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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Based on:
110 Beers
3,531 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 87
Visits: 214
Avg: 4.34
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: 87 | Visits: 214
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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Coming down the road, one barely notices the tiny shopping center at the bottom of the hill. From the small lot, it appears Al's is your typical neighborhood pizza joint, deli and 6-pack store rolled into one. Upon entering the brightly lit room, one sees about a dozen tables, 10 or so beer coolers and a counter with the pizza and sandwich menu posted above. No bar?

Above the coolers sits 2 LCD monitors which lists what the 24 or so tucked away beer handles offer with 4 new Pizza Boy offerings, 3 cask options and 4 nitro options. Further inspection of the coolers shows a wide variety of 4 and 6 packs and singles which range from standard brews by Sam Adams and the local Troegs, to the slightly more flashy brews from Evil Twin, Mikkeler etc. Good bomber selection tucked between one row of coolers and the counter, many of the standout brews can be found here.

Expansive menu sure to please, pizza and wings were very good. Service from the counter was quick and friendly. Beer prices were reasonable. Hard to rate this place... as a pizza place, all classifications are blown away but the lack of space could present issues with stock and seating. A must visit when in the area.

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3/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of slander
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Hard time work life on the road in Carlisle once ago. Used to be this joint up the highway some; pizza, subs, & salads, coolers with bottles and 2 dozen or so taps. The grilled chicken salad was my jam, and a few pints of the house basement beers in the early days of house beers there, before they went big time and moved a stone’s throw away. Oh, my many travelling garbage man days…

A standalone in the back up that road, there, it’s a large open room with a black tortoise shell marble topped ‘L’ bar along the far perimeter, dark gray cinder block base, & foot box brickings; seating for 14 on hightop stools. Triple wide coolers with bottled selections available behind the bar on one side, and a shit ton of non-descript handles on a loooooong row on the short side; 3 handpumps on center and 49 taps to each side on stainless steel. Dangling stems from the underside and 5 tap boards running the length atop over a shelf of logo’d house crowlers, bottled selections, and house growlers. On the side wall, a large ‘102 beers on draft’ sign denotes ‘here’s the first 21’ below. And then the 5 tap boards list 80 beers collectively in white print on alt red & black lines (brewery, beer, style, ABV, serving glass, $, & 32oz & 64oz crowl/growl pricing). Okay, I understander what’s what now.

Concrete floorings, industrial high ceilings with exposed ductwork & drop lighting over the kitchen and elsewhere about, and light cream walls. Brewery placards, a large horizontal ‘Experience the art of beer’ brewing process banner, and 3 flats up high; 1 of them showing the dirty Mets. Roughly 2 dozen tables in rows out across the room mostly between the hightops, lowboys, booth styles, & 2 long shared tables in the corner. Carry out & mix-a-six coolers, and mountains of pumpkin beers on the far wall displayed; they should display them nowhere ever. Slight arcade play around the corner (Hey, it’s Phil’s Golf Game; he would be pleased), and another set of beer boards there. And there’s brewing equipment back past there and above the bathroom block; the equipment stainless up there not looking so sturdy or upright. 20 tables high & low in the back room on the end with a few flats for the viewing, and outdoor seating, a buncha tables off the curb there.

As I have neither the attention span or want to list 102 beers, I will summarize. Roughly 3/5 of them are from PA; 26 houseish beers, including a few collabs with the likes of East End, Troegs, ABC, & others, and some Intangible beers. And another 3 dozen or so in-state offerings; 8 from Troegs, 6 offerings from Tired Hands, 7 from East End, 4 from Free Will, and then onesies, twosies, or more from Crystal Ball, Helltown, Lavery, Liquid Hero, Yards, Funk, St. Boniface, Voodoo, Molly Pitcher, & The Brewery @ Hershey. The other 2/5 are mostly American craft with some imports and ciders thrown in the mix.

Having gone through a good amount of the house beers one by one (grumble grumble), it has been decided that ‘Eternal Sunshine’ (dry hopped sour), ‘Haters Tears’ (sour salted Gose, “salted with the tears of the entitled”), ‘717’ collab with Troegs & ABC (hoppy tart Saison), and Freefall (Grisette), are best of show, versus others, which were, well, no. Wound down with a shorty of ‘Moonstomp’ collab with East End (Berliner). It’s real tough for me not hitting the Tired Hands beers (Cat Statue, Fripp, HopHands, SaisonHands, Thesaurus, Trendler Lager), but I’m here for the house beers (sigh).

To the right of the bar, there’s an open kitchen with a bazillion pizza boxes stacked fronted by a place where you order food, and don’t trip on the chips, yo. The complete food menu posted on the far wall (love!), as well as lunch specials and the like. While I was getting my beer on, someone gone ordered wings, 30 of them to be exact, done hot garlic. I could have done with them being less hot (yes, the hot was hot for tenderfoot, me), but they had the good garlic (can there ever be enough garlic?). Me, I would have done sweet & sour, or Al’s bourbon, maybe. ‘Why didn’t I get the California fries’? Witz asks. Only you know, Dave. Search your heart.

Ben won’t shut up about his Mets. They’re going down. There’s a lot going on here but not a lot of atmosphere, I must say. Service was kind of douche-y. I do not enjoy this only 1 beer at a time policy, especially when they don’t do a sampler or tasters and you want to assess 2 beers side by side. Only one bottle for sale (black barrel aged sour), so very not my favorite style. Yes, they’ve got a lot of taps, but when you talk about lines, is biggest best? Some good house beers and others not so much. Virginia found the Eternal Sunshine to have not held up in crowler 3 hours out. Props for the good showing of local/regional PA guest taps (‘No crowlers of Tired Hands’, thank you, Jean!). Definitely worth the visit.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Blaze5445
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of InspectorBob
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

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4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Knobs303
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of lamb0176
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best pizza in Pennsylvania

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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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3.95/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Tweber78
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

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4.73/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
96 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.