We’re approved!

Sorry I have been neglecting this blog but I’ve been posting on Facebook instead.

In case you did not see that, ABRA approved our Class A license on Thursday, Oct 30. Sicne then, we’ve been working flat out to get the store ready for opening. We are shooting for a December 1 open which is very ambitious but I will keep everyone posted.

How to make your own Whiskey…….




OK I’ve told a few of you about this over the past few weeks. It was definitely the most fun I had with my research. Copper Fox Distillery sells these packages to make your own Whiskey. The package comes with a barrel and two (I bought an extra) bottles of spirit. Spirit is a the raw clear distilled product straight out of the mill. The liquid gets it’s brownish tint from the aging process in the Barrel.

Upon opening the package you need to fill the barrel with water for 7 days in order to hydrate the wood. The Barrel is a smaller version of what they use at the mill. It is made of oak (I think) with the inside slightly charcoaled to add flavor. After a week, the barrel will swell so insert the cork with care in order to get it out again (a problem I had).

Once the water is out, you pour approximately 2.5 bottles of the spirit into the barrels. I kept the final half bottle of spirit as a control against what the spirit will taste like when coming out of the barrel. Keep the empty bottles so that you have someplace to pour the Whiskey once you have aged it to your preference.  Insert the cork in the bunghole of the barrel and set it aside for 4-6 months. My barrel is currently sitting to one side of my counter. I am planning on opening it for my birthday in February.

One note, when you open the barrel, the amount of whiskey generated will be about 75% of the amount of spirit you put in. The missing is called the “Angel Share” that which the angels drink or actually the water that is evaporated. Once it comes out, you can water down the mix to a blend you prefer. I will let you know how it all goes.

Needless to say Gallagher & Graham will be selling the kits when we open so you’ll be able to try it yourself in November! Check out the pictures below.


Barrel box 2 Barrel box Spirit labelBarrel Kit

Barrel on counter
Distilled spirit Pouring in Barrel 2 Pouring in Barrel Barrel in Sink

Good week for Gallagher and Graham

Last night the District’s Advisory Neighborhood Committee 1B approved our Settlement Agreement with the neighbors. In it we agreed to be a good neighbor keeping the highest standard of cleanliness, not serving rowdy or inebriated customers and closing by 10 pm. We are proud to agree because we’re neighbors too and it’s our name on the door.

Secondly, we were thrilled by Rachel Kaufman’s article in Elevation DC on our store design. We are excited to get started.


ANC Meeting tomorrow night! Thurs 10/4 7 pm at Reeves Center

Tomorrow night our Settlement Agreement comes before ANC 1B. Please join us in support and see local politics in action. It’s at 7 pm at The Reeves Center (14th & U Street) Community room tomorrow night Thursday September 4th.

For those of you who may not know, we (Gallagher & Graham) volunteered to sign a Settlement Agreement with the Alcohol Beverage Committee and Advisory Neighborhood Committee on trash collection and pest control. Several neighbors were concerned about our hours so we included a daily closing time of 10 pm. We are proud to work with our neighbors and hope to earn their trust in the years to come.

Please come out and support our application!

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Little Washington Winery

So in addition to the Copper Fox Distillery, I visited the Little Washington Winery. They hold the title for the best location wine, the George. I forgot to take pictures but you can check them out on the website. I have to say it was my favorite view all weekend.

They produce 7 wines and then sell and additional 4 from similar small vineyards around the world. I really liked the Pink Rose they produced which we of course we drank while out there but I recommend it if you find it. They also had a great German Riesling which was sparkling surprisingly.

My only picture is of the bar unfortunately because while I loved the view I was more concerned with how they found their countertop because I’d like to use this concept.

Washington Winery