Federal Taphouse


28 Ratings
Federal TaphouseFederal Taphouse

Type: Bar, Eatery

234 N 2nd St
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17101-1422
United States

(717) 525-8077 | map

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Added by Slatetank on 12-28-2012

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Reviews by orangesol:
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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Stopped in here last night for the first time to see what all the fuss is about. Very large space with an equally large bar area on the right. The 101 taps are listed on a large chalk board next to the bar. That amount of taps is definitely a lot of beer so I hope they can rotate them enough to keep things fresh.

Atmosphere was pretty good. Lots of people talking and eating all over the place. A few large TV's above the bar area. I will have to check out the concert space upstairs another time when they are open. Service was a little hit or miss. Our server would be all over us and then would totally disappear the next minute. She seemed to know a bit about beer but I did overhear her telling the people beside us a few suspect facts. Selection was decent, it had better be with 101 taps. Nothing overly exciting or rare, just plenty of solid long time favorites. They do have Great Lakes and Racer 5 on, both of which have not been available in this area...

Quality was pretty good. Beers were served in the correct glasses and the food was fairly high quality. I went with the poutine and a prosciutto pizza. The poutine was great but $8? Come on, its just fries, cheese and gravy. That should be no more than $5-6. The pizza was the same way. It tasted great but for $13 I was expecting a bit more than just a few slices of meat and a ton of greens. Draft prices were the same way. I got nothing overly rare, a Great Lakes Dortmunder and a Bear Republic Racer 5, and they were $13 combined. The prices were also not listed on the large draft board or the menu, a total no-no in my book. I don't mind paying for good beer but that is a bit much for those particular beers.

Overall, a welcome addition to the downtown drinking scene. Anything that gets good beer downtown is alright in my book. The prices are a little on the high side but the food is worth the stop. It wont be one of my favorite places but I will definitely return.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of fairdinkum2
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

100 taps. Not just any old taps. 100 coast to coast taps. Port Brewing to Troegs. 120 minute I PA on tap. I don't care if the food isn't gastropub. I don't care if the staff isn't as amped as I am. 100 very good taps. Doing central PA proud.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

ate lunch and had a few beers.

modern industrial look, nice large wooden bar. 100 taps, good spread of breweries and styles of beer. if anything, makes it too hard to choose. service was good, and the burger and fries I had were very tasty.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.09/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I'm always a little leery of places with this many lines. More leery because it was 10 pm on a Friday night and it wasn't that busy. However, I had 3 different local beers and they were all fresh. Server couldn't have been less interested in being there.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Everything is overpriced. Taps need rotated more, sometimes need cleaned. Still gotta like 100 brews but mostly all the same year round.

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Photo of barflybastard
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Excellent selection of great beers. The beers we had were all served properly and did not disappoint. The food was excellent. It was a rich decadent experience without being pretentious. Everything was pricy, but the quality was what I would expect. A great place to check out if you can afford to splurge once in awhile.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of cps98
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.25

Photo of Tarabach
2.56/5  rDev -38%

Photo of jerry4ever1
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mpr5083
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Mipper
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ProstMasterson
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Afroman
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of BcOneSeven
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75


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Photo of JKWBMH
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I'm sorry that it took me this long to get to the Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg--the experience was certainly worth some repeat visits that I might not be around to enjoy.

The place is clean and open with a nice floor plan. Service is fine; I didn't really test the knowledge base of the staff. But there beer selection was robust. They've got about 100 on tap, well chosen--a handful of a few brews from each of several craft producers is a good way to go, rather than just listing out a catalog of singleton offerings.

And the food's really good. There's a lot of bad pizza out there in the world, so their wood fired stuff is a fine treat and complements the beer nicely. Appetizers including duck fat fries, a good "everything" pretzel, and pickles are all good matches, too. Entrees are well prepared and almost worth the price across the board.

My only critique is that, with such a beer selection, having more specials and making more of an effort to highlight that part of their enterprise would be welcome. But, they are doing other things well, too, so I'm being hop-centric, perhaps.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of curl217
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75

I have stopped in a few times peruse their huge beer list, and taste a few beers on my "to do" list. The bartenders on the day shift tend to be the most knowledgable on the staff. The night side staff lean towards eye candy on the weekends-you won't get much advice or conversation re beer. Tried to have a growler filled one evening, which turned out to be quite a calamity. Atmosphere is more bus station than cozy. Food average.

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Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, PA
4.13 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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