The taps are about to be turned on at the newest with Purist Pale Ale, Jolly Scott and Hoppy Trials.
The seventh brewpub in the growing Appalachian chain is scheduled to open later this week at the former Sutliff Hummer at 6462 Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Twp.Appalachian Brewing Co. has repurposed the former Sutliff Hummer building along the Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Twp.Sue Gleiter, PennLive.com
The restaurant will seat more than 250 diners in five different dining areas including a patio, mezzanine, and open-air brewery dining room.
Appalachian is moving all of its specialty beers and craft soda production to the premises. Diners will find menu items such as trail burgers, mile high meatloaf and rockfish tacos.
In 1997, Appalachian opened off of Cameron Street and was heralded as the first brewery in Harrisburg in 50 years. Partners include Jack Sproch, Artie Tafoya and Shawn Gallagher.
Appalachian now operate brewpubs in Lititz, Gettysburg and Collegeville.
Moving into a car dealership with its expansive show room proved to be a perfect location for the brewpub. Appalachian's owners purchased the 26,000 square foot building in 2013.
The Silver Spring Twp. location serves two purposes for Appalachian. First it will draw diners from the Carlisle/Shippensburg and Perry County areas, said Mike Parker, the brewery's spokesman.
Secondly, it provides relief for the the Harrisburg brewery which is experiencing growing pains. Shifting specialty beer production to Silver Spring Twp. allows the Harrisburg brewery to focus on packaging and large batch production of it year-round beers, said ABC director of operations Artie Tafoya.
"We are blowing out of our seams there," he said.
Two years ago ABC was looking to expand when it attempted to acquire land at 38-40 N. Cameron St. in Harrisburg for a 0,000 to 0,000 warehouse that would house bottling and packaging materials for the brewery.
The project didn't materialize but Tafoya said he hasn't given up hope and said there is still a possibility ABC can purchase the additional warehouse space.
In the meantime, Tafoya likened the Silver Spring Twp. project to repurposing the former city warehouse in 1997 into the flagship brewery.
"It didn't take as long but just as much effort," he said.
The open-air brewery dining room at the new location was carved out of the former service bay while a second floor storage area was converted into the mezzanine. Kegs were repurposed into lamp shades.
Appalachian recently rolled out a new menu which includes new items such as a Carolina Quesadilla filled with pulled pork, a grilled pork strip steak and The Thru Hiker burger with avocado, brie, baby spinach and tomato. About 20 beers will be on tap at the brewpub, and a mugclub will be open to 350 members.
The brewpub will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday. The phone is 717-795-4660.