The Gahan House
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
This is the only brewpub on PEI. They call themselves a brewery but the beer is only available at the Gahan House on tap or in growlers. The pub is located near Victoria Row, a street of outdoor cafes and restaurants and the livliest street in the province. Next door is St.Dunstan's Basilica and in fact the brewpub is the old nunnery for the church. You can literally look out of the windows and into the church.
The beers are all well made, with the Sydney Street Stout being a top notch example of the style. I've found that the farther north you go though the less agressive the brewer's are with the hopping. Cascades, Centennial and Chinook have not made an appearance in the Maritimes as far as I could tell. That being said though, in previous trips to the island the only beers available were the Canadian mega-brewers and that's it. The Gahan House is a welcome addition to any travel plans to PEI. The food is above average with the fish and chips superb. Stop by and get the only fresh beer in the province!
08-27-2002 14:15:32 | More by QXSTER1
4.08/5 rDev +10%
This is a fun spot and as previously mentioned, the only brewpub in PEI.
The building is older and very neat packed with brick and dark woods throughout offering an excellent atmosphere for dinner or drinks. We did not eat here, so I cannot provide any feedback on the food other than that the menu was impressive for this type of establishment.
Gahan offers a tap line of 7-8 of their own brews as well as some generic macros. We sampled the Light Ale, Sydney Street Stout, Cream Ale, and Brown Ale. The cream ale was my favorite of the bunch, not bad given that its the only brewpub. The staff is knowledgeable about their brews and seasonals and good with suggestions. Also, a number of other restaurants in the area carry their beer as well due to common ownership.
On the service, some of the best I have ever had. If you're lucky enough to get Eddie as your bartender out front, he's quick, attentive, and comical without being intrusive. This guy worked the bar and was the highlight of the stop. Staff here is excellent all around.
The Gahan House is worth a visit if you're in Charlottetown.
07-02-2009 00:59:28 | More by CHADMC3
3.94/5 rDev +6.2%
We stopped by in the middle of the afternoon, for a taste of their beer. They had just started bottling beer so my first choice was unavailable. The two of us each had 2 beers, and we each liked our choices.
Regarding the service, We sat at the bar, and were served by the manager, who was very good. A homeless man wandered in, and was treated with respect while they escorted him out.(They allow homeless people on PEI, what might the tourists think?) The bartender was working on getting all the beers tapped, and gave me a pint of the beer that I had originally requested when he got it working. It was over carbonated, and mine sat for awhile while the head settled down, he eventually gave up (I got the only beer of that kind that day).
Sadly the waitstaff congregate by the bar, using the computer, and waiting for drinks, and we certainly heard derogatory comments about some of the customers. Not very professional.
08-28-2008 14:26:46 | More by Cascade
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
A great addition to the PEI scene, this scenic brewpub right next to the old church on sydney street is really a nice change of pace for the islanders. The first brewpub in the town of the confederation has a nice church like atmosphere with some nice big windows and a view of the monastaic grounds as well. Quality was very good on both food and beer and the service was friendly and prompt. The selection of beers was tiny, with no real show stoppers, but the pale ale and unfiltered red were decent and the pint glasses they use are really killer big glass sort of reidel crystal bowl shaped glass which is a nice touch as far as I am concerned. The food was killer here, lobster, mussels, you name it and PEI has some of the best possible varities of them all! They do mean golden foods here as well, and some killer fish and chips...definately worth a stop when you are island hopping in Cranada...
05-20-2006 22:45:43 | More by francisweizen
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
Went here twice on my trip out East line up to get in both times but the line went quick so we waited. Old building downtown with dim lighting and lots of people of all sorts. First time with my girlfriend and we just had a pint of IPA that was OK and some mussels that were great. Second time went with the family and had a burger that was very tasty and several of the beers, the only one that was worth a second pint was the stout. Service was as good as could be expected when every seat it the joint had an ass pinning it to the ground. Overall I'd go there again for sure if in PEI perhaps the best the island has to offer
10-19-2010 04:36:51 | More by wordemupg
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
The only game in town, err on the island, so if you want the brewpub experience this is it on PEI!
A pleasant wood and brick interior located in an old brick building in the downtown area of C-town.
8 brews on tap during our visit including their new and revamped 1772 IPA. In addition to that we had the Sydney Street Stout which we found to be enjoyable.
Service was pleasant and swift during our busy lunchtime visit. On a trip down to the restroom I bumped into and had a chat with the brewer, a nice fellow that I enjoyed talking shop with for 5 minutes or so.
Our lunches were very nice with C ordering the grilled salmon and I my traditional fish and chips. Both came well proportioned and were quite tasty.
Nothing we ate or drank seemed off or lacking. This was my second visit and it seemed to me that the brews have improved, given more body and depth.
I certainly dont expect world class beers, this is a restaurant with a brewery....and the only one in town! I was quite satisfied with our visit and will surely return when travels take us to PEI again.
01-04-2009 09:22:11 | More by Deuane
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
Stopped in here for a late lunch after arriving on the island on the first nice day of my motorcycle trip. Large brick building that everyone wants to call Victorian. Lots of wood inside and some eclectic colors that make me wonder if this was once a Mexican restaurant. I was here quite early so the place was kind of empty. My server was quite attentive. I had the sampler and the spicy bean dip. The food was good and the beers ranged from Ok to pretty damn good. Lunch for just me was a bit pricey, but if I was in the area again I would stop in.
07-19-2014 00:36:57 | More by johnnnniee
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
Went in for a quick beer and to share an appetizer on a very rainy Sunday afternoon.
I hadn't been to the Gahan House in easily 5 years, and I was pretty impressed by how the atmosphere has changed. Still a pub, but pretty classy as well. Two of the Gahan beers I wanted to try weren't available on tap (the Brown and the Cole's Cream), so I went with their new 1772 IPA, which wasn't bad. Split an order of potato skins with family; they were quite decent.
Definitely would head back for a longer visit next time I'm in PEI. Apparently, their deck is quite good as well.
09-01-2009 18:20:04 | More by berley31
The Gahan House in Charlottetown, PE, Canada
87 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.