Well, hello there! REAL TALK: You only have three weekends left before Christmas. So, you better get that last minute holiday shopping ball rolling. And we’re here to help. Below you’ll find a hand picked, mood board inspired selection of items your friends and family would be FOOLS not to love (SIDE NOTE: FEEL FREE TO GIVE THEM MOST OF THESE YEAR ROUND, and not just when you’re obligated to).
This year, we got SO MANY great things to share, that we will be running this edition of BEST GIFT GUIDE EVER in installments.
Several DC distilleries currently sell bourbon, but none of that brown liquor is 100-percent local. Instead, distillers bring in booze from elsewhere, blend it or “finish” it by barrel-aging in their facilities, and slap their own labels on it. (Yes, even the $1,000 bottles.) Unlike gin or vodka, whiskey takes time to age, and DC’s […]
One Eight Distilling has shut down its gin, vodka, and whiskey production through at least Labor Day to deal with structural repairs to its Ivy City warehouse.
“The concrete slab where some of the equipment was located was starting to slowly sink,” says owner Alexander “Sandy” Wood. “It sunk by a couple millimeters and it started to become noticeable to us, so we had to get a geotechnical engineer in and a structural engineer to assess what was going on.”
The culprit: damaged footers (the foundation of the walls) and water seeping under the concrete. Wood says they could have put ...
One Eight Distilling is expanding its lineup of booze with a barrel-aged gin and a cask-strength whiskey this month. Both products are part of an experimental, small batch series titled “Untitled.”
Untitled Gin No. 1 is the first of several iterations of barrel-aged gin that the distillery plans to play with before making one of them part of its permanent roster.
The base gin is a variation of One Eight’s Ivy City Gin with even more spicebush and juniper plus some orange among the mix of botanicals. It’s aged in former bourbon barrels, giving it some vanilla and oak notes. It will be ...
Sauvignon Blanc might initially leap off the page at this supersized oyster bar, but we also like pairing briny bivalves with brown liquor. Here, the whiskey library holds nearly 200 bottles, including the increasingly rare Yamazaki 18-year from Japan. The spirits menu runs longer than many Thanksgiving grocery lists, but four-glass flights can help ease indecision.
Washington has seen something of a boom in locally made booze of late. In addition to the many vineyards within two hours’ drive of downtown DC, the city proper is now home to several breweries and distilleries, with free tours available at most of the facilities. Here’s where to head to wet your whistle with something Washington-made.
Open since 2012, 3 Stars Brewing Company(6400 Chillum Pl., NW; 202-670-0333) has six to eight ales and IPAs on tap at more than 150 locations across the city. Free tours are offered Saturday at 2 and 3; ...
We asked some of our favorite writers, chefs, beverages directors, photographers, publicists and other people that consume food what they’d pick for their last meal in D.C. We asked each person to pick an appetizer, main course, dessert and drink. We didn’t specify why this would be their last meal, we left that up to […]
When making D.C.’s official cocktail—the gin rickey—you now have two spirits for a truly D.C.-made drink. One Eight Distillingdebuted its Ivy City Gin last week, joining New Columbia Distillers’ Green Hat Gin in the local gin market. Although they’re both produced locally, the two products have very different flavors and branding. Here’s a quick comparison.
Photos courtesy New Columbia Distillers and One Eight Distilling
Green Hat Gin has some new competition in D.C.-made gin. One Eight Distilling releases its Ivy City Gin today, the Ivy City distiller’s third signature product, following its District Made Vodka and Rock Creek White Whiskey.
The dry gin is distilled with locally sourced rye, malted rye, and corn and has prominent notes of juniper and spicebush, among other botanicals.
One Eight co-founders Alexander “Sandy” Wood and Alex Laufer are hosting a release party tonight at the distillery from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include live music and cocktails from guest bartenders David Fritzler and Daniel McCombie of Tryst Restaurant ...
When New Columbia Distillers opened in 2012, it didn’t have much of a tasting room. It still doesn’t. There’s a counter where visitors can sample its Green Hat Gin, but no bar stools.
But a new law went into effect this week that allows D.C. distilleries to sell cocktails on-site for the first time. The previous law restricted tastings of spirits to three ounces per person per day, for which distilleries could not charge customers.
As the founders of D.C.’s first legal distillery since before Prohibition, New Columbia owners John Uselton and Michael Lowe never really included cocktail sales in their ...
One Eight Distilling has already produced a vodka and a white whiskey, and a gin is coming this June. But it won’t take years before the Ivy City distillery releases a brown liquor.
Founders Alexander “Sandy” Wood and Alex Laufer obtained 36 barrels of 9-year-old rye bourbon from the MGP (formerly Seagram) distillery in Indiana and have been aging some of it in 30-year-old Oloroso sherry casks from Spain for more than three months. They’ll release the sherry-finished bourbon, which is called Untitled No. 1, on May 16—the faux-holiday of World Whisky Day. The distillery will host tours and tastings plus food from Pepe, ...
One Eight Distilling—D.C.’s second (legal) distillery since before Prohibition—officially launches Saturday with vodka and white whiskey (plus gin coming soon). The Ivy City operation will open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. for tours, samplings in its tasting room, and sales of spirits plus branded swag like flasks, shot glasses, and hats. Red Hook Lobster Pound will also be on hand, and other food trucks will rotate through every Saturday during tasting and tour hours.
The distillery comes from former immigration attorney Alexander “Sandy” Wood and Alex Laufer, who previously worked in the biotechnology and neuroscience fields. The college friends named ...
D.C.’s next booze producer is one step closer to its planned spring opening. One Eight Distilling, located at 1135 Okie St. NE, received its federal permit yesterday and plans to begin construction next week.
Co-founders Alexander “Sandy” Wood and Alex Laufer have also released the designs for their Ivy City Gin and District Made Vodka. (The bottle designs come from New York-based firm Dando Projects.) Rock Creek Whiskey will be the name of their rye, bourbon, and white whiskies. Wood and Laufer also plan to produce a barrel-aged gin and seasonal vodkas plus some other fun, limited edition ...