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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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Reviews by dbrauneis:
Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped to eat lunch on the return trip from visiting family during the holidays and I'm pretty glad that I did. The place was very small and we arrived right around lunchtime on a Saturday so it was pretty busy and I felt pretty excited that we were able to score a table. There is not much in the way of decor here but the place has a real beer geek vibe to it.

Beer was served at a good temperature and in proper glassware - it was actually a very nice pour with a proper amount of head and everything. Beer tasted fresh and I saw the taplist change twice in the 1.5 hours I was there... There were also tons of folks filling growlers here during my visit.

You go to the counter and place your own order so I don't have a lot of comment on the service - the gent working at the counter was very friendly and pleasant, willing to offer an opinion/suggestion on beers that they were serving on tap.

Very nice selection of taps that included 5 Pizza Boy beers and the rest were regional offerings from pretty decent craft breweries - I only wish that we were not on the road and I could have enjoyed a couple more...

The food was essentially a pizza/sub shop and not very fancy but still enjoyable. Nothing out of this world but not something I would avoid either... I think the pizza was better than the subs but to each their own

Prices were reasonable and average, no complaints there.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mkyer
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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 JKJones
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of RollBounce
4.19/5  rDev -3%
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 -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 smanson56
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Boston970
3.56/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Spoda1983
3.63/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SipofZombie
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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 Rizzy17
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of kmos27
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of zekeman17
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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 AMCimpi
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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 dwoolley1
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -30.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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 m_hetrick
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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