Riverview, New Brunswick
April 19, 2005
This microbrewery refers to itself as "the Brewers of Handcrafted Ales," which are 100% natural and contain no preservatives. There are six offerings: Harvest Gold, Sir John A’s Honey Wheat Ale, Island Red Amber, Cole’s Cream Ale (Cole was an early island brewer), Iron Horse Brown, and Sydney Street Stout. After carefully sampling the second, fifth, and sixth in the list, I would have to say that they really have a source of pride. An English pint sells for C$5, but you can take it away in a 64-ounce brown bottle called a growler (and which is a real deal if you return the bottle for refund).
But wait a minute, there are other things of which they can be proud. It’s a great place for lunch or a moderately priced dinner. The menu features appetizers, salads, stir-fry, entrées (chicken, steak, and salmon dishes for the most part), and a selection of pastas and pizzas. Now, I have to say that, over the period of a 2-night trip, I visited the pub three times. So we tried the steak-and-cheese wrap, a veggie wrap, the "famous" brown-bag fish and chips, and some finger foods, and they were all really good. I enjoyed every bite. Dining selections range far from the mundane. The specials on one visit included a lemon pepper scallop fettuccini at C$9 – now, that did sound interesting, as do many of their offerings. You might also notice the linen napkins and heavy cutlery. They are doing this really well.
How about the atmosphere? You’ll like it. The front part of the restaurant is a pub that features dark wood, brick details, frosted glass, and tables in three Victorian window alcoves, a great place for lunch. The back is a restaurant with well-stuffed furniture. A patio is available in the summer. Add to that quick, friendly service and this is a good place to pass time. In the summer, brewery tours are offered. The brewery is in the basement (as are the washrooms). It supplies a number of restaurants on the island, most of which are members of the same management group. In a town that features a lot of exceptional eating and drinking possibilities, the Gahan pub stands out. Drop in and enjoy!
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