Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Ben Byrd, founder of Runningbyrd Tea, wants you to know there’s a better way to get buzzed—skip the booze and reach for one of his jars of small-batched, local teas. Find them at grocery stores like Whole Foods and Yes! Organic, or in restaurants like &pizza, Taylor Gourmet, TaKorean, and The Italian Store. Byrd has a rich tradition of brewing. He’s been making tea for 17 years and learned from his grandfather Marion Montgomery, who always kept a full fridge on his back porch. Montgomery is also the namesake for one of Runningbyrd’s top-selling teas—Montgomery Mint—a refreshing peppermint tea capable of cutting through summer heat in D.C. It’s also a great mixer with bourbon or whiskey. For bolder flavors, try Lemongrass White Peach, Shenandoah Smoke, or Spiced Thai.