Summer Fun — Ambar has new summer cocktails that you won’t want to miss; including the light and citrusy Malinada with vodka, simple syrup, raspberries, orange juice and lime juice, garnished with a fresh mint sprig; the Green Gin with gin, St. Germain, cucumber slices, simple syrup and lime juice, garnished with a lemon twist; the Bourbon & Peaches with whiskey, peach purée and lime juice, garnished with a lime wheel and presented tableside in a French press, and the Pineapple Lemonade with rum, apricot rakia, pineapple purée, mint, simple syrup and lime juice.  These newcomer’s range in price from $9 to $12 each. 

Ugly Brews —Atlas Brew Works has unveiled its sustainable limited release, Ugly & Stoned. The beautifully tart, aromatic, and deep flavored beer was Atlas’ creative solution to a larger problem. The brewery, wanting to shed light on food waste in America, partnered with MOMs Organic Market and the Environmental Working Group to brew the collaboration with “ugly” stone fruit that is perfectly edible, but doesn’t meet consumer aesthetics. 

Summer Cocktails —Blue Duck Lounge and Blue Duck Tavern have unveiled a collection of new summer cocktails to toast the warm weather.  Inspired by the growing season, Lead Bartender Cole Berger’s creative libations incorporate flavorful seeds and edible flowers.  Guests can anticipate cold-pressed cocktails that showcase a variety of seasonal fruits, house-made infusions, tonics, and fresh juices.  Eight new libations, as well as a “mock-tail” are being introduced on the menu and will be available through the end of summer.

Old Fashion — Buffalo & Bergen has something cool awaiting you this summer , where imagination meets memories to create the most delectable syrups and sodas. Gina Chersevani’s menu of old-fashioned favorites is reborn with custom hand-crafted syrups featuring flavors like Pineapple-Cardamom, Bourbon Vanilla Bean, and Blueberry Verbana, transforming traditional sodas anew. 

New Release — Caboose Brewing is Caboose Brewing is releasing two new juicy summer brews for Craft Beer Month and will debut their bestselling Fog IPA in a 16-ounce can this week and hosting a pair of events to celebrate Craft Beer Month releases: Fog IPA Canning Event & Happy Hour Beer lovers can see Caboose’s Fog IPA canned live at the brewery’s canning event at Caboose Commons on Thursday, August 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Fog IPA will be available in 16-ounce cans and sold at stores in Washington, DC and Virginia. Their bestselling brew will be offered on draft at happy hour pricing all day at Caboose Tavern and Caboose Commons on Thursday, August 15. Summer Brew Happy Hour Caboose just released the Blackberry Gose this week and will release their 300th beer, the Key Lime Gose, the week of August 19. To celebrate, Caboose is offering happy hour pricing on both beers from open to close on Labor Day weekend, August 31 to September 2, at their Caboose Commons and Caboose Tavern locations.

So Bad, It’s Good – Columbia Room is set to debut their first tasting menu created by newly appointed Beverage Manager Paul Taylor on Tuesday, August 6. The menu, titled “So Bad, It’s Good,” pays homage to once-lowbrow drinks with high-low mashup creations that are simultaneously nostalgic and forward-thinking. The So Bad, It’s Good menu features four courses, each presenting a re-imagined throwback cocktail alongside an equally imaginative food pairing from Columbia Room Culinary Director Johnny Spero.

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Whiskey Flights —  Mastro’s Whiskey Bar which features over 300 brown spirits, will feature exclusive whiskey flights with special food offerings for lovers of Whiskeys and those interested in trying new and different varieties of this spirit from all over the world for summer. Flights include an ounce of each variety in a choice o:  Glen Moray—Classic, Chardonnay  Cask, and Port Cask; Isle of Islay—Ardbeg An Oa, Laphroaig Lore, and Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition; Japanese– Kaiyō 7 Year; Hibiki Harmony and Fukano Sherry Cask

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CBD Drinks — Apothékary + JRINK have collaborated, using raw cold-pressed juice and 36+ hour infused botanical/herbal extracts of pure lavender, blue pea flower and rose. The two flavors, Lavender & Rose, will be available exclusively online for home delivery plus all JRINK and Apothékary locations.  CBD is obviously a topical ingredient at the moment but we’ve first-hand witnessed the benefits it has on the body, stress levels, and skin (which if you haven’t tried, is pretty amazing).  Each bottle here includes 15 mg of active hemp, just enough for your daily dose of chill, and includes water-soluble CBD — no oils, no water, no sugars — that has 3x more bioavailability than your typical hemp.
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