The following post was submitted by Shelly Henley Kelly (@ShellyHKelly) who co-writes the blog, Of Sound Mind and Spirit, with her sister. I met her at the 2010 Catholic New Media Celebration in Boston from August 6-8. I saw that she posted the following on Twitter and asked her to write a review!
Instead of heading home to Texas after the CNMC MMX in Boston, I met my family for a few days in Philadelphia before heading to another conference in Washington, DC. For dinner that first night we wandered down the sidewalk to theCity Tavern, a 3+ story brick reconstruction of the 1773 tavern where the First Continental Congress met – unofficially – in 1774. After partial destruction from a fire in 1834, demolition of the original building occurred in 1854. The present day structure, commissioned in 1948, opened in 1976.
In addition to an award-winning menu, the Tavern offers Yard’s Brewing Company’s Ales of the Revolution. Why pick just one beer when the City Tavern offers you a “Sampler” of all four? Looking back, I love that our waitress told me that each beer would be only 4 oz. so I wouldn’t be toppling out of there. I don’t think she considered what 16 oz. of beer would do to this light flyweight! Thank goodness my husband helped me “taste” these or he might have had to carry me back to the hotel.
The lightest of these is the Hamilton, which my husband said tasted like watered down pale ale with a hint of citrus, but I thought was fine. (I don’t know many guys who enjoy a light and fruity beer.) It’s advertised as a common man’s ale brewed with Pilsner malt.
Next we tried the very unusual flavored Poor Richard, a recipe written by Ben Franklin while he was ambassador to France. The woodsy flavor comes from the use of herbal spruce essence in place of the traditional barley & hops. This ale matched very well with the Jefferson-recipe sweet potato pecan muffins, enhancing the flavors of both drink and bread.
General Washington’s Tavern Porter, a rich dark brew created by following a handwritten recipe by Washington found in the New York Public Library’s Rare Manuscript Room. This heavy flavor partnered perfectly with the Anadama bread of cornmeal and molasses.
Jefferson’s Tavern Ale had a unique taste, not pale ale but not a lager. My husband finished off most of this one, preferring it and the unusual Franklin. That left me happily drinking the rest of the Hamilton and Washington.
I think I could live on the beer and bread from City Tavern.
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