Appalachian Brewing Company

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Appalachian Brewing CompanyAppalachian Brewing Company

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

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

(717) 221-1080 | map

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 boelker62
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
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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Photo of ndolover
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have visited this place a few times when I'm in town on business. It is located in an older area of Harrisburg, PA. The building is old, but has been gutted and re-vamped with brass and nice wood work. It has a large open feel and I have always been able to find a seat at the bar.

I have only ran in to 1 or 2 other brewpubs that offer such a large beer selection in terms of their own craft beer. They also have a large Belgian selection (upstairs). However, they usually more then enough beers on tap to keep a guy busy! When I was there I counted 15 different beers, and they may have had more.

The quality of the beers can be hit or miss. They have some exotics such as barrel aged barley wines and lambics...but those are usually the "misses" even the bartender warned me that the lambic was below average. I would reccomend the standard seasonals. For instance the Oktoberfest I had was great and classic example of the style. I also appreciated that they have a good selection of Lagers, which many brewpubs shy away from.

The food is above average brewpub fare. However, I would not reccomend anything enough to make that the reason to visit ABC. Overall, this is a must hit if you are in the area. However, I doubt many avid beer lovers would put it among the top brewpubs.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Wife had a business trip so we stopped in at this place. First off, it looks like it is in a ghetto neighborhood. Everything around it is dilapidated and ugly looking. Not very respectable.

Inside it is clean and large. You can clearly see many of the fermentation vessels. The beer list was decent. The beer itself was OK. The raspberry framboise was fantastic. I don't know what they did but that stuff was killer. The peach lambic wasn't that good, though. Had a few sip of the wit they serve and that was sub-par, same with the IPA. The pale ale was solid but overall I wasn't super impressed with the quality of the beer. It was mediocre.

The food was good. We sampled a cheese appetizer that was fantastic, too. Very good. Came out paired with some wine and beer, can't beat that. The food was good to eat but nothing too fantastic to shout about. However, the quantity was impressive. You get a lot of food for the price at this place.

I would say check it out if you are there. It's one of the few microbreweries in the area. Clean, decent and affordable.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Appalachian is, to me (knowing solely Downtown Harrisburg), a bit of the beaten path. It's a quick two minute drive from downtown, or a longer walk through a quieter part of town and through a tunnel under the train tracks (which could seemingly be a bit shady late at night).

Anyway, upon entering the rather large brick building, you are greeted with a large, cavernous (in a good way) single room. Tables encompass the front two thirds or so of the room with an L shaped bar and some high-top bar tables encompassing the pack portion. Brewing equipment is in a large room to the right and the Abbey Bar is apparently upstairs (never been). Decor is brick with lots of flags hanging from the ceiling and large signs of the labels/logos for their beers.

Beers on tap have been in the dozen or so range on both of my visits and to me, that's a great number for a brewpub. Last visit had, amongst others, the Light, Pale, Stout, Scotch, Barleywine, Wheat, etc. The Stout was on cask as well and the Barleywine was barrel aged. Nice. Beers have always poured in and tasted as if they were in fine shape as well, so even with the high number of taps there seems to be a nice turnover here.

Service seems to be not bad overall. Had a great server last time who was very attentive to our kids needs (yes the place is kid friendly with a kids menu, crayons, etc available), but on our first visit it was just my wife and I and, while our server wasn't bad, she was well, fairly annoying and loud overall.

My biggest (and only) gripe with the ABC is the food. I'm just not getting it overall. I've had a few sandwiches which are dry and tasteless, and my wife had some wings that she did not like at all (although I thought weren't half bad). I'd say it's hit or miss but tends to lean towards the miss more often than the hit, which is unfortunate.

Overall, this is a place that I'd dig coming back to just to hang at the bar and have a few beers and watch a game and relax. The food definitely needs some work, but I can't discount it completely. That aside, I'd come back here anytime for the beers and will gladly visit the ABC again if only for that reason, which is what it's all about for me in the long run anyway.

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Photo of guinnessfan
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Convinced to come by a mug-club member. Haven't been here since they opened 10 years ago.

A: Cool looking place with the historic look to it. Nice sized eating area, good bar, belgian bar upstairs. This place has it all. Big and open dining hall style makes it a place to come with a lot of friends.

Q: The beers are slightly above average, but the food we had was excellent. Salmon lox on toast with onions and capers is a great starter. The Stout BBQ sauce on the wings is really tastey. My friend had some really excellent pork mediallions in sauce.

S: The servers are really friendly an dhelpful. They really seem to enjoy working there. We got there around 6:00 on Thursday. We were seated promptly and attentitively waited upon.

S: Great food and beer selection. About 10 or 12 beers available, 2 on cask. Lots of different food to chose from, too many choices IMO.

F: Good food, as previously stated.

V: Slightly expensive, but it is really a good experience and in the end, it seems relatively reasonable.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We hit here for lunch after a stop at Troegs down the street.

The beer selection was great, and the sampler was not a bad deal for the amount of beer you get. Most of the beers were average unfortunately. I did get a pint of Scotch Ale which was tasty. It had that syrupy feel to it though that makes me wonder if they are brewing with extract. The vanilla porter was notable and the Hoppy Trails was nice as well.

This is a cool place. Not a lot of business on Friday at 3pm, but I imagine the place gets kicking at the right times. Cool atmosphere with exposed beams and such that are common in historic buildings.

The service was excellent and the food was great. The burger I had was superb, and word is the fish fry was good as well.

I would go here again, based on atmosphere and selection alone.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.7/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped here while on a mid-PA beer trip, overall not bad.

Only sat and had a couple of beers, but the atmosphere is great. Really large bar area and dining section. The entire place was smoke free, which I like, and wish would happen everywhere.

The beer was nice and fresh, and very tasty. I was never a big fan of their beers, but liked everything I had on tap. Leading me to believe it is a freshness issue, but I digress. Looked at the menu, and the lineup and prices seemed a good compiment to the place.

Overall, I would visit this place again when in the area visiting Troegs, but wouldn't make a trip solely for this place. But worth a visit if in the area.

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Photo of makdeco
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was my last stop for my PA trip. I looked up this one on a whim before I left for PA. So being my last stop I was not that hungry and a little beered out. It was a late Sunday afternoon and it was ot crowded but there were people in there. (Was nicely packed by the time I left.) Sat at the bar and the Bartender was nice and helpful with descriptions of there beers. I wanted the IPA but the were out. I went for the wheat beer, it was clean crisp buut smooth on the way down. They did serve it with lemon.

I ordered the fish and chips, fish was good and hot (temp wise) tasted fresh. After words I tried the Zoigl Lager which was an unfiltered lager and that was good, by far one the best micro lagers I have tried. If I am passing thru Harrisburg again I will be stopping in. Oh I also purchase a 6 pack of the Mountain Lager in which I have yet to try.

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Photo of slander
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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Photo of StoutHearted
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Besides Bullfrog, I also think Appalachian is much better in person than at brewfests. I had a sampler, and the standout was the Jolly Scot. Their Mountain Lager, which we were told by the bartender "tastes like Budweiser!" as if that was supposed to make us want to drink it, didn't deserve the insult and had much more flavor. We also had a stout on cask and an oak-aged barleywine, two fabulous brews. The modifications brought out the best in the two brews.
The bar itself it in the back of the the place, past a bunch of tables and a swag counter. Everything is shiny wood, giving a nice, clean atmosphere. It looks like a good place to bring the family. Service was very nice, if a bit butterfingers with the glassware (she broke a few in front of us. Oh well, everyone has one of those days.)
We had some Old Bay fries, which could have used some more Old Bay. They were pretty plain, right down to the soggy texture. I don't think I would order them again. Everything else on the menu looked like standard pub and dinner fare.
All in all, it was a great place to hang out. It had a nice crowd, and I disturbedly found out that I liked Wesley Snipes' "Murder at 1600" on closed captioning, which was playing on the TV behind the bar.

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Photo of PopeDX
4.34/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The what-turned-out-to-be-7th and final stop of the super awesome magical mega central PA 2 day brewery tour was Appalachian! For those keeping score at home, the 5th was an unplanned stop at a winery between Selinsgrove and Harrisburg (don't bother, bad bad wine) and the 6th was Tröegs for the tour and a snappy Tröegenator work shirt (I can now pretend to be a supervisor of a hardwood flooring company named Mark).

An almost-literal stone's throw from the aforementioned production brewery on the wrong side of the tracks in H'burg. Stuck between a mass of tracks and a cliff on Cameron St. in the Commonwealth capital, it looks like any other gloomy warehouse in the row. Inside it has that spacious warehouse-turned-brewpub look that's so...warehouse-turned-brwepubby. It's a good thing, and it's done right here. Lots of tables and in the back is a long L-shaped bar. We plop down right in the right angle. The surprisingly large brewing system is visible through glass behind the bar. We get a sampler of 8 beers, all solid examples of their styles, and some fries. Fries weren't bad, though the oil wasn't hot enough when they were fried...sort of soggy and one was undercooked. But I ain't gonna rate a place's food just on some fries. We got a couple of small glasses after that of their cask stout and their oak (not bourbon) barrel aged barleywine, both were fantastic. Service was very nice to boot.

We definitely plan on coming here again when in the area, Appalachian gets slagged too much and the brewpub is a great establishment with a wide selection of quality beer.

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Photo of mjc410
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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!

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Photo of pavandal
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here with a friend to check out what they had to offer. I had passed here my entire life and never stopped in.

We were greeted at the door and shown to our table in a timely manor. Server took a little long to get to us, but this could have been an accident because afterwards she was very friendly and attentive. Both of us had cheeseburgers, which came with fries and coleslaw. Food was good, I'd like to delve deeper into their menu sometime when I'm ready for a full meal.

I had the Jolly Scott Scottish Ale, and my friend tried the Pennypacker Porter, Octobers specialty beer. Both were good, especially the Porter. The Scottish was good enough for me to return the next night to pick up a six pack for poker!

The atomosphere was nice, lots of people at the bar with their famous "Mug Club" mugs hanging above the bar. Didn't venture upstairs to the Belgian Bar, although I will next time. Dining room overlooks the brewing tanks, which I loved to look at. This was a very nice place that I'd love to visit many times.

Overall, a very nice place with friendly staff and a great view of the brewery. Recommended if you're in the area!

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Photo of ottobon100
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

While visiting Harrisburg for the first time I went here on Monday evening, Oct. 30th. Found it on "Beer Fly." Started off - and finished - with the samplers, 8 of them brewed on premises + a root beer sample. First, I thought all of the beers tasted "weak" or watery. I am a big IPA fan and their "Hoppy Trails" was not good at all. I really didn't like any of their beers that much. I guess if pressed to pick one it would have been the Stout or Porter but even that tasted watery to me. To be honest I can't remember if it was a Stout or Porter that was served. Just wasn't memorable. Maybe worth going back to see if some of the beers they carry other than the ones they brew are any good.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.14/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A great spot tucked away on Cameron Street in Harrisburg (not too far from Troegs). I first went upstairs to the Abbey Bar. This is a beautiful Belgian bar with a few pool tables (I think the sign said $8/hour to play), televisions all turned to College Football, a big stage for bands, ample seating, and a great bottle and tap selection. There is also a deck on the far end (opposite stairs) that they open that has tables and a nice view of lovely Cameron Street (lol). Downstairs is HUGE with plenty of seating both at the bar and at tables. They have big signboards indicating which ABC brews are currently being offered (I had a Kipona Fest, my wife drank a Water Gap Wheat) and even shows if the selection is cask-conditioned. I had visited here about a year ago, but didn't go's definitely worth the trip if in the Harrisburg area.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sudzweasel
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Spent two meals worth of time with the family in this place last week and we enjoyed it thoroughly. The place is an old factory that aided the WWII effort and it has had quite a history on its own. Now it houses the main brewing and bottling operations of the Appalachian brand. It is great sitting there in this huge open space with these large steam-jacketed tanks towering over everything (they are separated from the pub operation by a wall of glass. The beers on tap are many - too many to sample all and get in a car. We had the IPA on cask and regular draft, not sure if it was Kipona or another one they were working on but good anyway. The food was served in a timely fashion and the portions were good. I had the Jambalaya - if available try it! Did not get a chance to go upstairs to the Abbey Bar (family in tow, NG) but someday I will get back there.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a review of the ABC in Harrisburg and their Abbey Bar on the 2nd floor. Although I have had the food at ABC before, it was a few years ago and I don't have much to review it on but from what I remember and what I hear from others, the food is very good and the menu is pretty extensive.

The main floor is massive. Even the doors to enter the building are larger than life. There is plenty of seating on the first floor and at the bar. On this night we headed upstairs to the Abbey Bar as I have not tried it since they redid the theme on the floor. Although the Abbey Bar still has 2 pool tables and a large stage area for bands to play (not very Belgian Barish), the atmosphere was pretty cool overall. The bar itself is pretty long and at eye level they have 2 large coolers that hold about 50 or so different Belgian bottles (U.S. and from Belgium). They also have some English and German beers to boot. In addition to the Belgian bottles, they also serve about 8 to 10 of their own beers on tap on this floor and 1 or 2 guess taps that are usually Belgian. On this trip I sampled 3 ABC beers including their Scotch Ale, Barleywine and their wheat beer. I also had a bottle of Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale which was nice to see here and I helped my wife drink a Ommegang Witte and a De Troch Kreik. All in all, both floors of the ABC are very cool and the Abbey Bar seems to be a nice get away from the busy 1st floor.

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Photo of jasonm
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for a late lunch/snack during a drive from Pittsburgh to Lancaster.

A wonderfully restored industrial space. Huge ceilings with solid wood beams. I especially liked the large front doors with the stained glass insets features one of local bridges. Large L shaped bar towards the back with large windows with views of ~5 large fermenters.

The pub fries I had to eat were ok, nothing special. The beers I sampled were good.

Sat at the bar. Had a good chat with the bartender about homebrewing and recent ~$90 case purchases (me the 2006 Stone IRS, him Delerium Tremens).

They had 12 taps of their own beers, plus a few guest taps. One of theirs was a dry-hopped version of the Pale Ale drawn via beer engine.

Since I went before 5, I didnt get a chance to check out the Abbey bar. Next time Im in town for more than an hour Ill come back.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of ellisdee97
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Made a stop this weekend at ABC, first off the atmosphere is phenomenal, exposed beams and wood everywhere. We hung out upstairs at the Abbey, on one side is glass looking down on the fermenters, mash tun and so on. The immediate front is a stage, got to see Ten Mile Tide and Eli Christenson, the best show I have seen at any bar. Beer selection was all theirs on tap with two large cases for selections of worldly beers. Picked up an Urthel Hop-it to go, made for an excellent nightcap. Food was amazing, I got the Jumbalaya, highly recommend it. The only downfall was slow service, didn't get a waitress, had the bar tender serving us. He did a great job tending bar and remembering us. Overall this is the best beerbar/brewery I have been to. If you are in the area you must go.

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Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Although this isn't my first time to ABC, I decided to review this time. First of all this place is huge. It's 2 floors and both have ample seating. The first floor is the main dining area and also has a large bar with several taps of the own beer as well as as the cask conditioned beer that changes frequently. Tonight however I headed straight to the second floor because that's where the real treat is.

On the second floor is the Abbey Bar. This in another huge room with a stage, a few pool tables, some tables and decent sized bar. The real treat is what's behind the bar, 2 coolers of mainly belgian style beers. One to the right and one to the left. They have a great selection of belgian beers both from Europe as well as North America. I had a Duvel as well as a Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru. They also had beers from Chimay, Ommegang, Unibroue, Rocherfort, St. Bernardus. The bartender was polite and seemed to know a little about the beers.

Overall, this is a great place if your in the Harrisburg Area, a definate must.

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