Appalachian Brewing Company

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3.63/5
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Place Score: 90
Ratings: 130
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.02
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[ 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 slander
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

“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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!

Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in twice during a recent visit to the Harrisburg area. Limited parking on the property. Both times there were nice size crowds in the lower bar / restaurant area, and fewer up stairs in the Abbey Bar which focuses on Belgian beers (about 50 in bottles set in shoulder height refridgerators for easy viewing). The downstairs bar is large, with about 20 stools, several high top tables, and a nice view into the brewing operations room. Huge warehouse feel with pleny of tables for dining. A refridgerator at the front door is full of ABC beer to go. There is also a large gift shop area on the other side of the front door.

Happy hour prices are nice - $3 pints. Food was good, especially the brickoven pizzas. Some of the other pub grub is ok, but not great. Bartenders were busy, but friendly and did their best to keep up with the orders. No time to discuss beers with the bartenders.

There were about 15 beers on tap covering just about every style. There is something here for everyone, from simple lagers, wheats, and pale ales to porters, stouts, and rye beers. There was an Abbey ale available too. The beers were of good quality and fresh.

The Abbey bar upstairs has 3 pool tables and a few dart boards. There is a stage for some bands along with a bar with about 13 stools. Nice and roomy overlooking the brewing room downstairs. An elevator is available to get up to the second level.

This is worth the trip if you are anywhere in the area. Surprised to see there is not more buzz about this place. The beers don't blow you away, but they are of good quality, tasty, and most beers represent the styles well.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I met my parents at ABC in Harrisburg, PA for dinner tonight, the first time that I've been here in about a year.

Atmosphere: The building is a beautiful old restoration job that was famously purchased from the city of Harrisburg (pre-renovation) for $1. The restaurant has large glass windows that reveal the brewing operations.

Quality: No complaints as to the beer, food, service or overall experience.

Service: The service was better than average, fast efficient and pleasant.

Selection: They carry, on tap, about 10-15 of ABC's in-house brews. Several are quite good.

Food: The food is very good. I had bangers and mash, my parents had fish & chips and pot roast. All were very good and very cheap.

Value: Cheap food and beer in a beautiful location, what is there not to like? Resident PA expert Lew Bryson called it the best brewpub in PA and I agree.

Photo of Bierman9
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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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Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is cool. Nice open warehouse atmosphere that reminds me a bit of Victory. Large wooden ceiling long wooden bar, tanks visible in the other room through big sheets of glass. Quality of the beers here is very good in general and the selection nearly blew me away, since I only have 3 or 4 of this breweries bottled beers available to me on a regular basis and at least 10+ beers were available on tap during my visit. Service was also very good, and the bartender talked shop with me for quite some time, and offered up some free samples. The "mead" here is not really a mead, and it was pretty lame, but the cask ESB was super British in style, and the barleywine really made me a believer! I had some veggie chili here that was quite good, and the prices were definately reasonable. A totally awesome place to fill up on beer on your wasy to Pittsburgh. Troegs is just a 20 minute walk away as well, an added bonus!

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to ABC numerous times over the years. I joined the mug club one year w/ my buddy who got an ABC tattoo. I went with my bro tenderbranson69 the first time about 9 and a half years ago and yesterday we went again. I love the feel of the interior. They have lots of wood, a view of the brewing/ fermentation area, flags from nations known for brewing heritage, local brewery artifacts and high ceilings.

The bar area is spacious and there is an elevator that takes you upstairs to 'the Abbey' where you can play pool and see a band perform. The Abbey features beers of Belgium such as Achel, De Koninck, Delirium Tremens , De Dolle, Rochefort, and Westmalle to name a few. The Quality of the food is superb- I shared a crab quesadilla on a spinach tortilla and the Classic stromboli is just incredible w/ a honey mustard that gives it the right zip. We were there after the lunch crowd had passed and before dinner, so we got pretty good service and it wasn't too packed.

The selection of menu items and beer is great, they had about 12 styles on 20 taps, some of the beer is just average, but they had Susquehanna stout on cask and Oak aged Broadstreet barleywine. I have had many of the menu items and none of them dissapoint. You get a decent amount of food for what you pay for. They are hosting a brewfest and some of the Attendees will be Abbey Wright, Dogfish Head, Troegs, Victory, Stoudt's and Weyerbacher. They actually host several fests around summer/fall which are well attended.

I enjoyed the Penn State game w/ my bro and I got a taste of his beers which were Ok like Mad Cameron Wit and Dom Blonde Kolsch, but the Peach Lambic was so-so. It is a reasonable distance from my Grandma's house, so I swing by every so often. I got a couple of growlers filled to take to a gathering, but they also have six packs of their flagships in a cooler near the merch stand.

I recommend a visit to check out ABC, who seem like they are always growing w/ three locations now.

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 shivtim
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Had dinner here after a visit to Hersheypark. It's a really neat space. Great old building, really high ceilings, huge windows overlooking brewing equipment.

Beer was good. I tried two seasonal/special brews. The saison was tasty. Nice floral (lavender?) character. Could use more funk. Good beer selection overall, with the standards plus the seasonals (there were about 5 of these). They also have their own sodas.

Food was better than expected. It's simple pub food done well. My turkey burger was tasty.
Service was very good. Our waiter didn't write down anything, and got the order 100% correct even though two of us made changes/substitutions.

Also, if you're in Harrisburg, make sure to check out the inside of the state capitol. The supreme court room is astounding. You have to be on a tour (free) to see it.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of 86sportster883
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Appalachian Brewing Company (ABC) is an industrial sized place with no less than 16 beers on tap and two on hand pump. Eight huge 228 barrel fermenters stand majestically (with other brewing equipment) behind tall glass windows that line one side of the brew pub. A large bar is located toward the back and ample seating is located throughout. Head banger band music played loudly at the bar (not my style, but not too annoying). The place also had both a Banquet facility and an upstairs outside deck (closed on Sunday).

I sat at the bar and ordered a sampler:
Water Gap Wheat (4.72 abv, 8.2 IBU) - unfiltered American style ale.
Mountain Lager (4.92 abv, 12.3 IBU) - Dortmunder style lager.
Dom Blonde (? abv) - Kolsch-style ale.
Peregrine Pilsner (4.72 abv, 32 IBU) - Czech style pils.
Celtic Knot Irish Red (? abv) - had a nice balance of malt and hop with a clean finish.
Hoppy Trails IPA (6.31 abv, 45.33 IBU) - A big hoppy IPA.
Jolly Scot Scottish Ale (5.32 abv, 18.2 IBU) - Probably my favorite of the group and one of the better scotch ales that I've tried. Sweet caramel-like flavors delicately balanced with subtle hops.
Susquehanna Stout (4.59 Abv, 13.2 IBU) - Strong espresso like aroma and wonderful black patent malt flavors.

Each beer seemed to really capture the essence of its intended style and working through the sampler (8 - 5oz beer samples and a homemade root beer for $10) was like attending your own personal mini beer seminar. I liked the flip chart beer description cards located at the tables and bar, as well as, the hop /malt, light /dark scale provided on the back of the menu.

Also on tap:
Abbey Roade (6.24 abv, 25.2 IBU) - A Belgian Abbey-style ale.
Anniversary Maibock (7.64 abv, 18.2 IBU) - a malty, sweet lager.
Broad Street Barley Wine (5.85 abv, 50.4 IBU)
Purist Pale Ale (5.1 abv, 22.34 IBU) - Fuggle and Styrian Goldings hops are used in this English-style pale.
Zoigl Lager - An unfiltered Bavarian-style lager.
Hinterland Hefe Weizen ( 5.29 abv, 14.3 IBU) - A traditional German-style Hefe employing a 4-step infusion mash.
Trail Blaze Organic Brown - an organic American brown ale (duh).
Major Hops Olde Ale, an ESB and a Dunkel Weizen rounded out the selection. The ESB and Pale Ale were available on hand pump.

As for food, the ABC offered standard fare including appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, steaks, pork, chicken, fish & chips, etc. I had the Switchback Burger ($9.50) which I thoroughly enjoyed. Beer is offered to go in 6 packs and growlers.

I thought the beers at the ABC were very good, and I'll have to come back to try a few more. Also, I wouldn't mind checking out the upstairs deck some day when it's open.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on a recent road trip to the NE.

Atmosphere is good. The first thing you see upon walking in are the huge doors that are worthy of a church. There are large amounts of seating on both sides and the bar is in the back, with even more seating. The brewing equipment (and lots of it) is located to the right behind glass.

Quality is good. The bartender was careful to pour the beer with a good amount of head but also careful not to shortchange me. Glassware was at a good temperature as well.

Service was very good. The bartender never made us wait longer than a few seconds if we needed something and was also knowledgeable about what he was serving.

Selection was very good. I saw 12 taps upon sitting down and assumed the taps at the other end of the bar were repeats, but upon looking at the board over the bar I saw that wasn't the case. The styles ran the gamut, even including a few pilsners (even better, they weren't "light lagers") and barrel-aged treats.

Food was very good. The soup was solid and the chicken sandwich with glazed walnuts was tasty.

Value was also very good. I'm tempted to give it just one $ but it wasn't quite there.

Overall I enjoyed this brewpub as much as any I've been to recently. Definitely worth stopping into if you're in the area.

Photo of tgbljb
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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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!

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3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place is huge. Went with a group of friends, and started out with dinner on the bottom floor. Restaurant floorspace was open-air and busy with patrons and servers. Nothing special. The food was basic American food- sandwiches, salads. All reasonably priced. All tasted good. Very satisfied, but nothing to rave about.

Then we went upstairs to the bar. Live music, pool tables, darts... a ton of room. It was a great atmosphere for our group. The bar was stocked with a very good selection of beer from around the globe. The barstaff was knowledgeable and delivered prompt service. All good things.

When you average-out the downstairs and upstairs experience, I yield a generally "good" result. I would definitely go back... particularly if I'm with a group of friends. The place seems much more conducive to groups rather than individuals.

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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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

Had a great time at ABC Friday night and Sunday morning.

The brewpub is quite large, with several dozen tables and a nice large bar area. It's open and airy, with several country's flags decorating the ceiling and large windows that let you look into the brewing area. Everything is clean and well kept.

The two different servers I had were both good, although Friday's was around more and Sunday's seemed to be "busy" a bit too often, or I would've rated service as a 4.5. Still, they were friendly and knowledgable for the most part, and even knew their beer.

Nice food selection with a lot of options on the menu. The Friday night all-you-can-eat fish and chips was excellent. Sunday morning we made it in for the "Breakfast with Hefe" and my eggs benedict were good, as were the egg dishes my wife and daughter had.

Beer was very good, and they had a lot of selections. Not only did they have most of their flagships, but they had several of their seasonals still on tap as well. The Abbey Roade was nice, their barleywine was just awesome, and I can't think of one I really didn't like, although I didn't feel that the Celtic Knot was really an Irish red, more of a basic American red.

I was upset that they didn't have the stout because it's "not really a summer beer."

All in all, though, a great place to eat, drink, and visit.

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4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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!

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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.

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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.

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3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Big cavernous brick walled old warehouse has a cool atmosphere, but is a little too open to provide any coziness or feeling of privacy (the latter being, perhaps oddly, how I like public drinking establishments). Food, what I had anyway, was underspiced and eggplant was undercooked, but it wasn't a disaster. Lots of their beers were available, good selection, and the ones that were seasonal were clearly maked as such on the menu. Found all three beers that I had decent to underwhelming (barleywine, cask pale ale, scottish ale). Attentive service, from both waitress and bartender, were the best part of the visit.

I dunno, was left a little cold by this place overall, but they're giving it a great shot, and you gotta love that they have a Belgian beer bar upstairs. Will try that next time.

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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%

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