Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

BEER AVG
3.93/5
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy BrewingAl's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2240 Millennium Way
Enola, Pennsylvania, 17025
United States

(717) 728-3840 | map
alsofhampden.com

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Added by petesuphi on 10-19-2008

BEER STATS
Beers:
128
Reviews:
462
Ratings:
4,069
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
241
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
6.48%
 
 
Taps:
102
Bottles/Cans:
350
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 241
Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on Friday 4/3/09 for some pizza and beer, and pretty much just to check out the selection after hearing about this place on BA. Despite being located only a few minutes from my workplace, I was surprised I never heard of this place.

Al's has a slightly more up-scale pizza place/sub shop atmosphere that most other similar places. It's clean and pretty comfortable, and it is conveniently located right off I-81 on Wertsville Road.

Their beer selection was surprisingly excellent and quite diverse, with a whole cooler for bombers and another two with single bottles that ran the gamut of locals such as Troegs and Victory to Midwest offerings from Bell's to West Coasters like Rogue and Stone. Plenty of DFH selections too. Prices seemed very reasonable, especially for PA. They also have a seperate area for take-out six packs and 40's. While there's a lot of swill, there's also plenty of Troegs, Victory and Bell's six packs available, as well as others. You can also mix and match sixers, which is nice.

They also have a solid tap selection with around fourteen offerings. During my visit, they had Philly Walt Wit and Shackamaximum Imp. stout, Fort Collins chocolate stout, Victory Storm King and Hop Wallop, a few Troegs taps, a Pennichuck tap and two relegated to Miller Lite and Coors Light, among others. They also fill growlers and have specials throughout the week, including Troegs Tuesday, where they do growler fills of flagship beers for only $5. They also have Victory Fridays, with $1 off draughts, $2 bottles and discounted growler fills.

As for the food, the menu looked quite diverse and offered a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, salads and dinners. They also have daily food specials. We got a basic cheese pizza, but it was fantastic, certainly one the best local pizza I've had in the area.

Overall, this is a great addition to the local beer scene. The selection is awesome, the prices are reasonable and the food is very good. I'm glad I found out about this place, because I will definitely visit often.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NonicPanic
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MjamesL
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of sulldaddy
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -7.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5

Photo of StoutLover14
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Djb81
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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
2.98/5  rDev -31%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1.25 | 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

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
3.93 out of 5 based on 4,069 ratings.
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