Derek Brown (mixologist)

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Derek Brown
Born (1974-09-21) 21 September 1974 (age 39)
Sandy Spring, Maryland
Nationality American
Occupation Mixologist, Writer
For other uses, see Derek Brown.

Derek Brown is a writer and an award-winning mixologist based in Washington, D.C. His writing has been published in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and The Washington Post. He owns 2012 James Beard award nominee The Columbia Room and The Passenger. Brown is a founding member of the D.C. Craft Bartender's Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for the Museum of the American Cocktail.

Bartending beginnings[edit]

Derek Brown began as a bartender in 2000 at Rocky's.[1] He then proceeded to work as a bartender at bar Gibson's and underground club Hummingbird to Mars.[2]

The Passenger Bar and The Columbia Room[edit]

Derek Brown opened The Passenger and The Columbia Room in November 2009.[3] Both bars are located in the same space formerly inhabited by the former Warehouse Theater. The Columbia Room bar is located at the rear of the venue in a separately enclosed room that resembles the dining car of a vintage train.[4]

The Columbia Room has garnered awards and acclaim under Derek Brown's craftsmanship and direction. In 2010, GQ named Columbia Room as one of the 25 finest cocktail bars in America.[5] Also in 2010, Brown and the Columbia Room was nominated as a semi-finalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional.[6] Additionally, the Passenger and The Columbia Room were collectively named as one of America's best 50 bars by Food & Wine.[7]

When put on the spot by a Wall Street Journal writer, Brown invented a drink called the "Arnage" made of apple brandy, apéritif wine Dubonnet, celery bitters, and Angostura-like aromatic bitters, garnished with a single basil leaf.[8]

Derek Brown was listed by Washingtontian magazine as one of the top 40 Washingtontian attention-getters that made 2010 an interesting year.[9]

Other interests[edit]

Derek Brown, as a founding member of the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild has championed the "Rickey" drink as Washington, D.C.'s official cocktail. He proposed pronouncing July as "Rickey Month" for the District of Columbia. Ultimately, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans sponsored a proclamation declaring the rickey as Washington's "native cocktail".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Storch, Jason (15 June 2011). "Restless Derek Brown". D.C. Foodies. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Nerenberg, Kate (29 December 2010). "Columbia Room - Cocktails Dazzle in DC's Mount Vernon Square". The Washingtonian. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Griffith, John (20 November 2009). "The Passenger arrives at last - The Brown Brothers unveil the latest nightlife addition to the Seventh Street Corridor, all aboard!". MetroMix Washington D.C. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Griffith, John (20 November 2009). "The Passenger arrives at last - The Brown Brothers unveil the latest nightlife addition to the Seventh Street Corridor, all aboard!". MetroMix Washington D.C. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Sintumuang, Kevin (October 2010). "The 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America". GQ Magazine. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Carman, Tim (19 February 2010). "Area Chefs and Restaurateurs Claim 18 Noms on the Beard Semi-finalists’ List for 2010". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "50 Best Bars in America". Food and Wine Magazine. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Felten, Eric (4 December 2010). "A Master of Mixological Science". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Graff, Garrett (6 December 2010). "Attention-Getters: 40 Who Shaped 2010". Washingtonian. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Carman, Tim (15 July 2011). "The rickey earns a place in D.C. history". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 April 2012.