Appalachian Brewing Company

Appalachian Brewing CompanyAppalachian Brewing Company
BA SCORE
43%
Liked Their Beers
3.65 w/ 2,730 Ratings
Appalachian Brewing CompanyAppalachian Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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:
77
Reviews:
1,145
Ratings:
2,730
Liked:
1,175
Average:
3.65/5
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
74.8%
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
163
Liked:
122
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
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4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Fish tacos FTW

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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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Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
Brewery rating: 43% out of 100 with 2,730 ratings
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