High Road Brewing Co. opens at Neighbors & Smith in downtown Camp Hill in summer 2022. A satellite taproom opened in the Walden neighborhood, Mechanicsburg, in late 2021.
This summer, the once-dry borough of Camp Hill will get its first on-site brewery. High Road Brewing Co., owned by restaurateur Matt Flinchbaugh, is slated to open later this year.
Flinchbaugh, along with his father, Dawson “Chief Chili” Flinchbaugh, own Flinchy’s in Lower Allen Township — named for Matt. And Matt also opened HomeSlice in the Walden neighborhood of Mechanicsburg in late 2019.
High Road Brewing is set to become a hot spot of busy Market Street, no doubt a cornerstone of Neighbors & Smith, which also houses boutiques like Plum Bottom, Little Black Dress, One Good Woman, and Live in Color Boutique, plus Moxy Salon and Thrive Fitness.
Matt has said that High Road Brewing Co. will be a family-friendly spot with seating for up to 150 on three levels and private dining spaces. Fire pits on a spacious outdoor patio, roll-up garage doors, and a mezzanine will blur the lines of indoor/outdoor dining while providing a view of picturesque downtown Camp Hill.
Chat with Matt Flinchbaugh, High Road Brewing
Matt and I go way back, and I was excited to catch up with him about his latest endeavor.
SB: Will you specialize in any particular style of beer?
MF: We will cover a little bit of everything. Classically brewed Helles, Pilsner, Bock style beers. Stouts, Porters-west coast IPA’s, Hazy New England style IPA’s, fruited sours, seltzers, and really anything we want. Barrel-aged beers, old-world beers, trendy stuff too. We are gonna brew all the things we like to drink, and are confident most others will like them too.
Will you brew on-site?
Yes, we’ll brew on-site in both locations. The taproom at Walden will give us the opportunity to experiment with smaller batches, while the Camp Hill location will be our main brewing location. It will include a 15 barrel system along with a 30 barrel fermentation tank.
Will you feature other PA beer/wine/spirits?
Yes, we’re excited to work with other PA-based partners to offer some local favorites.
What meaning does the name have?
We hope that the name High Road will inspire our customers to be better people – to take the high road.
I love that you’re incorporating some faves from your other restaurants — what else will the menu feature?
The menu is still a work in progress, but we can promise locally sourced ingredients and some innovative new items.
High Road first opened a taproom in Walden. What will the relationship be between the two?
The taproom at Walden will serve as an additional location on the West Shore where customers can enjoy our brews, as well as other PA-based beers, wines, and spirits. It’s also conveniently located adjacent to Home Slice at Walden, so people can enjoy the best pizza in the area while they’re tasting our beer!
What do you plan for the experience to be like for customers when they visit?
We want our customers to feel welcome, relaxed, and impressed when they visit the brewery. It will definitely be family-friendly and interactive since guests will be able to watch our brewers at work. The large outdoor seating area and bar along Market Street will be the place to see and be seen.
High Road Taproom, 146 Walden Way, Mechanicsburg is open 4-11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 12-11 p.m. Saturday, and 12-9 p.m. Sunday. Currently, it offers a variety of Pennsylvania beer, wines, ciders, seltzers, and cocktails made with Pennsylvania spirits. A menu offers favorites from Flinchbaugh’s other endeavors, including Flinchy’s and Home Slice.
High Road Brewing Co. will be located at 1801 Market St., Camp Hill. Follow the progress and learn more at highroadbrewco.com.