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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

159 Ratings
Ratings: 159
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 10.02%
Active Beers: 90
Beer Ratings: 1,952
Beer Avg: 3.97
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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Photo of facesnorth
3.56/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

facesnorth, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Renegawam, Yesterday at 03:43 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Quafftastic, Sunday at 02:50 PM
Photo of lurpy1
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

lurpy1, Nov 21, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +9.6%

Bunny_hops, Nov 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

baybum, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of HopAttack3
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

HopAttack3, Nov 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Zdrummer15, Nov 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

GreenMind, Nov 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Draesith, Nov 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Zetcha7x, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of TrackcoachLVPA
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Huge selection of beers on tap! Awesome pizza. If you are by Harrisburg, PA this is a must. They do great sours

TrackcoachLVPA, Nov 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Leeds_xx, Nov 03, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +8.7%

woodfoot, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of Chrislovesbacon
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Chrislovesbacon, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of Flashy
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Used BA to find this great stop on the way through Harrisburg. Good food, great beer. Wish I had a place like this near me. Food staff was great, beer staff seemed a bit put out about doing their jobs.

Flashy, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of Arrowhuntr
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Arrowhuntr, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.65/5  rDev -18.7%

Atmosphere: pretty cool place, not trying to make themselves anything, just a good place for pizza and beer. some view into their brewing process and kitchen.

Service: everyone was nice and helpful, only thing I found odd was they didn't want to let me try something before I filled multiple growlers.

Selection and Quality: over a hundred taps is an easy way to make a good selection, but nothing was overly rare. I'd say your beset bet is to go with the pizza boy beer, the rest (besides nitros and firkins) are easy to find elsewhere.

Food: pizza was good, but nothing overly special. jalapeño poppers were just okay.

Overall: I almost wish they'd get rid of all the taps but their own if the rarest thing you'll find is a troegs scratch beer (less than half an hour away from the brewery). Their beers, that I tried, were quite good. certainly a place to check out but not somewhere I'd go to all the time.

SportsandJorts, Oct 08, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -10%

KoalKracker, Oct 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

metter98, Oct 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

MaximusBeerLovimus, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

BeerCon5, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of AutumnWolf13
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

AutumnWolf13, Sep 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

WallstreetB, Sep 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Gmusser22, Sep 22, 2014
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
99 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.