Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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Active Beers: 92
Beer Ratings: 1,647
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 102 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
3.56/5 rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$$
For beer alone, this place is close to perfect. The bottled sours in particular are some of the best you can find anywhere. There's also always a number of quality offerings on draft. Note this is attributed to Terry, not Al, and while I think I would follow Terry wherever he brewed - if he left Al's I don't think I'd ever need to return.
The food is another story. While the pizza is decent, the hot subs are not good. A bunch of us went and tried a good variety of them, including the meatball parm, the chicken cheesesteak and chicken parm. We all forced ourselves to finish half and then couldn't go any further.
Probably my biggest disappointment was the attitude of the staff. The young manager there in particular was very rude after a misunderstanding, and some of the other servers I found to be arrogant and slightly off-putting. I've been here twice now, and felt the same way both times. After speaking with Al, I believe this attitude trickles down from him.
Besides this, clear 64 oz growlers? When asked why they would have clear growlers, the answer given was that no one keeps the beer long enough for it to matter. And the cost is unnecessarily high. $6 for a 32 oz grenade style growler? The lack of any samples, half pours, or flights makes it difficult to try all of the beers, and some are better than others.
They are also very uptight about carding - so make sure you have your ID with you, or you won't drink, even if you're 60 years old and drove 3 hours to get there. I've never seen another bar in the state of PA who was as uptight about everyone in a party having an ID as this establishment is. The level of enforcement here reminded me of visiting Egypt and having our public buses constantly stopped, emptied and inspected at vigorous and drawn-out checkpoints.
05-27-2014 23:53:07 | More by facesnorth
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
97 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.