Inside Look - Distillery

From an email:

“What is Joseph A. Magnus & Co?

Joseph Magnus was one of the most successful pre-prohibition distillers of bourbon and other spirits. His great-grandson, Jimmy Turner, is in the final stages of bringing Joseph Magnus pre-prohibition heritage here to DC.

Joseph A. Magnus & Co will be DC’s first true bourbon distillery and the largest distillery in the District, the photo (above) is a sneak peek of the Magnus Distillery 3000L and 450L stills.

Why did you decide to start the distillery?

Jimmy Turner, Joseph Magnus’ great grandson, has been on a journey to restart the Magnus stills and bring back Joseph Magnus pre-prohibition heritage and the uniqueness and quality of his products.

To accomplish this goal, the great-grandson assembled a “Whiskey Dream Team” of business and spirits experts, including:

· Dave Scheurich, Woodford Reserve Distiller and Whiskey Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
· Nancy “the Nose” Fraley, Director of Research for American Distilling Institute and the nation’s top whiskey blender
· Richard Wolf, former Chairman of the Kentucky Distillers Association and VP General Manager at Buffalo Trace which has a number of great brands including Pappy Van Winkle
· Brett Thompson, CEO of Pork Barrel BBQ, a successful DC start-up, and Shark Tank participant.

Address is 2052 West Virginia Ave NE in Ivy City.

Republic Restoratives from Pia Carusone on Vimeo.

Thanks to a reader for sending their GoFundMe page:

“Republic restoratives is a small batch, women-owned distillery and craft cocktail bar in Washington, DC launching this summer.

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While we perfect our whiskey through maturation, we will first offer you a vodka of the highest purity. You can craft vodka from many different things, but we will use eastern sweet corn. This vodka will be clean, smooth and light, and will be the direct beneficiary of our proprietary charcoal-polish process.

We strive to make an exceedingly approachable bourbon. Not too sweet, not too hot. Aged for just long enough, and never over-oaked. Think delicious, distinctive bourbon. The classic bottle you search for first, the legendary shot you ask for by name at your favorite corner bar.

Stay tuned for upcoming updates on rye, cordials and more vodka releases.”

Read more about their plans here.

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1135 Okie Street, NE via One Eight Distilling

From a press release:

“It’ll be peak bloom on Okie Street NE when “Toki on Okie” brings together One Eight Distilling and Toki Underground chef/owner Erik Bruner-Yang for a dine-and-drink social at the distillery on Thursday, April 9th, 2015, from 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Guests can wander the newly-opened Ivy City distillery, enjoying popular favorites from Toki Underground’s menu paired with cherry blossom-inspired libations featuring One Eight Distilling’s District Made Vodka and Rock Creek White Whiskey.

Tickets ($20) include the first plate and first cocktail, and are available in advance at http://tokionokie.eventbrite.com.

“It’s inspiring to be distilling during cherry blossom season, and we’re delighted to pair up with the dynamite team at Toki Underground” said One Eight Distilling co-founder and CEO Sandy Wood. “We’re thrilled to showcase our spirits alongside Erik’s excellent food.”

WHAT: Toki on Okie: A Dine-and-Drink Cherry Blossom Social featuring Toki Underground at One Eight Distilling
WHEN: Thursday, April 9th, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
WHERE: One Eight Distilling, 1135 Okie Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Tickets are available only until they are sold out, and admission is limited to guests ages 21 and over with valid I.D.

Visit here for more information.”

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1135 Okie Street, NE via One Eight Distilling

From a press release:

“The best of two worlds will come together on Saturday, March 14th, 2015, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., when Whisked! artisan baked goods get paired with One Eight Distilling’s craft spirits for Pi(e) Day at One Eight Distilling in Ivy City.

The new distillery (which opened earlier this year as only the second in Washington, D.C. since prohibition) will offer tours and tastes of its small-batch spirits, while local favorite Whisked! (voted 2013 and 2014’s “Best Bakery” in the District by Washington Post Express readers) sets up shop in the tasting room, selling pies and quiches by the slice, plus a limited number of 6-inch and 9-inch pies to go (pre-ordering recommended – visit oneeightdistilling.com/events for ordering link).

“Pie and spirits make for a tasty combination,” said One Eight Distilling head distiller Alex Laufer. “We’re thrilled that visitors can come try a sip from One Eight and a slice from Whisked! on Pi Day, and we’ll have bottles and recipes on hand to encourage some booze-infused baked experimentation at home.”

WHAT: Pi(e) Day at One Eight Distilling
WHEN: Saturday, March 14th, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
WHERE: One Eight Distilling, 1135 Okie Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Admission is free, and advance registration is NOT required. Tours are provided every half-hour, first-come, first-served. Participants must be age 21 or over with valid I.D. in order to attend. One Eight Distilling and Whisked! can accept all major credit cards for food and merchandise purchases. Pre-orders are recommended for full-sized pies – visit oneeightdistilling.com/events for ordering link.”

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1135 Okie Street, NE via One Eight Distilling

From a press release:

“The season’s most hotly anticipated food holiday, National Biscuits and Gravy Day, returns with all its buttery ballyhoo on Saturday, February 21st, 2015, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., at One Eight Distilling in Ivy City.

The new distillery (which opened in January as only the second in Washington, D.C. since prohibition) will offer tours and tastes of One Eight Distilling’s latest, while Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. (Washington, D.C.’s first mobile biscuit shop) sets up shop in the tasting room, selling hot, home-style wares from a special National Biscuits and Gravy Day menu.

“Our spirits are wonderful alongside Southern-style comfort food,” said One Eight Distilling CEO Alexander (Sandy) Wood. “Naturally, we are delighted to be celebrating National Biscuits and Gravy Day with the most expert among us, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.”

WHAT: National Biscuits and Gravy Day
WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
WHERE: One Eight Distilling, 1135 Okie Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Admission is free, and advance registration is NOT required. Tours are provided every half-hour, first-come, first-served. Participants must be age 21 or over with valid I.D. in order to attend. One Eight Distilling and Mason Dixie can accept all major credit cards for food and merchandise purchases.”

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1356 Okie Street, NE

Back in January 2014 a liquor license placard was posted here for Ivy City Tavern:

“New Tavern. Seafood base menu. Entertainment with dancing, live bands, cover charge and DJ. Occupancy load is 49. Summer Garden.”

I didn’t really know much beyond that – but now tons of info from the Washington Post:

“Ivy City Smokehouse will serve Profish’s smoked salmon, whitefish, trout and more, said Rorapaugh. “We embrace the name. Obviously, we’re going to be smoking in-house. It’s going to smell like applewood or hickory, or whatever we’re smoking with.” They’ll also give customers a view of the smoking process, and welcome them into the kitchen for educational demonstrations.”

Well I guess that settles it – I’m moving to Ivy City!

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1401 New York Avenue, NE

If you had any doubts about Ivy City blowing up – you can officially drop them. Big news from the Washington Business Journal:

“The next retailer to open at the Hecht Warehouse in Northeast D.C. will be a Nike Factory store, as the athletic apparel retailer will plant its flag there by late April.

Jemal also had some more Hecht restaurant news to share: Bar magnate Geoff Dawson — of Buffalo Billiards, Jackpot and others — has signed a lease to open there with Peter Bayne, his partner in Lost & Found, Iron Horse and Rocket Bar. The bar from Dawson and Bayne will be located at 2002 Fenwick St. NE.”

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Ed. Note: BicycleSpace is currently popped up at 700 5th Street NW as of January 3rd, before moving to permanent space at 440 K St NW.

From BicycleSpace:

“We are excited to announce the signing of a lease for a new location in the up and coming Hecht Warehouse District. The repurposed industrial space will be at 1512 Okie Street NE, and feature over 4000 square feet of retail and service space. A summer 2015 opening is planned.

The new shop will join the dynamic and rapidly changing neighborhood and pair well with established neighbors like Open Studio DC, Atlas Brew Works, New Columbia Distillers, One Eight Distilling and Mom’s Organic Market – all less than a five minute walk away- while forming part of the foundation for the community that will rise outside our doors . The shop will be an easy ride from Capitol Hill, neighborhoods in NE, as well as from east of the river, and will be a convenient stopping point for commuters in Prince George’s county and beyond. We look forward to bringing great products, great service, and great community support for everyone living in and moving through the area.

“I am thrilled that BicycleSPACE is going to be part of this transformational Douglas Development project; from the rebirth of the abandoned space, to creating a walkable-bikeable community that is connected to the greater city, to serving the residents of the historic Trinidad and Ivy City neighborhoods, we can’t imagine a better place to meld the old & the new as our city continues to grow.” Cofounder Phil Koopman”