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. 

A Spirited, Award-Winning Year in Review

It’s been quite an amazing year for our in-house, micro-batchdistillery.

Custom-built inside Farmers & Distillers, Founding Spirits is the brainchild of our dynamic distilling duo, Distillery Director Jon Arroyo and Distillery Manager Bob VanLancker. In our first year, Founding Spirits has received some of the most acclaimed international awards, been recognized by spirit connoisseurs across the world as a new distillery to follow, and has been featured at events in our nation’s capital and beyond. If that isn’t enough, we have also transitioned to selling our spirits online so you don’t have to live near one of our restaurants to get a taste of our award-winning spirits.

We know that part of what makes our spirits so special is that our farmer-owned, scratch-made, source-matters mission runs through all we do, even our craft spirits. Our family-farmed wheat is trucked to us from our co-owners, the North Dakota Farmers Union, for our award-winning Founding Spirits Vodka. The corn, wheat, barley, and oats come direct from our good friend and farmer, the late Billy Dawson, for our Founding Spirits American Whiskey. The honey for our limited-edition Amaro is harvested right here in downtown DC with our apiary partnership with The George Washington University.

This year’s awards & recognition have really put us on the craft spirits map. To date, Founding Spirits has won FIVE major industry awards. With Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro winning four prestigious awards:

… and our Founding Spirits Vodka notably awarded BRONZE by the American Distilling Institute.

We were featured guests at the world-famous Tales of the Cocktail participating in two conference-sponsored tastings. We joined bartenders and spirit specialists from across the globe at the fourth annual Tiki by the Sea, teaching and training how to craft the best tiki cocktails. And we have enjoyed meeting, greeting, and serving our fans at events across the DC metropolitan area. Our Founding Spirits Vodka was the sponsored spirit for one of the nation’s biggest tennis events, DC’s Citi Open. We’ve served our famous Cucumber Delight to the delight of guests at DC’s biggest industry award gala, The RAMMY’s; hosted our very own Kentucky Derby celebration complete with our Founding Spirits Derby-inspired cocktails and a tasting with our award-winning team; and we served handcrafted cocktails and joined forces to support DC Central Kitchen, St. Jude, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, and more.

We’ve been delighted to be able to offer our spirits for sale online this year too.

We couldn’t be more excited about the past year at Founding Spirits.

Come in and see (and taste) for yourself. Book a tour with us. Founding Spirits distillery tours and tastings are available Saturdays by reservations; walk-ins are also accepted pending availability. Or join us at Farmers & Distillers and have one of our expert cocktail specialists make you a Founding Spirits craft cocktail.

Founding Spirits can also be purchased at Farmers & Distillers, through multiple local retailers, and ordered online.

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.

Fun & Fine Spirits at DC’s Dock 5

Founding Spirits participated in the seventh annual Washingtonian Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Dock 5 in DC’s Union Market.

Distillery Director Jon Arroyo and Distillery Manager Bob VanLancker served Vieux Carre with Founding Spirits American Whiskey, Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, bénédictine , and cognac to a sold-out crowd. This unusual craft cocktail was a smashing success.

Attendees also enjoyed sips of premium whiskey, scotch, bourbon, vodka, gin, tequila, and more from over 40 other local and national distillers. The event included live music and light fare from Ridgewells Catering, everyone enjoying what many say is one of the coolest event spaces in DC. Dock 5 is directly above the historic Union Market and features 12,000 expansive square feet with high ceilings and glass garage doors.

Sponsored by Washingtonian magazine, the entire event made for a classic DC evening.

Get Your Cocktail On with Founding Spirits

Find our Founding Spirits front and center for this year’s annual DC Cocktail Week celebrations across our Farmers Restaurant Group of restaurants.

From Monday, November 12th – Sunday, November 18th, our teams at Founding Farmers DC, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers will be participating, along with 60 other local area restaurant and bar teams, in DC Cocktail Week, a weeklong celebration of DC’s dynamic bartenders, mixologists, and bar and beverage teams from across our region.

Our teams have been working hard to create offerings of our scratch-made goodness to highlight what sets DC Cocktail Week apart – celebrating not only the art of creating delicious, handcrafted cocktails, but the nearly divine pairing of the perfect cocktail with the perfect bite. All for $15. Now that’s worth a special week of celebration.

Find our handcrafted Bridgetown Sour cocktail, featuring Founding Spirits Vodka, perfectly paired with our delicious Chips & Dips served with fresh guacamole, salsa, pimento cheese, and corn tortillas at Founding Farmers DC. At Farmers & Distillers, you’ll find our scratch-made, Savory Beignet paired with our handcrafted The American cocktail. This modern spin on traditional Irish Coffee, is served hot or cold, and features our very own, pot-stilled and barrel-aged Founding Spirits American Whiskey with an amaro cream finish. At Farmers Fishers Bakers, our team has our handcrafted Negroni Spritzer, made with Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, paired with a much-loved guest favorite, our Margarita Pizza.

Join us at these sibling restaurants during DC Cocktail Week for a taste of all that Founding Spirits has to offer.

Order our spirits online to get the same great taste at home or for the perfect holiday gift. Friends, colleagues, and family members will love the fine spirits we’re distilling.

Annual Cocktail Conference Features Founding Spirits

Founding Spirits joined the global cocktail community last week descending on New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail.

Every summer for the past 16 years, The Big Easy has hosted this well-known, annual gathering that is equal parts cocktail conference and family reunion, featuring a spirited schedule of seminars, tastings, and competitions.

Since Founding Spirits won three prestigious awards with the American Distilling Institute this year, we were invited to be featured guests at two tasting events. The first event was held at the House of Blues on Thursday, July 18th, where we served our Boulevardier cocktail made with our FS American Whiskey, FS Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, and campari. We also provided guests with tastes of our gold medal winner amaro, our bronze medal winner vodka, and our American whiskey. The second event took place on Saturday, July 21st at the epicenter of Tales of the Cocktail, the French Quarter’s historic Hotel Monteleone.

Tales of the Cocktail benefits the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, a leading, non-profit organization working to educate, advance, and support the global hospitality industry through programs that make a lasting impact on the communities that host their events.

Founding Spirits Mixing it Up at Citi Open

Founding Spirits is the spirit sponsor of DC’s biggest annual tennis week, the Citi Open. Throughout the weeklong tennis competition, from Saturday, July 28th– Sunday, August 5th, Founding Spirits 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.

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, featuring sponsor Founding Spirits. We will be serving our Farmer Jon cocktail and serving our famous FF’s Glazed Bacon Lollis from Farmers & Distillers. Tickets are available here.

In addition, on Friday, August 3, from 6:30pm-9pm, Founding Spirits will be holding a special tailgate mixology contest for the best classic Tom Collins, featuring our Founding Spirits Vodka. Participating bars include Farmers & Distillers, Service Bar, The Salt Line, Colada Shop, Archipelago, and Copycat Co.

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.