WHAT STARTED WITH CHEFS
connecting with local farms and rolling
out farm-to-table menus now extends
to beverages, as bartenders reach for
locally made beer, wine and spirits. Local
craft beer is seeing the biggest boom,
thanks to the climbing birthrate of
MoCo’s Founding Farmers is
particularly serious about offering local
brews. The popular Potomac eatery
serves only Maryland beers.
“You already couldn’t get a bottle of
Bud at Founding Farmers because we’ve
always been craft beer focused,” says
beverage director Jon Arroyo. But as of
last November, the restaurant switched
to a Maryland-only beer list starring
Denizens, Jailbreak and Union, to name a
few. “We can do an all-Maryland list now
and make it interesting—it doesn’t have
to be a Flying Dog tap takeover,” he says.
When Maryland passed House Bill
132 in 2014, allowing breweries to
self-distribute, it opened the floodgates
to new beers from new breweries.
“One of the things that make places
feel like a neighborhood bar is having
access to the things that surround you,”
Arroyo says. Plus, there are benefits to
serving local beer, including greater
sustainability and brewery field trips
The all-Maryland list has been warmly
received by diners, according to Arroyo,
who hopes to be setting an example for
other establishments. “It’s exciting to
support them at this stage,” he says.
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Our Master Sommelier has assembled a stellar collection of
more than 350 New and Old World wines, each chosen specifically
to pair with an offering on our menu, and to suit any occasion.
From rare gems (see aforementioned $1,000 bottle) to 30
remarkable finds under $30. What may we uncork for you?
WE . TM
WHILE YOU MAY NEVER ORDER
A $1,000 BOTTLE
OF WINE, HOW DELIGHTFUL TO
KNOW YOU COULD.
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