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Appalachian Brewing Company

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Appalachian Brewing CompanyAppalachian Brewing Company
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

128 Ratings
Ratings: 128
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Active Beers: 66
Beer Ratings: 2,326
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 GodlessWatermelon
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

GodlessWatermelon, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of TheDeuce
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%

Incredible place, long lined bar filled with regulars and glipses of the brewing tank in the background. Dimly lit with lots of wooden tables, ABC logo is everywhere even on the ATM and Gumball machines. These people really give a damn and it shows. I had a pulled pork sandwich with a pint of their Kipona Fest seasonal, all outstanding. Topped it off with some of their Cask stout, also worth trying. Huge mug club, was on hand for the unveiling of their Olde Ale, didn't get a chance to try it but by all hands it seemed like it went over well.

Service was good, had a young waitress who begged me to try the also self-brewed Root Beer for free, (very good for the record, youngsters will enjoy it) and the bartenders were very eager to talk about what was coming up in the brewing future.

Upstairs at the Abbey Bar, I only got a glimpse, but it oozes class and has some great Belgians on hand, also many I hadn't heard of.

This place also fills any growler and has any merch, cold beer, or glassware you could want out front, away from your dining expierience, which I appreciate.

Overall, incredible incredible place. Nothing else to say, one of the best brewpubs I've ever seen or been to. Will be back, many times.

TheDeuce, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Johnny5tone
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%

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!

Johnny5tone, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Suds
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

Suds, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of CanadaBlue
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%

Where have they been hiding all this time?

I've driven by them quite a few time on my trips between MD and Canada, but yesterday was the first time I actually stopped by.

They have an excellent line up of beers. I had a dry-hopped IPA. It was one of the best I've ever had. The Scottish Ale was pretty good, as was the sample of the Batch 666.

The food I had was excellent as well.

So - great food and great beer in a very beautifully restored warehouse building. Well worth many more stops in the future!

CanadaBlue, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of mjc410
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%

My second time at the Hbg ABC, and a review was necessary. The building has a very ugly industrial appearance from without, but this does not carry into the interior. The ceiling is at least twenty feet high, with lots of very old exposed wood, steel, and concrete, with aged but recently sandblasted bricks completing the look. Maybe this sounds industrial, but the aged look of everything creates real warmth. The first floor has many tables, but is dominated by a giant L-shaped bar, with at least four ceramic German-style draught towers. The variety of in-house beers that ABC offers is incredible - there may have been more than 20 on that day (11/5/06). I sampled Grinning Grizzly, Pennypacker Porter, and a cask Pale Ale, all before settling on the superb cask Susquehanna stout, which is now my favorite low ABV stout. The service was exceptional, although the bartendress was able to give us such attention because it wasn't that busy. We also looked around at the Abbey bar upstairs, which overlooks the brewing operation from a higher perspective than downstairs. In addition to in-house brews, this bar offers a great selection of draught and bottled Belgians, as well as a more lounge-like atmosphere with leather couches and a stage. Finally, the pints ran around $3. I need to go back!

mjc410, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of beergeek279
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

beergeek279, Jul 19, 2004
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4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

cupbeerman, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%

Stopped in here after attending the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show just up the road. After a long day of walking around and browsing I was quite hungry and very thirsty! Luckily, this place satisfied on both fronts.

The place has a very comfortable feel. Lots of brick, huge glass walls that let you see some of the brew works, and a pretty big bar showcasing the mug club mugs. The service was impeccable. The girl we had never missed a beat and worked very fast for it being fairly busy. They had about 16 beers on-tap during my visit, but I only enjoyed two of them. Very wide range of beers...quite impressive. I grabbed a pretty cool looking "Bear Claw" growler of their Golden Toos Belgian brew to take home. The food was pretty good, as well. I had the pretzels with that awesome mustard and a Fire Jumper burger with onion rings. Very tasty. I will be back next time I am in Harrisburg. Well worth the visit!

Imstillthegman, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of mikedonut44
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%

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. ///

mikedonut44, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of DuqTroops
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%

visited - December 20, 2005

Atmosphere - very eclectic building. If not from the area, I would've driven by it without notice. The atmosphere in the restaurant/bar area is excellent. Very unusual. The worst part about the area is the parking - which is hard, unless you find the parking lot in the back to be empty.

Service - staff there is excellent. They were helpful in selecting good beers and food. Our waitress was great and the front desk service were very helpful in picking out which beers we should take home.

Selection - wide variety of beers and food. Their seasonal drinks are superb. They have a picture on their menu that describes each beer whether it is dark/light or hoppy/malty. Plenty of selection for everyone's taste.

Food - must eat a lot of food there. Brick oven pizzas were unusual and excellent. Pretzels are a must! Their mustard was unique and peppery. Order a Crabby Patty sandwich too.

Value - well worth the value of meal. The sampler was 9 dollars where you could try 8 different types of beer in a larger glass. Usually, I see a shot glass size of a sampler, this case it is at least 6 ounces.

If you are in the area - definitely go here and have a couple drinks.

DuqTroops, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of Yetiman420
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%

My visit to The Appalachain Brewing Company came after a very solid visit to Stoudt's. I stayed at the Crowne Plaze Harrisburg and in the name of responsibility I made my way by foot which would have been a perfect walk had it not been 10 degrees with 20 MPH winds. On a Monday evening in mid Feb the restaurant portion was pretty much empty and the bar area was bustling with what I gathered were the regulars for the Monday mug club special. I had their very good English Pale Ale which I found to have a delightful hop character using English hops as opposed to the requisite Pac NW variety. From there I had a sampler with their Porter, Barleywine, Stout, and another I can't recall. All of the beers at ABC were excellent and this is a worthy stop for any beer conniseaur. What really blew me away was the quality of their bar food. I placed my order and almost forgot about it until it came out quite some time later. It was certainly worth it. I had flatbread pomodoro and the BEST bar hot wings I've ever had. Great beer and great food. What's better? A pretty cool facility in a revived old building. What's better? A Belgian beer bar upstairs. I wanted to focus on their house beers so I stayed away from the Belgian bar upstairs but I'm sure if I find myself back in Harrisburg I'll put it on my list to check out.

Yetiman420, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of sudzweasel
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%

Spent two meals worth of time with the family in this place last week and we enjoyed it thoroughly. The place is an old factory that aided the WWII effort and it has had quite a history on its own. Now it houses the main brewing and bottling operations of the Appalachian brand. It is great sitting there in this huge open space with these large steam-jacketed tanks towering over everything (they are separated from the pub operation by a wall of glass. The beers on tap are many - too many to sample all and get in a car. We had the IPA on cask and regular draft, not sure if it was Kipona or another one they were working on but good anyway. The food was served in a timely fashion and the portions were good. I had the Jambalaya - if available try it! Did not get a chance to go upstairs to the Abbey Bar (family in tow, NG) but someday I will get back there.

sudzweasel, Jul 08, 2006
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 woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

woodychandler, Jul 17, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

tgbljb, Aug 07, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

KolbMarley, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

canawler, Oct 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Bouder32, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Bierman9
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

I first hit up Appalachian for lunch on 27JAN10 while on my way to Ft Indiantown Gap for a Battle of the Bulge re-enactment. Enjoyed myself so much that I snuck off base for dinner on 29JAN10.

This brewpub is located in a rather large, nondescript, three-story building on the west side of Cameron St. There's a large sign proclaiming "Brewery" hanging out front. That being said, I drove right by the place first time through (the cop with blues flashing in the right lane had my attention!). They have a little free parking to the right, and lots of it in the rear.

Up a few short steps and through the doors to a small foyer. Through 2 more wooden, swinging doors adorned with their logo in stained glass, and you're there! There's a host/hostess station to the immediate right, a cooler with bier to go just to the left, then loads of tables in 4 or 5 rows heading towards the rear, with some low, dividing walls and large, circular white pillars interspaced throughout. Flags of the world (US, Ireland, Germany, etc) were displayed on these pillars. The bar starts about 1/2-way back on the right, and ells around the rear wall. The left side of the place has large windows bringing in lots of light about 1/2-way down, then it gets into all brick top to bottom. The rear is a light colored wall behind the bar, with large, open, wooden, mirrored cases holding scores of mug-club steins, as well as growlers and other glassware. The right side of the room is glassed, with the brew-works sitting behind the glass. They brewkettles are numerous and extremely large, as well as looking to be in tip-top shape. In addition to all the mugs and glasses behind the bar is a large selection of liquor for the non-bier imbiber. A few large HD TVs also hang from above for your viewing pleasure. On the bar were at least 4 porcelain bier-towers ready to dispense the golden nectar. In the air was a great variety of classic rock; damn, I was loving it... great stuff! The ceilings were quite high, with medium-hued wood and big-ass beams supporting things. I was told they do have an upstairs bar as well, though I didn't visit it.

I counted about 14 biers on tap here, running the gamut from Pils to Barleywine to Imperial Stout to Zoiglbier. If there's not a style here to your liking, well... Over the course of my 2 visits I tried 6 different biers. They averaged about a 4.2 overall, ranging from pretty good (barleywine and weizenbock) to very good (rauchbock and tripel). Their prices were decent, and even better during happy hour. I had a solid buffalo chicken wrap for lunch, and a great "Fire Jumper" burger for dinner. Verry good stuff; ample, filling, and tasty!

Service-wise, it was phenomenal. First there was Vicky on Wednesday, answering my more than numerous questions, giving me samples, filling my glass, etc... Then Britney picked up on Friday eve, also being the epitome of a quality server. On both visits I mentioned this to the manager on duty; I have rarely had such friendly, knowledgable, attentive people taking care of me. I even chatted with one of the brewers, and he was a pleasure to speak with as well. I was hoping to have time on Saturday, 30JAN, to get back for 1 last time, but, alas, it was not to be. I'll have to savor what I quaffed, as well as the bier to go I brought home (six-pack of Scottish Ale and a growler of the Rauchbock). High praise for Appalachian Harrisburg is indeed warranted here. Prosit!!

4.47
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 - $$

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Bierman9, Feb 04, 2010
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
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4.44/5  rDev +10.4%

Although this isn't my first time to ABC, I decided to review this time. First of all this place is huge. It's 2 floors and both have ample seating. The first floor is the main dining area and also has a large bar with several taps of the own beer as well as as the cask conditioned beer that changes frequently. Tonight however I headed straight to the second floor because that's where the real treat is.

On the second floor is the Abbey Bar. This in another huge room with a stage, a few pool tables, some tables and decent sized bar. The real treat is what's behind the bar, 2 coolers of mainly belgian style beers. One to the right and one to the left. They have a great selection of belgian beers both from Europe as well as North America. I had a Duvel as well as a Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru. They also had beers from Chimay, Ommegang, Unibroue, Rocherfort, St. Bernardus. The bartender was polite and seemed to know a little about the beers.

Overall, this is a great place if your in the Harrisburg Area, a definate must.

waldo567, Feb 05, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

“The journey of a thousand pints starts with a single brewpub”…Mao Tse-tung, (1893-1976). Why aren’t we this enlightened in western culture? We’re young, and there’s still so much to learn about the ways of the world, I’ve just got to get out on the road again and see it all. And so it begins. Even with having stopped in Easton for a spicy hot chocolate (full bodied and thickish, yet smooth, well homogenized, I’m thinkin’ a whole milk base, it’s definitely 2% or greater, with a slight brown and tan swirled foam head that dissipates as it cools leaving lightly clumped powdery lacings along the cup, cinnamon and spices in the nose, bittersweet chocolate and cocoa flavors with some subtle smokiness, the heat is up front and pronounced, Habanero, yeah, and something else, maybe Cayenne on the end, spicy, good heat, consistent, close to being overwhelming but wow!!, some undercurrents of nutmeg in the finish. Great viscosity, I highly recommend!!), it still only took me 3 hours to get to Harrisburg. This is my halfway for the day, beer and a beer and a bite and move on…
Parked in one of the spots with its metered head cut off, just a sad pole with no known story. It’s a well filled, big brick building. The room is broad, seemingly cut in half by a center row of large round pillars with suspended flags. Thick wood beams above, plank ceiling, and massive industrial ductwork (It's huge, I thought it was a water slide, but only for like, a minute). Big brick, tracks above throughout. Framed magazine articles, brewery pics and awards, as well as old b/w pics of the building on an inner wall. ABC neon signs here & there and a mounted etched plate. In the back back, you can see a large “L” shaped wood bar, seating 20 or so. The smaller leg of the “L” holds the main bar back; a 3 piece wood unit with recessed spots over paneled dark glass. The center piece has a ½ barrel on the counter with the barleywine tap and a pair of soda taps running from it, glassware & booze to both sides of it & on the shelf above where mug club mugs dangle 2 and 3 deep from it’s underside below. And still higher above, ornamental pieces (trophies, a glass with emerging barley, ½ yard glass, etc) displayed. The pieces to each side of center hold ABC bottles & mugs, growlers & glassware, lots more dangling mug club mugs, and a pair of handpumps to one side. The longer leg of the bar looks on the brew room through large, tall framed windows. Massive fermenters in a big brick there. Racks of mugs run the length of the bar. A large board with tap selections, a smaller board with specials and a few mounted TV’s. 3 raised bar tables inside the “L” along a divider wall separating the bar from the front & side dining areas; nearly 3 dozen tables there.
Spaced at the bar, ordered the (damn good) BBQ chicken wings to base some beer on, and contemplated the draft list. 2 towers of 4 taps a piece on one end of the “L” and the same at the other end. It was a little hard to tell what’s what, but it appeared to be 6 house regulars (Wheat, Scottish Ale, Pale Ale, Lager, IPA, Barleywine), 5 seasonals/specialties (Weizenbock, Porter, Chocolate Cherry Porter, Kriek, Olde Ale), 2 casks (Stout & a dry hopped IPA) and 2 sodas (root beer & ginger beer). I paid to play, sampled as I went. The Jolly Scot Scottish Ale was dark & pleasantly malty; the Volks Weizenbock was deep & fruity, nicely Moonglowish; the Pennypacker Porter had a slight roasted flavor; the Paxton Kriek was very sweetly cherry, minimal tartness; the cask Susquehanna Stout was smooth & oaty; the Hoppy Trails IPA was floral & piney, okay; the Mookie’s Chocolate Cherry Porter was first chocolate, and then the cherry comes in behind it, real nice. The standouts were the Weizenbock, Chocolate Cherry Porter & the cask Stout. Wound down the wings, settled up, and started heading for the door, and that’s when things took a turn for the “yeah, huh?”
“The Abbey – 2nd floor” sign next to the elevator in the corner. It’s their upstairs Belgian beer bar, 50 bottled Belgians (and Belgian style). Similar but different in size and shape to the floor below, it’s a large open room with an 18 seat straight wood bar, towers of 8 taps on each end, and glass front coolers housing the bottled selections on the bar back. Along side here, a bar counter runs the length on large windows looking down over the brew room. 3 angled burgundy topped pool tables sit out on the middle of the floor adjacent to the bar, TV’s in all the corners, and a stage area at the front end. Old plank floors, lots of brick and maroon painted walls, mounted lanterns and drop lamps, leather couches, 18 low and raised bar tables. To the rear, a gallery spotlighting local artwork; and off to the far side beyond the bar; a doorway to a large outside wood deck with a few tables (Hold on, lemme look, yep, my car is still where I left it, that’s a good thing).
Would have wrestled an Oer Bier or two had I more time. Real good place from top to bottom.

slander, Jan 05, 2007
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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
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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

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!

beer2day, Aug 24, 2011
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Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
90 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.