A Festival of Whiskey & Fine Spirits

Last night, our Founding Spirits team participated in the eighth annual Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival, hosted by the district’s own Washingtonian magazine. This year’s event was held at Dock5, DC’s unique warehouse space located in historic Union Market. 

Our Founding Spirits team served tastings of two of our award-winning spirits: our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro and Founding Spirits American Whiskey. Guests also sampled a wide array of other premium whiskeys and fine spirits. Over 500 attendees enjoyed this annual event, mingling with other spirit lovers and grooving to the rock cover band sounds of the 7 Deadlies.

If you couldn’t join this year’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival, please stop by the bar at Farmers & Distillers for a taste of our amaro and American whiskey, as well as our DC’s #1 local vodka, all handcrafted at our on-site distillery. 

Our spirits can also be purchased online, and make great holiday gifts for all of the cocktail lovers on your list. For a special Saturday treat, book a Tour & Tasting with some friends to get a behind the scenes look into our Founding Spirits distillery… and, of course, stay for a great meal

Holiday Gifts for Spirit Lovers

The gift-giving season is upon us. At Founding Spirits, we have great gifts for whiskey lovers, vodka lovers, amaro lovers, and honestly, for any spirit lovers. Our award-winning spirits can make an ordinary alcohol gift set something special. All of our Founding Spirits are made in small batches in our distillery right in the heart of nation’s capital.

Give something extraordinary this holiday season:

Build your own festive, liquor gift sets. For example, our favorite whiskey gift set—a fantastic whiskey Christmas gift for all of the whiskey lovers on your list—includes two of our handcrafted spirits for a great combination of tastes: our Founding Spirits American Whiskey and our four-time award-winning Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro. You can also build a holiday gift set using your favorite selection or all of the spirits in our collection.

Share a bottle. Choose from any of our complete line of Founding Spirits, including our specially crafted GW Limited Edition Founding Spirits Amaro, featuring honey from the urban apiary we support at The George Washington University. All are available by the bottle for purchase online. You can also pick up our craft vodka, American whiskey, and our unusually delicious amaro at Farmers & Distillers, and at many local retailers around town.

Treat someone to a taste of our spirits. Join us at our bar and let our mixologists craft the perfect cocktail for you and your special guest(s) featuring our spirits. We are open seven days a week throughout the holiday season. Book a behind-the-scenes tour of our distillery. Our Founding Spirits Tour & Tasting is a great present for those who would enjoy learning how we distill our spirits, getting a taste of what we are distilling, and sipping one of our renowned craft cocktails. Tours can be booked between 11am and 2pm on Saturdays and last approximately 60 minutes.

Plan a spirited holiday celebration with us at Farmers & Distillers. Contact us to create a fun and unique holiday party with our handcrafted spirits as the focus. What could be a better Christmas present for someone who already has it all than a festive occasion with great friends, great cocktails, and great food?

Give a Farmers Restaurant Group gift certificate. Our gift certificates are good in any of our restaurants, including at our award-winning bars. If you have a craft cocktail or craft spirit-loving friend, family member, or colleague, get them a gift certificate and let them experience some of our scratch-made goodness in person.

There are so many ways we can help you create a distinct holiday gift for so many people on your list… from someone very special to that troublesome someone you never know what to get. Give Founding Spirits this year.

Citi Open 2019: That’s a Wrap

As the Official Vodka and American Whiskey of the 2019 Citi Open – one of DC’s biggest sporting events – our tennis tournament week was packed full of festivities: from our popular kickoff event and tasty spirits to lively tastings and some friendly competition that extended beyond the courts of the Rock Creek Tennis Center.  

In addition to serving our tasty craft cocktails to guests all week long, we hosted a Founding Spirits Cocktail Clash, giving six of DC’s top bartenders the challenge of mixing their most delicious Highball using any of our Founding Spirits. 

  • Roger Molina, Farmers & Distillers, introduced the Ace Highball, his take on a classic Aperol Spritz, made with Founding Spirits Vodka, lemon, mint, club soda, and Aperol. 
  • Christine Kim, Service Bar, played with fresh peaches and Founding Spirits Vodka in her Game-Set-Peach cocktail.
  • Frank Mills, Roy Boys, was definitely the star of the {Boomerang} show with his charismatic shake making the rounds on Instagram. His Love & Match-rimoney Highball, made with Founding Spirits Vodka, grapefruit, and florals, was packed full of just as much punch.
  • Andra Johnson, Serenata, mixed up her It’s All Love cocktail, with a choice of Founding Spirits Vodka or our Founding Spirits American Whiskey blended with flavors everyone seemed to love, including: strawberry, banana, pomegranate, ginger, and walnut, to name a few. 
  • Eric King, 100 Proof Strategies, came in strong with his Brown Derby Energy, mixing Founding Spirits American Whiskey with a spiced grapefruit syrup that was understated, yet full of flavor.  
  • Jo-Jo Valenzuela, The Game DC, came in HOT with his spiced mango soda and Thai basil-infused Tangdang Soda, mixed with a choice of Founding Spirits Vodka or our American Whiskey. This drink was on fire during the competition, and Jo-Jo ended up taking home a well-deserved “W” this year. 

Each bartender absolutely killed it, and we’re grateful for their participation in what we hope will become an annual event. Another huge shout out to all the event goers who stopped by our tasting booths at Citigold and outside Market Square. 

Now that the tournament is over but summer is still heating up our streets, we look forward to continuing to toast all things DC and seeing many of you out at our distillery, located at 600 Massachusetts Ave, just inside Farmers & Distillers. Stop by for a cocktail or a tour, grab a bottle to take home, or place your order for delivery online.

Sippin’ On Founding Spirits at the RAMMYS

Last night was filled with exciting festivities and celebrations at the 37th annual Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s biggest event of the year – the RAMMYS. Founding Spirits was happy to serve as event bar sponsor while supporting our town’s best restaurant industry revelry and awards ceremony.

Each year, RAMMY goers don their finest party formalwear to celebrate the best of the best on DC’s restaurant scene. This year’s event gala was held at the Walter E. Reed Convention Center, just blocks from our award-winning Founding Spirits distillery in downtown DC.   

Founding Spirits Distillery Director Jon Arroyo, Vice President Clyde Davis, Jr. and their team were on hand to share Founding Spirits with gala guests and celebrate a great year of exceptional talent and creativity, industry growth, and delicious food and drink. 

We were delighted to serve up two specially-crafted cocktails, made just for the evening’s festivities. Our:

These tennis-themed craft cocktail names have significance for our team, as: Founding Spirits has been named the OFFICIAL VODKA and the OFFICIAL WHISKEY of the Citi Open

If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s RAMMYS, come join us at the Citi Open, in DC’s Rock Creek Park Tennis Center from July 27 – August 4, for a chance to get a taste of these refreshing summer cocktails and all of our spirits, including our award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka.

Stay tuned to Founding Spirits on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter for more details. 

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-winningsmall-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.

Celebrating Derby Day with Our FS American Whiskey

America’s Greatest Race is coming to Founding Spirits. In spirit anyway. 

Join us April 29th through May 5th, as our Farmers & Distillers in-house distillery team celebrates derby day our way for another year of this American tradition. 

Sure, we love the hats, the horses, and the pomp and circumstance of the Kentucky Derby, but we’ve got to be honest… for our distillery team… it’s really all about the booze.

During derby season, that means our pot stilled, barrel aged, award-winning Founding Spirits American Whiskey.

Aged to perfection, our FS American Whiskey is rich and smooth, with an earthy taste that creates the perfect spirit to craft our FS Julep made to order with our FS American Whiskey, mint, and our very special FS blend of aromatic bitters, and our “Never Bitter” Julep, made with our FS American Whiskey, our FS Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, and fresh mint. Or sip our American whiskey all on itsown. We serve it neat or over hand-cut ice.

If Julep’s aren’t your thing, we have you covered. Our bar menu features a great selection of handcrafted whiskey cocktails and tastes to temp you. Try our Whiskey Sour, our Gold Rush Royale, or enjoy our daily whimsical take on whiskey cocktails that are meant to be shared.  

Come in and see us during derby season. We’ll be here to serve you. Stop by on May 3rd from 5pm-7pm for our Open House with a mini tour of our distillery to get a behind the scenes look at how we craft our proprietary spirits. 

Find our Founding Spirits American Whiskey for purchase at our bar or online on our website, to enjoy at home long after derby season has left the gate. All derby week long, you will receive 10% off your Founding Spirits American Whiskey bottle purchase and a complimentary Founding Spirits copper Julep cup, while supplies last. 

Move Over Chocolates. Love on Your Valentine with the Bittersweet Taste of Our Amaro

With Valentine’s Day just days away, get creative and break free from the traditional box of chocolates… give your love the bittersweet goodness of our limited edition Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro.

This micro-batch amaro is a very special version of our quadruple award-winner that is distilled with honey from our very own urban apiary atop a building within the downtown DC campus of The George Washington University.

Delicious on its own or blended within an Amaro Daiquiri or Negroni Swizzle, our amaro makes for an unusually sweet and thoughtful gift. A perfect valentine.

Stop by Farmers & Distillers and pick up a bottle of our amaro today. We are sure it will wow your love more than chocolates ever could.

A Very Merry Christmas with Our Founding Spirits Eggnog

Try our delicious Christmas Eggnog featuring our four-time award-winning Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro and Founding Spirits American Whiskey.

Stop by Farmers & Distillers onChristmas Eve or Christmas Day, get a glimpse of our functioning in-house distillery Founding Spirits, and a taste of our scratch-made Christmas Eggnog. You can enjoy a glass in house or take home your very own hand-prepared bottle along with the necessary spirits to make this festive, holiday classic at home.

Our Christmas Eggnog is a delicious mix of pasteurized eggs, cream, milk, sugar, our special spice blend, and a bit of vanilla extract. It will be ready for pick up Christmas Eve or Christmas day for purchase. The spirits are also available for purchase at Farmers & Distillers.

Bring home these festive and delicious ingredients to make your own Eggnog with this recipe straight from our expert bar & distillery team:

Farmers & Distillers Christmas Eggnog, Featuring our Founding Spirits:

.75 oz FS Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro

.75 oz FS American Whiskey

3-4 oz F&D prepared Christmas Eggnog

You will love our take on the traditional tune of this We Wish You A Merry Christmas cocktail classic, as the bitter notes from the amaro and the high proof of the whiskey cut the sweetness and make for a light, delicious holiday treat. We think it’s the best Christmas cocktail in town. Merry Merry to you & all of yours.

The Perfect Christmas Cocktail Recipe

Looking for great holiday cocktail ideas to try on your own? Look no further. Founding Spirits has plenty of holiday drink ideas beginning with a quintessential Christmas cocktail classic: the Hot Toddy. As the winter chill makes its way into the DMV, what better way to heat you & yours up than a special Christmas drink in the comforts of your own home.

Founding Spirits is happy to share one of our Farmers & Distillers favorite holiday drink recipes.

Hot Toddy

In a warm teacup or coffee mug, add:

Top off with your favorite tea. We recommend a breakfast-style tea. Garnish with some fresh lemon zest, or lemon slice, and a cinnamon stick.

This easy Christmas cocktail recipe is all yours to enjoy.

Invite some friends over for Christmas drinks, even swap Christmas drink recipes. There are so many great holiday cocktails, but we are pretty sure our Hot Toddy will be a crowd pleaser, especially if you make it with our very own Founding Spirits American Whiskey. Order it online. Or pick up a bottle downtown at Farmers & Distillers. If you are feeling particularly festive, we are selling Founding Spirit gift boxesat our Mt Vernon Square restaurant. We think they are a fantastic gift idea for any spirit lover, especially with our Hot Toddy recipe handwritten on a holiday card.

Christmas cocktails are a great way to celebrate the season.

Keep it cozy this Christmas with Founding Spirits at home using our holiday drink recipe. Or, if you would prefer to have it made for you, stop by any of our restaurants – Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, or Farmers & Distillers – and enjoy our Hot Toddy or any of our tasty winter cocktails.

Give the Gift of Founding Spirits

Need a special gift this holiday season? Hoping to show up to that holiday party with something gracious and different? Want to impress your new boss or your in-laws?

At Founding Spirits, we have put together some very special holiday gifts this season: holiday boxes of our award-winning spirits. Choose from three different gift boxes – or pick up all three:

Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro Gift Box

Founding Spirits Vodka Gift Box

Founding Spirits American Whiskey Gift Box

Founding Spirits gift boxes are only available at Farmers & Distillers. Stop by for a drink or a meal and pick up your holiday gifts. We are open every day throughout the holiday season.

If you can’t get to Farmers & Distillers, you can also order our individual spirits online, and they can be shipped across the country. Currently we are offering a very special edition of our quadruple award-winning amaro made with honey from our apiary atop George Washington University.

If you need additional gifts, we have other options. The Founding Farmers Cookbook, which is sure to make the chefs in your life happy, is also available for purchase online. Add one of our restaurant gift cards to create a great, personalized gift package.

At Farmers Restaurant Group, we have many ways to bring you & yours cheer this holiday season. Skip the Black Friday mayhem and seasonal angst, and get your holiday gifts from us. Check out our online holiday guide for celebrating your upcoming festivities with us, from gifts to feasts To Go, let us help you make this holiday season a little bit easier.