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Appalachian Brewing Company

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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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pDev:
11.81%
 
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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 upstairs...it'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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Photo of waldo567
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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Photo of DuqTroops
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

visited - December 20, 2005

Atmosphere - very eclectic building. If not from the area, I would've driven by it without notice. The atmosphere in the restaurant/bar area is excellent. Very unusual. The worst part about the area is the parking - which is hard, unless you find the parking lot in the back to be empty.

Service - staff there is excellent. They were helpful in selecting good beers and food. Our waitress was great and the front desk service were very helpful in picking out which beers we should take home.

Selection - wide variety of beers and food. Their seasonal drinks are superb. They have a picture on their menu that describes each beer whether it is dark/light or hoppy/malty. Plenty of selection for everyone's taste.

Food - must eat a lot of food there. Brick oven pizzas were unusual and excellent. Pretzels are a must! Their mustard was unique and peppery. Order a Crabby Patty sandwich too.

Value - well worth the value of meal. The sampler was 9 dollars where you could try 8 different types of beer in a larger glass. Usually, I see a shot glass size of a sampler, this case it is at least 6 ounces.

If you are in the area - definitely go here and have a couple drinks.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.98/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I visited ABC in Harrisburg for the second time last night (a Sat night). Every time I see the building I am impressed. The front doors are huge, opening into the beautiful open main dining room. We had to wait a bit to get a table, which is understandable for a Saturday night at prime dinner/drinking time.

The service was good. We ended up waiting quite awhile for our dinner after ordering, and the waitress gave us a free round of drinks to compensate, which was fine by us.

The best part about ABC is the variety of the selection of both food and beer. They serve everything from steaks, to brick oven pizza, to stromboli, to sandwiches. I was there last month during Oktoberfest, and they had an excellent selection of very tasty German faire, which was great with the beer. We were sitting at the bar for a few minutes while my friend smoked a cigarette, and we saw one of the cooks come out to get a container filled with beer, no doubt for marinating something. Much of their food involves their beer in the cooking process, and many of the dinner selections has a brewmaster's suggestion printed on the menu to help pair food with beer.

Now to the beer. This particular night they had 12 of their own on tap. If you go to the upstairs bar, they also have a wide selection of lesser available Belgian and German imported bottles in addition to their own brews. A lot of people try sampler trays, but I'd rather sample a full pint. There's just something about drinking beer not twenty feet from where it is made.

EDIT: After recent visits I must see fit to lower the service score.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Atmosphere - A bar with a stage for live music (which I've heard has mostly terrible music), three pool tables, two dart boards and plenty of sitting space w/ comfortable seating (it wasn't busy the night I was there). Nothing spectacular about the atmosphere.

Quality - The in-house brews I tasted were good. It almost seemed that each style was archetypal of what the style is supposed to taste like if stripped of all brewer's character. In other words, well brewed, but nothing that will change your life.

Service - The bartender was helpful and friendly. He even changed the music for us. Establishment was clean and our used glasses were quickly removed.

Selection - Not only does the brewery have about ten different beers spanning the range of styles on tap, but they have a fine selection of imports as well. Fabulous.

Food - I didn't eat.

Value - Pretty good. I left content, not feeling ripped off in the least.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is the second time that I’ve been to ABC. The first was about six years ago. I was quite impressed with the place back then, so I wasn’t sure it would meet up to my expectations this time. I’d say it might have exceeded them.
ABC is located in an industrial section of Harrisburg. What it lacks in neighborly surroundings, it makes up for with the inner atmosphere. It’s very clean, open, and inviting. I dined with my wife, child, and two friends. Our seat was near the bar, but comfortable, not crowded, and very inviting. The service was extremely fast and courteous. The server obviously knew about beer, and the manager stopped by twice to see how we were doing. They had about a dozen brews on tap, including a barley wine and a mead. All of the beer was exceptionally good…better than almost all other brewpubs I’ve visited. The food was pub-ish, but well made, very reasonably priced, and extremely tasty. This place gets two big thumbs up from me.

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4.66/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: Appalachian is located in a warehouse just outside of downtown Harrisburg, fairly close to Troegs. The brick building with the old-fashioned single letter "Brewery" sign doesn't seem to promise a lot, but inside it's completely different. The space inside is fairly large, with quite a few tables and a large bar towards the back. On the other side of some plexiglass sat some fairly large brewing equipment, 60, 80, even 120 barrel fermenters (I didn't realize before I went that ABC was a production brewery). The bar had about 20 stools.

Quality/Selection: Appalachian offered about 10 beers, including one cask beer. The standard offerings included a wheat beer, a Dortmunder lager, a Scottish Ale, a pale ale and a fairly large barleywine. The seasonals included a hefe, porter and a Czech pils. What I was genuinely impressed with was that there weren't any really weak beers amongst their whole line. First off, they didn't brew a light beer, and the standard beer they offer (Water Gap Wheat) was far better than the other starter beers at brewpubs. From there, it got far better, with all beers being good, and the hefe and barleywine being excellent examples within their standard.

Service: I enjoyed the service at Appalachian. Despite it being Father's Day and being fairly busy with their Father's buffet, we were served fairly quickly. The bartender answered all our questions about the beer (along with a very nice detailed technical sheet with ABV's, OG/FG, etc), and even gave us a free sample of the nearly 13% barleywine that didn't technically come with the sampler. They also filled our Church growler with that barleywine, which is definitely appreciated.

Troegs is the well-known brewery from Harrisburg, but Appalachian certainly deserves some credit as well. At their brewpub, all of their beers were solid across the board, and that is certainly worth something! This would certainly be something I'd love to see in the Pittsburgh area, and if and when I head back to Harrisburg this will be a place that I visit again.

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Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
Brewery rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 2,745 ratings
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