3fourths (1537) Boulder, Colorado | February 21, 2008| Updated January 21, 2013
Look and feel of the place isnít much different than the other ABC spots. Brown bar, a couple of TVs, some brewania, but you canít shake the whole artificial feeling, how this is really a restaurant that brews beer, I guess thatís how it ends up when your central PA crowd wants it like that. So, among the young professionals from area were a few flannel wearing farm-type locals as well, which is fun to see. But the place was entirely filled with cigarette smoke, I was gagging. It was only 6pm but the place was filled with nasty smoke. Beer selection is OK, but they didnít have anything not available at the Harrisburg or Gettysburg locations. Early Feb 08 they had the imperial stout, smoked, and a couple of the Camp Hill fruit lambics. I probably wonít go back. The Harrisburg location is still smoking, but itís not nearly as bad as it was here.
Outside has a bit of an Applebeeís/Ruby Tuesday feel but they have a nice long bar on the inside where you can also see the brewery. Not as good a tap selection as the Gettysburg or the Harrisburg locations but they did have some belgian bottles as well. I only had the pretzel logs but they did a good job of resetting my palate from the sampler. 8 beers sampler, 6 ounce pours, $10. Iíd have to say thatís a bit of a bargain. In terms of their beer the heavier, hoppier stuff is much more interesting then their lagers and their wheat ales. Seems like a nice place to meet friends and enjoy some brews.
The downtown Harrisburg was being remodeled, so I hit this location instead. Interior struggles for some identity, as it appears to be half brewpub chain and half local bar. I stopped in after 8pm during the week, and it was pretty crowded with a 21 -35 year old crowd. It was very loud and smoky. Combined with the dimly lit bar, itís not the optimum place to drink beer if you are wanting to unwind at the end of the long workday. But if you are wanting to hang out and socialize, this place seems to be pretty popular. Most of the beers are average with a few of them above average. They sell most of their beers in six packs to go. There are also a handful of bottled Belgian beers if one of their beers do not suit your fancy. I did not eat, but the food looked pretty good. The Harrisburg brewpub appears to have more ambiance as it is an older building, so I would recommend you try that location first. Plus, the Harrisburg location has a Belgian Bar upstairs.
This location was very comparable to the main location. Very good food and very good service. The beer selection was a little less though, they had mostly only their year round beers a sesional or two and two cask beers.
Pretty easy to find place, which is good. Concrete floors and a real bar feel to the place, which I kind of like. I was impressed that they had 14 different ABC beers on tap, of widely varying quality. I didnít eat anything, so Iíve no opinion on food.
nice place, same good food as the other locations for the most part, has a good selection of their own beers, and a decent variety of belgiums, friendly and fast service, worth a stop.
f351c4v (77) Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania | September 13, 2008
Located on Carlisle Pike, not far from Camp Hill or Mechanicsburg. Generous bar area with sufficient seating at the bar or tables surrounding the bar. Also, thereís a decent sized dining area. At least 10 taps, a few seasonals, along with the standards (IPA, pale ale, wheat, stout, etc.) Bartenders seem knowledgable, and will give a free sample of their various draughts. Thereís a decent bottle selection, as well, mostly of the Belgian variety. Burger is OK, as is the pizza, just a touch pricey for what you get. Worth a stop.
Went to this one after a horrendous Jehovah Witness dry wedding in Harrisburg desperately needing a good beer. Overall, the experience was a good one, but compared with the Gettysburg location, which Iíve also been to, the Gettysburg place is a lot better. The primary reason is beer selection. Camp Hill location carries their normal range of beers as well as one seasonal beer per month. I tried the Feb beer and found it so so. The Gettysburg location had many more random experimental beers which kicked ass. The food here wasnít as good either, but then again it was also a Saturday night and busy. Ambiance of this location was better - pretty decent bar area. Service was good and prompt. Overall, definitely worth a stop in. I stayed in Mechanicsburg so this was the closest good beer place I saw.
Cakes (27) New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania | August 9, 2011
Nice location on Market Street.
For a rather new brewpub though - it seemed rather bland. It lacked the character of their old factory Harrisburg location.
Had a sampler - and boy do they do samplerís well. Eight different beers at 6 oz each and a glass of their great rootbeer too - for $10.
When I have to split my samplers with my wife- this is the place to do that.
The sampler had strong offerings, average offerings - and one terrible seasonal brew -the Belgian Wit.