Sips for Fall


Photo: Spanish Diner as seen on Foodie & The Beast

No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants:

Atlas Brew Works
Atlas Brew Works has released its popular Festbier seasonal beer. With a 6.1% ABV, Atlas’ Festbier is both lighter in color and body than a traditional Oktoberfest beer. With an increased hop profile and sweet bread notes imparted from a blend of Munich, Vienna, and Pilsner malts, Festbier results in a more drinkable lager. 2052 West Virginia Avenue NE #102; 202.832.0420;

NEW:  Bottleneck and Boston Beer Co. (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) 
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bottleneck and Boston Beer Co. have teamed up to support the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation by donating $1 from every Angry Orchard Crisp and Boston Lager sold in the month of October. This donation goes towards helping to raise funds for research and education to prevent breast cancer and improve outcomes for individuals with breast cancer.

NEW:  DC Craft Beer Map
The DC Brewers’ Guild has created the DC Craft Beer Map, a map of over 40 of the best breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, restaurants, bars, distilleries, and cideries in the DC metro area that the community can explore through 6 regional trails. There’s a printed map available at featured stops on the map as well as for print-at-home and a digital interactive map. Find out more info

NEW:  District Made
District Made is now offering their first 100% wheat whisky that is aged over 6 years and bottled at cask strength, 136.8 proof, the barrel yielded 122 bottles. The whisky features sweeter notes of rock candy and dark fruit-filled baked goods, such as cherry pie and blueberry scones. You can pre-order the whisky
here. 1135 Okie Street NE; 202.636.ONE8;

NEW:  Imperfecto
Imperfecto has introduced its newest line of fall cocktails from Bar Manager Enea Diotaiuti. Find your favorite from highlights like “The Beeten Path” (Mezcal Illegal, Aperol, Creme de Gingembre, lime juice, agave syrup, Angostura bitters, beet powder), the “Double ‘O’ Seven” (dry London gin, Grey Goose, Mastiha Liqueur, greek olives), and the “Imperfecto Old Fashioned” (VSOP Cognac, Maker’s Mark, True Honey, Cocchi Dopo Teatro, Angostura and chocolate bitters). 1124 23rd Street NW; 202.964.1012;

NEW:  Maxwell Park
Maxwell Park is celebrating Australian winemakers and producers and wines from the Land Down Under this fall. The wine list features a new wave of producers who are turning out wines that demonstrate the wide range of different grape varieties, growing conditions, styles and terroirs. Sign up for the wine club

Opaline (Happy Hour)
Monday through Friday guests of Opaline can enjoy happy hour from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on their outdoor patio or inside the cozy French-style bar. Notable drinks include the chocolate old-fashioned, a turmeric spritz, a smoky tajine Paloma, and more. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800;

Rustico has a wide array of rare bourbons, including Russel's Reserve 13 Year. Other notable bourbons include Wild Turkey Master's Keep One ( 14 year aged straight bourbon, 101 proof), Little Book Chapter Six (blend of whiskies, 117.4 proof), and more. 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA; 703.224.5051;

Saved by the Barrel Pop Up 
After a two-and-a-half-year hiatus Barrel has reopened its basement bar to the public as “Saved by the Barrel”, a ‘90s-themed pop-up bar. Guests can expect all things ‘90s – from the music playlist to plenty of nostalgic décor to bartenders donning their favorite 90s outfits -- at “Saved by the Barrel”. Cocktails include the “Master of Your Domain” (reen apple jolly rancher-soaked Vodka, lemon juice, Luxardo maraschino mist), the “We Were on a Break” (Barr Hill gin, El Dorado 5 year rum, Old Forester bourbon, lemon bitters, orange Curaçao), and more. 13 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.543.3623;

Snallygaster (Mark Your Calendar)
The beast is back on October 8th! Named after the mythical Mid-Atlantic dragon, this event has been monumental in attracting a curious scope of drinkers, savvy brewers and food vendors from across the Mid-Atlantic. For one day and one day only, they’ll simultaneously unleash an unparalleled beer, cider, wine and cocktail selection alongside the best of the best in food trucks, live music on two stages, entertainment and family fun. This year they are bringing nearly 350 beers from over 150 breweries. Pennsylvania Avenue NW (between Third and Sixth Streets, NW);

NEW:  Sofitel
Join in on Sofitel’s Wine Days program with curated French wine flights on Thursdays this October. As you sip, Sofitel’s Sommelier Christopher Wilson will discuss the origins, bouquets, and geography of the wines and French DJ David Dupree will provide musical entertainment. Featured wine days include La Petite Robe Blanche (iconic white wines of France), Fruits et Fleurs des Forêts Françaises (wines inspired by forest flowers and wild orchid fruit). 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800;

NEW:  J. Lohr Wines at Truluck’s (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)
Truluck's is pouring with purpose this October to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For every bottle of J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard sold, they will donate $20 to the NBCF when dining in and a $10 donation per bottle when purchased to take home. 700 K Street NW; 202.898.0680;