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Appalachian Brewing Company

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3.65/5
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2,745 Ratings
Appalachian Brewing CompanyAppalachian Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

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

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

(717) 221-1080 | map
abcbrew.com

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

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BEER STATS
Beers:
78
Reviews:
1,150
Ratings:
2,745
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.98/5
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
165
pDev:
11.81%
 
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Photo of Jdavis23112
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of VanTango
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of iceviper22
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I really enjoy coming to this place at least once every two to three months mostly because of their fantastic rotation of excellent season monthly brews. They usually have the previous 2-3 months specialties still on tap allowing a good rotation everytime, along with their flagships that are all pretty good also.

The atmosphere is very clean and welcoming. Lots of tables and pretty wide open inside. There is a nice bar area with lots of taps and a few tv's around for enjoyment. There is also the Abbey bar upstairs with more tv's and a pool table and lots of bottle belgian beers available.

The service I've gotten has always been good and knowledgable about both the food and beers on tap, making for a great dining experience.

As I stated above, there is a great selection that rotates throughout the year as far as their beer is concerned. The menu is also very good and full of different tasty selections. The grilled chicken nacho appetizer is fantastic.

All in all, I have to say that this is one of my favorite places to hit up when I'm in the area or to roadtrip down to now and then. The atmostphere, quality, selection, and overall value are all fantastic and make for a fine dining experience.

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

Not a bad place to go for a bite to eat and to enjoy a couple of brews. I have been here a few times before and I always like the atmosphere of this location. The old warehouse with brick and old wood poking through, but with big glass windows to see the brew tanks. It gives off a great vibe.
Service was great this evening. Brew selection is decent, I have never been a big fan of these beers, but the ones I tried tonight were not bad. I had the Puritan Pale Ale, Hinterland Hefe Weizen, and the Kipona Fest.
Food was OK, a lot of items that are made with cheese. This is not a bad thing because beer and cheese are delicious together. Nothing on the menu stuck out as fancy.
Overall it was a good experience nothing special though.

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Photo of lgcberry
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I visited ABC in Harrisburg last Saturday (April 12). We arrived around 6:30 or so and the place was already pretty full. Got a seat near the front which was quieter but prevented me from having a good view of the bar which was huge.

They had about 10 of their own beers on draft. I was going to get a sampler (8-5 oz. glasses for $13) but decided against it as many of the beers were hoppy-style ales which aren't my favorite. Instead I tried the Kolsch and my friend tried the Wheat.

The Kolsch was ok - fairly light in body, not harsh on the palette, mild hop character, clean after taste. Not quite bold enough to go with the bratwurst and onion rings I'd ordered. The wheat was listed as unfiltered, but it looked filtered and didn't have the mouth feel of an unfiltered ale. The body of the wheat was also light, there were hints of spices (couldn't pinpoint exactly what) and it stood up to fish & chips quite well.

Overall, the it's a nice facility, The food isn't that great - my brats were cold and when I sent it back, I think they just micro'd the meat and sent it back out. The fish part of the fish and chips was really good. The fries were just warm, not hot and fresh. The server came by and checked a couple of times but it seemed more obligatory rather than out of genuine concern for our needs.

Bottom line - if you're in the area and jones'in for a brewery, it'll do the trick. Just don't expect to be overwhelemed.

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Photo of CTwriter
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I enjoyed my trip here in July 2010.

It was bigger inside than I imagined, but I spent the majority of my time on the ground floor. Our waitress was prompt, but I had to remind her twice to get my water. It was pretty quiet for a Saturday night, but it was summer, and the state legislature wasn't in session.

I ordered the 8-beer sample, plus one root beer, and they came in generous 5-ounce portions. I had the salad with steak, which was juicy and went especially well with the stout. I also enjoyed the brown ale.

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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 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 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 Jeremy_Zim
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I chose Appalachian Brewing Company to help me celebrate my 21st birthday in a tasty, responsible manner, and I was (mostly) not disappointed. The establishment is clean, and quite presentable. Plenty of lovely old wood can be found inside the grand brick building, giving an ancient but magnificent feeling to the dining and drinking experience. As I was with my family and a couple of close friends, we sat at a table as opposed to the bar. Service was quick and attentive, and my Broad St. Barleywine arrived promptly along with the other drinks from members of my party. We chose to get an order of the pretzel sticks to hold us over until our entrees arrived, which were tasty and complemented the beer well. I was not thrilled by the cheese/mustard combination sauce, but I could see how others would have liked it.
As a vegetarian, the menu didn't provide me with a huge variety of options, but the food was not exactly the point of the evening. I chose a veggie burger. I noted on the menu that the veggie burgers are baked, instead of grilled, in order to make sure they don't come into contact with any animal products (I am not an extremely picky vegetarian, so while interesting, it wasn't critical to my palate). Eating the veggie burger, it was mushy and pasty. It's hard for me to say whether this is due to the fact that it was baked not grilled, or due to the recipe itself. Either way, I was not pleased.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the beer and the experience, but not the food (although other members of the party quite seemed to enjoy their portions, so take me as an exception, not the rule). I am excited to come back to ABC for more great beer, as well as shows at the Abbey Bar upstairs!

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Photo of stlkerry
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Appalachian does just about everything right. The friendly bartenders are great about giving samples, and the beer selection is outstanding. We always receive excellent service when we eat there and the food had always been great. I love the Abbey Bar and the fact that they hold concerts there makes this place stand out. There are plenty of beer choices and nice souvenir offerings for those interested in taking home glasses, tap handles or stickers. Over all, Appalachian seems to really have all of their duck in a row.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JamesGrove
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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

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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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