Appalachian Brewing Company

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

3721 Market Street
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, 17021
United States

(717) 920-2739

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Added by simmons on 11-10-2006

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Slatetank:
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I had the pleasure of visiting ABC's Camp Hill location for the first time when entering a few entries into their homebrew competition. I decided to stay for lunch.

The Brewing equipment stands out as you walk in it is displayed prominently. Diagonally to the left is the bar which had at least half a dozen beers on tap and I noticed a seasonal of Vanilla Porter as I handed over my homebrew.

The decor is classy dark wood and and Beer art adorning the wall that appear to be stretched canvas with silkscreended images of ABC beers like: Celtic knot, Zoigl lager, Broadstreet Barleywine etc. The sounds of Hard Bop and jazz played as we walked in and were shown to our seats by the extremely friendly Maitre D.

The drinks were brought shortly and we were able to place food orders almost immediately. The business lunch is featured in the menu for extra quick service and they don't dissapoint. I ordered Chedder ale soup and a crab cake sandwich with onion rings. The soup came out fresh and was deliciously garnished with sour cream and bits of real bacon. The food was tasty and well prepared and the service was very pleasant.

I left feeling full and well taken care of. The Cask ale was something I would return for and the tapped wine system piqued my interest. I enjoyed revisiting the homebrewed rootbeer and could not have asked for much better service. I would recommend stopping at ABC Camp Hill anytime you are in the area.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of drtth
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.25

Honestly I'm not sure how this small chain stays in business and even thrives. Their beers are mostly quite ordinary and not particularly memorable.

I'm guessing they have become a local favorite based on a combination of accessibility and reasonably good food and service.

Certainly I'd be willing to go back but presented with alternatives I'm not sure this would be my first choice (certainly not for the beer...).

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Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Dodo2step
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is about half the size of the ABC pub in Harrisburg. However, this place still has great food and great beer. The small atmosphere makes you feel like you are in your own living room having a quaint dinner.

The service was fairly decent the few times we have been there. There was one occasion where the waiter was gone for an extended period of time. Other than that they were friendly and had some beer knowledge.

Priced the same, but i do prefer the main ABC. This one is closer to where we live so we go here instead.

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Photo of slander
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Fifthursday and out, but it's a late retreat with din on the road as it goes most often now. The straight path home tonight will deviate to and from the highway via loop; I'll fig which way home afterwards. ABC Camp Hill, where I will lift the contents of my sampler to toast Alexander Matthew Sales born earlier today...

A stand alone along the side of the road between the strips of strips and solo stores. Entered into the barside of things; the main dining area in the next room through that there. Running a good stretch of the room lies a backwards question mark shaped bar (actually more like a tent stake), wood with a lip and pipe footrail seating 2 dozen. Barback is a wood panel with ceramic mugs racked 3 deep in different colors, and more below on the counter, and growlers shelved above to both sides of center. Towers of 8 on the ends, a 3 tap tower next to one of them, and 2 handpumps next to the other. Large "beer on draught" board above with selections posted on signage Velcro slatted. TV's above the growlers and another in the corner. Beige, deep green & red walls adorned with large beer ABC logo prints and flags of the world hanging from above. Brick and brushed concrete floorings, strung drop mini spots over the bar, drop lamps over the seating. Nearly a dozen raised bar tables running an "L" around the bar and some surprisingly functional brewing equipment up front displayed in a pen. In the side room, booths along the perimeter and sectional table seating in the middle; a dozen in all. And out back, a small deck with a half dozen tables.

Sign for "The abbey bar at ABC". Hmmn, I don't know about that. Having seen the separate and full blown Belgian bar at the Harrisburg location, I feel that the strange baker's dozen of random mostly Belgian & Belgian style bottles (Chimay x2, Duvel, Corsendonk Pale Ale, Affligem Blond, Popering Hommel, Atomium Grand Cru, Lindemans Framboise, Unibroue Blanche De Chamblay, Allagash White, Ommegang Witte & Hennepin, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout) coolered down past the bar with ABC 6 & 12 packs just doesn't cut it as an abbey bar.

14 house beers up just now. The sampler is served in a rack difficult to maneuver, tight and stupidly handled; I do not like, offering 8 beers of not your choosing (Mountain Lager, light, clean; Water Gap Wheat, an American Wheat with some citrus flavors, possibly due to it having been served with a lemon that I immediately removed and placed on a bar napkin for all to see; Purist Pale Ale, nice hoppiness, a decent pale ale; Jolly Scot Scottish Ale, a malt bomb, sweet but well balanced, seemed more like a Scotch than a Scottish, quite good; Hoppy Trails IPA, assertively hoppy, bitter, yes, citrus, no; Susquehanna Stout, nitro, you know, roasty with good licorice flavors, a nice stout; Trail Blaze Brown Ale, an organic brown, well malty with a good hoppy finish, excellent; Kipona Fest, nice maltiness, late August first of the fests), and then to the non sampler samples (Broad Street Barleywine, sweetness follows, dark & rich, a good barleywine; Dan's Dunkelweizen, strange, like it's hiding something it shouldn't and then clovey & banana on the end; Abbey Roade Belgian Ale, a dubbel, candy sugar sweet, not bad; Blackberry Wheat, tart but not overdone, actually pretty good, certainly better than I remember it being just a month ago in Gettysburg; Anniversary Mai Bock, a bit too malty for a Mai Bock, but still easy drinking and flavorful; Major Hops Olde Ale, rich & sweet malty, piney hoppiness). Liked the Jolly Scot Scottish Ale, Susquehanna Stout, Trail Blazer Brown and the Kipona Fest the best. Also a cask ESB & Stout, I didn't get to either.

Fooded, starting with a side salad (ginger sesame vinegarette). It arrived with a single black olive, a known disgustinagin, which has now joined the lemon slice from the American Wheat in barnapkinville. What will the entrée bring, I wonder? Opted for the salmon, all bbq'd up and finished with an orange something, served with green & yellow beans with carrots. The salmon was good, and I dug on them beans, man.

Returned a week later for dinner with Erin and found some beer editions & additions, now 15 taps up. Sampled the ones I'd missed the week before (Dom Blonde Kolsch, clean, tasty, blonde is blonde; Herr Ridge Tavern Ale, great, great, great sticky licorice flavors, I really liked this one; and the ESB on cask this time around, tasty, with a good hop finish & nice bitterness).

Also on the revisit, we shared some kind of a chicken thing app called a crazy tortilla (I collected the olives and hid them from sight). And then had the basil shrimp grill, oooh, a whole lot of pesto happenin' there and some garlic bread for mopping. Absolutely solid.

Food's good, service served. I like the chain. Always an excellent variety and the beers are mostly up to snuff. Biggest prob seems to be where to start.

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Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I love having brewpubs in my home state...especially when they aren't that far away!

I have not visited the ABC in Harrisburg, this was my first visit to an ABC. When you walk in the bar is to your left with some tables. The main dining room is to your right. The bar has a big sign at the top with all their beers on tap...and the only taps they had were their own...duh!

The place was decorated pretty cool with pictures of equipment and big labels of their beers.

Our waiter was a nice guy. He made sure our order was right and he kept us happy.

I can't complain about the beer. Some of their year round offerings are ok...but I enjoy their monthly (or seasonal you could say) offerings. I was lucky to still have a pint of the Weizenbock. Boy that was tasty. They were already out of the Irish Red which I wanted to try. Although their food is nothing is pretty freaking good! At my table there were a few burgers (all delicious) some wings (huge) and a Stromboli (huge and delicious).

As I said I have not been to the original ABC in Harrisburg, but Camp Hill's ABC is a great place to stop. You should always support your local breweries!

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Photo of tgbljb
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Took a side trip here after dropping my son off at the bus station in Harrisburg to return to college. We stopped on a Sunday afternoon about 1Pm and the place was almost empty. We were promptly seated and our drink orders take. The service was great and food was served in an appropriate time frame. There was a good selection of there own beers and a separate menu with other beers (mainly top-line Belgians). I chose the vegetarian stromboli for $7 and I though for that price it would be a nice lunch size serving. I ended up taking over half of it home because it was so large. Good beer, good food at low prices. What more can you ask for?

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

NOTE: For this brewpub, only the cask offerings are brewed in-house. All standard taps are brewed at the Harrisburg ABC location.

Atmosphere: The restaurant is located in what appears to have been a different restaurant in a previous life, the layout is somewhat limited. That said, there is a quaint restaurant and bar area, both of which are spacious and large.

Quality: The overall quality of the location was good, the facilities, including the restroom, were clean and the employees were friendly.

Service: Service was attentive and friendly and our tip reflected that.

Selection: The bar has both regular taps and a few cask ales. The regular taps are ABC's standard and seasonal line-up, as brewed at the Harrisburg brewery/brewpub, and totalled approximately 10 beers. Cask ales are brewed in house and on the night of our visit were a coffee stout and a cask Hoppy Trails IPA. I went with both cask ales and was pleased.

Food: The menu is identical to the Harrisburg locations and happens to be very good. I had a burger, my wife the fish and chips and there were no complaints.

For a brewpub, the food is very cheap and the beer is very good. That is a tough combination to beat.

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Appalachian Brewing Company in Camp Hill, PA
Brewery rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,685 ratings
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