Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Burtons Grill & Bar Unveils Its New Beverage Program for Alexandria

From our friends at Burtons Grill & Bar...

Founder, President and CEO Kevin Harron is pleased to unveil the new beverage program at Burtons Grill & Bar, located within the Hilltop Village Center at Telegraph Road and Beulah Street in Alexandria, Virginia, 22315. The list of tempting libations is seasonally developed by Corporate Beverage Manager Chris Little and spearheaded by Alexandria Beverage Manager Justin Toft. Guests can also anticipate an eclectic wine list emphasizing the major regions of the world, as well as a diverse draft and bottled beer list featuring domestic, imported, and local craft brews, and craft cocktails.

“We believe in creating a seasonally and locally driven menu, following trends that fit our customers’ needs,” says Chris Little, “We will continue to craft our wine and beer menu as well as keep our cocktails fresh and interesting, match our food and delight our guests. Our focus is to give a city feel while dining in the suburbs, and that means keeping our guests’ preferences our number one priority.”

Burtons Grill & Bar's craft cocktail menu features 17 house-made, specialty cocktails in four different categories: shaken, stirred, muddled, and crushed. Shaken cocktail highlights include Blueberry Squeeze with Van Gogh acai blueberry, blueberry pomegranate juice, fresh squeezed lemonade, and blueberry lemon granita; Pomegranate Martini with Van Gogh citroen, Cointreau, pomegranate juice, and house-made pomegranate syrup; Barrachina with Bacardi coco, Absolut Vanilia, pineapple juice, fresh lime, cane syrup, and pineapple coconut sorbet, and Reysberry with Reyka vodka, limoncello, fresh lemon, cane syrup, and raspberries. Stirred cocktail highlights include Burtons Mai Tai with Mount Gay black barrel, amaretto, Gran Gala, fresh lime, pineapple, and a mango-pineapple ice sphere; Cucumber Limoncello Collins with Greenall’s gin, limoncello, cucumber essence, fresh lemon, and cane syrup; Sunsplash Sangria with St. Germain, Absolut hibiscus, gran gala, pinot grigio, and mango puree; Paloma with Olmeca Altos silver, agave nectar, grapefruit juice fresh lime, touch of bubbles, and an agave-lime salt rim, and Margarita Pura with Tres Agaves anejo, Gran Gala, fresh lime, hand-pressed orange juice, agave nectar, and an agave-lime salt rim. Muddled cocktails include Moscow Mule with Hammer & Sickle, lime, and ginger beer; Dublin Mule with Jameson black, lime, and ginger beer; Kentucky Mule with Maker’s Mark, lime, and ginger beer; Sanjito with Charles & Charles blended red, mint, muddled limes, oranges, blueberries, Gran Gala, and Bacardi dragon berry, and Classic Mojito with Bacardi silver, fresh lime, mint, and cane syrup.  Crushed cocktails include Huckleberry Mint Lemonade with Stoli blueberi, huckleberry syrup, fresh lemon, muddled mint, and blueberries; Pomegranate Tangerine with Stoli ohranj, house made pomegranate and tangerine syrup, fresh lemon, and pomegranate juice, as well as Brazilian Punch with Leblon cachaca, Emmolo sauvignon blanc, fresh lime, cane syrup, merlot, and raspberries. Craft cocktails range in price from $9 to $12.

Burtons Grill also features a selection of “After Dinner” cocktails and creative “Zero Proof” non-alcoholic list of beverages. After Dinner cocktails include Dark Roast Martini with cold brewed espresso-vanilla vodka, Kahlua, and chilled espresso, available black or with cream and sugar; Chocolate Punch with Remy Martin, ruby port, Godiva chocolate liqueur, cane sugar syrup, touch of cream, and shaved bittersweet chocolate; Blueberries & Cream Martini with Absolut Vanilia, Stoli blueberi vodka, Rumchata, blueberry preserves, and a touch of cream; Derby Street Coffee with Kahlua, Baileys, and Frangelico; Burtons Irish Coffee with Jameson cask mates, brown sugar, and chocolate stout cream. “Zero Proof” cocktails include Hand Crafted Rickeys such as pomegranate lime, huckleberry lime, and three citrus with orange, tangerine, lime; Single Batch Lemonade including classic, half & half, and shaken blueberry; Fresh Brewed Iced Tea including unsweetened, sweet tea, mango, and pomegranate, as well as Cucumber Mint Sparkling Water.  After Dinner drinks range in price from $9 to $12, and Zero Proof cocktails range in price from $2.95 to $5.95.

The bar program at Burtons Grill & Bar offers a wide selection of red and white wines highlighting some of the world’s best known regions. The expansive wine menu features 47 wines by the bottle, along with 18 wines by the glass. Prices range from $7 to $ 12 by the glass, and $20 to $86 by the bottle. Highlights include Cabernet Sauvignon, Rodney Strong, Sonoma, CA; Malbec, The Show, Mendoza, Argentina; Pinot Noir, Belle Glos Meiomi, Sonoma, CA; Tempranillo, Villa Bujanda Crianza Rioja, Spain; Chardonnay, Meiomi, CA; Pinot Grigio, Cielo, Veneto, Italy, Rose, Aimé Roquesante, France, and Sauvignon Blanc, Ponga, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Local Beverage Manager Justin Toft and Corporate Beverage Manager Chris Little have worked together to curate a unique list of draft and bottled beer which features local craft beer as well as domestic and imported favorites. The beer menu boasts 12 draft lines and 17 bottled beers including Starr Hill Jomo Vienna-Style Lager, from Charlottesville, VA; Angry Orchard Cider, from Cincinnati, OH; Sam Seasonal Cold Snap, from Boston, MA; Magic Hat #9, from South Burlington, VT; Harpoon IPA, from Boston, MA; Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, from Chico, CA; Devil’s Backbone 8 Point IPA, from Roseland, VA; Brooklyn Brown Ale, from Brooklyn, NY; Sam Adams Lager, from Boston, MA; Omission IPA Gluten Removed, from Portland, OR; Stella Artois, from Leuven Belgium, and Blue Moon Belgian White, from Golden, CO. Draft beer ranges in price from $4.50 to $8.50, and bottled beer ranges in price from $4.50 to $8.50.

Additionally, Burtons Grill & Bar will show their support for our dedicated service members by collaborating with the Fort Belvoir Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) to launch their Good Neighbors outreach. The Fort Belvoir Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) provides customized, integrated support services dedicated to serving soldiers in transition and their families. The Fort Belvoir Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) is a one-stop location to equip and aid soldiers in making life changing decisions as they transition either back to duty, or to civilian life. Restaurant-goers can participate to help contribute to the fundraising efforts by purchasing a Hero’s Cosmo, Tito’s vodka, Cointreau, fresh squeezed lime juice, cranberry juice, Hero’s Mule, Tito’s vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, both offered at $10 or Buffalo Chicken Dip, grilled chicken, blue cheese and cheddar, served with corn tortilla chips for $12.95; Burtons Grill & Bar will donate $1 per each of these items sold to (SFAC), between March 7th and June 7th, 2016. Featured items are available at both lunch and dinner.

Justin Toft brings over ten years of experience managing beverage programs and restaurant operations to his role as manager at Burtons Grill in Alexandria, where he oversees daily operations of the bar program. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Toft began working for Burtons Grill in October of 2014 as a manager of their new Charlottesville location. Then in January of 2016, he moved with his wife to begin the hiring and training for the opening team of Burtons Grill in Alexandria. Toft is passionate about providing exceptional service through his team, and he loves the "never a dull moment" variety of working in hospitality. The creativity involved in running the bar program is especially satisfying for him.

Chris Little brings years of experience to the position, with time spent building and perfecting what he calls a “customizable bar experience.” Little started his bar career at Outback Steakhouse in 1996.  Squeezing fresh juices, crafting cocktails to order and listening to the needs of the guests were Little’s main priorities. He was able to really hone this concept when he moved on to the Midway Lodge in Stow, VT in 2003. In 2006, Little joined the Burtons Grill team as a manager at the Hingham, MA location, and in 2008 he took on the role as beverage manager for the company, developing a customizable program for each community that Burtons Grill joins as the company expands.

Burtons Grill & Bar is located within the Hilltop Village Center at Telegraph Road and Beulah Street in Alexandria, Virginia, 22315. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, from 11:30 AM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday, from 11:30 AM to 11 PM. and Sunday, from 11:30 AM to 9 PM. For reservations or additional information, please call (703) 922-1730 or visit

More about Burtons Grill & Bar:
Since opening our doors in 2005, Burtons Grill & Bar has had a simple goal in a complex and highly competitive business, “delight every guest.” Consistency, integrity and passion guide us. Whether it’s the traditional fare that our patrons love, or our chef-driven, innovative local preparations, we promise to keep guests coming back for more. With our legendary from scratch kitchen, we are able to customize our menu offerings to meet specific dietary requests. Our business is about balance, providing guests with an array of high quality food and beverages, served by friendly, knowledgeable staff. Burtons Grill & Bar’s mission never varies and excellence is our choice. We appreciate customer loyalty and know it must be earned every visit. Burtons Grill & Bar also proudly supports and serves locally grown and wild caught product when available.

More about the work of SFAC:
SFAC is primarily assisting soldiers who are suffering from TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), PTSD, and aiding ST (soldiers in transition), which is soldiers transitioning to life both to and from the battlefield. The SFAC sponsors events and programs that help reintegrate these soldiers back into society. The money sponsors events as simple as karaoke night, to developing critical financial skills and assistance enrolling in financial assistance programs. The affected soldiers frequently have limited mobility and are not returning to the workforce. Just getting these soldiers out of the house makes a tremendous impact on their survival after returning from the battlefield. The SFAC is streamlining processes that would otherwise be monumental for these injured soldiers. They bring emotional, financial, social counselors, and representatives from government agencies such as social security right on base.

Another aspect of SFAC is their work with the caregivers for the soldiers. Caregivers include spouses, family members or volunteers who assist affected soldiers with daily tasks. Until recently, caregivers were often overlooked, without regard for the emotional and psychological stress they undergo. SFAC took the lead on addressing this issue with counseling, massages, and babysitting to give caregivers some relief.