Be Bold - Bold Rock Hard Cider is pleased to announce a new chapter in the evolution of their Nellysford Cidery Campus - the Bold Rock Barrel Barn. The Barrel Barn was imagined with innovation in mind, facilitating small batch production and barrel aging that will allow for pioneering hard cider development. Barrel Barn visitors can expect to find multiple rare styles on tap which will only be available in this creative and inviting space. Moreover, large windows will provide a glimpse inside the production area before guests retire to an expansive wrap around patio or cozy interior seating. The Barrel Barn will initially offer weekend centric hours coupled with a programming and food truck schedule that will ensure guests are provided with entertainment and sustenance well into the evening on Fridays and Saturdays. Additionally, the Barrel Barn will remain open even when the main Bold Rock Cider Barn closes for private events. The Bold Rock Barrel Barn is slated for an October 2017 grand opening. (1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, RT 151, Nellysford, VA; 434.361.1030; www.boldrock.com)
New Labels - Washington, DC based District Distilling Co. is bringing a new brand to the District with the launch of its new Embassy Row spirits label. A revival and celebration of heritage regional liqueurs from around the world, Embassy Row is an exploratory series of small-batch spirits. The first spirit launched under the Embassy Row label will be the Embassy Row Grappa. Often called ‘Italian moonshine’ and historically used as a way for Northern Italian workers to stay warm in harsh winter months, Grappa has evolved into a well-crafted spirit in Italy and around the world. Grappa is distilled using the skins, pulp and seeds of the grapes left after pressing for wine and District Distilling Co. has partnered with Boxwood Winery in Middleburg, Virginia to use the cabernet sauvignon grape must. The must is brought from Middleburg to District Distilling Co. Debuting in September 2017, The Embassy Row Grappa will be released in the District Distilling Co. tasting room. 50 cases will be produced. Strickland has several liqueurs in the work under the Embassy Row label, due for release in 2018/2019. Open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight The kitchen is open for weekend brunch and nightly dinner with late night bar service. (1414 U Street, NW; 202.629.3787; district-distilling.com)
Alcohol and Ice Cream – Doi Moi’s chef Felikson is serving up an extensive menu of beer, mead, cider, bubbles, and two cocktails — Basil Lemongrass Punch with Cachaca, Basil, Citrus and Ginger; and grapefruit or orange Mimosas. Non-alcoholic options include iced teas, cold brew coffee, and fresh-squeezed juices. And Doi Moi’s popular soft serve is also offered, with rotating flavors available in a cone or cup with optional, unique toppings. (1800 14th Street, NW; 202.733.5131; doimoidc.com)
JRINK It Out – JRINK – a DMV cold-pressed juicery and lifestyle brand – is combining health with beauty, with the debut of restorative waters, containing super food ingredients such as collagen, chlorophyll, and probiotics. These functional waters focus not only on gut health, but skin and hair health, making one feel beautiful from the inside out. There are 4 different flavors – Glow, Relax, Detox, and Nourish. Glow, focusing on skin health; Relax, focusing on stress relief; Detox, focusing on gut health; and Nourish. The new line of restorative waters are available online for delivery, as well as at their 5 locations in the DMV area – Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Clarendon, and 14th Street. For more information, please visit www.JRINK.com.
Drink Up – MurLarkey Distilled Spirits recently announced the addition of four all-natural infused whiskeys to its collection of farm-to-flask spirits, bringing its infused line to eight. Handcrafted with pride and certified gluten-free, MurLarkey’s line of fresh, natural infused flavors showcase the innovation and variety. Coffee lovers will revel in the inaugural infused whiskey, a white American oak barrel blend of MurLarkey’sJustice White Whiskeyand gourmet coffee beans, course-ground and roasted by Vint Hill Coffee, located in nearby Vint Hill, Virginia. The whiskey is cold brewed in batches for about a week in-barrel creating flavors of tropical spice and fine espresso, with aromatic, light smoky undertones. The infused whiskey is cold filtered and it can be enjoyed neat at room temperature, blended into a hot dessert cocktail, or chilled with a splash of cream. With its second release, MurLarkey has created a blend that is slightly sweeter. The all-natural infused Orange Whiskey is the product of Justice White Whiskey gently poured over a mix of premium, dried organic navel orange slices and Madagascar vanilla beans, and left to age to perfection. The infusion is rich, with a deep aromatic quality perfect for a premium Orange Crush or a delicious dessert alternative. (7961 Gainsford Court, Bristow VA; 571-284-7961; murlakey.com/findus.
Just A Small Batch – OneEight Distilling presents to you their latest release: Untitled Whiskey No. 10! Untitled Whiskey No. 10 is a 9-year old high-rye bourbon rested in Cognac and Spanish Brandy casks that are then blended together and finished in their own ex-Rock Creek Rye Whiskey barrels. Floral and honeyed on the nose, the first sip of this whiskey is a bold medley of sweet candied orange and piquant ginger. Sun-ripened grapes settle on the mid-palate before ending in a succinct, spicy finish. This unique whiskey will keep you coming back to savor its many intriguing flavors. This is an extremely small-batch release and will not be around long – so come see them at the Tasting Room or the Farmers’ Market for a bottle to enjoy. (1135 Okie St NE; 202.636.6638; oneeightdistilling.comPups and Pints – Silver, in Bethesda, is hosting Pups on the Patio happy hours every Thursday through September with menu specials and pet-friendly giveaways. Guests can enjoy drinks, appetizers, and dinner with their furry best friends outside on Silver’s patio. The weekly event will run through Thursday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. Silver’s happy hour features more than 30 items priced at five dollars. In addition, there will be drink specials and surprises for the pups attending. Some of the proceeds from each Pups on the Patio event will benefit area dog rescue groups. Special guests including dog trainers and pet boutiques will be in attendance. Pups on the Patio is weather permitting. (7150 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda MD; 301.652.9780; www.eatatsilver.com)
New Drinks To Try - Supreme Core Craft Cider has announced the release of its Micawber unfiltered dry cider. Micawber, Supreme Core’s first release, is an unfiltered cider made with 100% Virginia apples and an English ale yeast to provide a clean, unique drinking experience. Carefully selected blends of regional apples – locally pressed and fermented in Washington, DC with craft beer sensibilities in mind – is the hallmark of Supreme Core’s ciders. Micawber is lightly effervescent, providing a clean apple bouquet with light yeast character on the nose. Notes of tropical fruit and delicate sweetness complement the apple flavors, despite having near-zero residual sugar. Made specifically to be food-friendly, Micawber balances heavier dishes such as pork and fried chicken well with its dry freshness. The more fruit forward notes also complement tangy goat cheeses and charcuterie. Cider lovers will have the opportunity to taste Micawber at a release party at Glen’s Garden Market on Sunday, September 10th. The tasting events will be held at both locations: from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Glen’s Garden Market Dupont Circle (2001 S Street, NW) and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Glen’s Garden Market Shaw (1924 8th Street, NW). Sullivan and Crosby will be on hand to lead tastings with guests. For more information, click here.