Battlefield Brew Works Gettysburg A Hauntingly Good Time

One of my favorite “haunts” in Gettysburg is Battlefield Brew Works and Spirits of Gettysburg Distillery, a restaurant, brewery, distillery and pub located in a restored barn just outside of historic Gettysburg.

What could be better for a historical fiction author than sitting in a restored barn that was once used as a Civil War hospital? I even did a book signing there for the release of one of my novels and fell in love with the ambience and setting.

And, oh yes, the spirits you drink aren’t the only ones you might see at the brewery. The barn is said to be haunted!

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Battlefield Brew Works is a Gettysburg brewery located in a restored Civil War hospital barn.

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What Is Battlefield Brew Works?

Battlefield Brew Works is a distillery and restaurant that offers craft beers, artisanal distilled spirits, great pub food and live entertainment. It’s also a historical adventure because it’s located in a barn that was used as a Civil War hospital after the Battle of Gettysbug.

In fact, the barn where it is located is one the best documented Civil War hospitals, supported by a family letter and a complete inventory published in the Baltimore Sun.

Battlefield Brew Works carries the distinction of being the first distillery and brewery permitted in Pennsylvania. They keep six to eight handcrafted beers on tap and their distillery includes four types of whiskey, vodka, gin and rum.

The barn is spacious and comfortable, and there is seasonal outdoor seating as well.

Outside seating at Gettysburg Battlefield Brew Works is read chairs and tables and a red canopy on a wide open patio.
Outdoor seating is available at Battlefield Brew Works.

What’s On Tap At This Gettysburg Brewery

This Gettysburg brewery makes a wide range of craft beer, including an American ale called 1863 Ale, an Irish red called Red Bayonet and stout called Chocolate Stout.

I’m not a big beer drinker, but I enjoy their Pale Ale called Jeremy’s Ghost. By working with local and regional suppliers they make sure they use only hih-quality malt and hops. They also use a variety of yeast strains to craft staple beers as well as seasonal ales and lagers.

In addition to craft beers, Battlefield Brew Works is a distillery that has won 14 medal for its artisanal spirits including Burnt Bum Rum, Double Distilled Vodka, Far Gin Moment, and a Rye Smile barrel aged whiskey.

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I bought some of their Double Distilled Vodka, a smooth 80 proof vodka, and and a bottle of Rye Smiles, which is a barrel-aged whiskey made of 95 percent rye and 5 percent malted barley.

All Spirits of Gettysburg Distillery liquors are available by the sample, the shot, in premium mixed drinks, or by the bottle at Battlefield Brew Works Spirits of Gettysburg Distillery.

Battlefield Brew Works Menu

The food menu at Battlefield Brew Works Gettysburg ranges from burgers and wings to meatloaf and lasagna.

Their appetizers are wonderful including Jalapeno poppers, chili cheese fries, and mozzarella sticks.

Can you tell that I love to order appetizers?

Sample Menu at Gettysburg Brew Works

A picture of the menu at Gettysburg Brew Works showing items and prices.

As you can see, for those who are a little more health-conscious, they also have salads!

And for anyone who prefers not drink alcoholic beverage, they serve their own house made Root Beer and Ginger Ale. It contains 20 percent less sugar than industrial sodas and is caffeine free.

Battlefield Brew Works was named a Top 10 Best Pub and Bar in Gettysburg by Restaurant Guru in 2022.

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The History Of Battlefield Brew Works

It’s always a unique and welcome experience to be able to visit buildings that played a major role in our nation’s history.

Battlefield Brew Works is located on the former W.H. Montfort Farm, which served as the location for a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg.

The farm was named after brothers Jacob and Henry Montfort, who settled in the Gettysburg area and began building a farm in 1848.

The door to the Gettysburg Battlefield Brew Works is an arched entryway with a blue barn door and logo.
Entrance facing the parking lot at Battlefield Brew Works.

They completed their typical Pennsylvania Dutch barn along the Hunterstown Road the following year.

During the Battle of Gettysburg, more than 1,300 soldiers were taken to the property after the unsuccessful assault on Culp’s Hill.

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Because of its location, the barn became one of the largest Confederate field hospitals in the area. The Confederates occupied the barn, house and grounds as part of the hospital facility.

Field hospitals during the Civil War served as the second level of care given to the wounded. They were usually set up in a house, barn or church near the scene of fighting to treat the wounded as promptly as possible.

If you want to see the Battlefield, book a two-hour bus tour. Highly recommended!

Following the Battle of Gettysburg, when the Confederates retreated, they left 446 soldiers at the farm for another 28 days.

Many of the wounded left behind were near death or were too seriously injured to be moved. Forty-seven men who died at the farm were buried there, and later re-interred in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va.

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A Sense Of History In This Haunted Civil War Barn

The stone walls, uneven floors, and huge beams really give you a sense of history — and Battlefield Brew Works is history-making in its own right as well.

It is Pennsylvania’s oldest operating brewery and distillery (combination) under one roof.

The interior of Battlefield Brew Works, showing the stones and wooden beams.
The interior of Battlefield Brew Works shows the unique design in the stone barn.

Much of the wood and brick in the building is original, and the bar was made from a tree from the property, which was considered a witness tree. (A tree that was around during the Civil War and “witnessed” the Battle of Gettysburg).

If you enjoy dining in historical buildings, check out the Dobbin House Tavern.

Real ‘Spirits’ At Battlefield Brew Works

So now you’re probably asking, ‘Is Battlefield Brew Works haunted?”

Some say that it is. A few women have experienced strange encounters in the area of what is now the women’s bathroom.

Check out the experiences of the Visual Paranormal Investigative team, who spent a night at the barn.

If you enjoy being “spooked,” I wrote a post on the most haunted places in Gettysburg and the drop-dead best ghost tours in Gettysburg.

Why Visit Battlefield Brew Works and Distillery?

If you have a chance to visit Gettysburg, don’t forget to add Battlefield Brew Works to the places you visit.

What could be better than grabbing a bite to eat in a barn that was a witness to one of the most important events in our nation’s history?

Whether you come for the food, the finest craft beers, the artisanal distilled spirits–or the other kind of spirit, you won’t be disappointed.

Battlefield Brew Works has live entertainment during the summer months and is available for parties and special events.

Battlefield Brew Works is located at 248 Hunterstown Road, Gettysburg, Pa.

They are closed Monday and Tuesday.
Open Wednesday through Friday 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday: Noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Planning A Trip To Gettysburg?

You have plenty of options if you’re planning to eat or spend the night in downtown Gettysburg. There are also hotels, bars and pubs outside of town but close to the battlefield as well.

If you’re planning to stay a few nights, you also have the option of camping near the battlefield, or you can sleep at a Bed and Breakfast in Gettysburg that was used as a Civil War hospital.

Make sure you check out the “everything Gettysburg” tab for lists of museums, the best time to visit and free things to do.

Looking For A Place To Stay In Gettysburg?

Whether your looking for an up-scale Bed and Breakfast, or prefer to stay at a campground, Gettysburg offers lots of choices. You can even find a rental vacation home with an indoor pool!

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