For anyone bummed that the Russians are buying All-American beer Pabst Blue Ribbon, fret not. There's plenty of home-grown beer and booze right here in the nation's capital.
It's even a kind of anniversary season for the growing list of D.C.-based craft alcohol outfits. Atlas Brew Works, which joined the D.C. beeraissance last year , celebrated its one-year anniversary last month with a shindig at its Ivy City brewery. And on Wednesday, local bistro Boundary Road will fete New Columbia Distillers to celebrate the second anniversary of Green Hat Gin, the first legal distiller in Washington since Prohibition.
Boundary Road Owner/Chef Brad Walker and his merry crew focus not just on seasonal and local foods and drinks, but also on local talent and businesses. In this case, the New Columbia folks will trundle over from their Ivy City digs (sensing a trend here), with some of their choicest hooch. That will include some of their seasonal gin batches, such as their memorable "Ginavit" 2013 winter offering, which incorporated spirits genever and aquavit. The bar at Boundary Road will offer up its own Green Hat-centric cocktails. This isn't the first time the two establishments have joined forces. It also comes at a time when Boundary Road is happily flying the D.C. food and beverage flag.
Over the summer, Walker launched a series of "Late Night Chef Take Overs" on Sunday nights, giving cross-town colleagues the run of his kitchen and lowering a big screen for a dinner and movie experience. Some of the chefs taking over the home fires included John Manolatos of Cashion's Eat Place, Sam Adkins, Fiona Lewis of the District Fishwife, Evan Colondres and James Wozniuk of Union Market, Andrew Markert of Beuchert's Saloon and Alex Georgiadis. Some of the movies gracing the screen included "Down By Law," "Jaws" and "Point Break," all movies with complicated buddy issues going on.
All in all, it's a great way to keep things local, from the beer to the gin to the fare. It's also a lesson in collaboration that many a member of Congress might take to heart. If the local restaurant and beverage industry, a competitive one if there ever was, can get along and help showcase each other's most creative work, so can people who purport to serve the public interest.
The Green Hat Gin cotton anniversary party starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 414 H St. NE. "Come early," Jenny O'Hara, Boundary Road's general manager advises, noting that previous Green Hat fiestas got pretty packed. Sounds like no one's going home thirsty.
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