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Appalachian Brewing Company

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Appalachian Brewing CompanyAppalachian Brewing Company

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

(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 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.