Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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Active Beers: 92
Beer Ratings: 1,648
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 102 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Slatetank:
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited Al's for lunch today. Do you like Pizza and Craft Beer? You will like Al's then. The atmosphere of a nice corner pizza shop, clean, well-lit and easy to understand menus. The coolers flank the counter which has several pies displayed and the taps are in plain view.
The selection is the real reason to go. They have about 12 or more taps mostly craft and such bottled selections as Troeg's (even scratch and Nugget currently)Stone, DFH, Green Flash, Bell's, St Bernardus, Samuel Smiths and the list goes on...
The service is fast friendly, no-nonsense and they have a handle on what they sell, recommending and helping with new items.
The quality and value is top notch as both are hard to find fault with I appreciate the freshness of the selections and pricing is very reasonable. I found the buffalo wing pizza to be tasty and it was served hot. The food is worth it for portion sizes and I would only criticize by saying it didn't taste like buffalo wings on the pizza, just chicken slices, but tasty and filling.
I appreciated the variety of menu choices: 4 kinds of pies-neopolitan, white, deep dish and specialty, easy to read beer and food menus with prices under each selection. I enjoyed the visit and they were able to provide good service while there was a lunch rush-recommended
04-09-2009 20:12:19 | More by Slatetank
More User Reviews:
3.35/5 rDev -24%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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 +12.2%
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 -2.9%
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
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
97 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.