Appalachian Brewing Company

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3.62/5
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Place Score: 86
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.76
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

401 Buford Avenue
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 17325
United States
phone: (717) 394-2200

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Reviews by malloyca:
Photo of malloyca
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

We arrived for an early lunch at 11:30 on a Sunday. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Children are welcome. There is a medium sized bar area and two dining rooms. Service was initially attentive, but dropped off as the dining room began to fill up. The food is standard brewpub fare, expanded a bit to include some entrees and salads, but nothing unusual. Unfortunately, the cheddar ale soup was cold, but the beer battered pretzels were good, as was the five cheese pizza. There were also complaints from our group about the sandwiches being cold and dry. There look to be between 6-8 of ABC's drafts on tap at any time. The quality of the beer was good, particularly the Celtic Knot Red Ale. I would stop in if passing through, especially for a growler fill, but would not go out of my way to eat here again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Seanem44
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I was frankly amazed by the food, which had a Germanic flavor. My wife and I stopped by after an Army sponsored seminar in Harrisburg, while driving home to Virginia. The food selection was good. Just about every food item was non-traditional. I had sausage with apple potatoes. My wife had pretzel chicken which she fortunately did not finish. I say this is fortunate because I got to eat the rest. The atmosphere is rustic lodge style. Nothing to brag about. Service was ok, but business was light. The locale is awesome. You are basically on the Battlefield. Oh, they also have beer you can take home. It's fairly decent beer as well. Overall worth eating at if in the area.

Photo of maltedmilk
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Stayed in Gettysburg over the weekend and walked here from our hotel in town on Sunday evening. The tables were full and there was 1/2 hour wait so we went to eat at the bar since we could sit right down there.

The service was not the best. It took a while before the bartender would acknowledge my presence. Finally had a hoppy trail ipa and my husband had the octoberfest . The ipa was good but the octoberfest was kinda flat in my opinion.

My husband and I had a chicken sandwich. I thought mine was good by my husband felt his wasn't cooked enough and had a bad texture. He send it back and ordered a burger instead. 20 minutes later, the burger still hadn't arrived so we asked for the check and left.

Consequently, I don't recommend eating here but there is a good variety of beer on tap . There should be a winner in there somewhere if you have the patience and capacity to try and find it.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Stopped here for dinner on a whim while driving through Gettysburg. I'm glad I did, because it was a very enjoyable experience. I order the black and blue pork medallions, which were very delicious with a unique flavor. Other items ordered by my group included the reuben and cheeseburgers, both of which were very good as well. I had the Hoppy Trails IPA, which I would rate as good but not outstanding. The root beer and birch beer were enjoyed by the children in our group. Service by our waitress was excellent - very friendly and helpful. If I return to the area in the future, I will certainly be eating here again.

Photo of tkepx182
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went here to eat after walking the southern end of the battlefield. I was expecting more from them then I got since I have visited the one in Harrisburg.

I only really had to drinks, the White birth beer, which was not that good and the scottish ale which was not as fresh as it should have been.

The service was lacking until closing time approached, then the bartenders and the hostesses started to become pushy.

But the root beer BBQ wings where good. Better then I have had at the past few places I have been. The main disappointment was the fact that the waiting staff gave me my meal before the wing appetizer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Walked in an very similar to the Harrisburg location, but almost had the feel of a standard restaurant. They seemed to have the same menu and prices as the Harrisburg location, as well as, the core beers were there, with a couple specialty beers there. They also had Duvel and Delirium bottles. The staff was wrapping it up for the night but still extremely friendly. Even though they were getting stuff closed down they didn't mind us hanging out and chewing the fat with us. Had a very enjoyable time there and talked to some locals that really got into craft beer because of this place. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of nickthetick
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I'm in this place just about everyother weekend fro lunch and to fill up my growler. Its quiet and relaxed; not too bright but still light enough to get a good color out of the beer and actually see what your eating. The people behind the bar are always very knowledgeable and can answer almost any question I've been able to come up with without consulting someone else. There is always a great selection of their beers, with one on cask most of the time, and a few bottles of belgium and belgium style beers available. I have never had an entree however every single burger, panini and grilled cheese I've had has been outstanding. The prices are great and I love a bar with a good beer sampler (8 five ounce samples) plus a 2$ growler fill discount on thursdays.

Photo of grinch7555
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Have been here several times as we come to Gettysburg 3-4 times a year. Always stop here as the beer selection, quality and taste is better than anywhere else in town. The food is comparable with most other resturants around the town. Service depends on who you get as a server. Some do very well and know the beers, but notice their knowledge of the beers is more up the the individuals than the ownership. Prices are good and I've not been disapointed with any of the food selections. They change every-so-often.

Note: they do brew a small amount in the basement, but most comes in from the Harrisburg main brewery. Same as the one in Camp Hill. I'd give it a try.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This was our last brewpub/ beer bar stop on our PA road trip in late September. We stopped here because we were already in Gettysburg.

This place is easy to find and just off the path of the beginning of the battlefield driving tour. Probably the easiest place to find on our entire trip. The atmosphere is somewhat rustic and very woody with a feeling that you are eating inside of a giant barn.

Our waitress was decent and knew some things about the beer-but not much. They have a variety of beers offered on tap, but the beer selection reminds me of Rock Bottom, and more aimed at pleasing the general public than going the extra mile. The best of the beer was decent, slightly above average. The food was fine, good, but nothing special. They also sell their beer bottled to go by the 6 pack.

Not a bad place and definitely worth a try...but if you are only spending a day or so in the Gettysburg area there are much nicer, more historically relevant places to enjoy a meal that offer some nice local craft beers on tap.

Photo of Flashy
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Miss the old Gettysburg BC, one of the great family run brewpubs. This place is not downtown and not in walking distance, god I miss the old place.
The ABC is reasonable, very good (not great) and is smack dab in one of the most historic places in American history (not only for being at Gburg, but even more so for being next door and across the street from Lee's HQ). A nice relaxing place, not earth shaking, I give it a 3.9. Get there early on busy nights ( not as busy as the night of 6/30/63- 7/1/63). A nice, mellow place to drink in a building that has further potential. Parking can be tight FYI. Parking on the Chambersbug Pike is non existant, get there early. Like this place, but oh!

Photo of MrOctober
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Took a trip to Gettysburg, and stayed at the Lee's Headquarters Hotel on the same site as the ABC Restaurant - Brewery.

The place had an excellent selection, 12 or 13 on tap. Stayed for two nights and they added Perigrine Pilsner on night two. More lighter style beers on tap - lagers, wheat, pilsners, but they even had a cask ESB when i was there. All the beers were very fresh, and I enjoyed most of them. The barleywine was nice and had a big kick.

In short, this was a real good expereience. The bartender knew the beers. Saw several people come in to fill up growlers, so it seemed to have a loval appeal, aside from tourists. But it really made for a great stay, all day out around the battlefield sight seeing. spend a few hours at the bar and my hotel room was about 30 feet away.

A good spot, I doubt you are going to find much competition in variety and good fresh beer, while hitting the interesting sites in Gettysburg.

Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice, if unassuming (and strategically located at the spot near where the battle began, at the northern end of Seminary Ridge between Chambersburg Pike and the railroad cut - you're eating on top of where the armies were operating).

A big open, wooded hall, with comfy tables and homey decorations. The staff is friendly, though they seemed a bit short staffed the day we were there, but they tried hard to make the best of things. The food is good, standard pub food, well executed. A decent kids menu (But peculiarly, it is Beach themed, which seems somewhat remote from Gettysburg both geographically and thematically, a point my perceptive 10 year old picked up on immediately).

The beer is tasty and they offer a generous 8 beer sampler for only $10. My favorites are the IPA and Pale ale, though they make a nice Scottish ale, a passable lager, and some nice seasonals.

If you're not looking for fancy, this is probably a good alternative to the more touristy places deeper into town or surrounding the core of the battlefield.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.31/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This is a satellite of Harrisburg's Appalachian Brewing Company located in the touristy, sometimes cheesy Civil War town of Gettysburg.

I moved out to G-burg for work and decided to check this place out since I am a fan of Appalachian's alcoholic and non-alcoholic offerings (their root beer is amazing). This location is on the edge of town across from the Seminary where the first day's fighting occurred during the battle. It is housed in a restaurant which I can only assume was attached to the hotel whose parking lot it shares. Inside the decor is cheesy and reminds me of either a pancake house or a sub par German restaurant. The beer was good, but I thought it was a bit expensive. If I remember correctly, somewhere between 10-12 beers are available on tap and flights are available. The bar tender was nice and gave me Happy Hour prices for the beers I got. I had the Smoked Ale and the Nut Brown Ale. The former was good, but it didn't have the real smokiness I desire in a true Rachbier. The Nut Brown Ale was easy to drink.

I did not try the food, but I noticed they had certain days where you could get all you can eat ribs and the like. I came on all you can eat spaghetti and meatballs. A guy down the bar from me took advantage of this special, but was soon informed after her received his first plate that the restaurant was out of spaghetti. So much for that.

I think if Appalachian remodels the inside and refines the operations at this location they be able to really tap into a large chunk of those tourist dollars flowing into Gettysburg. However, if you can get past the fact that it's not a brewpub, I think the Garryowen Irish Pub on Chambersburg St. is a better place, if not the best place, to have a beer in Gettysburg.

Photo of kms910
3/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Overall I wasn't impressed with that said I was very surprised to see several taps ready to be poured. On tap, about 12 varieties of Appalachian brews ranging from pale ale to stout to an impressive barleywine. Don't go looking for any other labels other than ABCo. You can purchase the house brews in bottles or growler at the time of this writing they only had the larger growlers available ranging in price from $31 to $33 depending on your brew choice. As for the food I only had the wings which were good - stout BBQ sauce. Lots of folks ordered the angus burgers and I did see a bowl of chili come my way. Few people walked in to purchase 6-packs while I was sitting at the bar. I even spotted SBALDWIN (BA) in the place buying a 6-pack for trading. Beer traders at work!

Photo of slander
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Sunday runnin' the corner, the long way way out but I can take my time getting there and maybe stop here or there along the way, which I did. Now further up the road, nearly in sight of battlefield sites, another ABC; in a something that clearly used to be a something else, with a little motel out back doin' a semi wrap around kind of thing. This, the shortest distance between two pints...

Entering in, you're in the big room; bar & adjacent seating to one side, more seating to the other. Open and "A" framish, with a slanted ceiling and cross beam rafters. Flags lined down the center of the room, and kegs shelved over the windows at both ends of the room with large ABC signage in between. Tile floors and carpeted seating areas, wood plank walls with deep red painted uppers displaying more large ABC beer prints, shirts on the inside wall & vintage beer trays below.

6 mixed tables behind me where I've chosen to be the lone denizen of the bar, straight reddish wood bar with a lip, seating 10 on green leather stools. Beers on draught board displayed above a 16 tap row over a stainless steel panel on the barback wall center. Cupboardish shelving to both sides displaying liquor, mugs, glassware of all shapes & sizes, and growlers. Some brewery trays and light ABC mirrors & signage displayed there. Ceramic mug club mugs dangling from a large ladderlike rack above the bar. Drop spots above on cords, and mounted lamps over the seating areas. TV's mounted on both corners of the bar end. I'm watching some MLB action, just a recap of the Yankees winning and the dirty, dirty Sox losing now back 2½ games.

Seating on the other end, nearly a dozen booths & tables there, the booths doing the wrap around the tables in the center. Beyond there, a rear room with the same, nearly a dozen tables, and downstairs, the everything else; the "necessary rooms" and a room holding a single billiard table with views of a teeny brew room that clearly does not make all that is served here.

14 beers on, I said, "Something in the way of a sampler?" and he got a-pourin'. The sampler gives you 8 of their choice (Water Gap Wheat, pleasant easy drinking American Wheat; Zoigl Lager, a tasty unfiltered Lager, good maltiness; Purist Pale Ale, a deep copper ale, Fuggles, Fuggles; Hoppy Trails IPA, 6.31%, yep, that bitch is hoppy; Susquehanna Stout, on nitro, roasty and damn good licorice flavors, win!; Jolly Scot Scottish Ale, excellent malt bomb, wonderfully sweet, I'm thinking it's more a scotch than a Scottish; Dom Blonde Kolsch, clean, tasty, nice Kolsch; Hefe, saw it coming and spoke up, saving it from getting lemon wedged, it's a Hefe, clove, bananana), and then I started hitting the I'll pat to play seasonals (Anniversary Maibock, 7.64%, another malt bomb, and well it should be; Celtic Knot Irish Ale, kind of meh, knot a lot going on there; Blackberry Wheat, a bit much sickly sweetness in an unKool Aid way; Major Hops Olde Ale, some nice maltiness there, not too much heat; Peregrine Pils, a good, clean Pils; Broad Street Barleywine, a really good Barleywine at 12.8%). They also make a root beer & ginger beer that I didn't get to. A good range overall, most everything is below 6% except for the IPA, Maibock & Barleywine. Some nice offerings here; thinkin' the Zoigl Lager, Susquehanna Stout, Jolly Scot Scottish Ale, Anniversary Maibock, Major Hops Olde Ale, and Broad Street Barleywine were the best of the lot.

Light foodings at the last place a whiles back means a bite here is in order. I will have the brewhaus chicken sandwich, devil may care, probs not though. It's a good sandwich, the chicken is cooked, it is on bread, there are light vegetable things of crunch and texture placed on the top of it (I don't know what they call that).

Well, they had some nice offerings beerwise. Growlers they do, and also a beer to go cooler near the door with six packs, and the food was good. Not warmly inviting and strange in it's own, but a comfortable enough room, I suppose, and the service was cordial & prompt, 'tender Pete tended. And now I so have to get out of here, whose idea was it to hit 2 brewpubs with a dozen+ beers on their samplers today? Miles and miles to go.

Photo of Nutleybeer
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Sought this place out while in Gettysburg. A bit off the beaten track, away from the downtown, but near the battlefield.

Walked in, really good selection was my first impression. 10-12 beers on tap. Ordered a sampler, $10, that included 8 of their beers. Healthy portions too. Included a wheat, IPA, Scottish and Stout among others. The Scottish Ale, sweet but strong, really stood out.

You can order the sampler size glasses to try the rest of their beers not included in the sampler...the barleywine (quite strong), black berry wheat (which tasted like a cross between a lambic and a sour ale), Heffe and an organic brown.

Good service. Typical pub food. $8 for the pretzels app was a bit pricey, but everything else on the menu was reasonable.

Only brewpub in town. Worth stopping at...next to the Best Western. You gotta love sipping on a beer, while looking over and seeing a table full of re-enactors right next to you.

For collectors, they sell pint glasses, t-shirts, hats and even paint prints of their logos. You can buy their beer in single, 6 and 12 packs as well.

Photo of AltBock
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This Appalachian Brewing Company brewpub is located on Route 30 (Buford Ave) near Gettysburg Seminary. It's actually not too far from downtown Gettysburg and the battlefield itself is on the other side of town. I didn't get a real good look at the place on the outside because I was able to find a parking spot on the side of the building. If you can't find a parking spot there, they have a parking lot across the street. This open brewpub with the bar area on the left and the 2 dinning rooms on the right. I couldn't help but notice that it was very small brewpub. The bar area could only hold about 10 to 20 people (the bar itself could only hold about 10 people) and the dinning room could only comfortably hold 20 to 30 people. The other dinning room on the other side of the wall could only hold a few more people. There is a downstairs, but that's where they keep their 10bbl capacity brewing system. Get here at a good time because this place can get packed very easily. If there's a bus parked outside, forget it! You won't be able to find a seat anywhere.

Their beer selection is about 12+ taps and one cask. I thought the range of the beer styles was great. Along with the usual Pale Ales and IPAs, they went a little further and had a Irish Dry Stout, a Rauchbock, and even a hard hitting Barleywine. It's not very often you see a Rauchbock and a Barleywine on the same tap list together. The Pale Ales and the IPAs were standard, but the Rauchbock was mildly smoky and the best one I had. It's too bad that I wasn't able to try their high ABV % Barleywine. That would have been fun to try.

The service here was pretty good. The waitress was always there when we needed another beer and she made a great recommendation when my friend wasn't certain what beer he should have. This waitress would also get me a few samples of their beer because it was hard to choose what beer I wanted to pout into my Growler. I must have went through 4 samples before I chose the right beer for my Growler.

All we had here was a loaf of bread off their appetizer menu. The bread was good, but the butter cream spread that came with it was better. As you can see, I did try some of their food, but I don't want to pass judgement on their capability to make food on a simple loaf of bread.

The prices for their beer are excellent! While the growler refills are average priced at $9 for their basic beer line and $11 for their seasonals, their prices for their pints were only $3 for their regular line and $4.50 for the seasonals. The thing was, it wasn't even happy hour when I was there. I honestly don't no how you could make a profit at only $3 a pint in today's world. That $3 price tag has to be going up soon.

In the end, it's a nice little brewpub with inexpensive beer. That is if you're able to get a seat here. It's a must stop in Gettysburg because it's now the only brewpub in town and it's only $3 a pint. You're not going to find that price anywhere else in town.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Generally, I stop in here Thursday nights when then give specials on growler refills...

Upon entrance, it's fairly dark and somewhat smokey, as the smoking section is located directly on the left of the entrance. I can't wait for PA to ban smoking in restaurants... but...

The atmosphere is nice, they try and give a rustic restored barn feel. The food tries well to be like a typical brewpub, offering a decent selection with some interesting offerings. The food is generally good and the portions are satisfying. The food retains a flair for the PA Dutch. The service is typical.

But, this is a brewpub, so lets talk about ta beer

ABC is fair to midland, with a few standouts -- like the Sus Stout and and Abbey Road Belgian Ale. The bartender here is a bit hickish, but knowledgeable. He reminds me of the bartender in Piano Man, but with no joke quickness. They offer seasonal selections that are generally good, thought sometimes they're uninspiring (Celtic Red Ale). Gettysburg at times brews specialty beers with Gburg as its locus, like the Karma CA Common Beer, which I particularly enjoy. Overall, the beer is better than decent, and to refill a growler for 7 dollars, it works out well for a college student.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The family stopped in after dropping off my daughter at basketball camp at the college. After driving through the crazy circle deal in town, this place was pretty easy to find and parking was acceptable. The overflow across the street was a good idea.

Nice little barn-looking place with adequate seating, away from the bar. As stated before, the flags were a neat touch. They had a good number of beers available and 1 on cask. When I asked the girl what was on cask, she told me the triple. I was excited. She quickly returned to tell me the plae ale was the one on "cast." WTF? How can you work at a "brewpub" and not know wtf cask is ?

Anyway, as always, the beer is mediocre but the food is really good. The pale ale on cask was okay. Tried the crab quesadillas and they were excellent.

Overall, not a bad little place. The staff cannot compete with the Harrisburg staff, though. Education is essential in a place like this. It is better than a TGIFridays, though.

Photo of mjc410
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've always had a great experience at this ABC, and it may well have to do with my love affair with Gettysburg. The brewpub is situated directly across from the famous seminary, and on the edge of the western portion of the battlefield park. Thus, the history of the town is all around you.

Inside the building, which is a converted older restaurant, are dark wood beams festooned with the flags of various nations, most of them known for their brewing. They help add color to all of the woodiness, and it works for me.

The beer is widely varied, with ABC tackling German, Belgian, and English styles. I had the Peregrine Pils this time, and it was workable, but not amazing. The same goes for the Vanilla Porter, but it went well with my roast beef and au jus sammich. I'm a huge fan of their regular Susquehanna Stout, though.

The aforementioned food was a bit pricey, but satisfying in a not-too-imaginative way. The pretzel logs are always a big winner, though. The beer remains in the $3.5/pint range, which is fine, too.

I've almost always stopped in during the day, so I would highly recommend ABC for lunch, as a break from exploring Gettysburg before heading out for more.

Photo of KFaulkner
2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Nestled off of Rt 30 in Gettysburg just a short walk from many of the battlefields, ABC's Gettysburg restaurant is more of a tourist trap than a local restaurant.

First of all, I should mention their hours, which are dreadful. I understand the restaurant appeals to daytime tourists getting their fill of Gettysburg history, but the kitchen closes at 9pm on Friday and Saturday's while the restaurant closes at 10pm. Even if you stop in after the kitchen closes for a beer, you're welcomed by an annoyed staff anxious to clean up and get out.

Restaurant service is horrible. Perhaps is was an isolated incident, but my waitress was inattentive, had no working knowledge of their beer selection and did not check on me and my guest for refills (at one point I had to ask the host, who was seating a nearby table, for a refill). The only service that was prompt was to get the check.

I'm more annoyed at the waitress not stopping to talk to us about the beer selection. Our initial drink order was asked in passing, as she was carrying plates from another table. She almost walked by our table, but turned her head around and asked at us "Drinks?"

This is too bad because my experience at the Harrisburg location have all been positive. The food is good, although I would recommend a sandwich or pizza over one of their entrees. While reasonably priced, their dishes tend to be salty and unoriginal.

My vanilla porter, a Gettysburg location specialty, was flat and boring.

Oh, and they didn't have a cask conditioned beer available, as advertised. Strike 3.

Photo of Umbra
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

ABC has a very easy to find location. As you meander out of town, they are on the hill on Rte 30 just next door to the General's HQ. They have the official brewpub atmosphere. Very open inside with exposed beams and smallish bar. There were about six seats at the bar and a dozen tables on the first floor. Giant pictures of their labels were on the walls w/ some assorted photos and articles. I think there was also a larger dining room downstairs, but I didn’t wander much.

Twelve ABC brews were on tap. According to the ‘tender two were brewed on premises and one on cask. A much wider assortment of their beers than I've seen. They apparently only bottle about 5 of their brews. The others that don't make it that far appear much more interesting to me than the regular lineup. Had an average cask stout and a nice smoked ale. Service was fast and friendly. Just enough interaction to allow be to enjoy my salad, brew, and World Cup action.

Had the cheese soup and a house salad. Soup was tasty and interesting, though I have fonder memories of the GLBC cheese soup. Most stuff on the menu appears under $10. The few entrees that I saw appeared well made.

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Easy to find after a few hours of touring Gettysburg. Entered during early afternoon on a Thursday, and there were only a few other patrons eating lunch. When entering you feel like you are walking into a barn or storage area. Some tables on the right and a bar with about 10 stools on the left. A refridgerator holding ABC beers is just along the front door and some hats / shirts are in a case in front of the door.

There is an additional dining room off the back of the front room which was closed when we arrived. There is a pool table downstairs in a small room near the restrooms. There was also a seperate area that can hold some parties upwards of 50 people or so.

There were 13 beers on tap, with only one brewed on premise. The other beers were brewed at the Harrisburg location. A wide variety of beers were available, from lagers to ales to stouts, with an abbey ale and spice amber to round out the selections. The beers we had were of good quality.

The food was decent, typical pub grub. The appetizers we had were no great shakes but fit the need to feed the belly. The bartender was pleasant and was relatively knowledgable of the beers.

I would call this a must stop if you are in the neighborhood, but personally I preferred the Harrisburg location.

Photo of surfadelic23
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited again 12/27/06.
Stopped in for a quick pint while home for Christmas. They had a delicious coffee stout on cask! Tried one of those. We also tried the December specialty which was called Volks Weizenbock. A dark strong brew that was out of this world. Another excellent stop!
Visited again 7/28. My sister wife and I popped in for a few pints while visiting the family. We tried a round of the Jolly Scot scottish ale which was nice and true to style. Followed this up by a round of Susquehanna stout (My lil sis fell in love with Stouts while stuying abroad) which was also wonderful. Last round was the hoppy trails IPA on CASK! Woo-Hoo! It was wonderful. Staff was friendly as usual and very attentive.
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Was visiting my family over Thanksgiving and we had dinner here Friday night for my parents anniversary. We had two children under 4 and the hostess sat us in the back room by ourselves which was awfully nice. They also provided crayons! Now, on to the beer. They must have had over 12 different ales on tap, plus an IPA cask conditioned. We ordered a sample which included 8 beers one of which was their meade! I was impressed with most of the beers which were quite tasty. I also tried the IPA cask(nice and hoppy) and my wife had the Scotch Ale(pretty accurate style) which was really good. The food was also great. The only bummer was that they no longer offer the Shepperd's Pie(my mom's 1st choice). I had their Schnitzel which was excellent. My wife tried the crab cakes which were good too. Sis had the steak salad which was pretty good and my folks had the fish and chips (auce on Fridays) , my baby sis had a pulled pork barbq sandwich that also looked great. This place has neat oldschool beer memorabilia AND civil war stuff all over the place. They also do crawlers as well. If all this wasn't enough, the bill was $100. Not bad for seven adults and two children. HIghly recc'd.

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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Well, that was wild.

OK, I've just had a top-10-strangest beerflying experience and I certainly won't let it change my scores. With all the comments on this ABC location, I hadn't really realized it was directly across from the Lutheran Seminary (as in Gettysburg's Seminary Hill.) And when BA Margaret and I sat down for a Wednesday lunch (and NOTE: this location closed Monday and Tuesday!) little did we or the harried pair of servers know that day would bring close to sixty folks from what must have been a convention at the seminary for their midday repast between 12:10 and 12:15. If you have ever felt like the least spiritual person in a brewpub by a factor of ten, let me tell you, it is a transporting experience.

It's also an experience that tells you a lot about how an establishment handles a stressful situation. I was mightily impressed at how the two servers stepped up, and how the kitchen got lunches to tables in breakneck speed. Amazing service that day from folks who at first looked like they were ready to melt into the floor when they saw wave after wave of customers descending all at once.

A few fewer beer choices than in ABC Harrisburg, but with the same decent and wide-ranging food menu. The decor appears not to have changed from when the location took over the High Pointe restaurant (to the degree that if you look closely at the swinging sign out front, you can see the outline of the old restaurant's name covered over by blue paint.) This is the main drawback, the decor having been faux-rustic. The dedication to beer pictures on the walls is nice, but they have GOT to do some work on the light fixtures, the stained wood, the left-behind-decades-ago green of the booths.

Drink the Major Hops Old Ale: it's not available elsewhere, and the high malt, high hops mud in my glass was a fine hearty brew that can stand up to a wind-whipping-across-the-battlefield day we spent in Gettysburg. And if you are ever surrounded, and I mean surrounded by clerical collars at a brewpub, observe, some of them might even be drinking the beer.

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Appalachian Brewing Company in Gettysburg, PA
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.