Appalachian Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.67/5
Appalachian Brewing CompanyAppalachian Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

50 N. Cameron St.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17101
United States

(717) 221-1080 | map
abcbrew.com

Notes:
The Appalachian Brewing Company, also known as ABC, was founded in January 1997. ABC has a specialty beer each month.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
76
Reviews:
1,124
Ratings:
2,684
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PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
163
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by boelker62:
Photo of boelker62
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I have a different view of this place, as I had had their beers a few times before, but was rather unimpressed. The wife and I went there for a concert on a friday night to the Abbey Bar upstairs, only walking through the main hall downstairs. Both flors were filled and lively, families dining downstairs, and a younger crowd upstairs. On our particular night, the upstairs Abbey Bar was smoke free as well. But they did have a cigar humidor in back of the bar, which was confusong, at first. There was a private party and one end, and a light cover for the band.

The atmosphere was VERY lively and loud, well before the concert. It was a surprisingly young crowd, and as this Abbey Bar has about 100 Belgian bottles, and many of their own brews on tap, as well as a full liquor license, it was well-received by all ages. Maybe because it was a concert night, but it quite apparent you were not welcome, wait, that's unfair, it was unexpected for us to get food at the bar, like we do EVERYWHERE else we go. It was so crowded, so early, it was dificult to keep people from constantly hovering over our shoulders ordering drinks. Not their fault, though.

The quality of the overall presentation was good. The barkeeps were knowledgable, but were certainly there to sling drinks to the masses. I think they were understaffed (3 bartenders) for the 500 people on that floor, with no service bar and very few floor servers.

Tap selection was not as good as it was donstairs, but the 100 Belgian bottles puts this above average. The food we had was average bar food, and I mean that in a good way. I love bar food. Some of the best wings I have had in a while, actually. The value for the drinks was good, the IPA hit the spot, the porter above average, but, I did see someone drinking Chimay from the bottle, as if it were a Bud Light. Sorry, I am not trying to be a snob about it, but that's a minor form of beer disrespet, if you ask me. Oh well, to each his own. If I were a server, however, serving a $20 bottle of beer, I would want the customer to get the best value from it, and it is an objective assessment that most any beer is better after breathing a bit. Oh well.

Overall, my impression of the place is much higher than that of their bottled beers, and would not hesitate going back when in Harrisburg. I'd certainly go there for a concert again, but wouldn't make the 90 mile trip for it's on sake.

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More User Reviews:
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Spoda1983
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of TimoP
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Kilroy55
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of mk66
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Photo of JamesGrove
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of lamb0176
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Fish tacos FTW

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Photo of bmeehan
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

ABC is great. Their beer selection is vast and the quality is right where you want it to be, but their food can't be praised enough. The menu is unique and full of fun things to try and it delivers once you've got it. I've had the rockfish tacos and I've tried the french dip (which is braised in their Jolly Scot Ale) and they were both wonderful. Good place to go, can't wait to go back.

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4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

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3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

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Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
3.67 out of 5 based on 2,684 ratings.
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