• Fri. Sep 23rd, 2022

The Class of 2022 RAMMYs Sip, Swig and Sample

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jun 24, 2022
The Quarry House Tavern: Ellen Cox — Photo: Scott Suchman

Next month, the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Association will present its 40th annual RAMMY Awards at a ceremony at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

But ingeniously, several finalists have decided to help spark greater interest in the top beverage categories by showcasing what sets them apart in their crowded areas, all as part of a special promotion from Monday, June 27 through Friday. July, 1st.

If a property were to win solely based on their offerings under this special “Sip, Swig, and Sample” promotion, the 2022 Wine Program of the Year award would go to Northside Social (www.northsidesocialva.com). Throughout the week, at both Northside Clarendon and Falls Church locations, you can opt for a flight of rosé for $25 – and all offered as a benefit for The Trevor Project.

Additionally, the Clarendon site is offering a “Taste the Rainbow” dinner featuring winemakers and wineries from the LGBTQ community on Thursday, June 30, with tickets starting at $70. Northside’s Clarendon is at 3211 Wilson Blvd., while Falls Church’s location is at 205 Park Ave.

Rammys Drink Week: Sweetwater Tavern
Rammys Drink Week: Sweetwater Tavern

Other finalists for the 2022 Wine of the Year program include Slate Wine Bar (2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW, www.slatewinebar.com), which will offer a Beverage Week Wine Flight with four samples for $35, with the option to upgrade up to two samples by redeeming for a special selection of bottles only, such as Domaine des Hâtes Premier Cru Fourchaume ($8 extra). or Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($15 more); and Queen’s English (3410 11th St. NW, www.queensenglishdc.com), where select bottles from the restaurant’s natural wine list will be available for $45 each during the daily Natty Wine Hour from 5-7 p.m.

Based solely on its promotional offerings, the 2022 Cocktail Program of the Year award is expected to go to Serenata, located at La Cosecha Market (1280 4th St. NE, www.serenatadc.com). Three to-go cocktail kits are offered as part of the Serenata Summertime Sips! promotion: the Best Ever Margarita 2.0, Mojito con Chinola and Paloma. Each kit contains all the ingredients needed to mix and serve up to six drinks, and includes a QR code to access how-to videos from managing partner Andra “AJ” Johnson ($50).

Bresca (1906 14th St. NW, www.brescadc.com), featuring “a selection of four contemporary classics as imagined by bartenders of the past,” a dynamic Cocktails of the Future evening set for Monday, June 27, with reservations starting at $95.

Finally, finalists for the 2022 Beer of the Year program participating in the Sips promotion are the three Sweetwater Tavern locations, including Merrifield (3066 Gate House Plaza, www.sweetwatertavern.pub), offering a round of samples with five beers currently on tap; Quarry House Tavern (8401 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, www.quarryhousetavern.com), serving $4 beers from Peabody Heights Old Oriole Park and $6 IPA beers from nearby AstroLab Brewery all week; and Caboose Tavern (520 Mill St. NE, Vienna, www.caboosebrewing.com), offering special tours of the brewery from 6:30 p.m. every evening throughout the week, followed by a commented tasting with a brewer.

Visit ramw.org to learn more about the Sip, Swig and Sample promotion. Visit www.therammys.org to learn more about the 2022 Rammys.