Ever since moving to DC over five years ago, I have been looking for an excuse to try Gadsby's Tavern, the quirky Old Town Alexandria landmark established in the 1770s, and famous for purportedly serving George Washington. When I heard about a benefit dinner that showcased Yard's Beer paired with four courses for $85 a person, I thought I had found the perfect opportunity to sample this institution and enjoy a night of good food and great beer.
Wrong! And here is why:
The night, which began in the adjacent museum, started with an incredibly strong fowl "Is it rude if I hold my nose odor" that was so pervasive it lingered all night. That odor, from what I could tell, a combination of body odor and dirty clothes, was none other than the Yard's Brewery representative. His stench was truly vile.
|Gadbsy's Tavern: Roasted Duck with Whipped Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables|
The other issue was the beer pairings were really small--we were poured four 6 oz beer samples throughout the three hour experience. If there was ever a night where I would have appreciated large mugs of beer -- didn't they have that back in the day? -- it was this one. The beer may have helped mask the blandness ofthe food and allowed us for a minute or two to forget about that odor.
|Gadbsy's Tavern: Spruce Custard over Gingerbread|
It is safe to say that I have had my fill of Gadbsy's. Stop by for the history, but save yourself the misery and the money and head to one Cathal Armstong's many offerings in Old Town Alexandria for some truly terrific eating and drinking options.