Satellite locations

By on April 19, 2017

Now that Lancaster Brewing Company has opened a third location (see Hop’in Around #76, 1/25/2017) I thought I should finally get up to Harrisburg and check out what the county’s namesake brewery is providing the capital.

Once upon a time I knew all the back story of who owned what when it came to LBC, but I didn’t keep up, and frankly lost interest. The Harrisburg location is much more different than the Route 30 and Lancaster City locations.

I made it to Harrisburg for lunch and helped open the doors to the 469 Eisenhower Blvd. location at 11:30 a.m. I quickly learned there are two distinct entrances (and sections) of LBC Harrisburg. I found myself in what appeared to be long-standing barroom, the L-shaped bar overhung by glass mugs for the mug club. In the center stands a 14-tap dispensing station offering almost every LBC beers known to drinkers ­ Double Chocolate Milk Stout, Blue Trail, Imperial Jo, Celtic Rose, and so on. For those looking for a non-alcoholic draft, they offer Big Ben’s Root Beer* on tap!

Pre-Flight IPA (6 percent ABV) is Lancaster Brewing Company’s solution for quenching summer thirst. Coming in at a mild 55 IBUs, this brew is dry hopped with El Dorado and Falconer’s Flight hops. The addition of crystal malt adds a subtle caramel hint.

Pre-Flight IPA (6 percent ABV) is Lancaster Brewing Company’s solution for quenching summer thirst. Coming in at a mild 55 IBUs, this brew is dry hopped with El Dorado and Falconer’s Flight hops. The addition of crystal malt adds a subtle caramel hint.

On my visit, the brewery had a new arrival: Pre-Flight IPA (6 percent ABV). This is LBC’s solution for quenching summer thirst. Coming in at a mild 55 IBUs, this brew is dry hopped with El Dorado and Falconer’s Flight hops. The addition of crystal malt adds a subtle caramel hint. According to the bartender, this beer was short-lived in Harrisburg and will only be available in Lancaster from now on.

The one major difference between Lancaster and Harrisburg is the brewing process itself; it’s nonexistent in Harrisburg. All the beer for the Harrisburg (and Route 30) location is brewed at the main facility on Plum Street, Lancaster. On the other side of the establishment, in what definitely has more of a restaurant feel, stand two brew kettles just for show. They’re actually better plant stands than they are pieces of operating equipment.

From t-shirts to pint glasses, visitors can browse all the LBC schwag they want in the gift area. There’s also a three-door cooler stocked with sixers, 12-packs, and cases of beer to go.

Without having menus to compare side-by-side, the food offerings at this location look almost exactly the same as Route 30. There’s the appetizer I recommend for those not afraid of the swine — the Artisan Bacon Board. Since we’re speaking of delicious pigs, I had the bacon cheddar fries during my visit, and they came with a lot of bacon!

So, although there is a difference to each LBC, it seems they are all pretty much the same.

Harrisburg’s Tomato Pie Café is bigger than the Lititz location, but has the same great products and service. Shown are a chai latte (left) and a London Fog. (Photos by Michael Upton)

Harrisburg’s Tomato Pie Café is bigger than the Lititz location, but has the same great products and service. Shown are a chai latte (left) and a London Fog. (Photos by Michael Upton)

Oh, and while I was in Harrisburg I came across another mirror establishment to our area: Tomato Pie Café. Compared to the one in Lititz, this coffee and tea destination is much bigger, but still serving up great service. Cheers and thanks for reading!

* Big Ben’s Root Beer hails from Catawissa, and is a product from Catawissa Sparkling Beverages, established 1926. The folks at The Root Beer Store consider it a wonderful specimen of sap soda.

Michael C. Upton is a freelance writer specializing in arts and leisure. He welcomes comments at somepromcu@gmail.com and facebook.com/SomebodiesProductions.

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