On a recent Saturday, a good friend asked me to accompany her to a whiskey tasting and to sample boozy pies. It was a dreary Saturday and I didn’t have much going so intrigued, I took her up on her offer. What we discovered was a fantastic D.C. distillery located right here in our Nation’s Capital.
Nestled in an obscure little street right off New York Avenue in Northeast, One Eight Distillery is a young company making vodka, whiskey and gin in Washington, DC. The D.C. distillery was founded by Alexander (Sandy) Wood who gave up a lawyer gig to pursue his passion to distill spirits. The name was derived from Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. constitution which calls for a district to be established for the U.S.
It was pouring the Saturday we went so naturally I dressed accordingly. It was a gray dismal day so I decided to spruce things up a bit. A dash of colors helps to liven up a gray day and my Bonobos slacks in mint green were just the ticket. The pants are available in several cuts: tailored, slim, straight and boot cut. Surprisingly, I found the slim cut fit me really nicely.
I was a little apprehensive about my blazer which I threw over a simple white t-shirt. While I loved the blue floral leaf pattern, the jacket is made out of nylon. It turned out to be perfect for this rainy Saturday. The weather was unseasonable cooler for this time of year and the nylon served as a great water repellent. This Burberry jacket was part of the 100% Bloomingdales collection where the store put together exclusive pieces from several famous designers and brands.
I slipped on some Gucci loafers to complete my ensemble. Gucci hasn’t changed the shoe’s design in over 60 years. The only difference such as mine, it now comes in a variety of colors.
One Eight was a perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday. The D.C. distillery’s whiskey, vodka and gin are delicious and I found the whiskey really smooth and easy to drink. Every Saturday, the company throws open its doors and offers free tastings, tours and food from local food purveyors. That’s why we also got to nosh on boozy blueberry and strawberry pies from Little Red Fox.