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Member of the Month: May 2016

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

May 2016: Joanne and Kevin McCready
From Co. Armah, Ireland to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania! 

Business History
Originally from Co. Armah, Northern Ireland, Joanne and Kevin McCready immigrated to the United States in 1993 where they settled in the New York City area. While Joanne worked in the financial industry for a bank, Kevin worked as a carpenter, focusing on high-end finish woodworking. In the fall of 2006 while visiting friends in Gettysburg, they found that Hamilton’s Tavern was for sale. Having always wanted to go into business for themselves, the McCreadys renamed the bar the Garryowen Irish Pub on June 1, 2007 and the rest is history.

About the Business
Over the next couple of months Joanna and Kevin began to remodel the bar, giving it a more authentic Irish look and feel, modeling it on the pubs they loved back in Ireland. Keeping with the authentic feel, the McCreadys began using many of the dishes from Joanne’s family. These included Shepherds Pie, Fish and Chips, the Ulster Fry and more. Over the years, the Garryowen has made it a point to partner with Adams County businesses to ensure the best quality produce, meats, and beverages accompany what they have to offer to customers. As business continued to grow, so did the need for more space. Recently, an additional dining room named the Gosford, as well as another bar, the Scullery were added to the Garryowen. They also added a new kitchen, allowing the flexibility to expand the menu. In addition to the authentic food and atmosphere, the Garryowen also boasts one of the most extensive Irish whiskey collections in central Pennsylvania.

Giving Back
The Garryowen first and foremost remains a place of community steeped in the flavor and culture of the pubs “back home.” Keeping with this tradition, the McCreadys love to give back to the community and people who support their business. Some of their favorite charities include the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, the local SPCA, the Gettysburg area School District, Penn State’s THON, and many more. Be sure to stop by the Garryowen the next time you visit Gettysburg. Every weekend features live music, everything from indie to funk and from classic honky-tonk to punk. Enjoy authentic Celtic tunes every first and third Sundays of the month as the Garryowen plays host to the traditional Irish Seisiun from 2-5 PM!

Garryowen Irish Pub  
126 Chambersburg Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-337-2719
Adams County
2007-Present
Facebook: The Garryowen Irish Pub 

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Mixologist of the Month: May 2016

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Mixologist of the Month

May 2016: Siobhan Zych 

Signature Cocktail:
The Key West Cooler 
Bacardi Dragonberry Rum
Melon Liqueur
Lemon-Lime Soda
Pineapple Juice  

Siobhan Zych first started out in the industry as a busser. After making her way to a server position, she decided that she could potentially earn a better income if she tried her hand at bartending, which she continued throughout her college years. Reflecting on her time spent in the hospitality industry she says “everyone has a different story,” which she loves to hear. She goes on to say that she really enjoys the staff she works with and the  customers she meets everyday; “they keep things interesting to say the least!”

According to Siobhan, being a good bartender and mixologist means being able to multitask. “You need to have speed, skill, and to know when to be social.” Being able to read your customers and their needs is a plus for sure! When she isn’t behind the bar, Siobhan can be found  watching the Phillies with her husband and enjoying her favorite craft beers! You can find out more about Beer Boys by visiting them on Facebook.

Beer Boys
176 N. Washington Street

Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
Facebook: Beer Boys