Dogfish Head Wins Seventh Annual Great Rum Punch Challenge

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Third Win at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Competition for Small Batch Distiller

Dogfish Head Distillery was the big winner March 26 at the Seventh Annual Great Rum Punch Challenge at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, beating out runner-up Bittersweet, the defending champ Bacardi, and worthy competitors Basikneads Catering, FireFlies, and Jackson 20. This is the third win for Dogfish Head, based in Rehoboth, Del., which took top honors in 2005 and 2008.                    

Rum Punch Challenge guests enjoyed the many different styles of punches but also a wide range of food from local establishments including Tempo Restaurant, Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, Bittersweet, Basikneads, FireFlies and Jackson 20. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society graciously provided the “Designated Drivers” punch, and many local businesses donated to the silent auction. Guests toured the historic ice well and learned about the importance of ice in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The origins of the Great Rum Punch Challenge came from the Museum’s participation in the American Whiskey Trail, an educational experience into the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America. To learn more, please visit

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and the new Federal City of Washington.  The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located at 134 North Royal Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

For more information, visit or call 703.746.4242.