ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar, which will open soon, is already on the awards board. At the turn of the month, ANXO received two medals from the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP), the world's largest cider competition. ANXO will open at 300 Florida NW in Truxton Circle.
The medals came from ANXO's two collaborations with Maryland's MillStone Cellars. Both collabs were Basque-style ciders, creatively named Collaboration #1 and Collaboration #2. Both were made using a 660 gallon Barolo wine cask that the ANXO team brought back from a visit to Italy. In the Spanish Cider category, Collaboration #1 received the silver medal and Collaboration #2 received the bronze medal.
Via a press release, ANXO Beverage Director Tim Prendergast noted:
"We're extremely proud to have won medals at the most prestigious cider competition in the United States before our doors are even open. To place alongside ciders from Spain that we have looked up to for a long time is a great honor, and honestly one that took us by surprise. We are particularly indebted to Kyle and Curt Sherrer of Millstone Cellars who were gracious enough to work with us and lend us their tremendous expertise. Without their help, none of this would have been possible. This is just the beginning of what we hope to accomplish with cider and look forward to representing DC in the cider world as best as we can."
Collaboration #1 is available at ANXO's pop-up at Crane & Turtle, which runs through Sunday, May 15. Reservations for this a la carte preview of ANXO's restaurant component can be made by calling 202-810-ANXO on weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. ANXO will also host another Txotx experience at Petworth's Colony Club on Sunday, May 22 at 6:30p.
GLINTCAP, the awarding competition, was founded in 2005. It is the largest cider competition in the world and takes place annually in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This year was the largest in the history of GLINTCAP with over a thousand entries from around the world.