A very friendly, generous, informed, and beer-loving female bartender helped us. Pleasant brewpub ambience with high cielings. Good to beerheads. Offered a brewery tour at 1pm on saturday, maybe other times. Can see the huge fermenters through equally huge windows behind the bar, a really nice feel. Very high cieling. They gave lotsa free samples and had samplers available. I gave good ratings to most of their beers, excellent to some (the barleywine from the cask is scrumptious.) My girlfriend ordered a caramel cheescake which was quite awesome, very decadent, tast, and fresh. We both felt like we would enjoy coming back there and probably will as she has to travel to Harrisburg occasionally. Also has a belgian abbey bar (not open at my visit, opens after 5; we visited around noon). NB: They fill growlers here! Get the barley wine!
Travlr (2466) Washington, Washington DC | October 14, 2013| Updated June 9, 2014
Staff and clientele told me this is the original Appalachian location, and therefore much better than the others. It was certainly a plus to sit at the bar and watch the two brewers at work. They had a dozen beers, two on cask, and most were very solid, some were better than solid. Food was very tasty, and they even had homemade hot sauce that a customer brought it that really lights your fire. But the highlight was the genuinely friendly staff and other customers, they were terrific. Iíd come back here in a heartbeat.
Really nice buliding - huge place with seating, large bar and upstairs sports bar. Beer is very good - Scottish Ale is one of the best around in my opinion. Service and food were both good too.
Nejhleader (87) Lemoyne, Pennsylvania | June 21, 2005| Updated January 31, 2009
some of the best food in Harrisburg, and a very nice atmosphere. A bit expensive, but basically worth it. Also plenty of selections of beer. Can get an eight 5oz(i think) sampler of their beers for a price. The service has been a lot better lately.. I also need to mention the abbey bar which is upstairs from the brewery which specializes in Belgium brews, and has an excellent atmosphere to its own.
Used to go to this place all the time with my wife. We were in the mug club and loved it. Havenít had the time to go lately. Historic building in downtown Harrisburg. Old fire hall with the original cobblestone floor and heavy wooden exposed timbers. There is a little historic case of Harrisburg brewing memoribilia tucked in the corner. Large windows enable a view into the ground floor brewing area behind the very long wood-top bar. Nice dark atmosphere, but not dreary. Food is typical bar food with a few "upper" dishes. Wings arenít bad. Upstairs has a Belgian bar with many outside brewery selections, which is different for a brewpub. There is also a stage on the second floor which can house smaller national acts. I have been surprised at who theyíve pulled in. St. Patrickís Day is great - the Irish bands and Ceili dancers are awesome! Oktoberfest is fun too. Overall, itís a nice brewpub and worth the visit.
Went here with the family last weekend. Nice sized place, albeit located in a ham-and-egger rundown local area. The beer menu was big, with no less than 13 selections. The sampler was 8 x 6 ounces. The menu was diverse, and the food delicious. Itís not 5 star cuisine for the epicureans, but everything we had was delicious. The crabcakes were superb, and the cherry chocolate fondue made the perfect accompaniment to the stout and barleywines.
After a stop at TrŲegs we came to ABC for lunch and some more beers. The long bar and soft lighting combined with the natural light coming in from the large windows made the place quite inviting. Our heavily tattooed, super friendly, very knowledgeable server made a couple of great food recommendations and we got food orders in while working through the immense samplers. I did go with two samplers to try all sixteen of the beers they had on, and I was quite grateful my wife was playing DD since the sample sizes were enormous, and the bulk of the beers were worth drinking. Didnít get a chance to check out the abbey bar, but this was certainly a place Iíd like to have nearby, and would certainly stop at again.
This place is HUGE. Itís a restored factory of some sort, but itís a very cool setup. The brew house can be very clearly seen from the dinning area through a large glass wall. I think the bar area is a bit small for how big this place is though. The Abbey Bar upstairs is great: very comfortable, casual atmosphere with plenty of seating and live music. The service is hit or miss. Some are very friendly, helpful and informative while others give you the impression theyíd rather you not be there, but thatís fairly typical of most places. The selection is very good. They always have quite a large number of their own beers on tap and they usually have a couple of cask beers on engine. The selection of Belgian beers in Abbey Bar upstairs is also quite good: St. Bernardus, Rochefort 10, various De Dolle, etc. The food is okay. I think the beer is very underrated here. The Oak Aged Barleywine is fantastic, as well are the Susquehanna Stout and IPA.
One of the Largest Brewpubs in the Country - claims the Staff | Be sure to check out the Satuday Afternoon Tour of the Brewhouse and Bottling Line | Food was Average to Above Average | They seem to have every style of beer available - most are average | The real GEM seems to be the Abbey Bar upstairs - a Belgian Bar seving a wide variety of Belgian Imports.