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Appalachian Brewing Company

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Appalachian Brewing CompanyAppalachian Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.63/5
Based on:
66 Beers
2,324 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 130
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
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

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 tuowl74a
2.84/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

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.

Photo of canawler
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jdaddy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of stlkerry
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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.

Photo of racingkenny14
4.1/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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

Photo of Jeremy_Zim
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 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!

Photo of DavidGross
4.06/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of jifigz
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikedonut44
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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. ///

Photo of GodlessWatermelon
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of orangesol
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of DCTriBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Johnny5tone
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!

Photo of beer2day
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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!

Photo of tkepx182
4.18/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch/early session after a Troegs brewery tour.

Not far from Troegs and the Harrisburg exit, Appalachian sits in an old industrial part of town. Walk inside and theres ample seating on the left and right sides and a bar going around to the back of the pub. Looks rustic and the all wood bar was nice.

The quality of the beer is at least solid B grade brew, some being better, nothing was bad.

Service was good, they were somewhat busy and the bartender noticed us after just a few moments at the bar. I told her about myself being a beer critic/advocate/writer and I half jokingly said I wanted to try every beer they had. She proceeded to pour me a 5.5 oz sample of every beer they had, with a few exceptions (some beers were not available in tasting size, so I got a few full ones too). I have to say she was pretty awesome for doing that. What a tasting! She then kind of let us do our thing and we didn't see her in a while. Which was fine since I had 15 diff beers to drink.

Selection was about all you could ask for, 15 different tap beers and a solid food menu with lots of tasty looking options. If you are indecisive, this place could be a challenge, I had the bartender choose for me. I picked up a mix twelve pack (4 diff beers) for 18.99, alittle expensive but whatever.

Food was pretty good, I got the Thai-Napple Pizza and my friend got a BBQ Chicken sandwich, I liked mine and she ate all of hers as well so pretty solid, though it did take a seemingly long time for the food.

Overall: A solid operation. The better brews were the Broad Street Barleywine, Hoppy Trails IPA, Jolly Scotch Ale and Stout. If you have no obligations it is nice to spend some time here. I may keep this a frequent stop on my trips to the eastern side of the state.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.86/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A serendipitous finding as I was making my journey home from Florida for the summer.

Ample parking in the back of the building, although I felt a little uneasy based on the surrounding area. Oh well, I can be a big boy lol. The inside is spacious. It looks like a decent brewpub style setup with a biggish dining area and a bar towards the back. Glass windows separate the brewery from the pub.

There was no one at the bar in the early evening hours so I went and sat in front of the taps. At least 5 or 6 of their beers were on tap, including their seasonal barleywine. A nice selection with something for everyone.

The bar tender didn't seem too interested in being there, but he knew his beers. After a pint of their IPA I bought a variety pack and a case of their barleywine. I spent a bunch there and I asked to buy their pint glass too. Man, $5 for a logo-ed glass. Oh well.

Next time I'll stop and get some food there. It seems like a cool place and is family friendly. Will come back.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Walked in on a Tuesday for lunch. It was not really busy at all, except for a few regulars at the bar. The bartender was friendly, and quite informative. I enjoyed the fact that it had an old school kind of vibe that was updated. It has that old factory kind of look, with old brewing equipment and old beer trays on the walls. Sampled many beers here. As for the food, getting some lighter apps, had the mixed grill and pountine. Big portions and about standard on the price. Food was remarkable, I wish I was a bit more hungry to eat some more. Nice place, I would stop back for sure.

Photo of dungledauf
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Visited during their anniversary celebration. The place was friendly and comfortable with everyone having a good time

Quality: The food, beer, and waitress were good. Great diversification of beer and food to choose.

Service: Hostess and waitress were both outstanding. Friendly, patient. Both did their jobs very well. A bartender, Dawn, was the exception. After lunch, I approached the bar to purchase a drink, but I had to wait 15 minutes. I complained to the manager, but he instructed me to not bother the bartender. There was not resolution to my complaint. My guess is that the bartender and manager were to busy distributing drugs instead of tending to the bar customers.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here after we took a tour of Troegs. Well I guess when Troegs closes everyone most come down the street to Appalachian Brewing. Cool old brick building with a large silo that takes up some parking. The first thing to notice is the old wooden floors and rafters. After you pass the hostess desk you will see large glass windows and doors that give you a clear view of the brewing tanks. Atmosphere is very laid back.Good music,great food.

The service was a tad bit slower but I do not blame our waitress she was friendley and cordial. The only problem is that she seemed overworked. Many of the patrons ordering food seem to be hers and that was a big area.

To the beer there was some good stuff nothing exceptional but all very solid beers. Out of all of them the Lager seemed to be the most enjoyable.Light,clean and easy settling.

All of there main stay beers are available for takeout in bottles as well as there very tasty birch and root beers.

Makes me upset that a place like this would probably do very well in our area.

A great place to visit if you are in the area.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Harrisburg's first brewpub huh ? Well I must admit this place has a neat rustic old building feel to it and is laid out well with a great view of the brewery from all seats. The quality is another story though a lot of their beers seems to be rather flat and boring with little variation. The service was so/so when we stopped to grab a bite to eat and it wasn't even that busy. Their selection of beer is actually pretty amazing that they have 17 beers on tap at one time. But I HIGHLY suggest sticking to one of the most recent seasonals or a flagship beer because they had Zoigel Lager and Celtic Knot Red still on from January and March 2010 its January 2011 now. Why the need to keep so many beers on, especially old ones? My opinion if you cant sell out of your monthly beer in a month or two make smaller batches rather than letting it linger all year. Food was sub par and the prices were not that good what what we got ($11 for a dry burger and soggy fries). My suggestion grab a small sampler and get out. real beer advocates wont fall for these guys. A novelty beer stop for people who are trying to ween into craft beer

Photo of dayswonder
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Not a bad place to go for a bite to eat and to enjoy a couple of brews. I have been here a few times before and I always like the atmosphere of this location. The old warehouse with brick and old wood poking through, but with big glass windows to see the brew tanks. It gives off a great vibe.
Service was great this evening. Brew selection is decent, I have never been a big fan of these beers, but the ones I tried tonight were not bad. I had the Puritan Pale Ale, Hinterland Hefe Weizen, and the Kipona Fest.
Food was OK, a lot of items that are made with cheese. This is not a bad thing because beer and cheese are delicious together. Nothing on the menu stuck out as fancy.
Overall it was a good experience nothing special though.

Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
90 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.