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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

YOUR RATING = None |
BEER AVG
3.9/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
90
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
3,338
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
96
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
227
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
6.47%
 
 
Taps:
102
Bottles/Cans:
350
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2240 Millennium Way
Enola, Pennsylvania, 17025
United States

(717) 728-3840 | map
www.alsofhampden.com

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Reviews by rfgetz:
Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of ZEB89
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Spoda1983
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SipofZombie
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

A bit sterile. Kinda industrial, but not by interior design standards. Too bright/fluorescent. Good beers. And good guest beers. No bar service except at the register. A friendly couple staffers. Relatively quick food. But no samples is horseshit, given the relatively higher pricing. At least a 3oz pour for charge would be a compromise. A hundo brews on tap, plus a cooler leaves plenty of options. Pizza was a bit soggy and cheese-heavy. Most likely woukdnt be back except for a release or special event.

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Photo of Rodosman
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Visited during lunch time on way to business presentation. Hamburger was pretty great. Staff catered to my father who thinks he's gluten free. Bottle selection was okay. Not huge selection. Bought a couple BA stouts, no big names. Bought 2 crowlers of pizza boy sunny side up at $10.25 each. Not allowed to order crowlers of Tired Hands is definitely disappointing. Overall nice place to stop by. Crazy tap selection and of about 100 to chose from.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of kmos27
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of zekeman17
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Liked this place a lot. Typical industrial warehouse feel, but smaller than expected. Three flat screen tvs, all next to each other, and with the sound turned off. A few video games in back.

Counter service with typical pizza joint fair -- decent pizzas, grinders, salads. Nothing mind blowing in that department, but all fine. You order food at the counter at one place and they bring it to your table; order beer at another place. All the staff was perfectly friendly and professional. Family friendly, too.

Then there are something like 99 beers on tap... A good number from Pizza Boy, then a good selection from throughout Central PA, and then maybe a quarter or a fifth from all over. When I was there, got Pizza Boy, Tired Hands, Free Will and Otter Creek, to give you an example. The offer 8 ounce pours, full pours and then crowlers and growlers on most of them. All very reasonably priced. Great place to have a meal and try some beers.

They also have some other beer to go in a cooler and stacked up on the floor near the door. I didn't check it out too closely, but noticed Other Half, Ballast Point, Troegs.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Loved this place. Huge tap list with both their own beers and guest taps, bottles of sours for on site consumption only, and decent pizza. Big open seating and a lot of families and people. Bar can get crowded but a fun place. Would love to go back.

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Photo of dwoolley1
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -30.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of slander
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
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 +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of csnyder83
4.85/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Blaze5445
4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of InspectorBob
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Jbalintjr
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of fredmugs
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of schroeder1200
3.94/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Photo of Mista_Carta
4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
96 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.