Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy BrewingAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy BrewingAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2240 Millennium Way
Enola, Pennsylvania, 17025
United States

(717) 728-3840 | map

Notes: Hours:
Mon-Wed: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Thu-Sat: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sun: 11:00am - 9:00pm
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Al's is just 7 miles west of the state Capitol in Harrisburg, PA and easy to get to by car. It's a big place with a large parking lot. The pizzas are great, and they offer a huge range of beers on tap (over 99) including 20 to 30 of their own. Except for specialty beers everything on tap is available for growler fills, and there are also large format bottles and cans available for take out. The mix-a-six of their 16 oz. cans for $16 is a pretty good deal ($2.66 a piece). Every time I cross the state I stop by.

Aug 25, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

This is an easy going, laid back, somewhat spacious warehouse turned funhouse with lunch room style tables the kids surely feel right at home at. There are plenty of games around one half of the perimeter, while the other is lined with to-go and in-house bottle and can options. Sports games play on the TV screens above and around the bar, but at some point I expected Chuck E. Cheese to come out from around the corner, because the parents with kids piling into this joint just never stopped. It's no wonder because the pizza is creative and relatively tasty, and one slice will fill a kid or two up at a nice price. Still, I continue to prefer visiting adult-only alcohol-centric establishments, so this aspect definitely knocks the vibe down a few notches for me.

I came here for the massively impressive tap list, and I wasn't disappointed. I've had this place on my list so long I forgot about it, and when I finally made the trip and saw the taplist I was instantly reminded why this was a place so high on my must-visit list to begin with. It thoroughly covers regional and national trends, as well as getting ya'll wine and cider fans' backs, but it's all about the beer for me. Not only did they have more than a few limited to very limited and hyper local releases on draft right here, but they have a massive list of their very own brews, which are easily verified as second to none via the quick and easy compare and contrast made available by the presence of the other highly rated breweries here. I really enjoyed their own drafts over most of the others.

I just love the way they do things: order by number, pay, grab a slice if you want, or not, hang around, watch the game, do your thing, and come back for more. I was caught a little off-guard by the volume limit on to-go purchases--I can't believe they still have to deal with that in PA-- but oh well. I needed to save room anyway, as we continued on our weekend road trip to Kane.

Sep 23, 2019
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DonBowman from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Trying to do too much with too little! Largish beer hall place. They do beer at one side/ food at the other. Tables close together and busy on a Saturday. First glance at beer is overwhelming. As you sort it includes beer/wine/cider. Their beers are mixed with other brewers. Not enough staff for both liquid and food to not back up. Their pizza was very decent. Their beer selection decent but more on sours as a specialty than any other style. Coffee stout smooth, very good. Vanilla milk porter good. ESB not a real ESB, more an IPA. ESB’s have a smooth versus citrus finish.

Nov 23, 2018
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CellarBrewHaus from Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -47.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Would love to rate this place as my friends and I have visited multiple beer venues in the Harrisburg, PA area. However, when we wanted to celebrate a milestone event we were turned away. Too many people and they were family friendly. 40 people 50+, but they could not serve us because they are, get this, family friendly. We have kids who are freakin' older than the management. But, no they could not let us come to their establishment, because they are family friendly. What, we wouldn't be able to control our bowels because we are 50+ and would offend the vast numbers of families who visit on Thursday afternoons! Is this some sort of business where school children are brought to learn how to brew beer? Give me a break, age discrimination, what else could it be? Family friendly, what could be more family friendly then allowing a family to celebrate a major life milestone?

Apr 28, 2018
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Little confusing first time in as far as how to accomplish food, beer and seating but all the busy may have had something to do with that. Once I figured it out we had some good food and great beer. Vibe was pretty lively to say the least. Service was a bit snotty in a soup Nazi, abide by the process and order quickly sorta way. Regardless, I'd recommend.

Feb 18, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Not much ambiance (it's reminiscent of your high school cafeteria), but they have over 100 beers on tap (most of which are excellent). Pizza is good too. Located in an industrial park, but convenient to I-81. Brewery is right next door, and there's a huge pipe in the ceiling (with sequentially-flashing micro-lights) that I assume conveys the beer from the brewery to the tap. Or is supposed to give you that impression, anyway.

Feb 02, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Tucked away in a quazi-industrial park area of Northwestern Harrisburg just minutes off the highway. The beer list is massive with a nice mix of their own beers (Al's/Pizza Boy), PA brewers, and other taps. The pizza slices and beer selections here have never disappointed. A recommended stop if you are in the Harrisburg area.

Great pizza and great beer. Life is good.

Nov 24, 2017
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nuggetlover from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Located in an industrial park. All good service is ordered at the counter and brought to the table. The big board with the tap selections is impressive. They have an array of pizza boy beers plus a ton of other high quality selections.

Oct 04, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped on a Saturday night for pizza and a couple beers. It's an open space, food kitchen and bar to one side, brewing equipment to the other, and tables in between. You order food and beers at the counter. Beer they have about a 100 taps, of which about 30 are Pizza Boy beers, the rest are other PA breweries. Big variety, and beers are available in two sizes. Order by tap #, no flights. Bartenders were quick with service. We had a white pizza, it was very good - great garlic flavor, not too greasy, and the crust was airy, crisp and tasty. You can also buy their canned beers to go, including mix-a-six

Oct 01, 2017
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invertalon from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Pizza Boy is quite an interesting brewery/taproom… Big open hall with the brewery equipment off at one end and the food/to-go/bar at the other end. We arrived near open, so no crowds to deal with and a spot at the bar. Made for quick, tentative service. A mammoth selection of 100 some taps, with about 20 of their own on… The rest local options primarily from around the state of PA.

As far as the Pizza Boy beer goes, tried five of their beers. They were overall fairly solid, but nothing I had was earth shattering. Fairly middle of the road as far as quality goes.

Pricing was a bit imbalanced… Most half pours were only $1 less than their full pour counterparts. So quite a hefty penalty for not doing full pours. Of course, no flight/tasters which is fine with me… Just price your half pours a bit more fairly.

Overall, cool place but I wouldn’t go out of my way to go back.

Jul 06, 2017
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

A wide open venue where you can order from any cash register... No table service except to bring it your food. They have a lot of their own brews and a lot of locals choices... Maybe all from this state?

Jun 26, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Ive been to this place multiple times and am honestly surprised i havent entered a review to this point. This is a slightly overwhelming pizza place slash brewpub. There are about 100 tap lines with about 15 house beers. There are lots of table and chair set ups in the bar and about 15 seats at the bar. Ordering beers is all done at the cash register. No bar service is available for visitors. There is an extensive pizza menu at this pub and also beer to go in growlers and bottles from a cooler.
They dont do samples of beers as a taster but an 8 oz sample as the lowest rung is pretty reasonable in my opinion. This pub is a little industrial feel and I think it can be too over the top with selection if this is your first visit. I tried a coffee stout and and Legendairy IPA which was an IPA with Lactose. I wasnt too impressed with the IPA, but the coffee stout was quite enjoyable. I didnt eat pizza on my most recent visit but have in the past and found it to be pretty solid.
This is a place I would recommend a visit of for anybody in the central PA area looking for tasty beers.

Jan 01, 2017
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AlvinLin from New York

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

The beer line reminds me of the Soup Nazi skit from Seinfeld (not anywhere near that extreme though). Come in with thick skin, and you'll have a great time. They are extremely busy so don't hold up the line with your questions when it's busy. Selection is amazing, and the beer guy is helpful (just don't hold up the line too long).

Aug 29, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.54/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I thought this place would be like a BJ's Brewhouse or something chain-like and it kind of was: massive space with high ceilings, plastic bench-table setups and cold, impersonal service.

But the pizza is decent, about on par with what you can get in any town in the US.

The beer selection is insane and overwhelming but some would argue the more the merrier. I understand why they don't do samples, but given all the beers they do and some of the shit they throw in them, a tiny taste would be helpful.

Either way, besides the unfriendly service, it's a good place to stop for beer and pizza. We visited after visiting Gettysburg and the combo hit the spot.

Jun 21, 2016
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Apr 07, 2016
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Rodosman from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Mar 04, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Jan 18, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Dec 29, 2015
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Budlum from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Unpretentious pizza and great beer in a relaxed setting. No halos or BS - enjoy yourself, friends, family, beer, and food...with complimentary nacho cheese.

Nov 28, 2015
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slander from New York

3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Oct 31, 2015
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MadCat from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

So this is an interesting place... And it is smaller than I would expect for 100+ taps, so I'm glad I came for lunch. Food and bar service is from a counter, and there is also a good packaged goods selection. Food is mostly Pizzeria type stuff, but is better quality than I would expect from the area. Obviously the beer is great, plenty of in house taps and plenty of other taps, including a nice Tired Hands selection. Prices are good, but no samplers/flights and an 8oz pour is generally only $1 cheaper than a full pour. Growlers and crowlers are available and reasonably priced. I certainly would like to come back again.

Jul 06, 2015
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Tweber78 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

May 22, 2015
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Came here on nice Saturday afternoon, good size place with plenty of parking. Big L-shaped bar inside with lots of tables, and a pretty big outside section with lots of high tops.

No servers here; everything is ordered at the bar, which I'm a big fan of, personally. Another huge plus and one of my biggest bar pet peeves, they have a huge electronic tap list above the bar with styles and prices clearly listed. Nothing is worse than ordering a good beer at a bar with 'mystery pricing' and seeing the damage on the bill later. No samples here, but they do offer 8 oz. pours and 16 oz. pours. Also, the prices here are incredible. I don't think I saw a 16 oz. draft of any beer over like $5.50, including the sours and high ABV stouts/IPAs.

Selection is incredible with 100 or so beers on tap, including 15-20 Pizza Boy offerings. All the beers were really good to excellent, wish I could have stayed longer to try more. Food was average but solid enough, nothing beats some cheap pizza slices to soak up the beer. Another weird note, tipping appears to be 'optional' and isn't expected which is quite odd (I guess because there are no servers and you order yourself?). I had them run my credit card on my tab and asked to leave a tip on it and they said "we don't do tips on credit cards".... never heard that line before. So FYI, have cash with you if you want to tip. Awesome place, well worth a stop in if you're in the area.

May 04, 2015
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Jeffwise from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
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..

Apr 14, 2015
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Evahflow from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been to Pizza Boy a handful of times and every time have enjoyed the food and the vast beer selection. They have a ton of taps and no shortage of choices, they also offer growler fills and recently now offer crowler fills which I love. The pizza boy beer is usually VERY good to outstanding, In fact I wish they had more of their stuff on than other breweries. The only problem I have is its not a place that s very comfortable to stay at very long. The seating is very out in the open and has a weird cafeteria vibe to it. I don't live in the area so Im usually just stopping through quickly but even if I did live in the area I don't think this is a spot that I'd come and have more than a beer or two.

Feb 16, 2015
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