Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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BEER AVG
3.99/5
Based on:
97 Beers
2,281 Ratings
Place Score: 99
Ratings: 166
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
Taps: 102
Bottles: 350
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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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Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on Friday 4/3/09 for some pizza and beer, and pretty much just to check out the selection after hearing about this place on BA. Despite being located only a few minutes from my workplace, I was surprised I never heard of this place.

Al's has a slightly more up-scale pizza place/sub shop atmosphere that most other similar places. It's clean and pretty comfortable, and it is conveniently located right off I-81 on Wertsville Road.

Their beer selection was surprisingly excellent and quite diverse, with a whole cooler for bombers and another two with single bottles that ran the gamut of locals such as Troegs and Victory to Midwest offerings from Bell's to West Coasters like Rogue and Stone. Plenty of DFH selections too. Prices seemed very reasonable, especially for PA. They also have a seperate area for take-out six packs and 40's. While there's a lot of swill, there's also plenty of Troegs, Victory and Bell's six packs available, as well as others. You can also mix and match sixers, which is nice.

They also have a solid tap selection with around fourteen offerings. During my visit, they had Philly Walt Wit and Shackamaximum Imp. stout, Fort Collins chocolate stout, Victory Storm King and Hop Wallop, a few Troegs taps, a Pennichuck tap and two relegated to Miller Lite and Coors Light, among others. They also fill growlers and have specials throughout the week, including Troegs Tuesday, where they do growler fills of flagship beers for only $5. They also have Victory Fridays, with $1 off draughts, $2 bottles and discounted growler fills.

As for the food, the menu looked quite diverse and offered a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, salads and dinners. They also have daily food specials. We got a basic cheese pizza, but it was fantastic, certainly one the best local pizza I've had in the area.

Overall, this is a great addition to the local beer scene. The selection is awesome, the prices are reasonable and the food is very good. I'm glad I found out about this place, because I will definitely visit often.

More User Reviews:
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4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

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4.96/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

My go-to place for great beer in the Harrisburg area. Great tap selection, I stick with trying all of the Pizza Boy stuff though. Decent bottle selection, food is good too.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Pizza and beer. Period.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Ground zero for Capitol region beer. 100 beers on tap, typically 20 of their own. Al's gets a 5+ for both quality adnd selection. The knocks? I can't reconcile the price of the sours. They're terrific, I'm willing to pay more for rarity, I get that they are more expensive to make. But it's hard to justify paying $25-30 for 750 of a sour (or even $18 for a tasty but humble Berliner Weiss), while $10 can get you some terrific half gallon growlers. And the practice of charging $3 for a growler cap is weird and off putting. Food is merely ok, although the wings are underrated. Despite the niggles, this is my go to place inthe Harrisburg area. Go there.

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4.92/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Huge selection of beers on tap! Awesome pizza. If you are by Harrisburg, PA this is a must. They do great sours

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.88/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Used BA to find this great stop on the way through Harrisburg. Good food, great beer. Wish I had a place like this near me. Food staff was great, beer staff seemed a bit put out about doing their jobs.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.65/5  rDev -18.7%

Atmosphere: pretty cool place, not trying to make themselves anything, just a good place for pizza and beer. some view into their brewing process and kitchen.

Service: everyone was nice and helpful, only thing I found odd was they didn't want to let me try something before I filled multiple growlers.

Selection and Quality: over a hundred taps is an easy way to make a good selection, but nothing was overly rare. I'd say your beset bet is to go with the pizza boy beer, the rest (besides nitros and firkins) are easy to find elsewhere.

Food: pizza was good, but nothing overly special. jalapeño poppers were just okay.

Overall: I almost wish they'd get rid of all the taps but their own if the rarest thing you'll find is a troegs scratch beer (less than half an hour away from the brewery). Their beers, that I tried, were quite good. certainly a place to check out but not somewhere I'd go to all the time.

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
99 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.