Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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Active Beers: 91
Beer Ratings: 1,592
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 102 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
3.35/5 rDev -24.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I absolutely loved this place and hated it at the same time. The Pizza Boy beer was amazing, well worth the hype and the food was also very good. However, not offering samples or flights of beer is very puzzling. At least offer 4 or 5oz pours. This would allow customers to try more of this great beer and certainly increase sales. It was also really odd that you cannot tip using a credit card. Not sure about the reasoning behind this but it has to hurt the servers/bartenders. We ran up decent sized bill but had very little cash on us to provide a tip. Overall, great beer, good food but unusual business practices.
07-19-2014 14:39:50 | More by IPAchris
4.95/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $
The move from the old location to the recent location was the BEST thing Al could have ever done for business. The selection is phenomenal, he does a great job of promoting other "Local-PA" breweries. The sour program he is starting I'd is stellar, I believe it will one day match the likes of Jester King or The Bruery. His IPAs are a top seller as they are all quality. The food is always very good and the atmosphere is friendly and great for families/friends.
07-16-2014 17:13:13 | More by UAhuntt
4.28/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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 117 ratings.