mL)
  • Founding Spirits American Amaro (200 mL)
  • A Founding Spirits tasting glass
  • George Washington University Honey (8 oz) sourced from our partnership with their Undergraduate Honey Bee Research Laboratory & Apiary that conducts vital research to understand the role of honey bees in the diversity of the world’s food supply and our ecosystem 

You can purchase our Founding Spirits gift box online for curbside pick up at most of our restaurants, local delivery, or it can be shipped across the US. If you order more than one, we can arrange for local delivery. We can also accommodate larger orders for bulk delivery or pick up.  

If you are looking for other holiday gifts, of course all of our Founding Spirits can be purchased online.

In addition, we have created a variety of Founding Farmers gift boxes as well, providing the perfect present for almost everyone on your list. In addition to our Founding Spirits Tasting Kit, our Founding Farmers holiday gift boxes include:

  • Morning Coffee & Pancakes — Everything needed to make a delicious Founding Farmers pancake breakfast at home, including our Founding Farmers house-roasted coffee.
  • Eat Dessert First!  All of the fixin’s to easily whip up a batch of our Shortbread Sugar Cookies at home and serve them with our Founding Farmers Chocolate and an assortment of scratch-made dipping and drizzling sauces.
  • Honey & Spice & Everything Nice – Make our fan favorites at home with The Founding Farmers Cookbook and some of our go-to pantry essentials.

To see full details of what is included in our gift boxes, check out our gift box ordering page.

Of course, we also have other great holiday gifts, including restaurant gifts cardsThe Founding Farmers Cookbook, and our kids book – Our Family Farm ­– made by our farmer-owners. Our entire holiday gift catalogue can be found in our holiday gift guide. In addition, we have delicious treats like our new Founding Farmers Chocolate and essentials like our house-roasted Founding Farmers coffee, which can be purchased through our Founding Farmers Market & Grocery.  All of our holiday gifts can be purchased online.

Give Founding Spirits and Founding Farmers this holiday season.

Four More Awards for our Founding Spirits

Founding Spirits brought home some big wins – four SILVER awards –  from the spirit industry’s prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition and American Craft Spirits Association

The newest member of our spirited family, Founding Spirits Dry Gin, won SILVER, as did our Founding Spirits American Amaro, at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Two SILVER awards were also given to our Founding Spirits Vodka and Founding Spirits American Amaro at the 2020 American Craft Spirits Association’s seventh annual American Craft Spirits Awards: Judging of Craft Spirits.

With these four new SILVER awards, Founding Spirits has now garnered a grand total of nine awards in just over two years: 

To get a taste of our award-winning spirits for yourself, Founding Spirits is available for purchase at liquor stores throughout the DC and Maryland areas, and in Delaware, as well as online at Founding Spirits.com.

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is one of the industry’s most highly competitive, influential spirit competitions. Their exceptional reputation among trade and consumers is built upon their commitment to three founding principles: Legacy. Integrity. Experience. This year, they had a record-breaking number of entries – a whopping 3,000 – from all corners of the world.

The American Craft Spirits Association is the only registered national non-profit trade group representing the U.S. craft spirits industry. For this year’s awards, a carefully selected group of more than 30 expert judges evaluated more than 500 craft spirit entries. 

Tiki by the Sea, Jersey Shore Style

Our Founding Spirits dynamic trio, Jon Arroyo, Bob VanLancker, and the newest member of our FS team, Clyde Davis, Jr. have been spending some quality time over the past two weeks at the Jersey Shore with other mixologists, bartenders, and Tiki connoisseurs from around the globe.

This summer’s Tiki by The Sea in Wildwood, NJ was held over two weekends (June 9-11 and June 16-18). Our crew spent their days filled with Tiki learning, swapping trade secrets and Tiki tips, and learning about the ancient Polynesian Tiki culture and the history of Tiki bars.  

Founding Spirits Distillery Director, Jon Arroyo, presented “The Magic of the Frozen Cocktail” to a packed house, sharing what makes a great Tiki cocktail across our restaurants. For us, it often starts with our very own award-winning small-batch spirits, which we had on hand for everyone to taste in some of our magic frozen cocktails.

Even though our Tikis are most well-known at Farmers Fishers Bakers, we have plenty of Tiki-inspired cocktails right next to our distillery, at the bar at Farmers & Distillers restaurant.

So, let our distillery team’s field trip to the Jersey Shore serve as a reminder – the sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and Tiki season is here. 

Stop by our bar and get a taste of all the magic that is the Tiki cocktail. Also check out our Weekend Tiki Patio at Farmers Fishers Bakers set right on Georgetown’s Waterfront at the Washington Harbour. It is the perfect setting for some Tiki fun every weekend, all summer long. We’ll have Tiki classics, a great mix of blended drinks, and you can even get a taste of our deliciously perfected, The Margarita 2019

Tiki by the Sea is a trade-focused educational and immersive cultural experience into the culture, spirits, and drinks of the Tiki era. It is held in Wildwood, NJ in June and Fregene, Italy in September.

Where Our Vodka Begins

Our award-winning craft vodka has its roots in the Hard Red Spring Wheat fields of Minot, North Dakota. This particular grain, known and grown for its high quality, has been called the “aristocrat of wheat.” Ours is harvested on the Watne farm where Mark, Michelle, and their family are fourth-generation farmers. 

Our Distillery Director, Jon Arroyo, flew out to North Dakota recently to see the farm, meet the family, and connect with Mark Watne, who is also president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, which co-owns our distillery and Farmers Restaurant Group.

Check out this short video of Jon and Mark talking and sharing our story direct from those North Dakota wheat fields.


As a craft distiller of wheat and small-batch spirits, Jon was delighted to be standing in those wheat fields and talking to our wheat farmer and friend, Mark. For distillers, as well as other makers and bakers, being amidst the land where the raw ingredients are grown and talking to the people who grow them, takes their craft to a whole new level. 

Curious to taste what all these connected-to-the-source efforts produce in our unique vodka? Make a reservation and stop by any of our restaurants, take a tour of our in-house distillery located at Farmers & Distillers, or buy a bottle online. See if you can taste the difference.

We sure can.