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Sen. Morris Sheppard

“There is as much chance of repealing the 18th Amendment as there is for a hummingbird to fly to the planet Mars with the Washington Monument tied to its tail.”
– Sen. Morris Sheppard, Sept. 1930

The repeal of Prohibition on December 5, 1933 was cause for Champagne-soaked celebrations everywhere throughout the United States. Well, everywhere except the District of Columbia. Residents of our nation’s capital weren’t able to take a legal drink until after the repeal of the Sheppard Act, which wouldn’t come until March 1, 1934. This name pays homage to those 85 days where the good people of D.C. had no choice but to frequent the very speakeasies the 21st Amendment made obsolete.

From the team behind Red Red Wine Bar, Brian and Lisa Bolter have created a modern industrial nod to that Prohibition history. DRY 85 is a back alley garage. A roughhewn space. A 21st century embrace of that outlaw culture created once congress did the unthinkable. Making the simple joy of drinking well … illegal. If the 18th Amendment was still the law of the land today, DRY 85 is where you would sneak a bourbon, beer or gourmet comfort food meal.

Brian was a Washington, DC news anchor turned full time entrepreneur. As Beverage Director he hand picks every one of the 100+ whiskeys, 17 craft beers and artisanal spirits. Brian’s two decades of experience as a journalist are the driving force behind his educational approach to your drinking experience. The more you know about someone, the more likely you are to appreciate who they are and what they’re about. That’s the philosophy of DRY 85’s beverage menu. Demystify whiskey and craft beer. Appreciation starts here. Connoisseurs stay here.

Lisa spent years in television news and public relations before embarking on a gastronomical journey of culinary creations. DRY 85 is her gourmet approach to “stick to your ribs” home cooking. In this made-from-scratch kitchen every sauce, every dressing is hand crafted. It’s that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, pork chops and wings and turns them completely on their head. Each dish is creatively deconstructed allowing the essence of flavor and spice to shine.

Drink well. Eat well. It’s shouldn’t be a crime. Senator Morris Sheppard must be rolling in his grave.


“DRY 85 is Going to Ocean City!”

October 14, 2017
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“Exemplary Craft Beer Bars”

The Washington Post
April 6, 2017
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“Celebrate DRY 85’s New Barrel Aged Exclusive Brew”

Capital Gazette
March 22, 2017
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“DRY 85 Bourbon Bar: Like the Bourbon? Take It Home!”

Bourbon & Banter
April 7, 2016
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“Private Barrel Selections”

Sipp’n Corn
November 24, 2015
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“Dry 85’s Brian Bolter Does Blend Tastings to Create Private Label Liquors”

Capital Gazette
November 15, 2015
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“3 Ways to Elevate Your Tailgate Game This Season”

WJZ-TV Channel 13
August 23, 2015
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“The Top Bourbon Bars in America”

The Bourbon Review
July 2015
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“Irish Whiskey Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day”

WJZ-TV Baltimore
March 14, 2015
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“One Year Later with DRY 85”

Capital Gazette
February 4, 2015
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“Smooth Sipping, Indulgent Dining”

What’s Up? Annapolis
July 26, 2014
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“Preakness Party Ideas”

WJZ-TV Weekend Morning
May 10, 2014
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“Dining Out: DRY 85 Will Win You Over With Upbeat Staff, Well Crafted Menu”

Capital Gazette
April 24, 2014
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“21 Fresh Bars for Every Occasion”

The Washington Post
April 17, 2014
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“DRY 85, The New Annapolis Whiskey Bar”

Baltimore Post-Examiner
April 10, 2014
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“DRY 85, A Cool, Cozy Addition to Annapolis”

Baltimore Sun
March 19, 2014
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“DRY 85 Specializes in Whiskey, Craft Beer and Gourmet Comfort Food”

Chesapeake Inspired
February 24, 2014
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“DRY 85 Hosts DC Brau Statewide Release Party”

The Capital
January 29, 2014
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“Bringing Bourbon and Beer to Downtown Annapolis”

The Washington Post
December 31, 2013
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“D.C. TV Anchor Wants To Open Annapolis Speakeasy”

CBS Baltimore
January 3, 2013
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