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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 87
Beer Ratings: 1,521
Beer Avg: 3.93

Taps: 102 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
98
world-class

111 Ratings
Ratings: 111
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.93%
$$ - 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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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

I've visited Al's a number of times. It is about 45 minutes from my house with easy access off the interstate.

Al's has an excellent selection of draft beers and a very fine amount of craft beers in six packs and 750ml bottles. The website is continuously updated with the latest drafts. The service is knowledgeable and friendly. The pizza and other foods are really good too.

The dining area is pretty small and you can't always find a table but there's a pretty quick turnover and I've never minded waiting while sipping on a delicious and fresh brew.

The tap lines are kept clean and the pours into a glass or growler are done quickly.

Great place!

02-12-2011 19:52:21 | More by Tucquan
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BeerDad5825

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.9%

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

New York

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
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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bum732

Lesotho

3.4/5  rDev -23.3%
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
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duceswild

Maryland

3/5  rDev -32.3%

06-15-2014 23:14:49 | More by duceswild
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BastardAleFTW

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.9%

06-13-2014 05:12:33 | More by BastardAleFTW
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BroadStBrewing

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

06-13-2014 02:50:28 | More by BroadStBrewing
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Liberatiscioli

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

06-13-2014 00:06:41 | More by Liberatiscioli
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BcOneSeven

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

06-03-2014 01:42:16 | More by BcOneSeven
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mfunk9786

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.9%

06-02-2014 16:01:03 | More by mfunk9786
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
98 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.