Fermented from apples, cider is technically classified as wine and ANXO is DC’s first licensed winery since prohibition. Production at the Truxton Circle location is limited to an annual filling of the 660-gallon wooden cask that graces the entrance to the pintxo bar. ANXO’s focus is on curating the largest selection of ciders and perry (cider from pears) from around the world.
Beverage Director Tim Prendergast divides 22 drafts, two hand-pulls, and a handful of bottle pours into four helpful cider categories: Bright, Structured, Fruit Forward and Rustic. These ciders and perries are made only from apples and pears and exhibit interesting and unique character that they derive from the fruit they came from and the yeast that fermented them. The cider menu changes daily but the descriptive categories help patrons find what they like.
Producers in the UK, France, Basque Country, Spain, and both coasts of the United States are eager to have their ciders showcased beside one another in a way that has never before been possible. The District’s unique self-importation law allows these small producers to take a chance on sending product directly to ANXO and the result is a cider program unlike any in the countries from which it draws.
ANXO is opening a second location in Brightwood Park (link) geared more heavily toward production, but in the meantime collaborations with some of the most renowned producers from historic cider regions allow ANXO to release limited traditional products of quality and distinction prior to opening the new facility. These products are usually available at the Truxton Circle location as well as a few retailers in the District. Check out the cidery for more information.
As a wine-pub, ANXO can sell wine and cider on and off premise. A bottle list of more than 50 ciders, from ANXO and from other producers, is available in the restaurant and to-go at competitive prices. Simply walk-up to the bar during operating hours or ask your server after your meal for to-go cider!
The beverage list also features 12 draft beers, white and red vermouth on draft, Basque wines by the glass and a handful of cocktails. An extensive Calvados list is also available for interested guests.