Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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Active Beers: 88
Beer Ratings: 1,521
Beer Avg: 3.93
Taps: 102 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 70 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Driving from NYC to Charlottesville, Virginia, the wife and I stopped at Al's/Pizza Boy for a brew and some pizza.
Located squarely in the middle of nowhere, this is an industrial-looking joint with brew tanks on view and the works. Inside the place looks like a high-school cafeteria, and the ordering system is annoying (one beer at a time, no tastings, no service).
But you know what, the pizza is delicious and the beer selection is stunning. 102 taps, including rarities like Creme Brulee, Founders Imp Stout, Palo Santo and Weyer Heresy on nitro, DuClaw Hell on Wood (bourbon barleywine), Liquid Hero Imp Stout, Full Pint Rye Rebelation plus a ton of Pizza Boy beers. I loved the Galaxy IPA, and also the Azazel (Imp Stout with chilies).
This is my kind of tap list: lots of variety, a ton of bourbon-aged stuff, big beers...
Draughts are priced between three and seven dollars, and they also sell growlers (only for takeout).
Service is minimal, and they do not accept tips. Take it for what it is and enjoy it. I look forward to experiencing Al's/Pizza again.
06-23-2014 18:45:55 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.4/5 rDev -23.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Re-reviewing this since it's in a new location. I really don't want to write an entire diatribe, so let me just quickly point out the major flaws:
1. Their 2L growlers are clear glass
2. They have an entire shelf of beers exposed to the outside sun
3. Beers they serve on tap are way too cold
4. The inside has a women's penitentiary feel to it
5. No tasters allowed, can only get full pours
6. When ordering one of their bottled beers, you can't have any other beers on your table
Many people would point out that many of these issues are minor. But I would argue that selling clear growlers and not allowing trying beers on tap without ordering a full pour as complete bullshit. There is really no excuse for doing this. I just don't understand this place, there is so much potential and the beers here were for the most part, excellent. But it's the little things that are just baffling to me. There is just a weird vibe of paranoia that makes this place reek of amateur hour. I feel bad for the head brewer, he's clearly a great at his job but unfortunately has to deal with piss poor policies from the owner. Too bad.
06-16-2014 18:44:29 | More by bum732
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
97 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.