Erik Holzherr started bartending 10 years ago in Los Angeles. Before that he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Holzherr witnessed the start of the craft cocktail movement while growing up in New York City and was able to hone his skills on the west coast where he worked towards his dream of one day opening his own bar. That dream came to fruition when he opened up DC’s Wisdom in 2008. Gin fans may know Wisdom for its expansive gin list. “All the botanicals and flavors, its a little bit of a witches brew,” said Holzherr in a recent conversation with On Tap, “It’s exciting if you mix it correctly. It will pop and have some very rewarding compliments.”

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DCist.com: “The Ten Best Bars for Classic Cocktails in D.C.”

“CHURCH AND STATE: Church and State stays very much on-theme, from the decor (yes, I do want to get drunk in a church pew) to the “Bill of Rights” emblazoned on the menu. The drinks are no exception, focusing exclusively on American creations like the Prohibition-era Tom Collins and Gin Rickey, as well as a riff on the Sazerac, the official drink of New Orleans. Like the cocktails, the ingredients are usually American as well, down to the small-batch distilled whiskies and vodkas.”

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The Gintender Features the “Eminent Domaine” on Fox 5


The Gintender featured his original creation, “Eminent Domaine”, on FoxDC last night!

Stop by Wisdom to enjoy one soon or give it a try yourself! Here’s the recipe:

– 1 oz of Bluecoat Gin (PA)

– .75 oz of Domaine de Canton (FR)

– .25 oz of Luxardo Amaro (ITA)

– 1.25 oz of pressed/cloudy apple juice

– .25 oz of fresh squeezed lemon

Shaken on ice and strained into a martini glass. Garnish: Apple Slice

Washington Post Atlas Arcade Review

Check out the latest Washington Post review of Atlas Arcade from Fritz Hahn.

Here is the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/bars-clubs/atlas-arcade,1170976/critic-review.html

Gintender Wins 2nd!

The Gintender (Erik Holzherr) was recently named runner up Best Mixologist  in the Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. 2012 poll.

Thanks to everyone, especially the Gintender faithful, who voted!

Gourmet Food Trucks at The Bat

Great news for all you late night food fanatics.  Fruit Bat is proud to announce “The Truck Stop” — a unique collaboration with  D.C. area food trucks.

Your favorite trucks will be serving out of the the Bat’s kitchen late night every Friday and Saturday.

The Bat will mix the cocktails and the beats and the trucks, which will rotate weekly, will provide the grub… it’s a match made in late night heaven.

It all starts  at 7 p.m. and goes until AT LEAST 2 a.m.

Check out the Washington City Paper’s write up.

First Stop: Grids Waffles— March 30th & 31st, April 6th & 7th

Second Stop: Hot People Food— April  13th& 14th, 20th & 21st, 27th & 28th

Be sure to check out the Gintender calendar each week to find out which truck is stopping in next!

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