Appalachian Brewing Company
Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 109 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
04-04-2004 23:38:58 | More by 99bottles
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.
03-19-2004 03:37:42 | More by Lupe
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.
03-15-2004 23:51:08 | More by rdrummer
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.
01-05-2004 15:26:05 | More by Maestro
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.
12-29-2003 03:21:36 | More by sulldaddy
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!
12-16-2003 22:37:13 | More by Edwin
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.
11-14-2003 17:00:26 | More by beernbbq
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.
07-22-2003 11:43:31 | More by LiquidBreadMan
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.
03-04-2003 15:18:34 | More by bierman2000
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.
01-08-2003 17:34:58 | More by SchmichaelJ
Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
90 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.