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Appalachian Brewing Company
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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
401 Buford Avenue
phone: (717) 394-2200
(Place added by: yidbeer)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
Nestled off of Rt 30 in Gettysburg just a short walk from many of the battlefields, ABC's Gettysburg restaurant is more of a tourist trap than a local restaurant.
First of all, I should mention their hours, which are dreadful. I understand the restaurant appeals to daytime tourists getting their fill of Gettysburg history, but the kitchen closes at 9pm on Friday and Saturday's while the restaurant closes at 10pm. Even if you stop in after the kitchen closes for a beer, you're welcomed by an annoyed staff anxious to clean up and get out.
Restaurant service is horrible. Perhaps is was an isolated incident, but my waitress was inattentive, had no working knowledge of their beer selection and did not check on me and my guest for refills (at one point I had to ask the host, who was seating a nearby table, for a refill). The only service that was prompt was to get the check.
I'm more annoyed at the waitress not stopping to talk to us about the beer selection. Our initial drink order was asked in passing, as she was carrying plates from another table. She almost walked by our table, but turned her head around and asked at us "Drinks?"
This is too bad because my experience at the Harrisburg location have all been positive. The food is good, although I would recommend a sandwich or pizza over one of their entrees. While reasonably priced, their dishes tend to be salty and unoriginal.
My vanilla porter, a Gettysburg location specialty, was flat and boring.
Oh, and they didn't have a cask conditioned beer available, as advertised. Strike 3.
04-15-2007 02:38:53 |
More by KFaulkner
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Stayed in Gettysburg over the weekend and walked here from our hotel in town on Sunday evening. The tables were full and there was 1/2 hour wait so we went to eat at the bar since we could sit right down there.
The service was not the best. It took a while before the bartender would acknowledge my presence. Finally had a hoppy trail ipa and my husband had the octoberfest . The ipa was good but the octoberfest was kinda flat in my opinion.
My husband and I had a chicken sandwich. I thought mine was good by my husband felt his wasn't cooked enough and had a bad texture. He send it back and ordered a burger instead. 20 minutes later, the burger still hadn't arrived so we asked for the check and left.
Consequently, I don't recommend eating here but there is a good variety of beer on tap . There should be a winner in there somewhere if you have the patience and capacity to try and find it.
10-05-2012 15:30:13 |
More by maltedmilk
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Overall I wasn't impressed with that said I was very surprised to see several taps ready to be poured. On tap, about 12 varieties of Appalachian brews ranging from pale ale to stout to an impressive barleywine. Don't go looking for any other labels other than ABCo. You can purchase the house brews in bottles or growler at the time of this writing they only had the larger growlers available ranging in price from $31 to $33 depending on your brew choice. As for the food I only had the wings which were good - stout BBQ sauce. Lots of folks ordered the angus burgers and I did see a bowl of chili come my way. Few people walked in to purchase 6-packs while I was sitting at the bar. I even spotted SBALDWIN (BA) in the place buying a 6-pack for trading. Beer traders at work!
09-23-2009 13:58:18 |
More by kms910
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went here to eat after walking the southern end of the battlefield. I was expecting more from them then I got since I have visited the one in Harrisburg.
I only really had to drinks, the White birth beer, which was not that good and the scottish ale which was not as fresh as it should have been.
The service was lacking until closing time approached, then the bartenders and the hostesses started to become pushy.
But the root beer BBQ wings where good. Better then I have had at the past few places I have been. The main disappointment was the fact that the waiting staff gave me my meal before the wing appetizer.
09-14-2011 19:05:45 |
More by tkepx182
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This was our last brewpub/ beer bar stop on our PA road trip in late September. We stopped here because we were already in Gettysburg.
This place is easy to find and just off the path of the beginning of the battlefield driving tour. Probably the easiest place to find on our entire trip. The atmosphere is somewhat rustic and very woody with a feeling that you are eating inside of a giant barn.
Our waitress was decent and knew some things about the beer-but not much. They have a variety of beers offered on tap, but the beer selection reminds me of Rock Bottom, and more aimed at pleasing the general public than going the extra mile. The best of the beer was decent, slightly above average. The food was fine, good, but nothing special. They also sell their beer bottled to go by the 6 pack.
Not a bad place and definitely worth a try...but if you are only spending a day or so in the Gettysburg area there are much nicer, more historically relevant places to enjoy a meal that offer some nice local craft beers on tap.
12-29-2009 17:43:05 |
More by PittBeerGirl
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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
We arrived for an early lunch at 11:30 on a Sunday. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Children are welcome. There is a medium sized bar area and two dining rooms. Service was initially attentive, but dropped off as the dining room began to fill up. The food is standard brewpub fare, expanded a bit to include some entrees and salads, but nothing unusual. Unfortunately, the cheddar ale soup was cold, but the beer battered pretzels were good, as was the five cheese pizza. There were also complaints from our group about the sandwiches being cold and dry. There look to be between 6-8 of ABC's drafts on tap at any time. The quality of the beer was good, particularly the Celtic Knot Red Ale. I would stop in if passing through, especially for a growler fill, but would not go out of my way to eat here again.
04-04-2011 17:21:50 |
More by malloyca
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The family stopped in after dropping off my daughter at basketball camp at the college. After driving through the crazy circle deal in town, this place was pretty easy to find and parking was acceptable. The overflow across the street was a good idea.
Nice little barn-looking place with adequate seating, away from the bar. As stated before, the flags were a neat touch. They had a good number of beers available and 1 on cask. When I asked the girl what was on cask, she told me the triple. I was excited. She quickly returned to tell me the plae ale was the one on "cast." WTF? How can you work at a "brewpub" and not know wtf cask is ?
Anyway, as always, the beer is mediocre but the food is really good. The pale ale on cask was okay. Tried the crab quesadillas and they were excellent.
Overall, not a bad little place. The staff cannot compete with the Harrisburg staff, though. Education is essential in a place like this. It is better than a TGIFridays, though.
07-09-2007 03:03:10 |
More by guinnessfan
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a satellite of Harrisburg's Appalachian Brewing Company located in the touristy, sometimes cheesy Civil War town of Gettysburg.
I moved out to G-burg for work and decided to check this place out since I am a fan of Appalachian's alcoholic and non-alcoholic offerings (their root beer is amazing). This location is on the edge of town across from the Seminary where the first day's fighting occurred during the battle. It is housed in a restaurant which I can only assume was attached to the hotel whose parking lot it shares. Inside the decor is cheesy and reminds me of either a pancake house or a sub par German restaurant. The beer was good, but I thought it was a bit expensive. If I remember correctly, somewhere between 10-12 beers are available on tap and flights are available. The bar tender was nice and gave me Happy Hour prices for the beers I got. I had the Smoked Ale and the Nut Brown Ale. The former was good, but it didn't have the real smokiness I desire in a true Rachbier. The Nut Brown Ale was easy to drink.
I did not try the food, but I noticed they had certain days where you could get all you can eat ribs and the like. I came on all you can eat spaghetti and meatballs. A guy down the bar from me took advantage of this special, but was soon informed after her received his first plate that the restaurant was out of spaghetti. So much for that.
I think if Appalachian remodels the inside and refines the operations at this location they be able to really tap into a large chunk of those tourist dollars flowing into Gettysburg. However, if you can get past the fact that it's not a brewpub, I think the Garryowen Irish Pub on Chambersburg St. is a better place, if not the best place, to have a beer in Gettysburg.
09-30-2009 18:05:03 |
More by tomthumbsblues
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Generally, I stop in here Thursday nights when then give specials on growler refills...
Upon entrance, it's fairly dark and somewhat smokey, as the smoking section is located directly on the left of the entrance. I can't wait for PA to ban smoking in restaurants... but...
The atmosphere is nice, they try and give a rustic restored barn feel. The food tries well to be like a typical brewpub, offering a decent selection with some interesting offerings. The food is generally good and the portions are satisfying. The food retains a flair for the PA Dutch. The service is typical.
But, this is a brewpub, so lets talk about ta beer
ABC is fair to midland, with a few standouts -- like the Sus Stout and and Abbey Road Belgian Ale. The bartender here is a bit hickish, but knowledgeable. He reminds me of the bartender in Piano Man, but with no joke quickness. They offer seasonal selections that are generally good, thought sometimes they're uninspiring (Celtic Red Ale). Gettysburg at times brews specialty beers with Gburg as its locus, like the Karma CA Common Beer, which I particularly enjoy. Overall, the beer is better than decent, and to refill a growler for 7 dollars, it works out well for a college student.
03-26-2008 05:42:30 |
More by phantomwyse
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Walked in an very similar to the Harrisburg location, but almost had the feel of a standard restaurant. They seemed to have the same menu and prices as the Harrisburg location, as well as, the core beers were there, with a couple specialty beers there. They also had Duvel and Delirium bottles. The staff was wrapping it up for the night but still extremely friendly. Even though they were getting stuff closed down they didn't mind us hanging out and chewing the fat with us. Had a very enjoyable time there and talked to some locals that really got into craft beer because of this place. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
06-12-2011 18:08:12 |
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