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

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

(717) 221-1080 | map
abcbrew.com

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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:
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Photo of Tarabach
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Highly recommend touring this brewery because you get a one on one with the master brewer. It's a more friendly and intimate experience than some of the larger breweries.

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Photo of GodlessWatermelon
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My good friends brought myself and my roommate here as an afternoon trip. First impression is the atmosphere. Very large seating area, but quite cozy and warm. Our friends have been members of the mug club for years so they received many hellos from the employees, nice to see they know their good customers. Seating area is very tall, with large rafters above and a great view of the brewery.

Excellent beer selection, had probably 7-9 on tap if I remember. Espresso Stout was nice and deep, had chocolate hints and it tasted like they ran the whole brew through coffee grounds. Had a slightly malty finish. The Zoigl Lager, our friends favorite, we took back in their growler. Delicious, a great American lager, and it had something in it I can't quite put my finger on.

Food was delicious, and the prices were very reasonable for the size of the portions. I had to just about dislocate my jaw taking bites of my ~10 dollar burger. Definitely forego the fries for their homemade chips -- salted to perfection and real crunchy.

Our waitress was extremely friendly, and knew her beers very well. She chatted with us for a few about the selection. After we had eaten and were finishing our last beers we somehow began to talk with the current manager (o owner, but I think it was the manager) who took us on a brief tour of the upper part of the brewery which was closed at that time of day. We got to see the enormous Belgian bar (saw Delirium, Unibroues I had never seen), complete with stage and pool tables, as well as another area that could be rented I believe. The manager knew his stuff as well, we learned the building has quite a history behind it and much of the furniture and floors/walls/beams are original from the early 1900's. A very nice gesture on his behalf for the tour.

Plan on going back in early May, would highly recommend ABC to anyone in the area (or not, we came from Baltimore!). Great beer, delicious food, friendly, knowledgeable staff, great service, and welcoming atmosphere.

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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 Ryften
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Johnny5tone
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love The Appalachian Brewing Company! The food is always good, the service is good and the beer is even better. I have yet to have a beer that i did not like. Although I was warned not to try the Organic beer so there may be one. It is a nice quite place to eat, that has live music on certain nights. There menu has a nice selection of food and beer brewed by them. My personal favorites is the Jolly Scott with the Mile High Meatloaf. Some of there brews are available year round and some are seasonal. This place is worth checking out!

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Photo of Suds
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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Photo of Kilroy55
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of CanadaBlue
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Where have they been hiding all this time?

I've driven by them quite a few time on my trips between MD and Canada, but yesterday was the first time I actually stopped by.

They have an excellent line up of beers. I had a dry-hopped IPA. It was one of the best I've ever had. The Scottish Ale was pretty good, as was the sample of the Batch 666.

The food I had was excellent as well.

So - great food and great beer in a very beautifully restored warehouse building. Well worth many more stops in the future!

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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 beergeek279
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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Photo of cupbeerman
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

ABC, located about a mile from downtown Harrisburg, is a very good place to have a pint.

ABC pours about ten beers, with one of these selections being a cask selection. These beers are mainly common brewpub selection, except that they have no light beer. All the beers were brewed on premises and they were all fresh.

The service is very good; our samplers were poured very quickly and the bartender answered all of our questions.

Upon entering the brewpub, the bar is on the far end, with about 20 stools. The brewing equipment is visible from the bar. The place was very nice inside.

The ABC is a good place to have a beer and a place that I will go back to when in Harrisburg. I did not have the time to try the food, but will try to get to the food next time. They fill any growler.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here after attending the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show just up the road. After a long day of walking around and browsing I was quite hungry and very thirsty! Luckily, this place satisfied on both fronts.

The place has a very comfortable feel. Lots of brick, huge glass walls that let you see some of the brew works, and a pretty big bar showcasing the mug club mugs. The service was impeccable. The girl we had never missed a beat and worked very fast for it being fairly busy. They had about 16 beers on-tap during my visit, but I only enjoyed two of them. Very wide range of beers...quite impressive. I grabbed a pretty cool looking "Bear Claw" growler of their Golden Toos Belgian brew to take home. The food was pretty good, as well. I had the pretzels with that awesome mustard and a Fire Jumper burger with onion rings. Very tasty. I will be back next time I am in Harrisburg. Well worth the visit!

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Photo of mikedonut44
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

By far, best burgers I have had in Harrisburg. Beer selection is very dam good too. Can't beat home brews. Very Clean, Large Bar. Great Place to hang-out. Definitly would go there again if I get a chance. Check out there facebook page for updates. ///

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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 Yetiman420
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My visit to The Appalachain Brewing Company came after a very solid visit to Stoudt's. I stayed at the Crowne Plaze Harrisburg and in the name of responsibility I made my way by foot which would have been a perfect walk had it not been 10 degrees with 20 MPH winds. On a Monday evening in mid Feb the restaurant portion was pretty much empty and the bar area was bustling with what I gathered were the regulars for the Monday mug club special. I had their very good English Pale Ale which I found to have a delightful hop character using English hops as opposed to the requisite Pac NW variety. From there I had a sampler with their Porter, Barleywine, Stout, and another I can't recall. All of the beers at ABC were excellent and this is a worthy stop for any beer conniseaur. What really blew me away was the quality of their bar food. I placed my order and almost forgot about it until it came out quite some time later. It was certainly worth it. I had flatbread pomodoro and the BEST bar hot wings I've ever had. Great beer and great food. What's better? A pretty cool facility in a revived old building. What's better? A Belgian beer bar upstairs. I wanted to focus on their house beers so I stayed away from the Belgian bar upstairs but I'm sure if I find myself back in Harrisburg I'll put it on my list to check out.

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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 thefireman
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place must be one of the best kept secrets in the beer world. They serve some of the best beers brewed anywhere, and the food is great. Service is exceptional. On top of that, this place is huge! The Purest Pale Ale and Susquehanna Stout are fabulous. In the heart of Pennsylvania-if traveling the Turnpike, Route 81, Route 83 or any of the major roads that pass Harrisburg, this is a worthwhile pit stop.

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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of bmeehan
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Photo of Keystone
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
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