SEP 2018 - What Gary Shteyngart Can’t Live Without?
Yeah, I drink a lot. Whattaya gonna do about it? District Distilling is the best thing that has happened to drinking in a while. They’re a small distillery out of our nation’s troubled capital, but everything they do, they do right: gin, bourbon, whisky, but especially the best rye that has ever existed. I have a six-pack of it up at my upstate dacha, and I’m drinking from two bottles at once as I write this. Read More
JUN 2018 - It's a record! World's largest G&T created at London food festival
The largest-ever alcoholic mixed drink was created this weekend in London. Online retailer The Wine Drinker smashed the Guinness World Record, creating a giant gin and tonic at the Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch on Saturday (June 23). More than 600 litres of gin were poured into the giant concoction, organisers said. Read More
FEB 2018 - Can American juniper berries give gin terroir?
Gin tastes like juniper, and all juniper is the same, right? Not so much... “Among producers in the gin world, juniper provenance is becoming an increasingly important thing to consider," says Matt Strickland, head distiller at Washington, D.C.'s District Distilling Co., a distillery, bar and restaurant. As with the types of grapes used for wine making in different regions of the world, juniper can also reflect a sense of place. Read More
APR 2018 - 6 New and Unusual Gins
Made in Washington, D.C., at the city’s first combination distillery-bar-kitchen, this gin uses two kinds of juniper, including a wild red-berry variety foraged from the West Texas Mountains. They get distilled with other botanicals—everything from orange and lemon peels to hops and orris root—along with their house-fermented and -distilled rye vodka to evoke a bit of the mid-Atlantic with a dash of Texas, says head distiller Matt Strickland. The result is a spirit that’s bold, complex, subtle and seductive. Read More
MAR 2017 The 11 Best New Bars in Washington, DC: Spring 2017
District Distilling and head distiller Matt Strickland are making a diverse lineup of spirits, with a beautiful still house they show off on tours and tastings. But be sure to stick around for a drink or two, and some food, because they do it all. Read More
JUN 2018 – Drink of the week
District Distilling‘s Wild June Gin to bring a vibrant smack of juniper freshness to our next round. As the name suggests, the distillery is located in Washington, DC, but co-owner (and sister of the DC-based owners) Molly Cummings, a biology professor at the University of Texas Austin, lives in Texas and spends her free time foraging for the juniper in the mountains of West Texas. Read More
JAN 2018 - Best Bars in Washington, DC
Rare is a distillery that puts as much emphasis on the food as they do the spirits. Enter District Distilling, the first of its kind in the city. The U Street kitchen and bar populates a series of 19th-century rowhouses with German copper pot stills, a 42-plate twin copper column system, and a sprawling dining area. Read More
APR 2017 - District Distilling Co.’s New Gin Embraces the Forager Trend
Chefs foraging for ingredients has become commonplace, especially during ramp season. It’s much rarer for distillers to collect materials in the wild, which is what makes District Distilling Co.‘s new spirit so intriguing. Read More
AUG 2016 - Check Out DC’s First Restaurant and Bar That’s Also a Distillery
Before 2014, it wasn’t legal in DC for a restaurant and bar to also produce its own spirits on-site. But thanks to a new distillery pub law, the city’s first such hybrid establishment, District Distilling Co., is able to open its doors at 14th and U Streets, Northwest this Friday. The first made-on-premise booze will likely debut in about six weeks. Read More
DEC 2016 - 18 Gifts That’ll Make Any Foodie Happy
Holiday gift guide featuring local finds fit for any foodie recommends District Distilling's Backroom Bourbon as the perfect pick for any spirit lover. Read More
MAY 2018 - The Telegraph Gin Experience will feature a hand-picked selection of premium gins.
WildJune Western Style gin from District Distilling Company is for the Wild-at-Heart. We started WildJune with a simple goal in mind—create a uniquely American gin. Our approach was to Americanize the heart of gin by focusing on the juniper.Read More
SEP 2018 - 9 Distilleries you should know about in & around Washington, DC
Get in the DC spirit at these local distilleries offering award-winning drinks, tours and more. It seems fitting that in close proximity to where Congress ratified the amendment that brought Prohibition to an end is a thriving vodka, gin, rum and whiskey distillery scene. In recent years many DC locals have turned their hand to craft distilling. Read More
FOOD + WINE
MAR 2017 - 2017 Spirit of the Year: Rum
It's official, 2017 is all about rum. From classic formulas to bottles that tinker with its time-tested blueprint, here are our current faves .... District Distilling Co. - The Washington, DC outfit just rolled out it's Buzzard Point ($30), a white rum made with panela, a brown sugar. Also as featured on the Today Show! Read More
NOV 2016 - Design of the Year: District Distilling
Great restaurant design causes those who walk into the place to stop and take a beat before going about their meal. The dramatic design details, soaring still, and most importantly, the smart and creative use of space at the brand new District Distilling Co. have inspired that kind of reaction from visitors since the destination opened its doors. A project from local firm Grizform Design Architects and architect Michelle Bove, the multi-room space occupies close to 8,000 square feet in the heart of the U Street corridor. Read More
AUG 2016 - Stunning Photos of the New District Distilling Co.
The much-anticipated District Distilling Co. will start pouring drinks and feeding customers on Friday. The gigantic 8,000-square-foot space eats up multiple historic row houses at its highly-visible 14th and U Street location. The first floor contains a craft distillery and retail store, while a full-service kitchen and bar serving upscale American fare lives on the second... Read More
NOV 2017 - DC’s Best Distilleries and Tasting Rooms
Occupying a series of historic rowhouses, DC’s most ambitious distillery sports a handsome bar room and a dining room where you can order up veal marrow bones and Carolina flounder schnitzel along with your whiskey, vodka and gin. Read More
SEP 2017 - Does a Biologist Forage Juniper for Your Gin?
A DC distillery that has created their craft gin program around native botanicals from Texas? Yes, that would be District Distilling on the corner of 14th and U Streets NW. Unique in the gin industry? Yes, again. "99% of gins are made from the common juniper which is harvested in Europe," explains District Distilling's co-owner Molly Cummings, who also happens to be a biology professor at the University of Texas and Forager-in-chief for District Distilling. She emphasizes to us, "Really, no other distillery is foraging at this level. We've made a pretty intense commitment to harvesting U.S. juniper, so it's likely we'll keep standing out in the in the spirits industry." Read More
SEP 2016 - District Distilling: DC’s Newest Distillery
is Unlike All the Rest
D.C.’s newest distillery is filled with the typical shiny pot stills, towering fermentation tanks and rows of oak barrels. But there is one thing that sets it apart from all the others in the city: a kitchen. Read More