Appalachian Brewing Company is a unique micro brewery located in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The city’s first brewery since Prohibition, Appalachian Brewing Company (ABC) is continuing Harrisburg’s long standing brewing tradition dating back to the 1700’s. With the opening of its doors in January of 1997, ABC brought the return of fine brewing to Harrisburg.
In the mid 1990s, two Harrisburg residents, Jack Sproch and Shawn Gallagher were two local guys interested in starting their own microbrewery. This was quite a far-fetched idea at the time since no one was really drinking anything other than Miller and Bud, but this wasn’t stopping Sproch and Gallagher.
Sproch left on a ski trip to Colorado to do some research since at the time the state was home to an emerging brewing culture. It was on this trip that he met Artie Tafoya, the owner of Heavenly Daze Brewery and Grill in Steamboat Springs. Tafoya was a restaurant veteran and self-taught microbrewer, who offered advice and guidance to Sproch. He started his own brewery in 1988, but with Sproch’s new idea on the table, Tafoya packed up and relocated his entire family to Pennsylvania to help with Sproch and Gallagher’s startup
The brewery is housed in an impressive three-story brick and heavy timber structure, built in 1915. This historic downtown building was once occupied by a number of old establishments including the Harrisburg Passenger Railway Company and the Auchenbach Printing Company in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Its antique brick walls, massive wooden beams, hardwood floors and ceilings provide a warmth and inner glow rivaled only by their award-winning beer.
ABC handcrafts their beers with 100% natural ingredients while following strict craft-brewing standards. Their Brewmaster and brewers have consistently produced world-class beers since the first batch was released to the market in 1997. The beers have since garnered a loyal regional following and are among the most desired craft brews in the state.
With an extensive list of year round and seasonal brews, Appalachian’s flagship craft beers are: Aero-Head Bock; Trail Blaze Maple Brown Ale; Chocolate Avenue Stout; Outta Focus Double IPA; Water Gap Wheat beer, an unfiltered Ale; Mountain Lager Dortmunder Export; Hoppy Trails IPA; and Jolly Scott Scottish Style Ale.
Along with the Appalachian craft beer, they are also known for making craft sodas. Their best craft sodas are root beer and diet root beer, white birch beer, and ginger beer. On Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and 3pm at the Mechanicsburg location, Appalachian offers an entertaining, interactive, and educational guided tour of their soda bottling facility, where after the tour, you get to create your own soda and take it home!
All craft beers and craft sodas have the Appalachian craft brewing company logo, which features the Rockville Bridge, which crosses the Susquehanna River just north of Harrisburg.
The specialties of all Appalachian Brewing locations are craft beer and soda, casual dining, live entertainment, banquets, special events, and craft spirits. All locations serve the same quality offerings plus small-batch beers. Along with the brewpubs, ABC craft beverages are available at fine retailers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. At the original Harrisburg brewery, there is a complimentary guided tour and sampling that happens every Saturday at 1pm.
ABC has already expanded to Gettysburg, and opened a brewpub in nearby Camp Hill. They also operate brewpubs in Lititz, Mechanicsburg, and Collegeville, and added micro brewpubs in Shippensburg and West Chester. Their plan is to stay as local as possible, while keeping up with the growing customer demand.
The logo features the Rockville Bridge, which crosses the Susquehanna river just north of Harrisburg.
We are proud to be the first and only brewery in the Pennsylvania State Capital since 1951. ABC serves fresh innovative cuisine to match our tremendous handcrafted ales and lagers! We hope to see you soon and look forward to serving you and your friends often!