New pub open for business


Appalachian Brewing Co. opened after Knute’s Pub and Grill closed in late December. The new pub offers the community food and craft beer. Other locations include Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg and Gettysburg.

Shippensburg University students did not have to wait long for a new pub to open on King Street. 

Appalachian Brewing Co. has opened its doors at the former location of Knute’s Pub and Grill, located on King Street in downtown Shippensburg.

The former owners of Knute’s alluded to the arrival of Appalachian Brewing Co. in December 2017. 

Through a post on Facebook they hinted, “We are pursuing new opportunities to fill the void left by Knute’s closing.” 

The owners also said in the post, “Sometime soon in the new year, we hope to bring Pennsylvania-made craft beer and spirits to Shippensburg.”

That Pennsylvania crafted beer would be brewed by director of operations and brewmaster Artie Tafoya and the team at Appalachian Brewing Co. 

The company is a popular chain of pubs with locations throughout central Pennsylvania, including locations in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Gettysburg, and now Shippensburg.

“The owner of the property contacted us about bringing an Appalachian Brewing Co. to Shippensburg. We had looked at properties in the past, but this location will work perfectly for our new brewery tap room license,” Tafoya said.

Tafoya and the team at Appalachian Brewing Co. are excited to bring great food to Shippensburg, but are also looking forward to working with the community.

“We also look to support other local businesses and work to continue to build Shippensburg into a great community and college town,” Tafoya said.

While there are no special discounts specifically for SU students, Appalachian Brewing Co. offers special food theme nights and coveted “Mug Club” memberships. “Mug Club” memberships are hard to obtain, but the benefits include multiple discounts, free drinks and half-priced food.

Patrons can always expect to experience a great atmosphere with high-quality food. Quality is an important aspect for Appalachian Brewing Co., according to Tafoya. 

“We focus on the quality of our products to offer value in all of our products and services,” Tafoya said.

Tafoya described Appalachian Brewing Company as, “an innovative pub cuisine that offers the good old pub food with a twist.” 

Some of Appalachian Brewing Co.’s signature dishes include “mile high meatloaf” and “beer battered fish and chips,” as well as an abundance of appetizers including wings, pretzels and nachos. Appalachian Brewing Co. is also proud to offer several non-alcoholic beverage options. 

“Our craft sodas are excellent. Root beer, birch beer, ginger beer, craft cola, citra — our diet products made with stevia are very high quality ingredients,” Tafoya said.

For those who are 21 years old or older, Appalachian Brewing Co. is well-known for its eight craft beers including Mountain Lager, Chocolate Avenue Stout and Trail Blaze Maple Brown Ale.

There will be chef’s specials on the menu during the weekends to showcase the culinary skills of the staff. The team at Appalachian Brewing Co. welcomes all ages. 

“We are always family friendly, along with being a great place to meet with friends and have a great discussion (or debate) over a beer,” Tafoya said.

Appalachian Brewing Co. brewpub is located at 15 W. King Street. For hours and menu information, visit

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