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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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3.95/5
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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

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159
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542
Ratings:
4,357
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.41/5
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
253
pDev:
10.2%
 
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Photo of stump218
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Have been living in this area for roughly 8 years, and we just turned onto this place. Since I found this place I have been there multiple times, and will continue to make this a weekly visit.

For the area the beer selection is great. Constantly seeing new beers on draft, and they are priced fairly. Great place to grab a few micros and have a slice of pie.

Monday and Thursdays are great .35 wings and 50% off all pizzas. Build your own six pack is also a great feature. Bomber selection is also pretty good for the area.

I will be back on a weekly basis!!!

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Photo of Beerquester
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been visiting Al's since just after he opened and every time I go in there he is adding something new!

He now has over 24 taps plus 3 hand-pulleds. My only problem with going in there is deciding which beers to try. I don't live really close so I don't get in as often as I like but try for at least once a month. I have never been disappointed there.

This place would be worth the trip just for the pizza and other Italian food.

I try to keep pretty informed of different beer releases nationwide and abroad but whenever I come in there I always find something I have not yet heard about. Al personally tries all his beers and is happy to give input on his favorites. He gets really excited about many of the new beers and I know this excitement will keep only the best beers coming in. You can even vote on-line for which beer to go on tap next. Check it out on his website.

The place can get pretty crowded during regular dinner time so come in at an off time if you want to talk beer with Al. Rumor has it he will be expanding soon, and that should ease up some of the congestion and make it an even greater place!

Oh, by the way, I only mentioned the tap beers. In addition to those, he has one wall filled with coolers of micros in six-packs and the other wall coolers with singles where you can mix and match a six pack of your own. If you can't find something there just get a growler to go. He prefers swing-top growlers if you bring your own to fill.

This place is right off Interstate 81 so it is a great stopping location for anyone traveling the interstate. I highly recommend a visit.

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Al's is another one of my weekly beer voyages, and even though its close to an hour round trip, it is well worth it. I'm usually in a bit of a hurry, so have never tried any food or sat down for a pint. I have, however, taken a ton of beer away!

Al's is a bit small, and if you go during peak hours, it can be quite busy. several coolers of six packs, as well as 3 or 4 other featuring single bottles for you to mix your own sixer (selection varies, but usually some interesting offerings to get your money's worth). There is a single cooler near the register with a decent selection of Belgian beers (i think they are all or mostly Belgians), as well as a couple racks of "better" bottles also tucked in next to the checkout counter.

Perhaps the best part of Al's is the stellar tap selection, I believe it is 27 total (18 regular, 6 on nitro, and 3 hand pumps!!). The draft selection rotates often, with lots of variety, and choices you just dont see locally (and you can get growler fills to go) Great selection, with decent prices - about as good as it gets in central PA.

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Photo of nopucophop
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

KEYNOTE-- I went on a Friday at 6pm which made this place very busy and hectic.

This is a great spot. It was a perfect place off the highway to grab some goodies. I only knew of this place because a fellow BA recommended it to me. I have to say that this is a strange place as it is a pizzeria that has great beer. This does not help the atmosphere as the place is loud and chaotic. The are mixes of families and serious beer drinkers and all in between. The quality of both the food and beer are great. The beer is better then the food but the food made for a great meal. As far as the service goes you have to go to the counter to be served. If you don't know this ahead of time you can be left at your table wondering if anyone is going to try and help you. The beer selection is excellent! they have growler fills as well as bottles to go. They do allow mix sixers too. Overall again great spot. To much chaos for me but as noted earlier I believe that has to do with the time I arrived. I imagine at 8pm on Tuesday this place is just awesome.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We had heard rumors about how great Al's of Hampden was, and we were skeptical about what we would find. After we first settled the debate about if Al's of Hampden was the same as Al's in Dillsburg, we set out to see what we could get ourselves into.

We went on a Friday morning and walked into the sound of angel's singing "ahhh". Although it was small, they housed a lot of beer, and a lot of great beer at that! Not to mention the scoreboard screen of beers on taps (what a great idea!). We started out with a Founders Breakfast Stout and a Moylan's Dragoon Stout. After those 2 we decided if we were going to continue, we would need something of substance in our bellies. We got 2 slices of pizza and our tastebuds were treated to not only good beer, but good food as well. Along with our lunch, we also tried the Founders Centennial and the Founders Dirty Bastard.

I'm pretty sure that the regular lunch crowd thought we were drunks, but who can pass up such good beer? Especially when you can't find these beers everywhere! Besides, it was a 5 year wedding anniversary, so we had a reason to celebrate!

Somewhere along the way we also tried the Lost Abbey Serpent Stout.

In the midst of eating and drinking ourselves silly, we found a way to garnish up about 4 six packs (a case of beer!). Hoppin Frogs, Lost Abbey, Founders, Bell's, Fegley's, Cantillon's, South Hampton, and Sly Fox rounded out our loot.

We finished up our afternoon with the Moylan's Hopsickle and Lost Abbey Devotion.

This place is amazing! They seem to have a knack for finding the hard-to-get brews, and even told us if we were looking for something to let them know, and they would look into getting them for us. A must-see/must-try if you are in the area!

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Photo of pmsawyer
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Al's does a great job with Pizza, steak and cheese subs and pasta dishes, lasagna is excellent and generously portioned. Wings are some of the best in the area and the Buffalo sauce is excellent.

But we are here for the beer. There are 24 taps with some devoted to nitro complimented by three hand pumps. Cold beer is available as singles or mix a six from three large cases. Belgium's are in a fourth case. Large bottle display is varied and well stocked. Other cases hold 4 and 6 packs of cold beer.

Growlers are available for the tap beers.

One of our regular spots and we recommend it to everyone.

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Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'm in the process of moving into the area and have already become a little bit of a regular... Tremendous tap selection at tremendous prices... Being a transplant from philly the prices really impress me... The food is solid and Monday and Thursday bring 1/2 price pizzas and .35 wings... The people are exceptionally nice, but the service is average at best... The crowd is both a plus and a minus as this is a pizzeria first and a craft beer destination second... As such there are lots of families (and rowdy kids), but that also ads to the charm somewhat... I plan on living in the area for quite some time and will be a Al's on a regular basis...

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Photo of gator0877
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

First and foremost, the selection here is simply amazing. It is the best in the area from sixers and singles to the draft beers. 3 hand pumps and 14-15 (don't know number off top of my head) regular taps. If you can find a beer you are looking for at Al's it simply can be gotten in Central PA. Al's does run specials on growlers to go on certain days. I have not eaten there but the food looks and smells wonderful. The staff is pretty good as well. I stopped in for a growler and saw some people I knew so I stayed for a beer or two. They stored my growler in the back till it was time to go, a little thing but it makes a big difference. My favorite thing about Al's is the website. It is updated daily and email alerts are sent out with draft updates. I wish more places were as passionate and proactive about the website as Al's seems to be. One last thing is the prices, not too bad exspecially for Central PA. This is a beer lover's gold mine for PA.

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Photo of Throckmorton
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The atmosphere is nothing special, but for this area of the country, the beer selection is great.

atmosphere: small pizza joint. formica tables, formica floor, small counter. big beer coolers carry a great variety of singles, and of 6/12 packs, which is fairly unusual given the absurd liquor laws in PA.

But the taps are great. 24 rotating taps, some nitrogen driven, plus 3 pulls. The taps, with few exceptions, carry only unique, interesting or somewhat rare brews. The taps are listed on flat panels, along with A.B.V. and style description and Beer Advocate rating! also, you can go online and vote for which beers come on next, which is fun.

staff is nice.

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Photo of ritter57
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I am local so it seems strange to rate Al's. I travel a lot for business all around the country and this place is world class. It's just hard to believe that I have the best selection of craft beer 10 minutes from my house but I clearly do. I refer to Al's with my friends and colleagues as the Happiest Place on Earth (credit to my best friend) and it is. I've been everywhere man, and there are several places as good as Al's but I've never found one better. And I don't think I ever will. Don't miss it if you get the chance.

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Photo of jorg2619
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Al's is awesome and reasonable. I will first cover drafts, then bottles, food, and price. There are 24 drafts and only one is macro...nothing else to say about that. Al's gets lots of hard to find beers (in PA) and puts like all of them on at once! The folks behind the counter seem a little overwhelmed by the beer geekness of the customers but thats ok. The bottle and six pack selection is great though slightly limited by space. There seems to be a lot of rotation of beers but still checking dates on beer is required here. I buy bottles all the time here but the main stage is the drafts and growler fills. The food is pizza, sandwiches, and fried goodies. The food is great though I have only bought pizza (to avoid extreme buzzes). I am going to try other dishes as I go back so I will update this review. The prices for drafts, and bottles are reasonable compared to other bottle shops in the area and are not salty by my standards. I have had only great experiences at Al's.

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Photo of therealnomayo
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

UPDATE 6/23: I made it in yesterday for the Hop Wallop and Storm King on the new hand pumps. As usual, I got a perfect pour in the proper glass that was just outstanding. Al is investing a whole lot of his time and money to build a place that respects beer and beer enthusiasts alike. If you haven't made it in, you really need to...

Al's of Hampden has become a sort of second home to me. From the Wednesday dinner specials (Ribeye steaks, crab cakes, etc.) to the Tuesday night Troegs growler special ($5 2L fills) to the Friday night 1/2 price growlers (Currently Bell's, with Two Hearted and Winter White), there is definite value to be found here. There's a nice bottle selection with mix-a-six and plenty of bombers that are priced reasonably considering we're talking PA. They now offer $1 2oz samples of any of the 14 drafts, so you always know what you're getting in that growler.

The service is great, and the food is excellent once you start venturing off of the typical pizza shop fare and giving their specials, soups and salads a try. There's nothing quite like stopping by your neighborhood pizza shop to pick up dinner and throwing back a pint or two of Sculpin or Two Hearted while you wait. This weekend I was able to carry 5L of draft craft beer (Two Hearted, Winter White, Smuttynose Porter) to my halloween party for about $25. You can't really beat it anywhere around here, especially not so close to my house, and I'll recommend it to anyone I can.

If you're local, definitely don't miss this one. Those in the area know that you can drop into Westy's and pick from an incredible selection of craft, belgians, etc if you don't mind dropping $45-100 on a case. Al's is offering the same selection in singles and on draft at reasonable prices with frequent additions and rotation so that it never gets boring. If you find yourself near the Wertzville Rd. exit on 81 and you're craving a good meal and a nice selection of brew, you will not regret checking out Al's of Hampden.

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Photo of pecokid
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have heard about Al's for years but never got there until about six months ago. The place is good. Seating is limited, 4 high-tops, 4 tables and one booth. The cash register area is tight - right in front of the more expensive unrefridgerated beers. They just put in HD TVs to serve as beer menu boards. I gues they kick kegs so fats they needed that. Every time I have been there Al himself has waited on me. My 16 month old daughter enjoyed the white Hawaiin pizza. The mix six pack does not seem like a great deal but the stuff that is unrefrigerated is just as good of a deal if not better than the Brass Rail. I can not compare to Wegman's because I have only been there a few times. Sadly, thanks to the stupid PA laws, Al's is "tied" to Westy's and Westy's has paid $100K for the central PA monopoly for Dogfish Head (so I hear). Yes I useed the terms tied and monopoly which I believe were suposed to be illegal. Sorry for the saide bar rant. To sum up, go to Al's it may be the best you can get in Harrisburg.

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

I have been going to Als for over awhile now and recently the establishment got a bit of an upgrade. Al's now features 24 quality taps (6 of which are on nitro.) There is an oversized white board that clearly displays what is on tap along with the beer name/brewery/ABV/BA rating/cost for single serving along with the price for 1 and 2 liter growler fills. Even more convenient is Al's web site that gets updated multiple times throughout the day and lists what beer is on tap, has been kicked and what is next in line.

I will be honest, I don't pay much attention to the food when I visit because I am usually just stopping by to enjoy a quick pint, pick up some bottles (which the selection I might add is quite good) or fill a growler. However, the pizza (more specifically the chicken bacon ranch and/or bacon cheeseburg pizza) is awesome. Al's offers "mix a six" variety of beers that you choose from their large selection of beer in the cooler. Very nice option if you are looking to expand your horizons for a particular style or want to try some offerings from a brewery you are unfamiliar with.

Some minor complaints are that the seating arrangement is a bit small and cramped. After work lets out on a Friday, it is not uncommon to see people standing around waiting to snag a place to sit. Also, if you are looking to try a sampler of the beers on draft the price is a little high. A dollar for a sample isn't bad until you see how small the serving glass is.

Overall Al's is a great stop. What strikes me as being the most important aspect about Al's is that Al cares about beer and is always devoting his time seeking out the next quality beer to have available for the customers.

***Update 6/22/10
Add to the list of upgrades the incorporation of 2 super big wide screen monitors that electronically display the beer that is one tap with brewery info, BA rating and pricing. The web site got a bit of an overhaul and now includes a voting system for the regulars to show their preference in what beers get tapped next. Also added to the in-store lineup are 3 casks. Absolutely loving this place and what Al is bringing to central PA.

***Update #2
There are no longer white boards but 2 huge monitors which boldly display all of the offerings on tap along with prices and BA ratings. The serving sizes for samples has increased and there are 3 hand pumps for cask offerings. This is the must-see beer place in Central PA.

***Update #3
This place is now a brewery too. Ive been patronizing Al's regularly for more than 6 years. Unfortunately, the owner is an outright asshole and its no longer a place I or my friends enjoy visiting. Its still the premier beer stop in the area but id rather not see my money supporting that type of person and behavior.

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Photo of boralyl
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I stopped in here for lunch after hearing about their beer selection and seeing a billboard advertising their "create your own 6 pack". The place is sort of hidden from the road, since the road sits up so much higher than the tiny strip of stores.

Upon entering the counter is in the back right of the restaurant. There are a few tables outside and more bar-like tables to the left of the entrance. To the right are several coolers of single bottles. Right next to the register are some more 22oz bottles. To the left of the counter are 5 or so coolers containing predominately craft beer. If this wasn't awesome enough, they also have about 14 beers on tap.

Their tap selection was impressive. I only noticed one macro beer(Coors Light). They had Southern Tier Mocha, Moylanders Double IPA, Moylanders Hopsickle, Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale, and a few other impressive beers that as well as some locals like Troegs and Victory. Their cooler selection was also pretty darn good. DFH, Duck-Rabbit, Flying Fish, Troegs(including Scratch #20 and #21), Victory, Shipyard, Stoutdt's, Southern Tier, Moylander's, Green Flash, and plenty more.

The price here was actually pretty good. They let you assemble your own 6 pack for $14. Also alot of their bombers where much cheaper than other locations. For example at Shady's a 22oz of ST Pumpking would be $15. Here it was $11. I noticed several other bottles that were 4-6$ cheaper than other places in Harrisburg.

For lunch I had a "mini" pepperoni Stromboli which I enjoyed. I would imagine the rest of their menu is just as good. The place was clean and had a nice feel to it. I'll definitely be making my way back.

Edit 3/10/10:
Wow this place continues to impress. Recently their tap selection has expanded to 20 or 25 taps including 6 on nitro. Their selection is one of the best in Central PA. They also list the brewery, beer name, abv, and BA rating for each beer on draft. Last time I was there I got to get a glass of Bell's Batch 9000. I highly recommend this place. The food is great and the staff is pretty knowledgeable. Tell them what you like and they'll recommend a draft beer for you. Additionally they allow you to fill growlers to go. I haven't done so yet, but will certainly do so in the near future.

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Photo of Lebarfski
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I continue to be dazzled by the oft rotating selection of draft brews at Al's. Last week we enjoyed Dogfish World Wide Stout on draft. I dare you to find it anywhere else in PA. Al's has the added benefit of 1 litre growlers which is a great idea (they won't fill them at other brew take-out places though). The bottle selection is also also amazing, including big bottles and mix-a-six take outs. Not a fancy place (pretty much a pizza joint), but the pie is very good and the staff is knowledgeable. Try the haddock sandwich.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Simply put Al's is THE best take out beer selection in the greater Harrisburg area. The prices are beyond reasonable and the selection is constantly changing for bottled beers. The mix a six rotates and is the best price around, $13 a six pack for a very good craft selection. The top shelf beers are not included in the mix a six, but if they do not sell fast enough the owner adds them to the mix a six. The food is great and well priced. The tap selection rotates and has some very hard to find beers on tap. Sculpin is on tap whenever available. Try to find another pizza shop that has that on tap in the Central PA area. There are meet the brewer nights periodically from some of PAs brewers like Victory, Troegs and Stoudts. The owner is well beyond knowledgeable, seeks out rare and hard to find beers, prices them fairly and is an all around good dude. A great establishment and a A+ for the craft beer world.

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Photo of orangesol
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Al's is an interesting case of what a pizza place really should be. Not the biggest place in the world, getting smaller every day in fact, but it makes up for it with good food and even better beer. I have tried just about everything on the menu now and have not been disappointed yet. The subs are great, and the pizza's are even better. I prefer the buffalo chicken pizza personally but the beer geek is awesome as well.

Now on to the good part, the beer. Simply put, there is no better selection of beers in the harrisburg area. From the 24 taps, 4 on nitro, to the 3 cask hand pulls, you will not find a better selection. The mix-a-six for $13 is a good deal if you are looking to try multiple offerings. They also sell and fill growlers with nearly all of the beers. Bottle selection is usually pretty good as well. You can find anything from Lost Abbey Angles Share to victory at Sea to nearly all of the beers dogfish makes.

Al's has started to brew under the name Pizza Boy Brewing and has begun to have them on-tap at the shop. I look forward to trying his beers for years to come.

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Photo of MrPsychic
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've only gone there three times, but all times they were amazing. The first time I went in to get a bottle of 120 Minute IPA, and the head guy there, who's name I've forgotten, talked to me about it, what he liked, and recommended a few others. The price for the bottle was reasonable, at 12 dollars for it.

The second time I went in, I got the pulled pork sub and my mom got a sandwich. I saw they had Mad Elf on tap, so I ordered one. They served it in the correct glassware, a tulip glass, and a nice temp, not as cold as the other taps. The food was excellent and in large portions. Later, I got the mix six pack of beers to take home, excellent selection, with nothing seemingly expired.

The third time I went in was just earlier today, and it was packed. Still, even when it was packed, the head guy remembered me for getting the 120 Minute earlier and we talked more about it. I got my food to go, taking slightly longer, but it was ok, seeing how the place was about overflowing. While waiting, I had a pint of Rogue's Double Dead Guy Ale and picked out a selection of six beers to take home.

The place has several flat screens up, with a selection of different channels, something for everyone. Every time I was in, they were fast and polite, even when my mom's credit card was having trouble going through, I paid for it and the head guy joked to my mom that she should get a top shelf beer since I was paying. I highly recommend them and would go back in a heartbeat.

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Photo of pumpkin1
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Al's Pizza is a great place to go if you are looking for good beer and good food at a reasonable price. They have a great bottle selection, 6 pack to go section and approx. 14 taps filled with craft beer. Very nice bomber selection as well.
I was in yesterday 11/5/09 and the tap selection was awesome.
Troegs Hop Back, Bells Winter White, Bells Double Cream Stout, Stone RIS, Stone Sublimeley Self Righteous Ale (sp), Dogfish Head 60 Min., Smuttynose Big A IPA, and a few other's that I don't remember.
They also fill growlers and sell growlers to go.

Overall, I think Al's is a very nice place. The service is great and the people working there are very kind and friendly.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been to Al's of 15 before for the food and it is always great. Their buffet is phenomenal for the price they ask.

I havent had the food at this Al's but im sure it is the same idea. A great selection and nice atmosphere. A very open space and a nice small selection of brews.

The price was very nice for a sixer mixed but i could only get from a certain shelf and down. Still, everything was great!

Their service was very quick and very helpful in helping me find whatever i needed. They also had the six pack containers on hand so you dont have to struggle holding em all.

A nice mix and match place!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Hit the place up for lunch. After stopping in to check out the goings on a few times I thought a proper BF is in order.

Hey it's a pizza/sub shop what more do you want? Nothing fancy but the place, if a bit small, is fine.

Clean, comfortable and convenient. Easy to find, just east of the Wertzville (PA 944) exit of I-81. Exit I-81, go east on 944 to first light, turn left onto Valley Rd and then make immediate left in small plaza.

A damn good beer selection with 24, constantly roatating, taps...only 1 dud being Coors Light. The other 23 taps are solid American and imported craft beers.

Ten cooler doors for six packs, bombers and singles hold a good variety of beer with about 75% being craft. A nice array of American craft with a smattering of Belgian offerings. Beers were priced fairly, especially for a PA bottle shop. They also have a make your own six-pack section at 6 for $13.

They offer growler fills, including selling the nice German flip tops at cost for $18. Specials include Troeg's Tuesday, with growler fills of Pale Ale and Hopback for $5,that is $3 less than the brewery! Also, they have Victory Fridays with various incentives.

Food is solid with in house made rolls, pizza dough and soups. I have ordered many an item off the menu and it is all solid, filling, good stuff.

Counter service only but the staff was pleasant enough and brought my cheesesteak out to me. Nothing extraordinary but certainly not sub par either.

A nice addition to the local beer scene. Will I make Al's my local, I doubt it. But, I surely will I keep it in mind as a place to check out every now and then!

*EDIT*--Well since bumping the taps up and becoming friends with Al and the folks that work there Al's HAS become my local. C and I head there at least twice a week for pizza and a few pints.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in today after work.
Overall a great place if you want to go for a few good brews and a pizza. Thats what it is plain and simple a pizza shop with beer. Great beer really.
Had pretty much a little of everything from Dogfish to Victory.
Daily discounts on food and beer.
Great tap selection.
Pozharnik Espresso Russian Imperial Stout from Pennichuck on draft was my beer.
There are sixers of one kind on one wall and a mix and match section on the other wall.
Can buy singles too always a plus in my book.
So if your not so certain about a beer here maybe is your chance to get a single of it before buying a whole case.
Going to be stopping in here from now on more often.
Easy off and on From the Wertzville road exit of Interstate 81.

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
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