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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy BrewingAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2240 Millennium Way
Enola, Pennsylvania, 17025
United States

(717) 728-3840 | map

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Photo of AlvinLin
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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).

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.54/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Rodosman
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of thebeers
4.19/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of slander
3.93/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of MadCat
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Tweber78
4.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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..

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Photo of Evahflow
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of JNForsyth
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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.

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Photo of Flashy
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

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Photo of AutumnWolf13
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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!

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Photo of BigRizz62
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

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Photo of RLM15
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

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Photo of JEM717
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Typically, I review a place after one visit as I like to keep checking out new spots since there is so much out there.

For whatever reason, I am finally entering a Pizza Boy review after 3 visits.

Generally speaking, there isn't much more that you could ask for from Pizza Boy. You have a ton of taps, and as of yesterday, I hear they are finally going to do smaller pours. (Too bad they couldn't have started that a few days earlier, for my sake!! Oh well.) The pizza is pretty good, and there always seems to be something I haven't seen available on the bottle shop side of things. It will be interesting to see how this recent expansion goes for them.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.35/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I absolutely loved this place and hated it at the same time. The Pizza Boy beer was amazing, well worth the hype and the food was also very good. However, not offering samples or flights of beer is very puzzling. At least offer 4 or 5oz pours. This would allow customers to try more of this great beer and certainly increase sales. It was also really odd that you cannot tip using a credit card. Not sure about the reasoning behind this but it has to hurt the servers/bartenders. We ran up decent sized bill but had very little cash on us to provide a tip. Overall, great beer, good food but unusual business practices.

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Photo of UAhuntt
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Driving from NYC to Charlottesville, Virginia, the wife and I stopped at Al's/Pizza Boy for a brew and some pizza.

Located squarely in the middle of nowhere, this is an industrial-looking joint with brew tanks on view and the works. Inside the place looks like a high-school cafeteria, and the ordering system is annoying (one beer at a time, no tastings, no service).

But you know what, the pizza is delicious and the beer selection is stunning. 102 taps, including rarities like Creme Brulee, Founders Imp Stout, Palo Santo and Weyer Heresy on nitro, DuClaw Hell on Wood (bourbon barleywine), Liquid Hero Imp Stout, Full Pint Rye Rebelation plus a ton of Pizza Boy beers. I loved the Galaxy IPA, and also the Azazel (Imp Stout with chilies).

This is my kind of tap list: lots of variety, a ton of bourbon-aged stuff, big beers...

Draughts are priced between three and seven dollars, and they also sell growlers (only for takeout).

Service is minimal, and they do not accept tips. Take it for what it is and enjoy it. I look forward to experiencing Al's/Pizza again.

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Photo of bum732
3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Re-reviewing this since it's in a new location. I really don't want to write an entire diatribe, so let me just quickly point out the major flaws:

1. Their 2L growlers are clear glass
2. They have an entire shelf of beers exposed to the outside sun
3. Beers they serve on tap are way too cold
4. The inside has a women's penitentiary feel to it
5. No tasters allowed, can only get full pours
6. When ordering one of their bottled beers, you can't have any other beers on your table

Many people would point out that many of these issues are minor. But I would argue that selling clear growlers and not allowing trying beers on tap without ordering a full pour as complete bullshit. There is really no excuse for doing this. I just don't understand this place, there is so much potential and the beers here were for the most part, excellent. But it's the little things that are just baffling to me. There is just a weird vibe of paranoia that makes this place reek of amateur hour. I feel bad for the head brewer, he's clearly a great at his job but unfortunately has to deal with piss poor policies from the owner. Too bad.

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