Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

BEER AVG
3.94/5
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy BrewingAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2240 Millennium Way
Enola, Pennsylvania, 17025
United States

(717) 728-3840 | map
alsofhampden.com

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

Added by petesuphi on 10-19-2008

BEER STATS
Beers:
146
Ratings:
4,199
Reviews:
510
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
248
Reviews:
96
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
6.5%
 
 
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Ratings: 248 |  Reviews: 96
Reviews by Slatetank:
Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I visited Al's for lunch today. Do you like Pizza and Craft Beer? You will like Al's then. The atmosphere of a nice corner pizza shop, clean, well-lit and easy to understand menus. The coolers flank the counter which has several pies displayed and the taps are in plain view.

The selection is the real reason to go. They have about 12 or more taps mostly craft and such bottled selections as Troeg's (even scratch and Nugget currently)Stone, DFH, Green Flash, Bell's, St Bernardus, Samuel Smiths and the list goes on...

The service is fast friendly, no-nonsense and they have a handle on what they sell, recommending and helping with new items.

The quality and value is top notch as both are hard to find fault with I appreciate the freshness of the selections and pricing is very reasonable. I found the buffalo wing pizza to be tasty and it was served hot. The food is worth it for portion sizes and I would only criticize by saying it didn't taste like buffalo wings on the pizza, just chicken slices, but tasty and filling.

I appreciated the variety of menu choices: 4 kinds of pies-neopolitan, white, deep dish and specialty, easy to read beer and food menus with prices under each selection. I enjoyed the visit and they were able to provide good service while there was a lunch rush-recommended

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kraut6363
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of invertalon
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
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?

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Photo of bl00
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mattdy
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SRBush1974
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of NonicPanic
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MjamesL
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of sulldaddy
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5

Photo of StoutLover14
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Djb81
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mkyer
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of AlvinLin
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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 JKJones
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

102 beers on tap including their own brews. Great pizza. Sunday specials. Whole family likes it.

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Photo of TimberSwanson
2.98/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of RollBounce
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Great beer from pizza boy and others. 100 on tap. Server was knowledgeable and attentive. over all pretty clean. Outside seating is covered as well.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.54/5  rDev -17.9%
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 smanson56
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Boston970
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Spoda1983
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SipofZombie
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
3.94 out of 5 based on 4,199 ratings.
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