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Art and Soul has worked Green Hat gin into its “Stayin’ Put,” an inauguration special that clouds the clear spirit with berry syrup then brightens things up with a touch of bubbly.
Other cocktail gurus working wonders with New Columbia’s wares include Derek Brown (The Passenger/Columbia Room), JP Fetherston (Rappahannock Oyster Bar) and Erin Lingle (Boundary Road).
Lowe estimates they are currently cranking about 40 cases a week (full run takes about three weeks from mash to bottle) but suggested they could up their productivity to 50 cases with some fine-tuning. The pair has presciently carved out room for a second dedicated still, but Lowe doubts they’ll need to take that leap before expanding across the river.
The most immediate adaptation could be a line of seasonal gins, while the long view includes a rye whiskey (production: mid-2013; earliest release: 2016) and apple brandy (eventually).
“We want to have the luxury to have our whiskey in full-sized barrels and letting it age at least three years,” Lowe said. “In the meantime, we’ll be making gin.”
New Columbia Distillers: 1832 Fenwick St. NE; 202-733-1710; greenhatgin.com. Open for tours Monday through Friday; tastings available Thursday through Saturday.