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Appalachian Brewing Company

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Appalachian Brewing CompanyAppalachian Brewing Company
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2,400 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 137
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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

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The Appalachian Brewing Company, also known as ABC, was founded in January 1997. ABC has a specialty beer each month.
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Photo of HugoGrim
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I visited ABC in Harrisburg for the second time last night (a Sat night). Every time I see the building I am impressed. The front doors are huge, opening into the beautiful open main dining room. We had to wait a bit to get a table, which is understandable for a Saturday night at prime dinner/drinking time.

The service was good. We ended up waiting quite awhile for our dinner after ordering, and the waitress gave us a free round of drinks to compensate, which was fine by us.

The best part about ABC is the variety of the selection of both food and beer. They serve everything from steaks, to brick oven pizza, to stromboli, to sandwiches. I was there last month during Oktoberfest, and they had an excellent selection of very tasty German faire, which was great with the beer. We were sitting at the bar for a few minutes while my friend smoked a cigarette, and we saw one of the cooks come out to get a container filled with beer, no doubt for marinating something. Much of their food involves their beer in the cooking process, and many of the dinner selections has a brewmaster's suggestion printed on the menu to help pair food with beer.

Now to the beer. This particular night they had 12 of their own on tap. If you go to the upstairs bar, they also have a wide selection of lesser available Belgian and German imported bottles in addition to their own brews. A lot of people try sampler trays, but I'd rather sample a full pint. There's just something about drinking beer not twenty feet from where it is made.

EDIT: After recent visits I must see fit to lower the service score.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Atmosphere - A bar with a stage for live music (which I've heard has mostly terrible music), three pool tables, two dart boards and plenty of sitting space w/ comfortable seating (it wasn't busy the night I was there). Nothing spectacular about the atmosphere.

Quality - The in-house brews I tasted were good. It almost seemed that each style was archetypal of what the style is supposed to taste like if stripped of all brewer's character. In other words, well brewed, but nothing that will change your life.

Service - The bartender was helpful and friendly. He even changed the music for us. Establishment was clean and our used glasses were quickly removed.

Selection - Not only does the brewery have about ten different beers spanning the range of styles on tap, but they have a fine selection of imports as well. Fabulous.

Food - I didn't eat.

Value - Pretty good. I left content, not feeling ripped off in the least.

Photo of tgbljb
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited establishment at noon on a Saturday. I have to agree that the atmosphere is similiar to Victory, but with more of an older factory feel. We were seated promptly and given menus. Our waitress soon arrived and I ordered the sampler tray (8 beers). It arrived in a timely fashion and the waitress wrote the names of the beers on a napkin and described the types. We placed our food order which arrived after I had consumed about 3/4 of the sampler tray. The food was excellent pub food. I was extremely impressed with the quality of food and the service. I also purchased 8 of their sampler glasses. Another great feature is that is located a 3 minute drive fron Troeg's Brewery, which we also visited for their Saturday afternoon beer tasting and tour.

Photo of woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I always approach on Cameron Street, headed west, and the first thing that one notices is that it is an immense brick building. They have now begun to use a portion of the east side of the building as a billboard, currently to advertise The Abbey Bar At ABC. In fact, the sign hangs above the handicap entance and also the exterior entry to Abbey, all on the east side of the building. On the west side of the building is a small parking lot and a grain silo, where they store the two-row malt.

The entryway is flanked by a couple of converted turn-of-the-century gaslamps. Passing through the double doors puts you in a foyer with racks for free publications, a couple of historic printing presses, and to the right, a door and window overlooking the rest of the malt storage as well as the grist mill. On the other side of the short foyer are another pair of double doors, these of heavy wood, inlaid with stained glass depictions of the company logo, which itself depicts the Rockville Bridge.

Open these doors and you step inside the restaurant and brewery. Immediately to the right is the maitre d' station and to the left is the cooler with the take-away beer. Also associated with the maitre d' station is the ABC gift shop with their logo on a diverse number of wearables and collectibles. There are several waist-high partitions to section off various parts of the restaurant and off to the far left are large poster-sized depictions of the Water Gap Wheat, Jolly Scot Scottish Ale, and the Purist Pale Ale logos. Just a little past them is a wood and glass cabinet with a collection of beer trays to make the breweriana enthusiast's mouth water. The floor is highly polished blonde wood, which lends to the ambiance.

The entire room is bisected by a series of concrete pillars and hanging off of each one is a country's flag: U.S., (dark blue overlaid w an "'x" - UNK), Australia, Germany, Poland, and Ireland (from front to back). The U.K. flag hangs on one of the windows overlooking the fermentation room.

Back to our tour. This is a long, wide room, hearkening back to the building's original use, first as a printing company and later as an aircraft parts fabrication and storage facility, each requiring lots of space and solid structural work. Regarding this last - exposed brick and mortar, steel I-beams, ducting, and heavy wood beams abound. My heart leaps in an industrial atmosphere, but the place is a bit too bright for my liking.

Proceeding aft to the bar, you pass the aformentioned cabinet with the trays; a map of the Appalachian Trail (natch); a poster of the Mountain Lager logo; a fire door, still on its mountings; and the elevator to the 2nd and 3rd floors.

At last, the wood floor gives way to a brick area that coincides with the start of the bar. The bar is an "L"-shaped affair with four separate tap towers, each with four brass taps. "Let's get dahn ta brass taps," said the Pittsburgher. These towers are highly unique, very reminiscent of ones seen in Germany. They are tall ceramic and brass affairs with the ubiquitous logo on the front and back at the base.

Seated at the bar, the immense fermentation tanks stare out at you from behind glass, silently beckoning with their version of the Sirens' song. The Mug Club mugs are on racks hanging around the back of the bar. There is also a long wooden board, labelled "Beers On Draught", detailing the selection on any given day. On this day, they had twelve (12) (!) draughts listed, plus one (1) cask-conditioned beer (which I kicked), and the sixteen (16) taps, if you couldn't do the math earlier. Beautiful.

Off to the left of the bar are the lavatories and to the left of the Women's is the elevator. We're goin' up! Upon arriving on the second floor, the door opens to reveal three pool tables to your immediate right and on the opposite side of the room, several leather chairs and a sofa. To the immediate left of the furniture is The Abbey Bar At ABC, with a cooler full of bottled Belgian beers and twelve drafts, mostly house beers. The time to come in is at the first of the month, when two taps of Belgian ales are offered. The atmosphere is dark, dank, smoky - my kind of place. To the right of the furniture is the stage for live music, usually on weekends.

Continuing aft, there are the doors to the outdoor deck that overlooks several parking lots; and all of the way aft, through a doorway, is a banquet hall which was the scene of a wet coaster battle several years ago during the annual fest. Mind you, I'm not copping to anything.

Finally, the waitstaff. Artie and Alan can really hire quality people. Yesterday's lucky recipient of that special brand of joy that comes with a visit from The Beer Pest was Hillary, but an edit will name another server who was quite patient with me. Her name is in another notebook and will have to wait. They are really great people here.

EDIT: The other server's name is Amy.

Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is cool. Nice open warehouse atmosphere that reminds me a bit of Victory. Large wooden ceiling long wooden bar, tanks visible in the other room through big sheets of glass. Quality of the beers here is very good in general and the selection nearly blew me away, since I only have 3 or 4 of this breweries bottled beers available to me on a regular basis and at least 10+ beers were available on tap during my visit. Service was also very good, and the bartender talked shop with me for quite some time, and offered up some free samples. The "mead" here is not really a mead, and it was pretty lame, but the cask ESB was super British in style, and the barleywine really made me a believer! I had some veggie chili here that was quite good, and the prices were definately reasonable. A totally awesome place to fill up on beer on your wasy to Pittsburgh. Troegs is just a 20 minute walk away as well, an added bonus!

Photo of Suds
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is the second time that I’ve been to ABC. The first was about six years ago. I was quite impressed with the place back then, so I wasn’t sure it would meet up to my expectations this time. I’d say it might have exceeded them.
ABC is located in an industrial section of Harrisburg. What it lacks in neighborly surroundings, it makes up for with the inner atmosphere. It’s very clean, open, and inviting. I dined with my wife, child, and two friends. Our seat was near the bar, but comfortable, not crowded, and very inviting. The service was extremely fast and courteous. The server obviously knew about beer, and the manager stopped by twice to see how we were doing. They had about a dozen brews on tap, including a barley wine and a mead. All of the beer was exceptionally good…better than almost all other brewpubs I’ve visited. The food was pub-ish, but well made, very reasonably priced, and extremely tasty. This place gets two big thumbs up from me.

Photo of beergeek279
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: Appalachian is located in a warehouse just outside of downtown Harrisburg, fairly close to Troegs. The brick building with the old-fashioned single letter "Brewery" sign doesn't seem to promise a lot, but inside it's completely different. The space inside is fairly large, with quite a few tables and a large bar towards the back. On the other side of some plexiglass sat some fairly large brewing equipment, 60, 80, even 120 barrel fermenters (I didn't realize before I went that ABC was a production brewery). The bar had about 20 stools.

Quality/Selection: Appalachian offered about 10 beers, including one cask beer. The standard offerings included a wheat beer, a Dortmunder lager, a Scottish Ale, a pale ale and a fairly large barleywine. The seasonals included a hefe, porter and a Czech pils. What I was genuinely impressed with was that there weren't any really weak beers amongst their whole line. First off, they didn't brew a light beer, and the standard beer they offer (Water Gap Wheat) was far better than the other starter beers at brewpubs. From there, it got far better, with all beers being good, and the hefe and barleywine being excellent examples within their standard.

Service: I enjoyed the service at Appalachian. Despite it being Father's Day and being fairly busy with their Father's buffet, we were served fairly quickly. The bartender answered all our questions about the beer (along with a very nice detailed technical sheet with ABV's, OG/FG, etc), and even gave us a free sample of the nearly 13% barleywine that didn't technically come with the sampler. They also filled our Church growler with that barleywine, which is definitely appreciated.

Troegs is the well-known brewery from Harrisburg, but Appalachian certainly deserves some credit as well. At their brewpub, all of their beers were solid across the board, and that is certainly worth something! This would certainly be something I'd love to see in the Pittsburgh area, and if and when I head back to Harrisburg this will be a place that I visit again.

Photo of cupbeerman
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

ABC, located about a mile from downtown Harrisburg, is a very good place to have a pint.

ABC pours about ten beers, with one of these selections being a cask selection. These beers are mainly common brewpub selection, except that they have no light beer. All the beers were brewed on premises and they were all fresh.

The service is very good; our samplers were poured very quickly and the bartender answered all of our questions.

Upon entering the brewpub, the bar is on the far end, with about 20 stools. The brewing equipment is visible from the bar. The place was very nice inside.

The ABC is a good place to have a beer and a place that I will go back to when in Harrisburg. I did not have the time to try the food, but will try to get to the food next time. They fill any growler.

Photo of 57andcounting
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is a big place. Three floors and a roof top deck. It can get very noisy with the high ceiling I like most of their beers and the food it very good. Parking can be difficult. There is a good amount of street parking behind the establishment. The best thing to do is slip in here on off hours, like around 11:30 before the state workers descend on the place for lunch.
Prices are right and the Scots Ale is great. The salads are big, different and the hamburgers are more then you should have for lunch. Tuna has always been outstanding.

Photo of MsRogueRed
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I live only about 20 minutes from this place, but I seem to always travel further distances to seek out other breweries/beer bars. I think the size of the place just makes it seem impersonal to me.

The beers are fine, but a little watered down for my taste.

Food selection is good.The prices and portions are fair.

All and all, its a good place to go, but can have too many kids and noise. I like to be able to talk with the bartender about their beer and other patrons and this place just leaves me feeling cold.

Photo of 99bottles
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love going to ABC. This little gem is inconspicously located on the outskirts of Harrisburg, in what looks to be a small warehouse. On the inside, you realize this place is decieving large. First floor has many tables and booths with one good sized bar stocking a line up of Appalachain Brewing Company offerings. They have a monthly seasonal, but usually there is one from the month before too. Delicious, especially the porter in the fall. Food is excellent, and service is great. Friendly staff and bartenders help make this place excellent. Decent prices, nothing exceptional. Upstairs is another oval bar, small little tables for chatting, and some of the nicest pool tables I've ever seen. Really great atmosphere, not a bar, but a lounge sort of thing. Again, all the ABC brews. Awesome. I make it a point to stop here every time I'm in central PA. Top notch all around.

Photo of Lupe
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Took a side trip while checking out Lancaster and Hershey. Thought I had the wrong place when I got up to the front door, looks from the outside like and old warehouse. I opened the doors and saw that this place was huge. Roomy and comfortable, the tables are not on top of each other. Did not sit at the long bar but had a nice table right in front of the fermentation tanks. This place has some charm: the wooden floors, spacious dining area, and full view of the fermenters. Service was attentive, and there was a nice selection of brews. Had two beers, Jolly Scot and Purist Pale Ale, and both were great. The food was very good. They have your standards and some other nice choices, and the pizza is outstanding. Check this place out.

Photo of rdrummer
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I enjoyed my Sunday lunch visit to ABC. I think it would have been better to go at a busier time for atmosphere, but it wouldn't have changed the other elements of the visit. It is a stunning looking warehouse that has the brewery behind windows to the right. It is a huge place with a good sized bar with about five tvs. The upstairs sports pub is closed on Sunday, but is supposed to have lots of tvs, pool, and other games. They also have live entertainment many nights in the sports pub, and some nights in the downstairs bar.

I was a little disappointed in the beer and in the selection for sure. They had seven beers on tap, including the monthly special. The beers were okay but there were no big tasting beers. The only one with a high alcohol content, they limited to a five-ounce pour due to the 11 percent alcohol level. Since I wasn't driving, that was a downer. It was their most interesting beer, a cask-conditioned Broad Street Barley Wine, which is considerably stronger in this rendition than the one reviewed here.

The other beers were a wheat, a lager, a pale ale, a scottish ale, a stout, and a red ale. The only one that was off was the Water Gap Wheat. It really didn't taste like a Wheat. The others were all okay.

The food was the high point of the visit. Excellent menu with Irish specials for St. Patty's Day. There is a wide variety of food and everything that we had was well prepared. I would go back to ABC, but only 45 minutes north is the Selins Grove Brewery. Selins Grove's beers are far superior.

Photo of Maestro
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I really like this brewpub. They have a ton of space which makes it a great place to take the family for dinner. The service is sometimes a little slow. The food is very good and they offer several vegetarian options for those who are interested. The beers are average at best. They have a few standouts. The Hoppy Trails IPA is good, the Pennypacker Porter is good, and the Pale Ale is decent. Aside from this, most of their beers have very little body and aren't very exciting. Definitely a good place to eat but not the best brewery around.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I have visited this brewpub on many an occasion. The first floor is the restaurant area. There is a fairly large bar and many tables for enjoying food and drink. The first floor bar is often manned by a knowledgeable male bartender who is very friendly as well.
The taps are filled only with in house brews and range from a pale ale to a very robust and drinkable barleywine.
the second floor has a bar as well and also 4-5 pool tables and room for bands to play. there are also some other common bar games.
The food ranges from simple burgers and fries to portobello sandwiches and also a range of other fine meals. I have always been happy with my food. As far as brews go, some of the lighter styles are a little thin for my liking but the Broad Street Barleywine is one of the smoothest and flavorful examples of the style I have had. If in the Harrisburg area I highly recommend stopping in. They also sell growlers of all brews.

Photo of Edwin
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: Definitely a nice atmosphere. A middle-class crowd usually fills this place, with a large dinner crowd. The fact that it is a brewery is almost secondary to the restaraunt/bar aspect. A HUGE front/dining area with a nice, long bar on the first floor for accommodating a large crowd. Upstairs has another bar, plus games and live music, so it is a little less stuffy feeling up there. Definitely like the diversity of the 2 floors.

Quality: Depends on what you think of their product overall. I for one think their beers are good, but not great. However, I never have been sorely let down, just not blown away. I will say that this is a great place to go if you are trying to get people to ween more into the BA realm without barrelling them over with a 120-minute IPA. Their beers are not too strong, but not weak, either. Oh yeah, and ask for a sample, you get 1/3 of a pint...pretty sweet! They have the screw-top growlers, and will even fill them with the Barleywine (per VENOM's review - I verified this by asking the bartender, but I did not actually purchase it).

Service: A slight problem here. I have been there twice in the past week. Both times I will stand at the bar with an empty glass and two bartenders will huddle on one end and chit-chat. I swear that guy looked right at my glass and kept on talking. Then when I did get a beer, he used the same glass and I asked for a different beer...FOR SHAME. This was only the males, though. The femal bartender is very good and on top of everything.

Selection: or a brewpub, they have a LOT on tap. Up to 11 selections at one time is pretty good in my mind. Although you will only be able to get Appalachian beers and a VERY limited selection of spirits. Still, commendable to say the least.

Food: I have not had everything there is to offer here, but what I have had was outstanding (spinach dip, club sandwich, and burschetta). Hopefully in the next few trips I can get a full entre.

Overall: If you are in town, Appalachian is a must to stop at. A lot of character and a pretty good product. This place has a lot to offer travelers and locals alike. You will enjoy yourself!

Photo of beernbbq
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is my second time to Appalachian and I would say that the food is better than the last time I was here. Personally, I think while the place is always good and solid, but it has become a little stale. The bartender was not very forthcoming about the beers and had an opportunity to defintely sell me some memorabilia but he seemed to be interested in just getting through his shift. Also, I think the beers have gone downhill a little. I tried the Grinnin Grizzly which I thought was average and it seemed to me that the Riverside Red has lost some of its impact. Hopefully it was just me and not the place as overall, it is still a place I like.

Photo of LiquidBreadMan
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

We made an unexpected stop at the ABC on a trip to New Jersey and we were glad we did.

Although I know nothing about the history of this brewpub, it was quite obvious that it is housed in an old warehouse, within an old warehouse/industrial district. And they did a fine job. This place was a cross between the spacious old Copper Tank (Dallas) and what used to be the Sam Adams Brewpub (Philly).

Beer quality was excellent. I only wish they'd had Hoppy Trails available (hence the 4.0 on 'selection').

Service started out lackluster, because the hostesss had a difficult time counting people and chairs. Thank goodness our server was beyond exceptional and one of the better servers we've had in a long time.

As is typical for me, I had Fish & Chips, which were blah but decent once they were dressed with some vinegar and salt. Our appetizer pretzels were hot and delicious.

All in all, the Appalachian Brewing Co. was a fantastic experience and we can't wait until we have to make another "unexpected" stop there.

Photo of bierman2000
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A massive 3 story buliding with all the goodies. The beers are OK and not outstanding to me just my opinion. It is a nice layout and has many beers and lots of room , the selectin and quality is good but the beers don't stand out and grab you like other brewpubs/brewery.

Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

On an extremely cold Tuesday night in January, I made my second trip to the Appalachian Brewing Company (the first was for a beer fest a few months prior). Despite its warehouse size (and three floors!), the management has made the atmosphere of the place very conducive to eating, drinking and kicking back. The wide open dining (1st floor) and pool / sports bar areas (2nd floor) are wide open, yet comfy. The main bar, seated to the left of the fermenters and brewing area on the first floor, displays the impressive selection of the ABC line on tall, proud taps. ABC offers a great variety of brews, including seaonals for every month of the year. The food selection is also impressive, and caters to local tastes exquisitely. I had Mahi Mahi with the Hoppy Trails IPA, a most delicious combination. Service was more than adequate, and the barkeep was very friendly and accomodating. The overall quality of the Appalachian Brewing Company's products is outstanding. Outside of the two big cities in PA, the brewpub remains one of the best places to enjoy dinner, play pool, hear live entertainment, or to simply sit back and savor a few rounds of their most delicious, fresh, handcrafted beer. Highly recommended for anyone traveling in the Harrisburg / Central PA region.

Photo of thefireman
4.53/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place must be one of the best kept secrets in the beer world. They serve some of the best beers brewed anywhere, and the food is great. Service is exceptional. On top of that, this place is huge! The Purest Pale Ale and Susquehanna Stout are fabulous. In the heart of Pennsylvania-if traveling the Turnpike, Route 81, Route 83 or any of the major roads that pass Harrisburg, this is a worthwhile pit stop.

Photo of Jarod
3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

When you first walk in it looks like a giant hall. Kind of cold, but you get wam when you can see the giant vats where the beer is made. They have a decent sized bar that can seat plenty, and the tables that are next to the bar are high and you feel like you are still part of the bar. They advertise there beers well on the wall. The bartenders seem pretty knowledgable of there product, but the waitresses could use some training on there product. Some did not know what a barley wine was and that they served it. The menu is growing and has a decent selection of bar foods. Price on the foods not too bad. Portions are very good. I think they could use more snack foods that would reflect the atmosphere that they portray. All and all, I try to go there to eat atleast once a month.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I think I may have spent too many long nights here to give it a proper review, but I'll try. The atmosphere, apart from sitting at the bar, is "open" but comfortable. The bar, on the other hand, can get crowded - even during the day! Although the decor is very "light maple, standard brewpub", it does have a certain charm due to the age of the building and so forth. I love the heavy doors at the entrance, the wooden floors, and the massive concrete columns. I personally don't particularily care to see the fermenters, but if you want to it's all right there. The service has probably been some of the best I've ever had at a brewpub and I have to give them credit for that. Also, the brewers are some of the most friendly guys I've ever run into (Hello Artie!). The beers are first rate and there's always a good selection. The regulars (bottled products) are always on tap, and I'm a big fan of The Jolly Scot - a dead label from a Harrisburg brewery that they've revived. But the seasonal brews are what interest me. On one memorable visit I had 2 remarkable beers - a German Hefeweizen and a Belgian wit. Both very nice, but I went back for seconds of the weizen! The Rockville Rye is also a head-turner; and the Pennypacker Porter and Broad Street Barleywine are also solid choices. And I shouldn't say I was surprised, but the food caught me off-guard. It was much better than I thought it would be! The pizza is great with a fluffy, doughy crust; but try a calzone instead! You won't be sorry. All the other regular suspects are great too! In fact, try some of the soup with lunch - the vegetarian chili is rich and hearty with a good bit of zing but not over-spiced. And it's a very family-oriented place so the children are welcome. T-shirts, glasses, and 6-packs to go are all readily available up-front, but if you've got a few empty growlers bring them!

Photo of goindownsouth
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

While it took me a good 2 hours to reach this place, and the parking is less than adequate, this establishment is the cat's meow! The variety of beers being offered are more than various. They are tasty and well-crafted. However, the menu is very brief and really does not compliment the brews that well. They do use some of their beers with their cooking, but the variety in the food leaves a touch to be desired. If you are going there for a tour and to sample some beers, you will not be disappointed. Bottoms Up!

Photo of jrancan
4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great place. First floor consists of fermenting tanks and regular dining area. Upstairs has more seating, a bunch of TV's and a lot of bar games (pool, darts, etc.). They even have outdoor seating off of the second floor. They had 7 beers on tap, best of which was their Maibock (I'm not very good at formally reviewing beers). Everything I tried, Imperial Stout, American Wheat, and Pale Ale, were very good. I highly recommend this place to anyone passing through the Harrisburg area.

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Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
90 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.