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BA SCORE
98
world-class

135 Ratings
Ratings: 135
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 10.34%
Active Beers: 97
Beer Ratings: 1,824
Beer Avg: 3.94
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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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev -2%

Al's is quite a unique place, can't say I've been to one place like it. It has a real odd layout and almost a mish mash of ideas that seemed to be born straight out of the fact of PAs odd liquor laws. It's one part brewery, one part bar, one part deli, and then one part shop, all set in an open floor plan that makes it look like 5 different businesses were just crammed into one space.

There are minimal 12oz. singles for mix packs, and just a very few bombers, but there are a few odd gems you might find if taking a look closely, some Lost Abbey, the odd Voodoo as well, and some Dark Horse. Still it seems the big draw though are the numerous on tap fills for growlers which are highlighted by a fancy electronic red and black billboard designating glass shape, pours and price.

No sample pours are given only full, thus this doesn't allow you to come in and try a lot of different beers (although I am not sure if you just wanted a sip if they would offer it to you). That being said there are their own beers for growler purchase, plus all the others the offer which are quite numerous, but rather common (Stone, Southern Tier, Troegs etc..). Still you can easily find something on the board worth trying.

Service is very good, and everyone is eager to answer any questions about the food, layout, or anything else which at first for newcomers seems quite confusing. I did have some wings, which were fine, but I am not going to grade the food unless I were to eat more of the pizzas, calzones, etc... Although "greens" of course seemed to be lacking on the menu no surprise there.

The place is probably a good place to know about if you are in the area, there doesn't seem to be much else, so who knows how good it can get. But something tells me if you have that many taps that you can growler fill up, you'd probably be very happy if this was in your backyard.

smakawhat, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of shadytony
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%

Worth noting that the brewery recently re-located so any reviews dated prior to 4/29/13 will not accurately describe the new facility.

Visited on Memorial Day. Considering that the new location has only been in business for a month, a somewhat "sterile" atmosphere was to be expected (it was a bit quiet and everything was clean and shiny). We encountered a very sparse crowd due to the holiday.

Al's has absolutely and undoubtedly the best selection of craft beers in Central PA. I have no doubt that this will become a very popular destination for traveling craft beer hounds and it is certainly worth going out of your way for a visit.

The digital boards are kept up to date and takeout and growler fills are available. The sours and barrel aged offerings were exceptional. The wait staff was pleasant and attentive. I was somewhat confused as to why all of the empty glasses continued to pile up on our table until it was explained to me that patrons are responsible for bussing their own tables. Be sure to bring some extra cash for tips and you cannot add gratuity if paying by credit card.

The food is above average for a beer joint (it's a pizza shop, set your expectations accordingly).

The selection was mind-blowing (as far as its competition in Central PA is concerned). During my visit, Al's featured approximately 20 Pizza Boy brews and at least 20+ other regional offerings.

My only complaint was that they were out of 1L growlers during the time of my visit and there was a curious lack of signage to help direct you to the location (good luck without GPS). I probably would have taken 6 1L's to-go rather than the 3 2L's that I struggled to settle on.

shadytony, May 29, 2013
Photo of JustBeFair
3.6/5  rDev -19.1%

If you like slightly above average tasting food and expensive pricing, this is the place for you. The sad part is that I probably would even pay a little more for the food just because of how conveniently located it is from my house. But when I mentioned to them that the online menu ( on the NEW " Pizza Boy Brewing" web page) shows prices that are lower than their "real" prices, the response that I got was " it's not even on my radar, pick up one of our menus at our location". I cant imagine it would take more than a half hour to update the pricing on the online menu. Therefore, until the online menu reflects the true pricing that they charge, Pizza Boy Brewing is not on my radar either.

JustBeFair, May 25, 2013
Photo of BeerIsland
4.51/5  rDev +1.3%

The new facility will be a game changer in the area . Anyone traveling route 81 through South Central PA should stop here, whether hungry for great pie or not. Outstanding guest and house taps served in several formats boggle the mind. There's even TV for the video addicted. Check it out ! !

BeerIsland, May 08, 2013
Photo of BeerLuvver
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

Understated excellence. The sign says ice cold beer, which could give you the idea that only Bud light waited for you inside. And the name Al's Pizza does not do justice to the amazing selection of hundreds of draft and bottled beers waiting to reveal themselves, the pearl in the oyster. Amazing to walk in the door and be surprised by this gift from God. BrauKon brewing systems, a stellar selection of outstanding beers, perfectionism, and friendly pourers await. A true diamond in the rough.

BeerLuvver, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of klc17111
4.98/5  rDev +11.9%

Al's of Hampton is a neighborhood pizza joint however---great/insane beers are made and served there..Pizza Boy Brewing has taken off and become a huge success.. the owner, Al Kominski is amazing.... his brewing co has grown so much, he is relocating across the street into a brand new bigger building. Beer Selection is awesome... 3 cask ales on hand pumps. somethign for everyone.. and a HUGE selection of bottled beers. also Growler fills(specials on Fridays)... Al always stops and takes the time to chat with his customers-- a personal touch that I think makes a huge difference... Check out Al's of Hampton...its right off Interstate 81 - easy on and off...you will be amazed.

klc17111, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of brewsclues
3.83/5  rDev -13.9%

Ok, Al's is a true study in contrasts. Welcome to PA, one of the driest and most up-tight mid-Atlantic/East Coast states when it comes to cold-ones-drinking. Good luck trying to find many places that have the selection of bottles and drafts as Al's does. Generally, you'll find bottles here that most places within 50 miles won't have, and certainly their draft selection is A) solid to excellent, B) in constant rotation, and C) helpful with that big digital board with BA rankings and everything. So for selection they get high marks (particularly in relation to the lack of a bottle section in this geographic area). Atmosphere: OK. It's a pizza shop - plus points for stripped down un-pretentiousness, but it's still a pizza shop with tons of TVs in it. Food is also good. A lot of Pizza. Just sayin'.

Service, on the other hand, is a totally different story. I'm a pretty jovial fellow who will smile and have a kind word for just about everybody I meet. Not at Al's. They have hardened and darkened my soul. The first 3 or 4 times I went in there, I asked one or two questions, such as, "Hey, is this IPA any good?, or, "What size glass can I get a draft in?" You know, very offensive and degrading questions. I'm always met with responses that are at best, indifferent and annoyed, and at worst, outright hostile. Inexplicable. There have been multiple interactions with staff and owners that are too ridiculous to go into detail here. Suffice to say, it left me with a bad taste in my mouth - but not from the beer.

Best left to summary: Damn you, Al's, and your above average beer selection and below average service! I shall return, but not as often as you might think.

brewsclues, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -9%

Stopped to eat lunch on the return trip from visiting family during the holidays and I'm pretty glad that I did. The place was very small and we arrived right around lunchtime on a Saturday so it was pretty busy and I felt pretty excited that we were able to score a table. There is not much in the way of decor here but the place has a real beer geek vibe to it.

Beer was served at a good temperature and in proper glassware - it was actually a very nice pour with a proper amount of head and everything. Beer tasted fresh and I saw the taplist change twice in the 1.5 hours I was there... There were also tons of folks filling growlers here during my visit.

You go to the counter and place your own order so I don't have a lot of comment on the service - the gent working at the counter was very friendly and pleasant, willing to offer an opinion/suggestion on beers that they were serving on tap.

Very nice selection of taps that included 5 Pizza Boy beers and the rest were regional offerings from pretty decent craft breweries - I only wish that we were not on the road and I could have enjoyed a couple more...

The food was essentially a pizza/sub shop and not very fancy but still enjoyable. Nothing out of this world but not something I would avoid either... I think the pizza was better than the subs but to each their own

Prices were reasonable and average, no complaints there.

dbrauneis, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%

Took the 2 hour ride out to Troegs to check out the new brewery, a very big upgrade over the old spot they had, and to grab some Scratch beers I don't get to try. Figured since I was out there I'd drive the extra 30 minutes to go to Pizza Boy.

Tough spot to find since it's hidden in a valley off the main road, but once you find the place it's worth the trip. Wasn't sure what to expect as far as size of the place or the crowd, but I was able to get a table with no problem. Place wasn't crowded and most of the traffic was from locals picking up pizza to go and a growler.

Had the bacon cheeseburger pizza and a sampler to start. The Citra Hopgasm and coffee Sunny Side Up were my 2 favorites and ended up getting a growler of both. Brought the coffee Sunny Side Up with me tailgating yesterday and it was the perfect early morning beer. The 11% ABV was nice to keep me warmed inside and the coffee was a nice jolt to the system.

Not sure how many more times I'll be able to go back out there, but I'm hoping when they expand to the bigger place they be able to distribute to Philly or possibly further.

Never had the chance to try any of Terry's beers when he was at Bullfrog, but I was able to try a few of his offerings when he was brewing for Farmer's Cabinet. I'm glad he got out of that situation and things are going well for him

SPRichard, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%

A lot going on here. Its a dinky little place, jammed with several tables, numerous cooler units and the small kitchen all squeezed into one small, cramped feeling room. Its a full menu pizza joint, Italian eatery. Def not the place to take a date or the family. Better to drop in for a bite with the guys or take food to go or just to pick up some of the many fine beers they offer.

Loads and loads of quality locals, regional and national good stuff in bottles in the coolers and they fill growlers from a large variety of taps..always a huge plus. They had numerous growler fill options I would have taken advantage on a regular basis if I was local. They also brew their own beer right here and offer it in growlers. Nice. Very beer friendly athmosphere. I got the feeling I was in the company of many beer geeks ( a good thing) when I visited with my local buddy.

Support this place - they respect beer

Billolick, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -11.7%

*Note: this review and rating is for the old location. Working on updating soon.

We stopped here on the way back home from Pittsburgh to Philly, figuring we'd have a little mini picnic outside with the dog, as not many good spots are pet friendly (but the wife HAD to bring the dog on the trip :P). If you don't know what you're looking for, this place is hard enough to find, but it didn't help that I put the wrong street number in my GPS. But after backtracking a few miles, I saw the place--it's down a little hill and we drove right past without even noticing it.

As far as atmosphere goes, there's really nothing to speak of. It's a pizza place with a few tables. I'd imagine that it's a nightmare during busy hours. It seems like there should be a few tables outside, but there aren't, and though they won't allow you to take an open glass out, I got a 1L growler of one of their house beers, a small pizza, and we ate and drank out in the car for a little change of pace.

Note: there is no bar here. You order drinks right at the counter.

As far as beer goes, the selection is pretty impressive. Lots of stuff to choose from on tap, including local favorites and about 5 or so micros made right on the premises. Seems like the most random place ever for a microbrewery, but there you have it. And if that's not enough for you, there are tons of bottles to chose from, cold and room temp. Food was basic pizzeria stuff, and the pizza we got I thought was pretty good, even though I kind of scarfed it down, wanting to get back on the road.

Service was fine. It wasn't busy when we visited, but everyone seemed pretty on the ball. Prices were generally pretty good, with $8 for a liter growler fill and $4-6 on pints. I was kind of disappointed that the liter growlers didn't have logos on them, but I got a logo snifter to compensate. I didn't notice bottle prices. The only oddity revealed itself when I asked for a sample of a couple of their beers, and was hit with a $3 bill for each one. $3 for a sampler? And $4.50 for a full pour of the same stuff. Hmm. I don't think I've ever seen a sampler for more than $2, and those were at places much classier than this. I like a little taste before committing to a growler...just a sip...not a $3 shot.

Anyway, overall it was a nice experience, and I wouldn't mind going back if I'm ever in the area again.

Rifugium, May 20, 2012
Photo of tgbljb
4.85/5  rDev +9%

The brewpub is in a very convenient location, right off Route 81, but a bit difficeult to find, in a little strip mall. Not very big inside with only about 10 tables. My wife and I were lucky to get a table because someone was leaving. The beers are listed on an LCD monitor with descriptions and prices for glasses and growlers. Excellent selection for PA, with a mixture of premium microbrews and there own brews. The prices are great for their own produts and very reasonable for the others.

Service is at the counter, which I enjoy, because I hate being rushed by a waitress toi orfder food when I want to enjoy a good beer, or 2, or 3.

I had 2 of their house beers with my meal and took a growler home of another one. All ofd them were great.

The service was great. Our food was served promptly. Everything we had was delicious and in geberous portions.

I wish I lived closer, because this is truly an excellent establishment. Weel worth the trip from Lancaster.

tgbljb, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

rfgetz, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of kenatbeerswap
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%

I usually stop in at least once a month or more. The food is good and the selection is great. I can always something on tap that I haven't had. The taps turn over often which is good and bad because you can miss out on some good beers but they get replaced by good beers.

The only problem is if you go on a Friday or Saturday around dinner time you may not be able to find a table to eat at.

The owner is very knowledgable about beer and will take requests on beers to get in if they are available in PA.

One of the best things is the mix six packs you can create. You don't have to buy a whole case or even a six pack of just one kind of beer. If you live in PA you know what I mean.

If you ever in the area it is a place you must stop at.

kenatbeerswap, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of danman0125
4.05/5  rDev -9%

Atmosphere - very awkward location... but at the same time, a very convenient location (less than a mile after the Wertzville Road exit from interstate 81 southbound from Harrisburg/Hershey). Checkered flag floor. Pizza parlor atmosphere (it's a pizza parlor so what else would one expect?). LCD screens above the cooler doors tell you what's on tap, how much for which size, etc. Several coolers with a huge assortment of different beers and malt beverage and non alchoholic selections. 2 cash registers and several taps along the wall behind counter. Several tables inside along with booths. also, some tables outside although I never really sit out there because it's an awkward location on the bottom of a hill without much to really look at.

Quality - Quality of food is average. Not the best pizza I've ever had but they do have a lot of different specialty pies which are usually on special a few different days of the week. The wings are frequently on special also but they aren't anything to really speak of. Sandwiches are along the same lines... what you would expect in a pizza parlor (chicken parm, cheesesteak, italian sub, etc)... again... not bad at all but certainly not the best subs I have ever had.
The quality of the beer is always good of course... it's craft beer and the taps rotate frequently enough where it is always fresh.

Service - Service is quite good. This place gets very busy (both with beer geeks and entire families after the soccer games or what-have-you are finished). I've never had to wait a long time in line for a beer or for my food once I placed an order. The owner, Al, is usually there and he seems like a good guy who knows his brews.

Food - As I described above, food is average and moderately priced with a whole bunch of specials offered pretty much every day of the week that seem to draw a good crowd in. I usually get some pizza when I'm there and it's decent but nothing to go crazy and write rave reviews for.

Value - The food is certainly moderately-priced and when you go there any day they have specials
(which is pretty much every day except Saturday I believe), you get a good bargain and a full and satisfied tummy.
The beer selection is huge (both on tap and as far as bottle/can selections go)... and I don't mind paying a little extra since they have anything you can ever want pretty much.
However, I think their beer is expensive (and I am a craft-beer drinker so I'm not comparing it to Miller Lite or Yuengling at the local corner bar or anything like that). It is hard to find anything on tap for less than $5 a serving (and pint glasses aren't even used for beers that would normally be served in a pint glass... it's just 12-ouncers). The belgians and most of the more floral beers are usually $6-7 for a 12 ounce tulip glass which I don't think is bad.
It's also nice to usually get a selection of three beers on cask (although there aren't always 3 steadily on cask/firkin). They are priced nicely... usually $4 or so... I asked them why once and they said they price them lower so they sell quicker since they can't / shouldn't be sitting around too long.

Overall, if you love craft beer and want some half-decent food to munch on while you drink it... with excellent service.... you'd be crazy not to stop in and at least give Al's a try. If it wasn't a 20 mile drive for me, I'd probably be there once a week at least.

danman0125, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of VikeMan
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%

This is the best 'beer bar' I've ever been to. Although Al's is 'really' a pizza shop, it easily has the best beer selection in the Southcentral PA area. 24 drafts, plus 3 hand pumps, all craft. In the unlikely event there's nothing for you on the tap list, there are also hundreds(?) of bottles. The pizza, stromboli, and subs are great too.

'Atmosphere' is the only category I'm not giving a '5.' As I said, it's a pizza shop, and it looks like one. Not that that's a bad thing, but neither is it upscale.

VikeMan, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of jDulcinea
4.45/5  rDev 0%

This place has ruined me for all other local establishments. The beer selection is constantly changing and is AMAZING. Al regularly updates his selection on his website, including a list of beer waiting to be be tapped (which you can vote for). There's no filler amongst the 24 on tap. He has 3 hand pumps (of which there is usually at least one beer on, if not all 3). All beer is BA rated. You can purchase most in 1 and 2 Liter growlers. Incredible selection of bottles too. I love this place!

The atmosphere: Basically a pizza shop with limited seating (about 15 tables?) and about 5-6 tables outside. The staff is small but dedicated!

The food: Subs are standard, wings are decent, but the real star of the show - the pizza!! My favorite? The Chicken Ranch (affectionately called BCR - bacon, chicken, ranch - by my small group. Hands down, this is my favorite pizza, anywhere. So much bacon, so much ranch, delicious chunky chicken, razor thin slices of red onion! Then there's also my other favorites: The Special (It's just got everything, including fresh mushrooms!), BBQ Chicken, and the Spinach/Tomato/Ricotta - you're all winners!! And for an extra bonus: Pizza is half-price on Mondays and Thursdays!

Wish I was there right now!

jDulcinea, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

I've visited Al's a number of times. It is about 45 minutes from my house with easy access off the interstate.

Al's has an excellent selection of draft beers and a very fine amount of craft beers in six packs and 750ml bottles. The website is continuously updated with the latest drafts. The service is knowledgeable and friendly. The pizza and other foods are really good too.

The dining area is pretty small and you can't always find a table but there's a pretty quick turnover and I've never minded waiting while sipping on a delicious and fresh brew.

The tap lines are kept clean and the pours into a glass or growler are done quickly.

Great place!

Tucquan, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%

Had occasion to visit this excellent beer bar for the first time last night.

Located just off of I-81, Al's is in kind of an odd location, and is not the sort of place I think many people are going to just happen upon. However, even at 4:15 on a Friday the place was pretty much packed, so obviously it's pretty well known in the area (the reason for which I quickly saw why).

Walking in from the parking lot, the place looks like a nothing special, fairly small deli, with a smattering of tables, a couple of cold boxes, and a cash register area with some chips laid out. My initial reaction was "am I in the right place?".... but then I noticed what was in the cold box and saw the draft list over head. Atmosphere-wise, there's really nothing to distinguish this place, and Al's is so small, you have folks waiting in line for a beer, standing in the middle of the dining area (you order your beer and food at the cash register - the beer is poured on the spot and your food is dropped off at your table once it's ready and/or reheated). Normally I'd give the atmosphere here probably a 3 for average, but I feel as if I need to give this place a score bump somewhere for doing something I have NEVER seen elsewhere. On the draft board, along with the beer name, brewery, abv. and pricing, there is also included the beer's BA score (letter grade). Very cool guys.

Service was pretty good I thought. The folks working here were friendly and knowledgeable, and both my beer and food orders came quickly.

As for the beer selection, aside from the 200 or so bottled beers on hand here, this day there were also 27 beers on tap. Three of those beers were cask conditioned, while 4 more were on nitro (very impressed by this). The quality of the selection was outstanding. While bottles included things like breakfast stout, hopslam, nugget nectar, etc., the tap list included Yeti, hopslam, cask NN, cask double simcoe and cask winter fidy. This place clearly knows good beer and it's apparent they make an extra special effort to obtain and provide it.

As for food, I got a couple of slices of pizza while here. Both were fine (the white spinach was superior to the stuffed philly cheesesteak - had to try that!), though I wouldn't describe them as anything memorable. On the other hand the slices here are good size, and my two slices were completely filling.

Prices here are very reaasonable, bordering on inexpensive. My 12 ounce tulip glass of hopslam cost $5, while my pint of cask NN was $6. The pizza slices were $3.40 a piece. Also, while I didn't take advantage of it, Al's fills growlers here (except for super rare beers like hopslam and cask NN), and on Friday's they typically have several beers on special (5 of them on this day) where they will fill a growler for only $9. Anyway, when I went up to pay my tab, I was a bit surprised when I was given a customer copy of my credit card receipt, but no store copy. Obviously, I wanted to leave a tip, and so wasn't sure how to go about it. I was told the reason for this is that they want to keep costs down, so the only way to leave a tip is to put cash in the tip jar (which was stuffed). Whatever. That explanation doesn't really make any sense to me, but I didn't feel as if it mattered.

This place is great and there's no doubt I'll be back any time I'm in the Harrisburg area.

John_M, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev 0%

Pretty legit beer bar/restaurant/store way out in the boonies west of Enola - not close to much other than the I-81/PA-581 junction. Came here with a bunch of guys from the Harrisburg crew when I was in town recently.

The tap list is extensive and interesting. I had Terrapin Wake-n-Bake on cask, which was outstanding. They'll fill growlers of the draft beers to go if you're so inclined.

The food is pretty solid. The cheese steak pizza was amazing, but man, that shit will put pounds on you!

There is also a very good selection of bottles available. I picked up a DFH My Antonia, some Central Waters beers (which I didn't expect to see), and other stuff.

Prices seemed to be on the cheaper side, but then again I've been living in Ripoffland, California for way too long, so don't trust me on that.

I met Al, who seemed to be a good guy and knowledgeable and passionate about beer. Next time I'm back in my old stomping grounds of Hummelstown, PA (the HTP) I'll make a point to get back out here.

nickd717, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Bmoyer0301
5/5  rDev +12.4%

The mother ship of great beer in the Susquehanna Valley! I am actually a little disappointed that I never got around to reviewing this place. A pizza shop with 30+ taps, counter pressure growler filler, 3 hand pumps, and over 500+ bottles and six packs ? God Damn what is not to like here ? Simply put, Al is the man and you need to stop by this place he and his staff are very knowledgeable and great to interact with. I literally have to check out his tap list every few days (sometimes hours) because he has all kinds of great beers. One off firkins are another huge plus of stopping by and of course the "murren" events. If you happen to be hungry have no fear this place makes some wicked food at a reasonable price that never takes long. If you are near by or passing by do not miss this place....and better yet let me know I'll meet you there if I'm not there already!

Bmoyer0301, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Fish113d
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%

Stopped in at Al's today for the 1st time, even though this place is literally 5.7 miles from my house. I almost never knew it was there! Crazy.

Anyways, upon entering this small italian pizza shop/eatery, there are about 10 tables lining the walls and high-top square tables scattered throughout the restaurant. A large cold drink cooler stands containing 6-packs and I even think some domestic 12-packs if i remember correctly. Along another wall is a cold drink cooler containing single bottles that you can make a mixed-6 pack for $13 (aside from the 22 oz bottles and "top shelf" brews). Fairly decent selection in those coolers, and I actually was able to make a 6-pack of all beers i have never had, which is getting harder and harder to do.

There are also 20+ brews to choose from that you can enjoy on tap, on cask (3 beers on cask), as well as you can fill growlers (your own, or you can either purchase one or use a returnable growler (I think). Two flat screen TVs display all the offerings on draft for drinking or filling a 1L or 2L growler, which is a nice feature rather than the usual chalkboard. They even use BA ratings in their board, which is a nice feature. Not ONE BEER has a BA rating less than a B (which shows they have quality brew). Prices are a bit steep, anywhere from $11 (Troegs hopback, which is local) for a 2L growler fill to $26 for a more rare treat (The Southern Tier Chokolat Imperial stout). I chose to make a mixed-6er to keep myself from spending $20 or so to fill a growler, but even after making my 6er, one of the beautiful young ladies behind the counter asked if I wanted to fill my growler. I declined, but I enjoyed the fact that she even noticed I walked in with my growler with the intent to fill it. However, I enjoy a variety so I chose a mixed 6-pack instead.

I did not have any food or order any takeout, but the food smelled very good, there was a lot of "traffic" for pizza, which I'll try next time. Also, a few flat screen TVs line one of the outer walls, which give you a nice, relaxing, atmosphere. I went alone, and I didn't feel awkward, like i have in some other establishments in the past.

Prices are a bit high ($6.50 for a 12 oz Soutern Tier Chokolat) but the beer is served in correct glass types and the variety is awesome!

I'm sure glad I heard about this place and finally made a trip over. I'll surely make it a staple place of visitation.

Fish113d, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of CooperEllis
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%

Well, I was there fairly early on a Wednesday morning in town for a release at Troeg's so the 'atmosphere' rating comes from the folks who reccomended the place while in line and then the fact that when we arrived at 9:30am a group of beer lovers were all around (at least 8 folks) eating food and getting ready to sample the newest release.

There was a good selection of brews, especially given the option to 'make your own' 6pack, or in my case, 12pack. Terrapin, Duck Rabbit, White Birch, Mikkeller, Central Waters, off the top of my head were the brews that caught my eye for being out of country/region.

I found the prices reasonable for what I purchased. Pizza was fresh and the slices I had were above average. Have to give a personal thanks for the growler and chance to try one-off Troeg's stuff along with the regulars. Made my trip out there all the more memorable and now I get to pimp an "Al's of Hampden" growler around Brooklyn. Hope it drives some extra business their way as I found this place to be well worth the little extra time it took from Harrisburg.

EDIT: I rated "selection" a 5 based on the combination of bottles/make your own 6/drafts/cask and the ability to vote on the next draft made available on their site despite the fact that I am not a local and have not really been able to enjoy that feature.

CooperEllis, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of stump218
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%

Have been living in this area for roughly 8 years, and we just turned onto this place. Since I found this place I have been there multiple times, and will continue to make this a weekly visit.

For the area the beer selection is great. Constantly seeing new beers on draft, and they are priced fairly. Great place to grab a few micros and have a slice of pie.

Monday and Thursdays are great .35 wings and 50% off all pizzas. Build your own six pack is also a great feature. Bomber selection is also pretty good for the area.

I will be back on a weekly basis!!!

stump218, Dec 15, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +8.5%

I've been visiting Al's since just after he opened and every time I go in there he is adding something new!

He now has over 24 taps plus 3 hand-pulleds. My only problem with going in there is deciding which beers to try. I don't live really close so I don't get in as often as I like but try for at least once a month. I have never been disappointed there.

This place would be worth the trip just for the pizza and other Italian food.

I try to keep pretty informed of different beer releases nationwide and abroad but whenever I come in there I always find something I have not yet heard about. Al personally tries all his beers and is happy to give input on his favorites. He gets really excited about many of the new beers and I know this excitement will keep only the best beers coming in. You can even vote on-line for which beer to go on tap next. Check it out on his website.

The place can get pretty crowded during regular dinner time so come in at an off time if you want to talk beer with Al. Rumor has it he will be expanding soon, and that should ease up some of the congestion and make it an even greater place!

Oh, by the way, I only mentioned the tap beers. In addition to those, he has one wall filled with coolers of micros in six-packs and the other wall coolers with singles where you can mix and match a six pack of your own. If you can't find something there just get a growler to go. He prefers swing-top growlers if you bring your own to fill.

This place is right off Interstate 81 so it is a great stopping location for anyone traveling the interstate. I highly recommend a visit.

Beerquester, Nov 01, 2010
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
98 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.