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Appalachian Brewing Company

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Appalachian Brewing CompanyAppalachian Brewing Company
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

127 Ratings
Ratings: 127
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Active Beers: 88
Beer Ratings: 2,339
Beer Avg: 3.58
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

50 N. Cameron St.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17101
United States
phone: (717) 221-1080

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @abcbrew

Notes:
(Master Beer Listing) The Appalachian Brewing Company, also known as ABC, was founded in January 1997. ABC has a specialty beer each month.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

crowsnest, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jaltland, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Aewachiw, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
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2.84/5  rDev -29.4%

It's just okay. The beer selections are fairly standard and not very exciting. I'm an IPA guy and their Hoppy Trails is very disappointing, just not much to it. Service seems to run hot and cold from visit to visit. This is a good idea that seems to be more interested in expanding the franchise than concentrating on the product.

tuowl74a, Nov 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

canawler, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jdaddy, Oct 27, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Appalachian does just about everything right. The friendly bartenders are great about giving samples, and the beer selection is outstanding. We always receive excellent service when we eat there and the food had always been great. I love the Abbey Bar and the fact that they hold concerts there makes this place stand out. There are plenty of beer choices and nice souvenir offerings for those interested in taking home glasses, tap handles or stickers. Over all, Appalachian seems to really have all of their duck in a row.

stlkerry, Aug 02, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +2%

it seems every time i'm in Harrisburg Pa, i end up at Appalachian Brewing CO. the beer is fresh my favorite beer is the IJolly Scot” Scottish Ale Service was good most of the time, food was very good. They have tours on the weekends. with in walking distance of the State capitol complex and the Amtrak Station

racingkenny14, Jul 06, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -12.2%

I chose Appalachian Brewing Company to help me celebrate my 21st birthday in a tasty, responsible manner, and I was (mostly) not disappointed. The establishment is clean, and quite presentable. Plenty of lovely old wood can be found inside the grand brick building, giving an ancient but magnificent feeling to the dining and drinking experience. As I was with my family and a couple of close friends, we sat at a table as opposed to the bar. Service was quick and attentive, and my Broad St. Barleywine arrived promptly along with the other drinks from members of my party. We chose to get an order of the pretzel sticks to hold us over until our entrees arrived, which were tasty and complemented the beer well. I was not thrilled by the cheese/mustard combination sauce, but I could see how others would have liked it.
As a vegetarian, the menu didn't provide me with a huge variety of options, but the food was not exactly the point of the evening. I chose a veggie burger. I noted on the menu that the veggie burgers are baked, instead of grilled, in order to make sure they don't come into contact with any animal products (I am not an extremely picky vegetarian, so while interesting, it wasn't critical to my palate). Eating the veggie burger, it was mushy and pasty. It's hard for me to say whether this is due to the fact that it was baked not grilled, or due to the recipe itself. Either way, I was not pleased.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the beer and the experience, but not the food (although other members of the party quite seemed to enjoy their portions, so take me as an exception, not the rule). I am excited to come back to ABC for more great beer, as well as shows at the Abbey Bar upstairs!

Jeremy_Zim, Jul 06, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +1%

First time visiting for food and brew with family. Had great time and enjoyed the beer and food. All the different beers we tried were great. The meals we had were really good and the staff did a great job taking care of us. They also participate with AHA discounts on food. Can't wait to go back next time I'm in the area and I will look for their beers back home.

DavidGross, Jun 22, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

So i had recently visited ABC in Harrisburg for the first time. I have never been a huge fan of their beers, and I am still not. The other local breweries in this part of PA put ABC's beer to shame. I still like having another brewery close by and another opportunity to be there and check things out. The building was righteously awesome. The old brick structure was restored beautifully. The one food item I had, the harvest pizza, was absolutely delightful and I am noticing a common trend between brewpubs and great pizza. I was only in the main room downstairs, but I thought this place was pretty cool. I will certainly be returning to check it out again as it is the closest "large" brewery to my house. I could get to Selins Grove, Elk Creek, and Otto's quicker, but this place had a great ambiance to it. I can't wait to return in the summer and have some beers outside and relax. Food was excellent, service was okay, beer was average, but I will be back and I am glad that they are around.

jifigz, Feb 25, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +13.9%

By far, best burgers I have had in Harrisburg. Beer selection is very dam good too. Can't beat home brews. Very Clean, Large Bar. Great Place to hang-out. Definitly would go there again if I get a chance. Check out there facebook page for updates. ///

mikedonut44, Jan 31, 2013
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4.73/5  rDev +17.7%

My good friends brought myself and my roommate here as an afternoon trip. First impression is the atmosphere. Very large seating area, but quite cozy and warm. Our friends have been members of the mug club for years so they received many hellos from the employees, nice to see they know their good customers. Seating area is very tall, with large rafters above and a great view of the brewery.

Excellent beer selection, had probably 7-9 on tap if I remember. Espresso Stout was nice and deep, had chocolate hints and it tasted like they ran the whole brew through coffee grounds. Had a slightly malty finish. The Zoigl Lager, our friends favorite, we took back in their growler. Delicious, a great American lager, and it had something in it I can't quite put my finger on.

Food was delicious, and the prices were very reasonable for the size of the portions. I had to just about dislocate my jaw taking bites of my ~10 dollar burger. Definitely forego the fries for their homemade chips -- salted to perfection and real crunchy.

Our waitress was extremely friendly, and knew her beers very well. She chatted with us for a few about the selection. After we had eaten and were finishing our last beers we somehow began to talk with the current manager (o owner, but I think it was the manager) who took us on a brief tour of the upper part of the brewery which was closed at that time of day. We got to see the enormous Belgian bar (saw Delirium, Unibroues I had never seen), complete with stage and pool tables, as well as another area that could be rented I believe. The manager knew his stuff as well, we learned the building has quite a history behind it and much of the furniture and floors/walls/beams are original from the early 1900's. A very nice gesture on his behalf for the tour.

Plan on going back in early May, would highly recommend ABC to anyone in the area (or not, we came from Baltimore!). Great beer, delicious food, friendly, knowledgeable staff, great service, and welcoming atmosphere.

GodlessWatermelon, Apr 12, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Came in at about 3 PM on a Saturday....and the place was jammed. Wanted to sit at the bar, but couldn't, so we had to settle for a table. I immediately asked our server if they did flights, and she said they didn't....huh? Settled for a pint of the IPA, which was mediocre, and later the porter, which was good. Asked what seasonals were on and got a list of about 6 or 8, pretty impressive. Food was OK. Ordered the poutine (a favorite from various Canadian trips), and it wasn't bad, though it can't compare to the Canadian original. Service was OK, but the place was jammed so I can understand some slowness. Everything seemed rather reasonable as well. The place looks really nice, very wide open, but I don't like how the bar is all the way to the bank of the main dining area. There's also an upstairs bar that has various Belgians as well, though I haven't been there in a couple of years. They also sell beer to go, but it's just their flagship lineup with a couple of seasonals. It's not bad, it's not great, it's just kind of there. I'd like to go when it's less busy so I can get a seat at the bar, and see if this hogwash of no flights is true. I'd love to try a variety of beers as opposed to just a couple to get a better feel of how their beer is.

bigfnjoe, Feb 21, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

I have been here plenty of times, I have no idea why I haven't reviewed this place yet, that changes now.

Parking can be tough if there is a concert going on at the abbey bar. Once you enter you are greeted by a huge dining room with lots of tables all over the space. The brewery can be seen through the wall on the right, with all different countries flags all over the walls. Toward the back of the room is the large curved bar with plenty of seats. TV's and the draft list hangs on the wall behind the bar. They usually have quite a few of there own beers on at all times. I always like to check what is on cask first, they are usually much better...I will say that they really do have a great variety of house beers, but some of them need some tweaks to compare to other local brewery standards.

I really enjoy there food. I have liked nearly everything I have tried, recent favorites include the Poutine and the switchback burger. The quality has always been pretty good. I do know quite a few people who have not been as lucky as I have, pieces of seafood shells in the cheddar soup comes to mind.

The abbey bar may be even better than the downstairs area. They have most of the same beers on-tap but they also have quite a few belgian beers. It is always nice to get a saison dupont and sit outside on the deck in the summer. They always have bands playing up in the abbey, it really is one of the best places to see a show in the area. Overall ABC is definitely worth the stop if you are in the area.

orangesol, Feb 19, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

I visited just after Christmas and was immediately impressed. The dinner crowd was light and the room was very open and welcoming. The interior looked more like a ski cabin than a downtown brewhouse.

I had the beer flight, and added the Grinnin Grizzly Spiced Ale and the Mad Cameron Belgian Witte (from their Specialty Beers selection). Not all of the beers impressed me, but none were bad. I especially liked their Brown Ale, Pale Ale, IPA, in addition to the two specialty beers mentioned before.

The food was delicious, and reasonably priced. I highly recommend the pretzels with the cheese soup dipping sauce. The burger I ordered was also very good.

This was a quick stop for food on the way out of town, so I can't say much about the location, but if you're in the area this is definitely worth a stop for at least a beer.

DCTriBeerGuy, Dec 29, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

The family and I stopped in to celebrate my birthday. I've heard good things about ABC so it only made sense to use my one birthday wish on a visit this year.

There was plenty of parking in the two lots behind thier large brick building along Cameron St. It's not exactly located in the ghetto, but I wouldn't plan on walking alone outside after hours. The entrance greeted us with two huge barn doors that lead to a gift shop area. There was a cooler full of ABC sixers and other merchandise for sale.

The bar area was in the far back right corner of the pub. The brewery basically occupied the entire right portion of the building with the pub area to the left and center portions. The restrooms were in the back left corner. There apparently was another bar area called the Abby Bar (or something along those lines) on the second floor.

It only took a few moments before we were seated with our drink and appetizer orders placed. I started off with a Grinnin' Grizzly Spiced Ale and the pretzel roll with mustard dipping sauce. The place was very kid-friendly, complete with a kids menu and high-chairs.

The lunch crowd was still going strong but the service never seemed to lag. Before I knew it I was on to a Pennypacker Porter and a huge burger with a side of fries. The server was able to answer any questions I had about the various brews they offered. At that point I was finishing up with the Hoppy Trails IPA (an ok IPA with some nice pine notes - lighter mouth feel).

Over all it was a very pleasant experience. The facility is fairly clean and the food was excellent. The beer I had was just ok with the Pennypacker Porter being the best of all. I ended up leaving with a growler-full. We will certainly be stopping into ABC Harrisburg again.

CraftBeerTastic, Dec 28, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +16.9%

I love The Appalachian Brewing Company! The food is always good, the service is good and the beer is even better. I have yet to have a beer that i did not like. Although I was warned not to try the Organic beer so there may be one. It is a nice quite place to eat, that has live music on certain nights. There menu has a nice selection of food and beer brewed by them. My personal favorites is the Jolly Scott with the Mile High Meatloaf. Some of there brews are available year round and some are seasonal. This place is worth checking out!

Johnny5tone, Dec 12, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

A great stop if you are headed up the I-81 corridor.

Large brick building, 3rd largest brewpub in the US according to the manager. Very large bar area with 17 taps going, including two on cask. 5, count 'em, 5 ipas flowing on the day we visited.

Food was very intriguing. While no kids menu, they will work with you to create something nice for the little ones. Pizzas were very good, burgers were well prepared, wings were large and tasty, and apps covered a full range of appetites.

Upstairs area with another bar, outdoor seating, and pool tables. Very nice space. From the signs on the doors, they get some excellent music acts in the place.

Beers available covered a wide range of styles, from light summer ales to cask conditioned fuggle hopped stout.

Well worth a visit!

beer2day, Aug 24, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +4%

I was rather impressed with ABC. The food was good, the beer was better. Even my girlfriend who does not normally like brewpub beer enjoyed their beer.

The pretzel appetizer was VERY good and the cheese soup was even beer. The Fish and chips were good, but their pasta dish was even better then I thought it would be.

One of the most interesting things there was the fact that they have a mug club which is displayed on the wall. I plan on visiting there again next time I am in Harrisburg, PA or in the area of their other 3 locations

tkepx182, Aug 23, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +4%

This past Saturday I had planned a trip to drive out to Troegs with a friend of mine to see the brewery and sample their beers. On our way there we ended up driving right passed Appalachian. I was very surprised to see how close they were to each other. Since Troegs closed at 4pm and didn't have much to eat there we made it part of our plan to get some food on our way home there.

We walked in and was rather impressed by the look and feel of the building. Old and industrial style red brick building, similar to Sam Adams in Boston a little bit. The doors was large with some stained glass mural designs going on. We walked in and were greeted by some employees who sat us right away. Looking around they have some banners of their beers hanging all around among several other old fashion type of decor. The bar looked pretty nice but we were at a table in the dining area. The server was very attentive and helped us with choosing some beers and got our order perfect.

The beer selection is rather impressive, several styles available from light to dark. The Barley Wine is what I was looking forward to the most. I really enjoyed that brew with my meal. The food was freaking awesome, I really enjoyed everything we ordered. The soft pretzel sticks with the homemade cheese sauce was stuning. I loved it.

Overall the building was nice, the people were very welcoming, and I feel that I left satisfied enough to totally go back there one day. I'm very happy we stopped and filled up on some of the things they had to offer, I would say do Troegs first and then hit Appalachian for the food when in the area.

Knapp85, Aug 01, 2011
Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
90 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.