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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 92
Beer Ratings: 1,648
Beer Avg: 3.92

Taps: 102 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
97
world-class

118 Ratings
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.66%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2240 Millennium Way
Enola, Pennsylvania, 17025
United States
phone: (717) 728-3840

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(Place added by: petesuphi on 10-19-2008)
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Visited on a Sunday for lunch. Arrived just around noon. Very slow when we arrived, but definitely getting busy when we left..

Overall, I like this place. A brand new facility.

A - A little sterile as it is more a brewery than a pizza place/pub. Clean and spacious. Family friendly, almost every group that came in for lunch had kids. They have a small kids menu. I rated a little low because of the sterileness. Also, can't see much of the brewing process unless you are off in one corner of the place.

Q - No complaints.

S - No table service. Folks behind the bar and at the counter were friendly and very helpful. I like the video screens with the on tap beer selections, but it also means you must stand at one of two locations to consider your beer selection. It would be nice to have a daily beer sheet to read at the table. Maybe there is table service at other times, but I rated a little lower for having none when we visited.

S - Great selection of beers. 40 or so on tap, with about seven Pizza Boy beers. I considered the taps more regoinally focused, but there was a stone and two founders, etc. Also six packs to go, pick your six to go and some bombers. Don't not ask if you could buy a bottle and drink there. I found an Alesmith Speedway Stout, which I bought. Also 1L and 2L growlers available. I picked up 1L off Bumble Phuq. I was disappointed that the Pizza Boy Intangible was only available for in-house consumption, no to-go.

F - Come for the beer and then have some nice pizza. But there is much better pizza around than than the white pizza w/ added sausage that we had. The pizza was too thick and the sausage was run of the mill.

V - The food is still an excellent value. The beer value is dependent on the selection. My Alesmith bombmer was $18, which I thought was a $$$ rating, but I don't get to th Alesmith distribution area much so I purchased.

07-14-2013 23:40:38 | More by Sludgeman
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-28-2014 22:25:44 | More by waddellc2
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jeffstinson

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-22-2014 04:47:03 | More by jeffstinson
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

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
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traxstar7

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

07-17-2014 01:15:10 | More by traxstar7
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UAhuntt

Pennsylvania

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
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Mipper

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-14-2014 18:43:49 | More by Mipper
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

07-10-2014 18:59:10 | More by mendvicdog
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BeerDad5825

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-01-2014 10:48:32 | More by BeerDad5825
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

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
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
97 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.