Zeroday Brewing Co. is a brewery and tasting room located in the Midtown district of Harrisburg right next to the Midtown Cinema. Just a few blocks from the capitol, our tasting room provides a social gathering space for our community members and thirsty travelers alike.
We specialize in clean, balanced ales and lagers and offer Pennsylvania wine and cider. We showcase our amazing brews alongside some incredible local art, and on occasion you can enjoy your brew to the soundtrack of some of the area’s best musicians.
The brainchild of Theo and Brandalynn Armstrong came about while unwinding after a long day in their cubicles. Theo had been home brewing for a few years, and the two seeking something beyond the corporate lifestyle started home brewing recipes for possible commercial production.
During the first six months, they ran blind taste tests during which volunteers sampled the batches and offered anonymous feedback on the brews. Once the recipes were dialed in, the pair began collaborating with local businesses to sample out their wares to the general public. Meanwhile, the couple operated a successful crowd funding campaign to help fund their dream, and the next step in the journey was finding a location.
Midtown, a love affair.
There was no question that the pair wanted to be in the City of Harrisburg. As they explored the different neighborhoods, they fell in love with Midtown. At that time, the little district of the city was home to HACC Midtown Campus, a cute farmers market, quaint shops and a bookstore, among others. With a the promise of a new courthouse, it all made sense.
Through networking and forging relationships with local business and neighbors alike, the Armstrongs found a home in the vacant caboose of the Midtown Cinema, a cute local indie theater that turned out to be much much more. The vacant space approximately 3600 sq. ft. was previously home to a plasma donation center, and had since sat vacant for 20 years. It was definitely going to be a project.
With help from the owners of the building, the space was gutted and brought to new life in November 2014. Revitalizing an underused space to bring something fresh to an amazing community was just what the doctor ordered. Although said courthouse is still just rumor, multiple new restaurants and businesses have popped up making the community even better.
Zeroday Brewing Company joined their ranks In April 2015.
Theo and Brandalynn opened their brand new 7 bbl brewery and 60-seat tasting room with an amazing response from the community at large as well as local news outlets.The pair held an official ribbon cutting for their grand opening alongside Mayor Eric Papenfuse, state Representative Patty Kim, and a stormtrooper … Yes, a stormtrooper.
The space boasts a 20-tap capacity and rotates specialty beers alongside their flagship staples and Pennsylvania wine and cider. Zeroday also is committed to being involved with the community’s huge arts and entertainment scene, and they regularly host live local music, as well as Lip Sync Fight Club a neighborhood favorite where guests battle each other for the trophy and bragging rights as well as a 16-foot gallery wall that is home to a monthly rotating gallery from local artists.
The beer has always been the duo’s passion and remains their number one focus.While Zeroday is not a full restaurant, it offers a fun snack menu with items like the Large Ass Pretzel (seriously bigger than your face) Hummus, and their take on an adult Lunchable: The Snack Pack. If snacks just don’t cut it, you are currently able to B.Y.O.F. (Bring your own food) Pack a picnic, grab something from the local market or your favorite takeout spot.
What’s in a name?
Zeroday. What does it mean? No, it’s not about computer hacking; it’s about hiking. In 2005, Theo thruhiked the Appalachian Trail*. The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through 14 states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.
So what does Zeroday have to do with a long hike? A “Zeroday” is a day on the trail where you do not hike ZERO miles logged. Zerodays are a day of rest, used sparingly and typically reserved for a worthwhile city or town.
Theo and Brandalynn wanted the Tasting Room to be relaxing, like a Zeroday, where you could meet new people and hang out and unwind after a long day at the job. Located right off the AT, the couple felt that Harrisburg is worthy of a Zeroday. Come in and relax while sipping small batch brews, and find your Zeroday.
*For those of you who wondered, it took Theo five months, including two zerodays to finish.