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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: 69
Beer Ratings: 2,331
Beer Avg: 3.63
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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Photo of 99bottles
4.38/5  rDev +9%

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.

99bottles, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of Lupe
4.38/5  rDev +9%

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.

Lupe, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
3.78/5  rDev -6%

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.

rdrummer, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of Maestro
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

Maestro, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

sulldaddy, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of Edwin
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

Edwin, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of beernbbq
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

beernbbq, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of LiquidBreadMan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

LiquidBreadMan, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

bierman2000, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

SchmichaelJ, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of thefireman
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

thefireman, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of Jarod
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Jarod, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

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!

NeroFiddled, Jul 27, 2002
Photo of goindownsouth
4.22/5  rDev +5%

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!

goindownsouth, Jun 22, 2002
Photo of jrancan
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

jrancan, Jun 04, 2002
Photo of psugrad98
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

This is a must-see for beer entusiasts who visit the Harrisburg area. The brewery/restaurant/bar is located on the outskirts of center city, but is easily reached from the Cameron Street Exit of I-81 or the 2nd street exit if I-83. It is spacious and accomodating. The restaurant offers a great view of the brew tanks (and the lovely waitresses). The menu is adequte with a wide assortment of food items ranging from sandwiches to vegetarian chili (even for a meatatarian, its good).
The upstairs offers a great bar atmosphere with an even higher view of the brew tanks. Pool tables, dart boards and some other games offer some distraction. Try all the different beers at once with their sampler rack.

psugrad98, May 23, 2002
Photo of QXSTER1
4.38/5  rDev +9%

Appalachian is an off the beaten path brewpub well worth the time to visit. A large, good looking dining room surrounds the immense bar and it's 8 inhouse brew taps. Be careful when ordering the sampler, because you get 8 six ounce glasses, if your driving any distance. Of the 8 that I tried, all were distinctive and true to style. The best was Purist Pale Ale, with it's crisp, hop accented flavor, and the Susquehanna Stout a close second. The food was tasty and of very good quality. This is a pub I would go out of my way for in future travels through the region.

QXSTER1, May 07, 2002
Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
90 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.