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Appalachian Brewing Company
Active Beers: 70
Beer Ratings: 1,893
Beer Avg: 3.56
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
401 Buford Avenue
phone: (717) 394-2200
(Place added by: yidbeer)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Sunday runnin' the corner, the long way way out but I can take my time getting there and maybe stop here or there along the way, which I did. Now further up the road, nearly in sight of battlefield sites, another ABC; in a something that clearly used to be a something else, with a little motel out back doin' a semi wrap around kind of thing. This, the shortest distance between two pints...
Entering in, you're in the big room; bar & adjacent seating to one side, more seating to the other. Open and "A" framish, with a slanted ceiling and cross beam rafters. Flags lined down the center of the room, and kegs shelved over the windows at both ends of the room with large ABC signage in between. Tile floors and carpeted seating areas, wood plank walls with deep red painted uppers displaying more large ABC beer prints, shirts on the inside wall & vintage beer trays below.
6 mixed tables behind me where I've chosen to be the lone denizen of the bar, straight reddish wood bar with a lip, seating 10 on green leather stools. Beers on draught board displayed above a 16 tap row over a stainless steel panel on the barback wall center. Cupboardish shelving to both sides displaying liquor, mugs, glassware of all shapes & sizes, and growlers. Some brewery trays and light ABC mirrors & signage displayed there. Ceramic mug club mugs dangling from a large ladderlike rack above the bar. Drop spots above on cords, and mounted lamps over the seating areas. TV's mounted on both corners of the bar end. I'm watching some MLB action, just a recap of the Yankees winning and the dirty, dirty Sox losing now back 2½ games.
Seating on the other end, nearly a dozen booths & tables there, the booths doing the wrap around the tables in the center. Beyond there, a rear room with the same, nearly a dozen tables, and downstairs, the everything else; the "necessary rooms" and a room holding a single billiard table with views of a teeny brew room that clearly does not make all that is served here.
14 beers on, I said, "Something in the way of a sampler?" and he got a-pourin'. The sampler gives you 8 of their choice (Water Gap Wheat, pleasant easy drinking American Wheat; Zoigl Lager, a tasty unfiltered Lager, good maltiness; Purist Pale Ale, a deep copper ale, Fuggles, Fuggles; Hoppy Trails IPA, 6.31%, yep, that bitch is hoppy; Susquehanna Stout, on nitro, roasty and damn good licorice flavors, win!; Jolly Scot Scottish Ale, excellent malt bomb, wonderfully sweet, I'm thinking it's more a scotch than a Scottish; Dom Blonde Kolsch, clean, tasty, nice Kolsch; Hefe, saw it coming and spoke up, saving it from getting lemon wedged, it's a Hefe, clove, bananana), and then I started hitting the I'll pat to play seasonals (Anniversary Maibock, 7.64%, another malt bomb, and well it should be; Celtic Knot Irish Ale, kind of meh, knot a lot going on there; Blackberry Wheat, a bit much sickly sweetness in an unKool Aid way; Major Hops Olde Ale, some nice maltiness there, not too much heat; Peregrine Pils, a good, clean Pils; Broad Street Barleywine, a really good Barleywine at 12.8%). They also make a root beer & ginger beer that I didn't get to. A good range overall, most everything is below 6% except for the IPA, Maibock & Barleywine. Some nice offerings here; thinkin' the Zoigl Lager, Susquehanna Stout, Jolly Scot Scottish Ale, Anniversary Maibock, Major Hops Olde Ale, and Broad Street Barleywine were the best of the lot.
Light foodings at the last place a whiles back means a bite here is in order. I will have the brewhaus chicken sandwich, devil may care, probs not though. It's a good sandwich, the chicken is cooked, it is on bread, there are light vegetable things of crunch and texture placed on the top of it (I don't know what they call that).
Well, they had some nice offerings beerwise. Growlers they do, and also a beer to go cooler near the door with six packs, and the food was good. Not warmly inviting and strange in it's own, but a comfortable enough room, I suppose, and the service was cordial & prompt, 'tender Pete tended. And now I so have to get out of here, whose idea was it to hit 2 brewpubs with a dozen+ beers on their samplers today? Miles and miles to go.
09-13-2009 23:36:02 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Easy to find after a few hours of touring Gettysburg. Entered during early afternoon on a Thursday, and there were only a few other patrons eating lunch. When entering you feel like you are walking into a barn or storage area. Some tables on the right and a bar with about 10 stools on the left. A refridgerator holding ABC beers is just along the front door and some hats / shirts are in a case in front of the door.
There is an additional dining room off the back of the front room which was closed when we arrived. There is a pool table downstairs in a small room near the restrooms. There was also a seperate area that can hold some parties upwards of 50 people or so.
There were 13 beers on tap, with only one brewed on premise. The other beers were brewed at the Harrisburg location. A wide variety of beers were available, from lagers to ales to stouts, with an abbey ale and spice amber to round out the selections. The beers we had were of good quality.
The food was decent, typical pub grub. The appetizers we had were no great shakes but fit the need to feed the belly. The bartender was pleasant and was relatively knowledgable of the beers.
I would call this a must stop if you are in the neighborhood, but personally I preferred the Harrisburg location.
04-09-2006 18:10:24 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Well, that was wild.
OK, I've just had a top-10-strangest beerflying experience and I certainly won't let it change my scores. With all the comments on this ABC location, I hadn't really realized it was directly across from the Lutheran Seminary (as in Gettysburg's Seminary Hill.) And when BA Margaret and I sat down for a Wednesday lunch (and NOTE: this location closed Monday and Tuesday!) little did we or the harried pair of servers know that day would bring close to sixty folks from what must have been a convention at the seminary for their midday repast between 12:10 and 12:15. If you have ever felt like the least spiritual person in a brewpub by a factor of ten, let me tell you, it is a transporting experience.
It's also an experience that tells you a lot about how an establishment handles a stressful situation. I was mightily impressed at how the two servers stepped up, and how the kitchen got lunches to tables in breakneck speed. Amazing service that day from folks who at first looked like they were ready to melt into the floor when they saw wave after wave of customers descending all at once.
A few fewer beer choices than in ABC Harrisburg, but with the same decent and wide-ranging food menu. The decor appears not to have changed from when the location took over the High Pointe restaurant (to the degree that if you look closely at the swinging sign out front, you can see the outline of the old restaurant's name covered over by blue paint.) This is the main drawback, the decor having been faux-rustic. The dedication to beer pictures on the walls is nice, but they have GOT to do some work on the light fixtures, the stained wood, the left-behind-decades-ago green of the booths.
Drink the Major Hops Old Ale: it's not available elsewhere, and the high malt, high hops mud in my glass was a fine hearty brew that can stand up to a wind-whipping-across-the-battlefield day we spent in Gettysburg. And if you are ever surrounded, and I mean surrounded by clerical collars at a brewpub, observe, some of them might even be drinking the beer.
10-27-2005 21:22:23 |
More by ecoboy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Nice, if unassuming (and strategically located at the spot near where the battle began, at the northern end of Seminary Ridge between Chambersburg Pike and the railroad cut - you're eating on top of where the armies were operating).
A big open, wooded hall, with comfy tables and homey decorations. The staff is friendly, though they seemed a bit short staffed the day we were there, but they tried hard to make the best of things. The food is good, standard pub food, well executed. A decent kids menu (But peculiarly, it is Beach themed, which seems somewhat remote from Gettysburg both geographically and thematically, a point my perceptive 10 year old picked up on immediately).
The beer is tasty and they offer a generous 8 beer sampler for only $10. My favorites are the IPA and Pale ale, though they make a nice Scottish ale, a passable lager, and some nice seasonals.
If you're not looking for fancy, this is probably a good alternative to the more touristy places deeper into town or surrounding the core of the battlefield.
10-12-2009 23:37:33 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is just West of town on Rt. 30. Right next to General Lee's Headquarters which seriously rubs me the wrong way but I guess thats progress. Theres also a Quality Inn behind it which would make for a very convenient stagger home.
Everything I had here was of good quality. I tried 5 different beers and food twice. While the beers were not all standouts they and the food were generally good.
Sevice was slow both times when we entered but it quickly came around. While I didnt ask specifics about each beer they certainly knew the basics of what was what. Our entres were out within 8 to 10 minutes of ordering which scared me at first but check out my food notes further down.
The selection was exceptional-14 different beers in all plus they had the porter was on cask. If you cant find something to try in here you shouldnt be a beer drinker. The styles ran from a lager (quite good) to a maerzen to an 80/ Scottish ale (ok) to a porter (very good) to a stout (very good as well). My favorite thing about this place is they offer the barleywine YEAR ROUND. To me there's a lot to be said for that.
The food we had was all very good. I had schnitzel over garlic mashed potatos that was great and my wife had cheese and potato soup that was very good. The menu seems to favor hearty type "comfort" food which is fine with me. 2nd time back it was Scotch eggs as an appetizer. The food was out very shortly after ordered but it was all good and satisfying.
Beers were $3 a pint since it was happy hour both times. My schnitzel was only $9 for an entre which is a decent price. It was strickly the meat and potatoes but thats a good price for a tourist town like Gettysburg. A 12 pack of assorted beers ran almost $17 to go so I passed.
A great experience while in Gettysburg. Whip it in for a meal or a good rest stop after the first 1/4 of the self guided auto tour. Cant say much better about this place. I was terrified to try Gettysbrew after reading the reviews on here. Why bother if you have this to fall back on.
10-16-2005 23:57:06 |
More by lackenhauser
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This Appalachian Brewing Company brewpub is located on Route 30 (Buford Ave) near Gettysburg Seminary. It's actually not too far from downtown Gettysburg and the battlefield itself is on the other side of town. I didn't get a real good look at the place on the outside because I was able to find a parking spot on the side of the building. If you can't find a parking spot there, they have a parking lot across the street. This open brewpub with the bar area on the left and the 2 dinning rooms on the right. I couldn't help but notice that it was very small brewpub. The bar area could only hold about 10 to 20 people (the bar itself could only hold about 10 people) and the dinning room could only comfortably hold 20 to 30 people. The other dinning room on the other side of the wall could only hold a few more people. There is a downstairs, but that's where they keep their 10bbl capacity brewing system. Get here at a good time because this place can get packed very easily. If there's a bus parked outside, forget it! You won't be able to find a seat anywhere.
Their beer selection is about 12+ taps and one cask. I thought the range of the beer styles was great. Along with the usual Pale Ales and IPAs, they went a little further and had a Irish Dry Stout, a Rauchbock, and even a hard hitting Barleywine. It's not very often you see a Rauchbock and a Barleywine on the same tap list together. The Pale Ales and the IPAs were standard, but the Rauchbock was mildly smoky and the best one I had. It's too bad that I wasn't able to try their high ABV % Barleywine. That would have been fun to try.
The service here was pretty good. The waitress was always there when we needed another beer and she made a great recommendation when my friend wasn't certain what beer he should have. This waitress would also get me a few samples of their beer because it was hard to choose what beer I wanted to pout into my Growler. I must have went through 4 samples before I chose the right beer for my Growler.
All we had here was a loaf of bread off their appetizer menu. The bread was good, but the butter cream spread that came with it was better. As you can see, I did try some of their food, but I don't want to pass judgement on their capability to make food on a simple loaf of bread.
The prices for their beer are excellent! While the growler refills are average priced at $9 for their basic beer line and $11 for their seasonals, their prices for their pints were only $3 for their regular line and $4.50 for the seasonals. The thing was, it wasn't even happy hour when I was there. I honestly don't no how you could make a profit at only $3 a pint in today's world. That $3 price tag has to be going up soon.
In the end, it's a nice little brewpub with inexpensive beer. That is if you're able to get a seat here. It's a must stop in Gettysburg because it's now the only brewpub in town and it's only $3 a pint. You're not going to find that price anywhere else in town.
09-14-2008 17:08:47 |
More by AltBock
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Sought this place out while in Gettysburg. A bit off the beaten track, away from the downtown, but near the battlefield.
Walked in, really good selection was my first impression. 10-12 beers on tap. Ordered a sampler, $10, that included 8 of their beers. Healthy portions too. Included a wheat, IPA, Scottish and Stout among others. The Scottish Ale, sweet but strong, really stood out.
You can order the sampler size glasses to try the rest of their beers not included in the sampler...the barleywine (quite strong), black berry wheat (which tasted like a cross between a lambic and a sour ale), Heffe and an organic brown.
Good service. Typical pub food. $8 for the pretzels app was a bit pricey, but everything else on the menu was reasonable.
Only brewpub in town. Worth stopping at...next to the Best Western. You gotta love sipping on a beer, while looking over and seeing a table full of re-enactors right next to you.
For collectors, they sell pint glasses, t-shirts, hats and even paint prints of their logos. You can buy their beer in single, 6 and 12 packs as well.
07-19-2009 22:15:42 |
More by Nutleybeer
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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 |
More by OWSLEY069
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located just a mile or two outside of downtown Gettysburg, Appalachian Gettysburg is a great place to get a good beer in this historic town. The place is very different than ABC Harrisburg location; smaller and with more of a restaurant feeling to it. The bar is located directly in front of the entrance, with tables and another dining room into the left of the entrance.
The beers are the exact same as the Harrisburg location because the brewing system at ABC Gettysburg is only a 3 barrel system that they are currently using to make a series of Belgian beers. ABC Gettysburg has ten beers on draft and one cask. The only beverage I sampled was Sophias Sparking Mead and it was fresh and did not have any signs of line problems.
The service was good and answered questions about the beers. The prices are fair, with most beers going around 3.75 for a pint. The food was good, they use their beers in some of the recipes. They also sell bottles of the most popular beers to go in six and 12 packs.
07-20-2005 04:22:05 |
More by cupbeerman
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
ABC has a very easy to find location. As you meander out of town, they are on the hill on Rte 30 just next door to the General's HQ. They have the official brewpub atmosphere. Very open inside with exposed beams and smallish bar. There were about six seats at the bar and a dozen tables on the first floor. Giant pictures of their labels were on the walls w/ some assorted photos and articles. I think there was also a larger dining room downstairs, but I didnt wander much.
Twelve ABC brews were on tap. According to the tender two were brewed on premises and one on cask. A much wider assortment of their beers than I've seen. They apparently only bottle about 5 of their brews. The others that don't make it that far appear much more interesting to me than the regular lineup. Had an average cask stout and a nice smoked ale. Service was fast and friendly. Just enough interaction to allow be to enjoy my salad, brew, and World Cup action.
Had the cheese soup and a house salad. Soup was tasty and interesting, though I have fonder memories of the GLBC cheese soup. Most stuff on the menu appears under $10. The few entrees that I saw appeared well made.
01-29-2007 21:29:57 |
More by Umbra
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