Partners Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund unveiled the new beverage program of TAKODA, the 132-seat contemporary American restaurant and beer garden that opened March 11 in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Guests can anticipate an expansive list of 24-plus American draft beers including local favorites such as DC Brau and perennial favorites such as Bell's Brewery, Inc., along with an extensive collection of 50-plus American whiskies including old favorites such as Basil Hayden Bourbon, Widow Jane Bourbon, and Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon, and new styles including Hillrock Estate Solera-Aged Bourbon, Filibuster The Boondoggler and High West Campfire. TAKODA also features 10 handcrafted cocktails featuring house-made syrups and fresh juices and six wines, available by the glass and bottle, showcasing wines from California and Oregon.
TAKODA's opening beer menu highlights unique craft microbrews as well as local favorites such as DC Brau Brewing Company’s The Corruption from Washington D.C.; Atlas Brew Works’ District Common from Washington D.C.; 3 Stars Brewing Company’s Peppercorn Saison from Washington D.C.; Flying Dog Brewery’s The Truth from Frederick, Maryland; Heavy Seas Beer’s Loose Cannon from Baltimore; Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company’s Vienna Lager from Lexington, Virginia; Lost Rhino Brewing Company’s Rhino Chasers from Ashburn, Virginia; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s 60 Minute IPA from Milton, Delaware; Tröegs Independent Brewing’s HopBack from Hershey, Pennsylvania; Evolution Craft Brewing Company’s Lucky 7 Porter from Salisbury, Maryland; Port City Brewing Company’s Downright Pilsner from Alexandria, Virginia; Victory Brewing Company’s Golden Monkey from Downingtown, Pennsylvania; Weyerbacher Brewing Company’s Blithering Idiot from Easton, Pennsylvania; Hauser Estate Winery’s Jack’s Hard Cider from Biglerville, Pennsylvania; Allagash Brewing Company’s Allagash White from Portland, Maine; Bell’s Brewery, Inc.’s Two Hearted Ale from Kalamazoo, Michigan; Sly Fox Brewing Company’s Vos Saison form Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Dortmunder Gold Lager from Cleveland; Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser and Bud Light from St. Louis; Coors Brewing Company’s Coors Light from Golden, Colorado; Miller Brewing Company’s Miller Lite from Milwaukee; Pabst Brewing Company’s PBR from Los Angeles, as well as National Brewing Company’s National Bohemian from Baltimore. Draft beers range in price from $5 to $10.
Cocktails highlights include the Kentucky, London, and Moscow Mule with ginger beer, lime juice, and mint; Hot Toddy with Redemption bourbon, tea, honey syrup, lemon, and cinnamon; TAKODA Old Fashioned with High West bourbon, beer syrup, orange bitters, and house-made maraschino cherry; Cold Toddy with Redemption white rye, iced tea, honey syrup, lemon, and cinnamon; Brown Derby with High West bourbon, grapefruit juice, and honey syrup; Rosemary Greyhound with Grey Goose, rosemary syrup, and grapefruit juice; Bee’s Knees with Tanqueray, lemon juice, and honey syrup; New York Sour with High West double rye, simple syrup, citrus, and red wine; The Seelbach, first crafted in 1917 at Seelbach Hotel and made with Redemption bourbon, Cointreau, bitters, sparkling wine, and an orange twist, and the Aviation with Tanqueray, maraschino liqueur, Crème de Violet, lemon juice, and house-made maraschino cherry. Handcrafted cocktails are priced at $12 each.
TAKODA's beverage program boasts a whiskey collection of 50-plus American whiskeys featuring both local, small batch and popular, well-renowned distillers. Highlights include Maker’s Mark; Rock Hill Farms’ Single-Barrel; George Dickel’s No. 12; Catoctin Creek’s Roundstone Rye; High West’s Rendezvous Rye; Widow Jane Rye; Wigle Whiskey’s Organic Rye; Louthan Distilling’s Oak-Aged Corn Whiskey; Knob Creek Rye; Jack Daniels Singe Barrel; Elijah Craig’s 12 year; Basil Hayden’s Bourbon; WhistlePig 10 year Rye; Jim Beam Rye; Overholt Rye; Russell’s Reserve Rye; Old Forester’s 100 Proof; Wild Turkey 101; Copper Fox Rye; Evan Williams Single Barrel; Jefferson’s Chef’s Collaboration, as well as Four Roses Small Batch. Whiskey ranges in price from $6 to $22.
Those looking to enjoy a glass of wine can take pleasure in six wines from California and Oregon, which are priced at $10 by the glass, and $40 by the bottle. Highlights include Kenwood Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley, California; Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California; Sawbuck Malbec from Mendocino, California, Avalon Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California; Sokol Blosser Evolution Sweet Blend from Dundee, Oregon, and the Kenwood Vineyards Jack London Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, California.