Plenty of bars arrange their drinks list by flavor profiles or region. But the Argonaut on H Street NE recently updated their drink list a little differently.
The menu of more than 30 beers, wines, and spirits is now organized by brands that are women/family-owned, environmentally friendly, philanthropic, or local. The idea for the revamp came from Shaaren Pine, wife of co-owner Scott Magnuson. "With so many craft beers and wine, it becomes hard to distinguish between companies," says Magnuson. "We feel strongly in what these companies do and that they are companies we want to work with."
A dot next to each menu item indicates the business is owned or operated by a woman or family, while a heart means a company is environmentally conscious and/or advocates and donates to charitable causes. The North Coast Brewing Co. in California, for example, uses solar energy and makes efforts to conserve water in the midst of the drought. Meanwhile, California-based Handcraft Wines has contributed more than $220,000 to combat breast cancer. Five wines on the menu have both a dot and a heart.
"The owners have always aimed to highlight women-owned companies, especially in such a male-dominated environment," says Argonaut manager Kevin Ramsey. "We want to support local mom and pop shops and those companies who are green."
Meanwhile, Green Hat gin and Ivy City gin sit atop a shelf that will soon be turned into a "locals only" shelf. They're in good company with craft beers from Atlas Brew Works, The Brewer's Art, and 3 Stars Brewing Company. Some of the taps will rotate seasonally, but the same breweries will continue to be represented year-round.
Photos by Carling Uhler