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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
115 Beers
433 Reviews
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 86
Visits: 207
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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Reviews: 86 | Visits: 207
Photo of BigRizz62
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Great selections of beers (100). This includes over twenty of his own beers , which hold their own. Basic Italian food that compliments the beers. Nice selection of take out as well. A must visit (195 characters)

Photo of RLM15
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Pizza Boy Brewing has quickly become my favorite local brewery, and that is saying a lot given the abundance of great craft beer in the Pennsylvania/Maryland area. It's been great to see them progress and begin to develop their flagship beers which I'm hoping will soon be available for distribution. With 102 taps and countless bottles and cans to choose from, Pizza Boy has something for everybody. Often 20-30 taps will be dedicated to Pizza Boy Beers, the other 70 or so taps will offer choice crafts brews from all over the country. The food is also very good at Pizza Boy as they have a large selection ranging from specialty pizza's to entree's and many great appetizers. It's been a pleasure having Pizza Boy in the area and I look forward to their future creations. (776 characters)

Photo of JEM717
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Been here many times and it never disappoints. They always have a good selection of other brewers beers as well as their own which are great. Food is good as well. Best brewpub in PA hands down. (195 characters)

Photo of JNForsyth
5/5  rDev +14.2%

My go-to place for great beer in the Harrisburg area. Great tap selection, I stick with trying all of the Pizza Boy stuff though. Decent bottle selection, food is good too. (174 characters)

Photo of Bmoyer0301
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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! (875 characters)

Photo of klc17111
4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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. (682 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

An awesome place! I'm not from PA but when I visited the state, I knew I needed to check this place out. I went there on a Sunday; loved it and came back on Monday once more!

Atmosphere: incredible. You can find a seat about anywhere. Not too crowded. The menu selections of the beer is like looking at the flight information display system at the airport. So many to pick from. The place is not to loud and there's plenty of room for you to move around.

Quality: perfect. The place was clean, including their bathrooms. Food was good quality and so was their own beers.

Service: the staff were wonderful. They were very knowledgeable of their beers, especially the Pizza Boy products. They also are very patient and give you ample time to decide what you want. In addition, I ask one staff about their glass and how much it cost. He just gave me one with no charge! Plus he said "thank you" in sign language. He saw that I had hearing aids and thought to sign. I really appreciate people that do this :)

Selection: I said this before and I'll say it again. So many beers to pick. Not only different breweries but different styles. You'll find IPA's, double IPA's, barleywine's, sours, stouts, etc. They also have a nice selection of food. I just got the pizza by the slice but there is many pizzas to pick from. Some are meatless which was what I picked. They also have a nice selection of bottled beers to take home. Much cheaper than bottled beers in Philly but maybe a bit more than the beers in Pittsburgh. That was my experience when I traveled across the state.

Food: very good food. I picked a slice and they heated it up and brought it to my table. Nothing to complain!

Value: The beers and food was not overpriced. The prices did vary on the beers which was what I expected. I tried a Pizza Boy raspberry sour which cost more than most other beers. But considering it's a sour and the labor it takes to making it, it made sense.

Overall: if I'm from the area, I'd be a regular there. I had so much fun, they had a packer game on, I drank awesome beers, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the customers were nice as well! Visit this place if you get the chance! (2,190 characters)

Photo of UAhuntt
4.95/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The move from the old location to the recent location was the BEST thing Al could have ever done for business. The selection is phenomenal, he does a great job of promoting other "Local-PA" breweries. The sour program he is starting I'd is stellar, I believe it will one day match the likes of Jester King or The Bruery. His IPAs are a top seller as they are all quality. The food is always very good and the atmosphere is friendly and great for families/friends. (463 characters)

Photo of girlwithnojeep
4.95/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love this place and drive up every week like clockwork. I've always found the staff to be friendly, prompt and knowledgable. The owner often stops and chats with each of the customers and answers questions when time permits.

I appreciate the "order at the bar" policy they have. It makes ordering so much simpler and efficient. No sitting around waiting for a server! I was a little confused about the procedure when I went for the first time, so I just went to the take out counter and asked. I also appreciate that they ID me and check my ID against the credit card I leave to run the tab. I've had a credit card stolen before and fixing that is a mess. As for seating, usually you can just seat yourself, but on busier nights a staff member will seat you as soon as one opens and is cleaned off.

I enjoy the selection and even though I tend to be picky about which "flavor" of beer I drink, I am ALWAYS able to find something! I also like the large selection of ciders and malt beverages since I'm not always in the mood for a beer. They have a lot of sour beers which aren't my thing, but seem to balance them well with the other selections.

The food is fantastic. The wings are the best I've ever had and are always fresh and juicy. I ask for extra celery with my orders because they only come with four pieces. The feta, spinich, and tomato white pizza is my favorite. Great to take home and reheat too!

It can get a little noisy during televised sporting events. Also, there is a "family friendly" corner which I bring my kids to, but also appreciate that it is a ways away from the bar for the visits where I don't. It has a couple video games and a claw machine. (1,678 characters)

Photo of MrPsychic
4.95/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've only gone there three times, but all times they were amazing. The first time I went in to get a bottle of 120 Minute IPA, and the head guy there, who's name I've forgotten, talked to me about it, what he liked, and recommended a few others. The price for the bottle was reasonable, at 12 dollars for it.

The second time I went in, I got the pulled pork sub and my mom got a sandwich. I saw they had Mad Elf on tap, so I ordered one. They served it in the correct glassware, a tulip glass, and a nice temp, not as cold as the other taps. The food was excellent and in large portions. Later, I got the mix six pack of beers to take home, excellent selection, with nothing seemingly expired.

The third time I went in was just earlier today, and it was packed. Still, even when it was packed, the head guy remembered me for getting the 120 Minute earlier and we talked more about it. I got my food to go, taking slightly longer, but it was ok, seeing how the place was about overflowing. While waiting, I had a pint of Rogue's Double Dead Guy Ale and picked out a selection of six beers to take home.

The place has several flat screens up, with a selection of different channels, something for everyone. Every time I was in, they were fast and polite, even when my mom's credit card was having trouble going through, I paid for it and the head guy joked to my mom that she should get a top shelf beer since I was paying. I highly recommend them and would go back in a heartbeat. (1,483 characters)

Photo of boralyl
4.95/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I stopped in here for lunch after hearing about their beer selection and seeing a billboard advertising their "create your own 6 pack". The place is sort of hidden from the road, since the road sits up so much higher than the tiny strip of stores.

Upon entering the counter is in the back right of the restaurant. There are a few tables outside and more bar-like tables to the left of the entrance. To the right are several coolers of single bottles. Right next to the register are some more 22oz bottles. To the left of the counter are 5 or so coolers containing predominately craft beer. If this wasn't awesome enough, they also have about 14 beers on tap.

Their tap selection was impressive. I only noticed one macro beer(Coors Light). They had Southern Tier Mocha, Moylanders Double IPA, Moylanders Hopsickle, Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale, and a few other impressive beers that as well as some locals like Troegs and Victory. Their cooler selection was also pretty darn good. DFH, Duck-Rabbit, Flying Fish, Troegs(including Scratch #20 and #21), Victory, Shipyard, Stoutdt's, Southern Tier, Moylander's, Green Flash, and plenty more.

The price here was actually pretty good. They let you assemble your own 6 pack for $14. Also alot of their bombers where much cheaper than other locations. For example at Shady's a 22oz of ST Pumpking would be $15. Here it was $11. I noticed several other bottles that were 4-6$ cheaper than other places in Harrisburg.

For lunch I had a "mini" pepperoni Stromboli which I enjoyed. I would imagine the rest of their menu is just as good. The place was clean and had a nice feel to it. I'll definitely be making my way back.

Edit 3/10/10:
Wow this place continues to impress. Recently their tap selection has expanded to 20 or 25 taps including 6 on nitro. Their selection is one of the best in Central PA. They also list the brewery, beer name, abv, and BA rating for each beer on draft. Last time I was there I got to get a glass of Bell's Batch 9000. I highly recommend this place. The food is great and the staff is pretty knowledgeable. Tell them what you like and they'll recommend a draft beer for you. Additionally they allow you to fill growlers to go. I haven't done so yet, but will certainly do so in the near future. (2,268 characters)

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

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. (508 characters)

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 tgbljb
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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. (972 characters)

Photo of stump218
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 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!!! (563 characters)

Photo of Beerquester
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 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. (1,611 characters)

Photo of BeerLuvver
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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. (495 characters)

Photo of Lebarfski
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I continue to be dazzled by the oft rotating selection of draft brews at Al's. Last week we enjoyed Dogfish World Wide Stout on draft. I dare you to find it anywhere else in PA. Al's has the added benefit of 1 litre growlers which is a great idea (they won't fill them at other brew take-out places though). The bottle selection is also also amazing, including big bottles and mix-a-six take outs. Not a fancy place (pretty much a pizza joint), but the pie is very good and the staff is knowledgeable. Try the haddock sandwich. (527 characters)

Photo of therealnomayo
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

UPDATE 6/23: I made it in yesterday for the Hop Wallop and Storm King on the new hand pumps. As usual, I got a perfect pour in the proper glass that was just outstanding. Al is investing a whole lot of his time and money to build a place that respects beer and beer enthusiasts alike. If you haven't made it in, you really need to...

Al's of Hampden has become a sort of second home to me. From the Wednesday dinner specials (Ribeye steaks, crab cakes, etc.) to the Tuesday night Troegs growler special ($5 2L fills) to the Friday night 1/2 price growlers (Currently Bell's, with Two Hearted and Winter White), there is definite value to be found here. There's a nice bottle selection with mix-a-six and plenty of bombers that are priced reasonably considering we're talking PA. They now offer $1 2oz samples of any of the 14 drafts, so you always know what you're getting in that growler.

The service is great, and the food is excellent once you start venturing off of the typical pizza shop fare and giving their specials, soups and salads a try. There's nothing quite like stopping by your neighborhood pizza shop to pick up dinner and throwing back a pint or two of Sculpin or Two Hearted while you wait. This weekend I was able to carry 5L of draft craft beer (Two Hearted, Winter White, Smuttynose Porter) to my halloween party for about $25. You can't really beat it anywhere around here, especially not so close to my house, and I'll recommend it to anyone I can.

If you're local, definitely don't miss this one. Those in the area know that you can drop into Westy's and pick from an incredible selection of craft, belgians, etc if you don't mind dropping $45-100 on a case. Al's is offering the same selection in singles and on draft at reasonable prices with frequent additions and rotation so that it never gets boring. If you find yourself near the Wertzville Rd. exit on 81 and you're craving a good meal and a nice selection of brew, you will not regret checking out Al's of Hampden. (2,001 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Alright, time for a re-review since the new location has opened. First off, I absolutely love the new location. So much more room makes me a happy camper. 99 taps flowing here, but between a quarter and a third of them are usually kicked at any given time...not a huge deal, though. You order your beer and food at a counter and sit wherever the hell you want, which is both a good and a bad thing...but it is what it is, and they'll bus your table if it's not too busy. Pricing can fall on the high side for to-go bottles, food, and drafts, but the bottle pricing is expected given PA's liquor laws, the food is worth the price, and the drafts are reasonably priced (all things considered). Speaking of which: no flights here, which irked me at first, but made more sense as I've started coming here more often. This place is definitely worth a stop, though you can rack up a hefty bill pretty quickly if you're not paying attention. At any rate, you're not getting Pizza Boy stuff anywhere else (and it's DELICIOUS), so it's worth the price. (1,043 characters)

Photo of StormKing47
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Simply put Al's is THE best take out beer selection in the greater Harrisburg area. The prices are beyond reasonable and the selection is constantly changing for bottled beers. The mix a six rotates and is the best price around, $13 a six pack for a very good craft selection. The top shelf beers are not included in the mix a six, but if they do not sell fast enough the owner adds them to the mix a six. The food is great and well priced. The tap selection rotates and has some very hard to find beers on tap. Sculpin is on tap whenever available. Try to find another pizza shop that has that on tap in the Central PA area. There are meet the brewer nights periodically from some of PAs brewers like Victory, Troegs and Stoudts. The owner is well beyond knowledgeable, seeks out rare and hard to find beers, prices them fairly and is an all around good dude. A great establishment and a A+ for the craft beer world. (917 characters)

Photo of NEPABeerReviews_Joe
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been to Al's three times now and I love this place. Great food and an even better beer selection. The most recent visit was spent trying only Pizza Boy Brewing beer. Angel of Death and Toadal Devastation were both amazing beers. The Straight Up Hefe wasn't too bad either...exactly as the name describes. (309 characters)

Photo of AutumnWolf13
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Great small brewery and tap house! 102 beers on tap! 25-30 of their own well crafted brews in a wide variety of styles. 75 or so east & west coast micro-brews...not a single Busch/Coors/Miller in sight!!!

The only knock on the place is they don't do flights. with such a selection it would be nice to get to sample 6 of your favorite beer styles at a time! (357 characters)

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 lurpy1
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Ground zero for Capitol region beer. 100 beers on tap, typically 20 of their own. Al's gets a 5+ for both quality adnd selection. The knocks? I can't reconcile the price of the sours. They're terrific, I'm willing to pay more for rarity, I get that they are more expensive to make. But it's hard to justify paying $25-30 for 750 of a sour (or even $18 for a tasty but humble Berliner Weiss), while $10 can get you some terrific half gallon growlers. And the practice of charging $3 for a growler cap is weird and off putting. Food is merely ok, although the wings are underrated. Despite the niggles, this is my go to place inthe Harrisburg area. Go there. (656 characters)

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