Appalachian Brewing Company
Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 109 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
04-12-2012 21:58:16 | More by GodlessWatermelon
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.
09-11-2006 17:54:55 | More by TheDeuce
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!
12-12-2011 22:56:31 | More by Johnny5tone
4.7/5 rDev +16.9%
This is the second time that Ive been to ABC. The first was about six years ago. I was quite impressed with the place back then, so I wasnt sure it would meet up to my expectations this time. Id 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. Its 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 Ive visited. The food was pub-ish, but well made, very reasonably priced, and extremely tasty. This place gets two big thumbs up from me.
06-13-2005 00:08:44 | More by Suds
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!
06-26-2010 13:21:27 | More by CanadaBlue
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!
11-07-2006 17:26:35 | More by mjc410
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.
07-19-2004 18:52:17 | More by beergeek279
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.
07-18-2004 22:48:11 | More by cupbeerman
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!
02-09-2010 16:01:23 | More by Imstillthegman
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. ///
01-31-2013 12:42:11 | More by mikedonut44
Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
90 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.