On a recent business trip I was very fortunate to find myself in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island (PEI), the extreme east coast of Canada. Always on the lookout for great local beers I discovered that there was only one brewery on PEI, The Gahan House Pub & Brewery.
Located on Sydney Street, ‘Gahan House’ is in the older part of Charlottetown and was built in 1880 by a prominent merchant John Gahan. It’s a very special building that later in its life became home to the ‘Sisters of the Precious Blood’ before becoming a pub/brewery. As soon as I saw the 19th century building I knew things were going to be good, maybe even a religious experience? I mean how could anyone brew bad beer in such a great place? The good news is they don’t, the beer is excellent.
The interior of the building is as old fashioned as it gets in this part of the world and creates the perfect atmosphere to drink quality beer, seven (7) in fact, all brewed on-site by brewmaster Trent Hayes.
Here’s their excellent selection.
I sampled several (hey I wasn’t driving), the ‘Harvest Gold Pale Ale’, ’1172 India Pale Ale’ and ‘Coles Cream Ale’. All were extremely fine beers, well crafted and each with their own distinctive characteristics and flavours. Picking a favourite is difficult but I might have to say the ‘Cole’s Cream Ale’ was my favourite, very smooth, nicely hopped and really easy to drink.
Added to that, the staff were great. I’ve read some negative comments about the service on other blogs but I have no idea why. The service and welcome we received was outstanding, so much so that we were given an impromptu tour of the brewery in the cellar and sampled some of the beers straight from the steel kegs. A real treat.
So, if you’re a beer lover then the Gahan House is a must when you are in, or close to, Charlottetown and PEI. I for one will wear my “Gahan House Pub & Brewery” t-shirt with pride!