Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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BEER AVG
3.92/5
Based on:
117 Beers
410 Reviews
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 86
Visits: 203
rAvg: 4.38
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: 86 | Visits: 203
Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (2,050 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Knobs303
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of lamb0176
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best pizza in Pennsylvania (26 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of kkdowning
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of MadCat
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

So this is an interesting place... And it is smaller than I would expect for 100+ taps, so I'm glad I came for lunch. Food and bar service is from a counter, and there is also a good packaged goods selection. Food is mostly Pizzeria type stuff, but is better quality than I would expect from the area. Obviously the beer is great, plenty of in house taps and plenty of other taps, including a nice Tired Hands selection. Prices are good, but no samplers/flights and an 8oz pour is generally only $1 cheaper than a full pour. Growlers and crowlers are available and reasonably priced. I certainly would like to come back again. (626 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of jammery
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Tweber78
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Seriously, This place rocks!. The food and service is exceptional. The beer selection is outstanding. They Brew their own beer under the Pizza Boy label.

I highly recommend this establishment. (197 characters)

Photo of barflybastard
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Photo of JohnParadee
4.73/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Came here on nice Saturday afternoon, good size place with plenty of parking. Big L-shaped bar inside with lots of tables, and a pretty big outside section with lots of high tops.

No servers here; everything is ordered at the bar, which I'm a big fan of, personally. Another huge plus and one of my biggest bar pet peeves, they have a huge electronic tap list above the bar with styles and prices clearly listed. Nothing is worse than ordering a good beer at a bar with 'mystery pricing' and seeing the damage on the bill later. No samples here, but they do offer 8 oz. pours and 16 oz. pours. Also, the prices here are incredible. I don't think I saw a 16 oz. draft of any beer over like $5.50, including the sours and high ABV stouts/IPAs.

Selection is incredible with 100 or so beers on tap, including 15-20 Pizza Boy offerings. All the beers were really good to excellent, wish I could have stayed longer to try more. Food was average but solid enough, nothing beats some cheap pizza slices to soak up the beer. Another weird note, tipping appears to be 'optional' and isn't expected which is quite odd (I guess because there are no servers and you order yourself?). I had them run my credit card on my tab and asked to leave a tip on it and they said "we don't do tips on credit cards".... never heard that line before. So FYI, have cash with you if you want to tip. Awesome place, well worth a stop in if you're in the area. (1,445 characters)

Photo of slasich
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jdavis23112
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of helpingphriendlybook
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Jeffwise
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First off, you need to try the pizza. You will not be disappointed. Then the beer... The variety and quality of the beer is just about amazing. Great tap list from a great variety of breweries, but if it's a one time trip.. Ignore them and drink pizza boys beer. You will be amazed... You might get drunk.. (306 characters)

Photo of Camjmorton
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Beer nerd nirvana. And if you aren't into beer the food is great as well. (73 characters)

Photo of yergermeister
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of LehighAce06
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
97 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.