Posts Tagged ‘Derek Brown’

Cocktail Pitchers and Oyster Shooters at Eat The Rich, Opening Saturday

If The Passenger and Rappahannock Oyster Bar had a baby, it'd probably be Eat The Rich. That's the way The Passenger co-owner Derek Brown describes the new Shaw oyster bar he's opening Saturday in collaboration with Rappahannock co-owner Travis Croxton. The two met, of all places, at a G Love concert in Frederick, Md.—not because […]

Spirit Animals: New Bars Are Diving Deep on Rakia, Mezcal, and Absinthe. What Are They Drinking?

The bartender at Adams Morgan’s Libertine slides the absinthe fountain in front of us, opening the faux-silver spigot and letting out a slow drip. The water falls on a slotted spoon of brown sugar, dissolving it into a curvy glass of French Absinthe Blanchette—one of more than 30 varieties of the anise-flavored spirit on the […]

Against Rum Day. And National Watermelon Day. And National Crème Brûlée Day. And National Filet Mignon Day.

Last Friday, as you surely knew, was a pretty big holiday: National Rum Day. Bars and restaurants celebrated with the same fervor they display for Independence Day or Valentine’s Day: Smith Commons, Hogo, Teddy & The Bully Bar, and Farmers Fishers Bakers participated in a rum bar crawl. Fried chicken and doughnut shop GBD offered […]

Sherry on Top: Can Derek Brown Help Make Sherry Cool?

In the world of booze, there is good, and there is evil. Whipped cream-flavored vodka is evil, if you ask Derek Brown of The Passenger and Columbia Room. “Pure nihilism is why you would drink something like that, because you want the end of the world to come about quickly,” he says. But then there […]

Mockingbird Hill Brings Ham and Sherry to Shaw

Derek Brown really wants to make you like sherry. The owner of The Passenger and Columbia Room, along with his wife Chantal Tseng and business partner Angie Salame, opens Mockingbird Hill in Shaw today. The ham and sherry bar carries 54 varieties of the Spanish wine—a number that will continue to grow. Sherry is beloved by bar industry folks, […]

The Ice Is Right: Is Artisan Ice the Final Frontier for Craft Cocktails?

As the 300-pound block of ice ascends from the Jacuzzi-sized industrial ice machine, its edges crackle like broken glass. Joseph Ambrose and Caleb Marindin use an engine hoist to lift the flawless-looking mass, which you can see straight through thanks to a system that circulates the water, releasing any bubbles as it freezes. Ambrose and […]

Freezing? Try Hogo’s Loggerhead-Heated Rum Flip

This cold weather calls for a super hot drink. And there is none hotter than Hogo's Rum Flip, which is heated with a long metal rod known as a loggerhead. The $12 colonial-inspired cocktail is made with 3 Stars Brewing Company's Pandemic Porter, a brown sugar simple syrup, and Batavia Arrack rum, which is distilled in […]

The Tiki Gods Have Hogo’s Back

Opening a restaurant can be a very spiritual business. Some people bring in priests or Buddhist lamas, while others use candles and crystals. At Hogo, a Tiki god watches over. Tom Brown, co-owner of the restaurant and rum bar opening at 5 p.m. tonight at 1017 7th St. NW, says he can be a superstitious […]

Will The Passenger and Hogo Be Displaced by New Development?

Housing Complex reporter Aaron Wiener reports the startling news this afternoon that The Passenger and soon-to-open rum bar and restaurant Hogo could close in a year to make room for a development from the Douglas Development Corporation. Douglas is under contract to buy the properties and a string of storefronts along 7th Street, says the company's Paul […]

The Passenger Owners to Open Rum Bar and Restaurant Called Hogo

It's no secret that The Passenger co-owner Tom Brown loves the beach. After all, he shipped in 70 tons of sand for New York Avenue Beach Bar and has turned Tiki Tuesday into one of The Passenger's most popular nights. Hogo, his new spot coming to 1017 7th St. NW, will also have an island […]

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