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.

Join our Dynamic Founding Spirits Team

Are you passionate about the art of distilling and handcrafted spirits? Do you have a knack for conversation and collaboration? Are you an organized, self-starter who likes to strategize and plan? Do you want to join a creative, motivated team shaking up the DC cocktail scene?

If so, our Founding Spirits team would love to talk with you and find out more.

Founding Spirits has won five industry awards for distilling, in our first year of operations alone. Ourmicro-distillery comes from the team that pioneered Farmers Restaurant Group, the DC metro area’s from-scratch, farmer-owned brand of restaurants, including Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers.

Building upon our commitment to handcrafted food and drink, and high quality, responsible sourcing of ingredients, Founding Spirits is led by the beverage industry’s award winning, Jon Arroyo. Jon and our distillery manager, Bob VanLancker, have created a collection of spirits receiving international acclaim.

We are a creative, dynamic distilling team looking for a motivated, organized, collaborative, and knowledgeable new member. Our full-time Sales & Marketing Manager will be responsible for:

  • Growing awareness of the Founding Spirits brand
  • Expanding the brand’s evolving sales channels
  • Increasing product movement and development, and more…

We offer a competitive salary with performance-based bonuses and commissions; and company-supported health, dental, and 401k plans are available.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity. Founding Spirits is already shaking up the local DC spirit scene, and looking forward to continued growth with the assistance of a new Sales & Marketing Manager.

 

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.

Holiday Gifts for Cocktail Lovers

December is the gift-giving season for many. At Founding Spirits, we have great gift ideas for the cocktail lovers in your life. Want to give something special for those who seem to have it all, or those you have no idea what to buy them, or those who you think could use a little spirited, cocktail time? We’ve got you covered.

Whatever your list, we have the perfect options of cocktail-loving gifts below:

  • Purchase our spirits online. All of our spirits are available for purchase online, including the special, limited edition bottle of our four-time award-winning Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, featuring honey from the urban apiary we support at The George Washington University.
  • Buy a holiday gift set at Farmers & Distillers. During this holiday season, we have three very special gift sets available for purchase at our restaurant, each featuring one of our handcrafted spirits: our craft vodka, American whiskey, and our unusually delicious
  • 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.
  • Book a Founding Spirits Tour & Tasting. Give the gift of a behind the scenes tour of our distillery. Enjoy learning how we distill our spirits, get a taste of what we are distilling, and sip one of our renowned craft cocktails featuring our spirits. Tours are available between 11am and 2pm on Saturdays and last approximately 60 minutes. Many make a reservation for a meal afterwards at Farmers & Distillers.

Cross some names off your holiday list today with a special gift from Founding Spirits.

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.

Founding Spirits Releases Limited Edition Amaro

Founding Spirits just released a special batch of our quadruple award-winning amaro, which uses honey from an apiary we support atop The George Washington University in downtown Washington, D.C.

Our GW Limited Edition Founding Spirits Amaro can be purchased online for a limited time, while supplies last.

Distillery Director Jon Arroyo was inspired by our very special partnership with The George Washington University Undergraduate Honey Bee Research Laboratory and Apiary. Partners for over five years, this past spring, we helped install six new hives, and just this fall, we helped harvest the honey used in this special, limited edition amaro.

Our new amaro is just another way that we are celebrating our love for honey bees. At Founding Spirits, and across Farmers Restaurant Group, we are always looking for ways to honor the honey bee and educate people on their importance to the diversity of our food supply.

Our GW Limited Edition Founding Spirits Amaro is one tasty way that you can enjoy our efforts.

 

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.

Our Award-Winning Amaro is Available for Purchase

Founding Spirits award-winning Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro is now available for purchase online at FoundingSpirits.com and in-store at the home of our distillery, Farmers & Distillers.

Infused with 22 herbs, botanicals, and spices, and sweetened with molasses and local honey, our distinctive amaro is exactly what its name suggests: never bitter. Distilled, aged, sweetened, bottled, and hand-labeled at Founding Spirits, it has been a featured spirit on our Farmers Restaurant Group restaurant cocktail menus for just over a year.

Our master distiller and cocktail aficionado, Jon Arroyo, created this spirit to bring the magic of the before and after dinner drink he discovered on his travels abroad back home to the U.S. A guest favorite in our craft cocktails across Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers, it’s especially good in our Amaro Daiquiri and our take on the famous Negroni Swizzle.

Now, you can have this award-winning taste in the comfort of your own home.

Stop by Farmers & Distillers to get your bottle today. Or order online.

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.

Tiki Training & Tasting by the Sea

Our Founding Spirits team spent six days over the past two weeks teaching and training the art of tiki cocktails. Managing Partner of Beverage & Distillery, Jon Arroyo, and Founding Spirits Distillery Manager, Bob VanLancker, joined bartenders from across the globe at the fourth annual Tiki by the Sea in Wildwood, NJ.

An educational and immersive cultural experience into the traditions, spirits, and drinks of the tiki era, attendees learned all about sugarcane distillates and explored classic cachaça tiki application. Tiki by the Sea is held every June at the Barcelona Motel in NJ and every September in Fregene, Italy. This year, Jon and Bob led a seminar on The Art of Blending Frozen Drinks, hosted by the Avuá Cachaça team.

We do have quite a knack for all things tiki, as anyone who has visited our bars knows, and as the press often cites. If you have never tasted our masterful Fisher’s Tikis or shared cocktails at Farmers Fishers Bakers or Farmers & Distillers, it couldn’t be a better season to enjoy them. Many are made with our very own Founding Spirits.

You can also sip smartly knowing you aren’t hurting the environment. We are leading a charge for change across the DMV to eliminate single-use plastic straws with the Our Last Straw coalition. We have made the switch to biodegradable paper straws – or no straw at all – across Farmers Restaurant Group.

So, there are more reasons than not to come on down to one of our restaurants and get a great cocktail crafted by some of our beverage wizards, using our very own craft spirits, and help us spread the word to #StopSucking, one tasty tiki at a time.