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Lancaster Brewing CompanyLancaster Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

469 Eisenhower Blvd.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17111
United States

(717) 564-4448 | map

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Photo of dogma33
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A nice find just outside of Harrisburg PA. The service was excellent, servers are quite knowledgable about the various beers on tap. They had 11 Lancaster Brewing varieties on tap. The food was reasonably priced and good quality. They make a pretty good steak and their pizza paired very well with some of their beers.

Personally, I found the stouts and Double IPA to be of good quality. Some of the less flavorful ale varieties however were a bit too bland. The Double Chocolate Milk Stout was the most surprising of the group.

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Photo of darktower
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

As far a brew pubs go, Lancaster does a really good job offering good food. The major drawback is their pricing, it's a tad steep for upscale pub food. They do a very good job at offering 'comfort food' menu items with their own unique twist on them and the quality of their food is above average. Service is slightly above average but it isn't fantastic but that's pretty par for the course in regards to brew pubs. They also do a good job at seperating their pub from their dinning room, you get the feeling that you could go there for a nice, quiet sit down meal with someone special or go to have a good time in their pub area for more of a typical bar feel. Worth a visit every few months.

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Photo of Zraly
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We've stopped here several times now in our travels from VA to NY. The usual trip consists of stopping at the luxurious HoJo next door (I'm kidding, of course) and hobbling over to Lancaster for dinner and brews. Probably the most impressive part of this combination is we often spend just as much (if not more) on our Lancaster bill as we do for the HoJo bill for one night.

The atmosphere is upscale pub. It's clean and has a warm, pleasant feel. It's a bit awkward if you walk in through the door closest to the HoJo as the host stand is on the other side of the restaurant. In effect, you have to walk through the restaurant to be seated. Minor gripe.

The menu is sandwiches, pizza, an assortment of decent American-flair entrees and a nice selection of appetizers. The olive plate is two huge fistfuls of olives -- a good deal for the below $5 mark. We have had everything from pizza to the crab stuffed trout to hamburgers -- all have been well-seasoned, nicely presented, and good portions for the price. The most recent visit I had the pretzel encrusted chicken -- it was quite flavorful and the pretzel coating offered and interesting texture. Thus, the food selection is quite good.

The beer is consistently good. This past visit I had a pint of the Amish Four Grain and the Winter Warmer; my girlfriend had the Milk Stout and the IPA. All tasted fresh and were the perfect ending to a hectic day of travel from DC. The selection, of course, is limited to the beers made by Lancaster. However, if you are remotely interested in beer, you should find something good to try. They offer a sampler of all tapped beer, too.

A welcomed place right off of the 83 -- in an area that is mostly dominated by chain restaurants. A worthy stop.

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Photo of ebby82
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I had dinner here on a Saturday night with my wife, and my brother and sister in law.

We were seated promptly, and after ordering a flight of beers, we only had to wait a few minutes for our drinks.

It's a very open area, nothing spectacular, but certainly inviting. It was really nice to be able to hear each other speak, even though it was a Saturday night. Business was brisk but not absurd.

Our drink flights were less than 10 dollars for 10 samples of beer. The samples included all of their regular lineups as well as a few seasonals. The seasonals were an octoberfest and a hefeweizen, both of which were good. Of their regular beers, the milk stout was far and away the best beer. Most of the others were average, although I enjoyed them all.

The food was even better than the beer. The beer was a B while the food was a solid A. I had a lamb burger which was not only delicious but inexpensive. My brother had a rabbit ragout which was great, my wife had a tender and delicious salmon, and my sister in law enjoyed her pretzel encrusted chicken.

I would definitely come back here. Great food and good beer.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped into LCB Harrisburg for a growler refill and late lunch on Father's Day. It was fairly busy but not overcrowded. Could tell the staff was operating at capacity by the slight delay in service.

Had the Country Cream Ale with the flatiron steak sandwich. I was curious how the food would measure up to the original LCB brew pub in Lancaster (visited late last year). Not to worry because it was phenomenal. I wasn't sure how the cream ale would pair with the flatiron steak, but it was a perfect match. The caramelized onions and mushrooms became infused with the crisp carbonation of the ale. The palette was wiped clean after every sip from the nonic pint glass. I never realized how good a lighter beer could be with steak. I usually reach for a brown ale or dark lager with this type of pub fare.

All in all, one of my new favorite establishment for premium dining and craft beer. Now off to tackle the growler they filled with Hop Hog IPA (review coming soon).

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Let me preface this review by saying...I'm biased. I'm usually in here several times a week, and all the bartenders know me by name. The staff is ridiculously friendly, and not just because I'm a regular...whenever I bring someone in, they treat them just like they treat me, and I see how well they treat everyone else in the establishment. The beer isn't the best in the world, but its actually cheaper than chain restaurants, and has a hell of a lot of flavor.

The food is usually really, really good, but on occasion, theres a stinker on the menu. The menu actually changes seasonally (or is supposed to), so you won't be eating things out of season...also, a lot of items on the menu incorporate the beer into the dish, which is really cool. The place is usually empty for lunch, which is when I come in most of the time, but most nights, its absolutely bumping and the atmosphere is really great.

This is my favorite place to go to for a refreshing drink after a long day of work, or even when I just want to hang out with friends. The entire crew at the bar (Julian, Bob, Kara and yes, even Alli) do an amazing job keeping me wanting to come back for more. Kudos to everyone at LBC for running a class brewpub.

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Photo of slander
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Week 4 wind down, still way way western Maryland, and just a 5 hour's ride home, hooray. Was thinking about dinner on the pass thru at (insert name of brewpub selected having spun wheel) but Lancaster's due. Seen the original some years ago; this one's easy at, loop off and back to the highway...

"J" shaped bar of something painted gold & laminate topped with a piping footrail, seating 13 down and around. Couldn't figure out why my chin was nearly resting on the damn bar until I realized that a handful of the bar chairs were like 3 inches lower than the rest and switched up. They should buy more just like them and then throw them all out. Tiered booze on the barback nook formica counter, sampler 5 ounce glasses down the way, pints & others below. 3 flatscreens mounted along above, plus 1 up front and another to the rear. Hanging hooked funny shaped LBC growlers above, some green, some brown... why? Big ass mugs tucked below. I don't know if they're of the mug club variety, I will ask. Yes, they are, $55 a year gets you something.

Blind drawn windows to the rear on plum painted walls, with the standard prohibition prints about and an ornate framed mirror back there too. Black rafter ceiling with drop bass drum lamps in a row over the bar, sunken spots & tracks throughout, and some buttercup mounted wall lamps. 4 raised roundy tables to the rear and 7 low tables running an "L" alongside the bar and forward, with shared bench seating up front below potted planted paned windows. PGA Tour golf challenge in the far corner; Phil is not recognized on this tour.

Beyond the bar some, a dozen and a half booths & tables up front below a large LBC logo piece and a larger dining area further on past a front reception area with a shwag & cooler for 6's set up. 2 dozen+ booths & tables running to the rear including a sectioned space for larger groups. Decent décor with a cool history of beer mural. Ornamental equipment up front just off the door, they don't brew here, don't pretend to want to.

11 LBC logo handle taps on a single copper row tower, by design. Not 10 taps, not an even dozen, but 11; go fig'. And so goes the sampler. Country Cream Ale, crisp, with a surprising hop presence; Strawberry Wheat, a light fruity American wheat, not as bad as I remember it being; Amish 4 Grain Pale Ale, a multi with oats, rye, wheat & barley, decently hopped, definitely different; Hop Hog IPA, big nose and assertive at 7.9%, with a citrus hop bite; Milk Stout, lactose sweetness, with a not unpleasant bitter chocolatey niceness, may be best of show; Franklin Fest, a good Fest beer, light malty sweetness; Celtic Rose Ale, a copper colored Irish Amber, would've liked it maltier; Rare Rooster Summer Rye, I get no rye but it's a bit spicy; Hefeweizen, yes, good banana cloviness; Litening Lager, a lightly hopped Helles gone fruity; Gold Star Pilsner, off tasting surely shouldn't be like thisness, actually tastes of caramel and the nose knew it first. Server girl asked how I liked the beer and I told her that the Amish 4 Grain, Milk Stout & Franklin Fest were the best of the lot, but that there was one that was just wrong. She said "The Pilsner, huh?" She knew it was bunk as 2 other people had commented on it the night before. So pull that bitch! You know it's off, it's not just going to get better.

And a dinner menu, please. Was set on the Mediterranean Beef Vegetable soup but then traded up for the smoke house wings at the last minute in panic. Oh, and the blue corn coated organic salmon, sweet corn risotto with bacon, roasted asparagus & tomatillo salsa, yes. The wings, they were tasty but they were gummy. Here's a lesson. If they bounce, put 'em back in the fryer. But the salmon, ah, the salmon, yes, the salmon, hmmn, the salmon. The blue corn coating was like a corn chip, all salty good, the risotto was fucking crazy awesome (not like the bacon didn't further awesome it up), and the tomatillo salsa was also quite good. Still, I shouldn't have traded up the soup for the wings. When when when will I learn?

Talking to the guy next to me about Dead show days, when Jerry was. Food was, well beyond the wings being underdone, very good, crazy salmon and accompaniments. And I was down with service right up to the time she told me she knew she had a bad beer up, then she was dead to me. Still, some of the other offerings were quite good and most of the others not bad. Comfortable enough but don't love the brewpub ruse in that it ain't done here.

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Photo of thain709
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

It's nice to have the Lancaster Brewing Company bar right in the city. There are two entrances from the outside...and upon entering the bar entrance you have a few tables to your left and the main dinning room to your right. The bar is pretty big...I'd say it could seat 20 people or so. There weren't too many people when I visited.

The bar and the entire inside still had the newness...which I really liked. The bartender greeted me as I sat down and took my order. He didn't chat with me because he was busy with another guy the entire time I was there. So the service was just average.

This was my first time trying anything from Lancaster. Their selection was ok...IPA, Pale Ale, Milk Stout, Strawberry Wheat, Celtic Rose, Lager, Hefe, and a Cream Ale (which I believe was new). There were 9 taps and I believe two of them were off. I had the Hop Hog IPA and sampled the Pale Ale and Strawberry Wheat. Solid offerings.

A nice place to go after work. I only paid $2.50 for my pint...but meal prices looked a little high. I will be back to visit and try more of their beer.

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Photo of Kolsch
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was the last stop on our beer agenda for the night. This may have been the last stop but it was definitely one of the best. I have had Lancaster's beers before in bottle and thought they were mediocre with the exception of the Milk Stout which is above average. I have a whole new appreciation for their beers now from the tap.

Atmosphere: Nice décor inside with bar area to left and dining to the right when you walk in. We sat at the bar and thought it was very comfortable. Could easily spend hours here.

Quality: Had the opportunity to try the Four Grain Ale, Hop Hog IPA and a Belgian Triple. I thought all 3 were solid and the Belgian triple was outstanding. I was never a big fan of their IPA as I thought it lend itself more to a Red Ale with some extra hops thrown in. Not sure if they changed the recipe or maybe it was the source, but this Hop Hog was just delicious. So much so, I had two of them.

Service: Was very good. Bartender was quick with a sample and he even gave us small samples of beer mixes like Strawberry Wheat mixed with Milk Stout to try. Excellent choice as my wife loved this.

Food: got to try the crushed Olive with warm Pita's. Very tasty indeed.

Overall, I believe my perception of Lancaster's beers has changed and I will definitely give them a second look. I will definitely come back to this place again.

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Photo of Throckmorton
2.23/5  rDev -43%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3

This place is a converted steakhouse, and it shows. The interior is plain and lacks any real character. The bar area is not very interesting, with most people staring at the TVs. Our visit was on a saturday afternoon, and although we were there for over 10 minutes, never saw the bartender. I have had several of their bottled beers, and thought they were very bland. I think they are brewed so as to not be offensive to people who usually drink American light lagers. i.e., "Welcome to the world of craft brewing, we'll try not to scare you." I had heard their taps were better, but unfortunately due to the absence of a bartender, was never able to find out. The menu looked average, nothing special. I think that sums up our overall opinion of the place.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was happy to come here with the family to try the Lancaster Brewing Company, decor is really nice, dark lighting, wood and brick layout and a really cool "history of beer" wall on the side of the dining area. Bar is medium sized, about 9 taps, lots of little booths and a little area with video games and pool.

As I said I came here with the family, I got the sampler, 8 dollars for a generous sample of all 9 beers on tap, all the regulars plus a Marzen and a Winter Warmer, all beer was fresh and tasted good.

In terms of food, I had the wings and a gigantic pulled pork sandwich with home-made chips, the sandwich was just enormous but tasted great. My whole family enjoyed their meals as well. Our server was very attentive and knew a lot about the beer.

Only drawback was that a huge party of about 30 kids plus parents came in and made such a racket that my family decided we needed to get out early, I was disappointed not to at least get a pint of some individual beers as I don't like to review from samples, but that's ok as I'm sure I'll be back.

Make a stop here if you are in the area, that's all there is to it.

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Photo of dananabanana
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I went in the off-season, and stayed at the Howard Johnson's right next door. It was very convenient to be able to walk back to the hotel. Business was very slow, but I imagine it would be busy in the summer. A few locals were watching the World Series on the TVs, but it was quiet otherwise. It is a bit out of the way, too.

The restaurant's decor is based on beer (for example, a history of brewing on one wall). Dark ambiance. Three rooms-- two with restaurant style seating, and one is a bar. There is also a little side half-room with pool tables.

Over a few nights staying at the HoJos, I got to try most of their beers. My favorites were the Milk Stout and the Gold Star Pilsner. The beer is reasonably priced, even cheap. On my first night, I got a $5 sampler platter with 5oz pours of 8 different beers. It definitely helped me pick beers later. They also sell beer to go, which I got some to bring back.

The bartender was excellent, he knew about their beers very well and all about proper glassware. We also had a lengthy discussion about other breweries in the area, and breweries in my area. All of the staff I interacted with were extremely friendly and helpful.

The food is good, but on the expensive side. The cuisine is creative American. For example, I got "White Chili"-- white beans, chicken, and cheddar.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I decided to check out the Lancaster Brewing company location in Harrisburg recently on my way to visit my Grandmother who lives in Steelton.
A- The atmosphere very pleasant with wood floors and a mural w/ the Lancaster Brewing Company logo in the main dining area. They have plenty of flatscreens in the bar area if you get bored while having a pint. There is a non-operational brew system in the far dining area on display

S - Service and selection are both above average, but not exceptional. They had 9 taps plus a guest with seasonal selections being Hefe, pils, Franklin fest. They also had Litening, Strawberry wheat, Milk stout, Celtic rose on and the Woodchuck amber cider as guest. The service is friendly and beer focused at they suggested drafts for the couple I sat next too and gave out samples.

Quality is great and the place is relaxed while I considered eating, I was just killing time before a birthday dinner so I only quaffed a Milk stout. I recommend LBC if you are in the area a decent brewpub.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by on a Friday afternoon at 5PM. We were a bit early for our 5PM reservation and had to wait to be seated. They have a good beer selection (nothing is yet brewed at this location but the waitress told us they hope to brewing soon). The food selection is good, but I thought a bit pricey for a brewpub. The meals we ordered were good, and the serving sizes appropriate. All things considered, it was a positive experience, but the place seems more oriented toward someone wanting to spend money on expensive food rather than good beer.

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Photo of Bones54
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here because it was right next to the hotel. Had the vibe of a more upscale brewery- which is ok- but I prefer a bit more of a laid back atmosphere. The beer was average at best. I found the Hop Frog to be there best offering. I actually switched to drinking Troegs Nugget Nectar- which was awesome! The food was very very good and as was the service. Because of the upscale atmosphere and the food, this place was a bit pricey. Hopefully they can step up the beer quality a bit. Worth a visit if you are in town.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I wanted to give this place a try after passing it the other day and hearing decent things about the place. My fiance and i went down around 7ish to have some dinner.

The place is really cool in that it reminds me of just wakling into Amish house. It was dull, bland, yet very nice and clean and sophisticated.

On one side of the wall if you go there you will see the story about the history of beer starting from 4000BC all the way up until micorbrews started in PA. It is really neat. That was probably the best part of the place itself.

Service was not great, the waitress only checked on us a few times and we were getting very frustrated with her service.

We had pizza's. I had the duck breast pizza and she had the margherita pizza. Food was delicious and sweet tasting. Very good in the food area.

They didnt have much of a selection for food but the price was very reasonable and i think we will go back again in the future.

They also have variety packs as well.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in after lunchtime during the week. The place is coming along nicely after its transition from a Doc Holliday's steakhouse. Plenty of parking in front and to the side, with 2 entrances, one being more for the bar.

The place has a very different feel than LBCs other location in Lancaster, where that one is all old factory feeling, this one is very ritzy and posh looking, with purple walls, nice lighting, and plenty of booths and tables.

The bar has a good number of stools as well as several tables along the windows, and several flatscreens up on the walls and behind the bar. Room at the taps for 11 different beers, there were 8 on,including a special visit from nearby Troegs in the form of Nugget Nectar. No cask capabilities that I saw.

Service was very prompt and the bartender was really enthusiastic about working for LBC. I was under the assumption that it's a little tough on them at the moment because of the recent transition from what it used to be, many people coming from out of town for trade shows in town are confused by the whole brewpub atmosphere and not having BMC on tap like Doc Hollidays used to.

The food options can be very upscale, with items like venison sausage, crabcakes, and filets, but it seems to be working with the clientelle that were in there at the time. Of course, they also carry the normal brewpub foods such as burgers and hot wings.

A very nice place to visit, with plenty of seating, and good service. I look forward to them hopefully being able to brew their own exclusive beers in the future.

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Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A Monday night visit with a colleague from work (actually an auditor and he picked up the tab!).

Atmosphere: This place is the old Doc Holliday's. Gone are the bearskins and remnants of the Old West. In is a moderate decor, nothing over the top. Brew kettles greet you on entrance (in place of, IIRC, a stuffed bear). A long rectangular bar at the far left of the building seems like a nice place to have a few.

Quality: For still being in shakedown mode, I found the entire experience to be quite good. From entrance to exit, the staff was prompt, the kitchen was fast and the beers were flowing (I'd say cold, but that is not always a good thing).

Service: The service was good. Our waiter was prompt, offering up a sampler tray of beers for my colleague and routinely checking on the status of my pints. The auxiliary staff had the food out of the kitchen and onto our table very quickly.

Selection: I counted nine beers on the sampler tray, a veritable who's who of LBC beers. I was pleased with the doppelbock and winter warmer.

Food: This is not your average brewpub. The menu is slightly more upscale and off-the-wall. Oddities like boar and venison sausage are tucked in amongst filet or crab cakes. My only complaint is that potatos do not need to accompany every single dish, as they seemed to.

Value: The prices reflect the upscale nature of the place but it is nice to have another brewpub setting up shop in Harrisburg. I'll be back regularly.

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Photo of SierraGS
4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Lancaster Brewing Company in Harrisburg opened at the end of December 2007 in the former Doc Holliday's building. There is ample parking, and it is easily accessed from I-83 and I-283. There are lighted, painted signs on the building, but no signage on the road.

I visited for dinner on Tuesday, January 2, and was thrilled to learn it is a completely non-smoking facility. The decor is classy, clean, simple and inviting. The interior includes dim lighting, dark wood and brick walls. It is a bar and restaurant, with a selection of wines and spirits, and they are in the process of building the brewery. Until completed, they will be importing beers from their Lancaster brewery location.

LBC-Harrisburg will feature seven brews year round: Hop Hog IPA, Milk Stout, Amish Four Grain Pale Ale, Gold Star Pilsner, Celtic Rose Red, Litening Lager and Strawberry Wheat. They will also offer 3 - 4 others (some seasonal), and currently have the Fest Beer, Winter Warmer and the Baltic Porter. The bar seating seemed to be very quiet during my visit.

Beers are offered in American and Imperial pints priced up to $4.25 or a sample tray including 5 oz servings of every beer on tap for $8. Growlers are available for sale and filling. Currently there is not a mug club.

The menu is a nice mix of appetizer bites, pizzas, burgers and full entrees. My meal (seared tuna salad) was big enough to share. The entrées are upscale than typical pub grub, and the appetizers are interesting (things like the duck taco and the reuben egg roll.) The menu is large, but lacks vegetarian options.

I can't wait to see what kinds of beer come out of this place - hopefully continued creativity and more aggressive flavors.

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Lancaster Brewing Company in Harrisburg, PA
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