Our History

History has been made. One bottle at a time.

gahan at night

Gahan is a name unknown in Charlottetown today, but in the middle of the 19th century, John Gahan was a prominent merchant, an importer of teas, wines, and family groceries. His place of business was on the corner of Queen and Sydney Streets, the former McIsaac building.

Mr. Gahan lived next door to the shop, at 126 Sydney Street, in a wooden house he had purchased from the Brenan Estate. In 1880 he replaced that residence with the mansard-roofed brick one now at this address. It remained in Gahan ownership until the beginning of the 20th century when John Gahan’s widow, Marguerita, sold the property to Edward Kelly, the enterprising Irishman who built and owned houses all over Charlottetown.

After Edward Kelly’s death in 1922, the premises became the property of the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation. The Sisters of the Precious Blood built a large addition to the house and used it as a convent until the 1960s. In the last quarter century the Gahan House had been used as a boarding house.

The Gahan Brewery (formerly Murphy’s Brewing Co.) was established in March 1997 next to the Lone Star Café at 449 University Ave. Due to the increased popularity of the beer, we relocated to its current location, 126 Sydney Street, thus doubling its production capacity and giving it a permanent home in Old Charlottetown in the Gahan House. Murphy’s Brewing Co. was renamed The Gahan Brewery in November 2000.

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On July 21st, 2008, The Gahan House Brewery; PEI’s favourite brewery, officially made history with the bottling of two of their handcrafted ales. Island Red Premium Ale and Sir John A’s Honey Wheat Ale were launched as the first two flavours to be bottled by the brewery.

In September, 2014 the well-established pub decided to make its way across the Northumberland Strait and open up a sister location on the historic Halifax Waterfront and in turn creating Gahan House Harbourfront. The Gahan House family then turned it sights on New Brunswick, opening up Gahan House Port City in Saint John in 2017, Gahan House Riverside in Fredericton in 2018 and, most recently, Gahan House Hub City in Moncton in May 2019.

If you are looking to pick up our beer, we are located in all PEILCC stores and in selected liquor commissions and agency stores in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.

From our house to yours, cheers!