D.C.'s first cider producer, ANXO, won't have its Truxton Circle operation up and running until early next year. In the meantime, the team has been collaborating with Monkton, Md.-based Millstone Cellars to produce a cider called Collaboration #1. The cider has made appearances at a couple pop-ups, but people can take some home for this first time this week. A limited supply of "growlettes"—32-ounce growlers—will be available for $26 on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at d'Vines in Columbia Heights.
The Collaboration #1 cider is made from york, stayman, and jonathan apples fermented in a cask from a Barolo winery in Italy. The result is a very dry and acidic beverage, similar to what you'd find in Spain's Basque country.
If you aren't able to grab a growlette, ANXO's Cider Club will be pouring Collaboration #1 for $7 a glass at Colony Club on Nov. 13 from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. In addition, the cidery will serve up more than 30 other cider and perries (pear ciders) by the glass alongside Basque-inspired small bites called pintxos. Those who are interested in getting extra nerdy can join ANXO Beverage Director Tim Prendergast for a free seminar and tasting of local heirloom apple varietals on Colony Club's floor at 5:45 p.m.