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by Prince Of Petworth October 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm 0

Jos. A. Magnus & Co. is located at 2052 West Virginia Ave NE #202

Thanks to a reader for passing on the email:

“The Jos. A. Magnus & Co. team will publicly announce later today that we are relocating our operations from Washington, D.C. to Holland, Michigan, effective October 31, 2020 — but we wanted you to be the first to know.

Our team has been humbled by your support since reviving this century-old spirit in DC in 2015, (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 12, 2018 at 11:15 am 0

UPDATE from Jos. A. Magnus:

“Please note that Ms. DeVos is not one of our investors, although some members of her family are. We are not at liberty to discuss our investors specifically but I can assure you that Betsy DeVos is not an investor.”

Due to the politics/behavior of some ownership, patronage always comes up when we talk about new openings for Jimmy John’s and Chick Fil A. Looks like Jos. A. Magnus Distillery is being added to that list. Dryhopped passes on the latest:

Jos. A. Magnus & Co. Distillery opened up in Ivy City back in August 2015. Does an ownership stake from Betsy DeVos influence your decision to patronize them?

by Prince Of Petworth March 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm 4 Comments

Photo courtesy Magnus

From an email:

“In addition to the launch of our newest bourbon bottle (picture above), distilleries and breweries were recently approved for later hours. The mayor’s decision is recent, and (we believe) Magnus is the first to take advantage of the new rule and offer the later hours. We will be extending our hours starting this weekend. The new hours are as follows:

Friday: 4:30pm-Midnight
Saturday: Noon-Midnight
Sunday: 11am-7pm

Previously, we were open 5-9 Fri, 1-9 Sat and 1-5 Sunday.

2052 West Virginia Ave NE #202″

by Prince Of Petworth October 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm 0


“The party tomorrow kicks off at 1 pm and is a joint event between Magnus and Atlas Brew Works and only cost $13! Your ticket then gets you a pint at Atlas and a cocktail at Magnus – a great deal. 2052 West Virginia Ave, NE”



“No costume, no entry, still the best costumes-only party in DC since 2007.
$15 general admission.
$65 top shelf open bar- anybody got a better price than that?
Awesome DJ’s all night: Keenan, Joe L., Juan Zapata, Jackson Ryland, Jus Nowhere, Jandro, Jeff Hancock

Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club this Saturday, tickets here. 1103 Bladensburg Rd, NE”

by Prince Of Petworth August 21, 2015 at 11:40 am 5 Comments

Jos. A. Magnus & Co. is located at 2052 West Virginia Ave NE #202, Washington DC 20002, above Atlas Brew Works.

From a press release:

“Joseph Magnus was a famous pre-prohibition bourbon and gin distiller, blender and rectifier who founded his company in 1892, and his great grandson, Jimmy Turner, is reopening the distillery in Washington DC. Magnus’ great-grandson assembled a whiskey and gin “dream team” to help bring this pre-prohibition heritage to DC, including Dave Scheurich, former Woodford Reserve Distiller and Whiskey Advocate Life Time 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, DC’s own Brett Thompson, former Shark Tank contestant and CEO of Pork Barrel BBQ, and Nicole Hassoun, 2014 Washington Post Bartender of the Year, owner of custom tonic company Chronic Tonic and former head of the DC’s Gin Joint.

The Jos. A. Magnus & Co. cocktail lounge, is named for one of Joseph Magnus’ most famous bourbons, Murray Hill Club, and will be run by DC’s bartender of the year in 2014, Nicole Hassoun. Nicole is known for her experimental flare in crafting cocktails.

“The Murray Hill Club is for people who want to experience a cocktail journey and I’m looking forward to bringing that experimental approach to cocktails here to DC,” said Hassoun. “I’m so excited to be part of such an impressive group of experts who’ve come together to honor Magnus’ legacy and create a space for Washingtonians to relax and enjoy delicious pre-prohibition heritage cocktails.”

The cocktail lounge will be featuring gin cocktails until the grand opening September 12th and then will offer both bourbon and gin cocktails to guests. Doors to the Magnus tasting room and cocktail lounge open on Saturday, August 22nd at 1 pm.”

by Prince Of Petworth June 19, 2015 at 3:45 pm 14 Comments

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.

by Prince Of Petworth August 16, 2019 at 11:45 am 0

116 Rhode Island Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Boundary Stone’s sixth annual barrel-aged beer competition will take place on​ Tuesday, September 10 from 6:30pm – 9pm, with VIP entry at 5:30pm.​ After five years of pitting local breweries against each other in a DC Beer Week competition to see who can create the best barrel-aged brew, the Battle of the Barrel-Aged Beer is getting an extra kick this time around by pairing each of the six participating breweries with a liquor barrel from a local distillery.

General admission tickets for the event will be $30 in advance and $35 at the door and include a ​four ounce taster of all six beers in the contest, a voting token, and a full-sized draft beer from last year’s champions 3 Stars Brewery. VIP tickets are $60 and include all of the above as well as a Brewers Meet & Greet with complimentary snacks from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, a t-shirt with original artwork and a commemorative glass. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 22, 2017 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

700 G Street, NW

From Free State:

“Please join us for a spring Punch Night featuring recipes from seven DC distilleries on Monday, March 27th starting at 7pm. Representatives from the distilleries will be there to mingle.

Monday, March 27 at 7 PM – 2 AM

Join Cotton & Reed, Don Ciccio & Figli, One Eight Distilling, Jos. A. Magnus & Co., Republic Restoratives, Capitoline Vermouth and New Columbia Distillers for a Punch Party at Free State Atlantic Bar!! Each distillery will be creating a punch featuring one or more of their spirits for you to enjoy. Let’s get together, kick back and celebrate all your hard work.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 18, 2017 at 1:55 pm 4 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user bajidc

From a dozen to fifty and now up to 124, nicely done DC!!

From a press release:

“While the nation’s capital hosts inauguration weekend, 124 local hospitality businesses are making a statement of love, compassion and community by donating proceeds from the weekend to local charities. Washington, DC’s thriving service industry organized together to give generously from their profits to local service organizations. The diversity of participating venues is as dynamic as the DMV itself, from restaurants like Bad Saint, District Distilling Co. and Oyamel to shops and retailers like Scissor & Comb Salon, Logan Hardware and Glen’s Garden Market. Visitors and residents are encouraged to dine, drink and shop at the participating businesses this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and beyond.

All Is Service DC is an initiative of 124 venues city wide that are donating to causes as diverse as women’s health, the arts, LGBTQ issues, homelessness, food access, support for the local migrant community and the environment. The message has been positively overwhelming: DC’s service industry welcomes all for an opportunity to give back.

All In Service DC is the brainchild of two local service industry professionals inspired to give more to the community.

“We put out the call and DC’s hospitality community responded,” says Alaina Dyne, co-creator of All In Service DC. “Giving back is not just about being generous with your dollars, it is also about being generous with your attention to others. We look forward to opening our doors and attending to all for the inauguration weekend.”

“All In Service DC celebrates DC’s diversity by giving back to local organizations that keep our community thriving,” says, Amanda Carpenter co-creator of All In Service DC. “This project is about pulling together as a community. We are proud of the statement All In Service DC makes: Washington, DC is an amazing place to live, work, dine and drink because we care about our community.”

The project is led by an all-woman team of organizers: Amanda Carpenter, Alaina Dyne, Sarah Massey and Farrah Skeiky with support from Cherry Blossom Creative and Elsie Dwire Photo & Design.

The participating venues are: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm 52 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user John Boggan

I am a boring drinker. I mostly like the classics and beer. Props as always to The Pug and Solly’s who pour my John Powers Whiskey deep every single time. God help me. I’ll also take this opportunity to laud all Suntory Japanese Whiskey in general. It is delicious. Now, my friend James Kvaal is a prodigious cocktail drinker because he’s fancy like that. I also was desperate for something to post at 12:45pm today so without further ado, I give you THE definitive list of best places to get a cocktail in the District of Columbia (and one in VA) according to James Kvaal:

Ed. Note: Obvious omissions include Barmini, Wisdom, Dram & Grain, Macon Bisro, Copycat Co., Bar Pillar, Jos. A. Magnus & Co. tasting room. What else am I/James missing?

“1. Columbia Room. Killing it right now. Tasting menu is world class.

2. Gibson. Grand-daddy of DC cocktail places.

3. Quarter + Glory. First rate drinks. So-so ambiance though.

4. The Partisan. I love walking through the deli into the grand bar area. Awesome meat snacks of course.

5. Petworth Citizen/Reading Room. First rate cocktails in the back room. Solid and good value cocktails at the main bar. (more…)


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