Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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

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

2240 Millennium Way
Enola, Pennsylvania, 17025
United States

(717) 728-3840 | map

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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Photo of VikeMan
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the best 'beer bar' I've ever been to. Although Al's is 'really' a pizza shop, it easily has the best beer selection in the Southcentral PA area. 24 drafts, plus 3 hand pumps, all craft. In the unlikely event there's nothing for you on the tap list, there are also hundreds(?) of bottles. The pizza, stromboli, and subs are great too.

'Atmosphere' is the only category I'm not giving a '5.' As I said, it's a pizza shop, and it looks like one. Not that that's a bad thing, but neither is it upscale.

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Photo of jDulcinea
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place has ruined me for all other local establishments. The beer selection is constantly changing and is AMAZING. Al regularly updates his selection on his website, including a list of beer waiting to be be tapped (which you can vote for). There's no filler amongst the 24 on tap. He has 3 hand pumps (of which there is usually at least one beer on, if not all 3). All beer is BA rated. You can purchase most in 1 and 2 Liter growlers. Incredible selection of bottles too. I love this place!

The atmosphere: Basically a pizza shop with limited seating (about 15 tables?) and about 5-6 tables outside. The staff is small but dedicated!

The food: Subs are standard, wings are decent, but the real star of the show - the pizza!! My favorite? The Chicken Ranch (affectionately called BCR - bacon, chicken, ranch - by my small group. Hands down, this is my favorite pizza, anywhere. So much bacon, so much ranch, delicious chunky chicken, razor thin slices of red onion! Then there's also my other favorites: The Special (It's just got everything, including fresh mushrooms!), BBQ Chicken, and the Spinach/Tomato/Ricotta - you're all winners!! And for an extra bonus: Pizza is half-price on Mondays and Thursdays!

Wish I was there right now!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've visited Al's a number of times. It is about 45 minutes from my house with easy access off the interstate.

Al's has an excellent selection of draft beers and a very fine amount of craft beers in six packs and 750ml bottles. The website is continuously updated with the latest drafts. The service is knowledgeable and friendly. The pizza and other foods are really good too.

The dining area is pretty small and you can't always find a table but there's a pretty quick turnover and I've never minded waiting while sipping on a delicious and fresh brew.

The tap lines are kept clean and the pours into a glass or growler are done quickly.

Great place!

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Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Had occasion to visit this excellent beer bar for the first time last night.

Located just off of I-81, Al's is in kind of an odd location, and is not the sort of place I think many people are going to just happen upon. However, even at 4:15 on a Friday the place was pretty much packed, so obviously it's pretty well known in the area (the reason for which I quickly saw why).

Walking in from the parking lot, the place looks like a nothing special, fairly small deli, with a smattering of tables, a couple of cold boxes, and a cash register area with some chips laid out. My initial reaction was "am I in the right place?".... but then I noticed what was in the cold box and saw the draft list over head. Atmosphere-wise, there's really nothing to distinguish this place, and Al's is so small, you have folks waiting in line for a beer, standing in the middle of the dining area (you order your beer and food at the cash register - the beer is poured on the spot and your food is dropped off at your table once it's ready and/or reheated). Normally I'd give the atmosphere here probably a 3 for average, but I feel as if I need to give this place a score bump somewhere for doing something I have NEVER seen elsewhere. On the draft board, along with the beer name, brewery, abv. and pricing, there is also included the beer's BA score (letter grade). Very cool guys.

Service was pretty good I thought. The folks working here were friendly and knowledgeable, and both my beer and food orders came quickly.

As for the beer selection, aside from the 200 or so bottled beers on hand here, this day there were also 27 beers on tap. Three of those beers were cask conditioned, while 4 more were on nitro (very impressed by this). The quality of the selection was outstanding. While bottles included things like breakfast stout, hopslam, nugget nectar, etc., the tap list included Yeti, hopslam, cask NN, cask double simcoe and cask winter fidy. This place clearly knows good beer and it's apparent they make an extra special effort to obtain and provide it.

As for food, I got a couple of slices of pizza while here. Both were fine (the white spinach was superior to the stuffed philly cheesesteak - had to try that!), though I wouldn't describe them as anything memorable. On the other hand the slices here are good size, and my two slices were completely filling.

Prices here are very reaasonable, bordering on inexpensive. My 12 ounce tulip glass of hopslam cost $5, while my pint of cask NN was $6. The pizza slices were $3.40 a piece. Also, while I didn't take advantage of it, Al's fills growlers here (except for super rare beers like hopslam and cask NN), and on Friday's they typically have several beers on special (5 of them on this day) where they will fill a growler for only $9. Anyway, when I went up to pay my tab, I was a bit surprised when I was given a customer copy of my credit card receipt, but no store copy. Obviously, I wanted to leave a tip, and so wasn't sure how to go about it. I was told the reason for this is that they want to keep costs down, so the only way to leave a tip is to put cash in the tip jar (which was stuffed). Whatever. That explanation doesn't really make any sense to me, but I didn't feel as if it mattered.

This place is great and there's no doubt I'll be back any time I'm in the Harrisburg area.

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Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Pretty legit beer bar/restaurant/store way out in the boonies west of Enola - not close to much other than the I-81/PA-581 junction. Came here with a bunch of guys from the Harrisburg crew when I was in town recently.

The tap list is extensive and interesting. I had Terrapin Wake-n-Bake on cask, which was outstanding. They'll fill growlers of the draft beers to go if you're so inclined.

The food is pretty solid. The cheese steak pizza was amazing, but man, that shit will put pounds on you!

There is also a very good selection of bottles available. I picked up a DFH My Antonia, some Central Waters beers (which I didn't expect to see), and other stuff.

Prices seemed to be on the cheaper side, but then again I've been living in Ripoffland, California for way too long, so don't trust me on that.

I met Al, who seemed to be a good guy and knowledgeable and passionate about beer. Next time I'm back in my old stomping grounds of Hummelstown, PA (the HTP) I'll make a point to get back out here.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The mother ship of great beer in the Susquehanna Valley! I am actually a little disappointed that I never got around to reviewing this place. A pizza shop with 30+ taps, counter pressure growler filler, 3 hand pumps, and over 500+ bottles and six packs ? God Damn what is not to like here ? Simply put, Al is the man and you need to stop by this place he and his staff are very knowledgeable and great to interact with. I literally have to check out his tap list every few days (sometimes hours) because he has all kinds of great beers. One off firkins are another huge plus of stopping by and of course the "murren" events. If you happen to be hungry have no fear this place makes some wicked food at a reasonable price that never takes long. If you are near by or passing by do not miss this place....and better yet let me know I'll meet you there if I'm not there already!

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Photo of Fish113d
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped in at Al's today for the 1st time, even though this place is literally 5.7 miles from my house. I almost never knew it was there! Crazy.

Anyways, upon entering this small italian pizza shop/eatery, there are about 10 tables lining the walls and high-top square tables scattered throughout the restaurant. A large cold drink cooler stands containing 6-packs and I even think some domestic 12-packs if i remember correctly. Along another wall is a cold drink cooler containing single bottles that you can make a mixed-6 pack for $13 (aside from the 22 oz bottles and "top shelf" brews). Fairly decent selection in those coolers, and I actually was able to make a 6-pack of all beers i have never had, which is getting harder and harder to do.

There are also 20+ brews to choose from that you can enjoy on tap, on cask (3 beers on cask), as well as you can fill growlers (your own, or you can either purchase one or use a returnable growler (I think). Two flat screen TVs display all the offerings on draft for drinking or filling a 1L or 2L growler, which is a nice feature rather than the usual chalkboard. They even use BA ratings in their board, which is a nice feature. Not ONE BEER has a BA rating less than a B (which shows they have quality brew). Prices are a bit steep, anywhere from $11 (Troegs hopback, which is local) for a 2L growler fill to $26 for a more rare treat (The Southern Tier Chokolat Imperial stout). I chose to make a mixed-6er to keep myself from spending $20 or so to fill a growler, but even after making my 6er, one of the beautiful young ladies behind the counter asked if I wanted to fill my growler. I declined, but I enjoyed the fact that she even noticed I walked in with my growler with the intent to fill it. However, I enjoy a variety so I chose a mixed 6-pack instead.

I did not have any food or order any takeout, but the food smelled very good, there was a lot of "traffic" for pizza, which I'll try next time. Also, a few flat screen TVs line one of the outer walls, which give you a nice, relaxing, atmosphere. I went alone, and I didn't feel awkward, like i have in some other establishments in the past.

Prices are a bit high ($6.50 for a 12 oz Soutern Tier Chokolat) but the beer is served in correct glass types and the variety is awesome!

I'm sure glad I heard about this place and finally made a trip over. I'll surely make it a staple place of visitation.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Well, I was there fairly early on a Wednesday morning in town for a release at Troeg's so the 'atmosphere' rating comes from the folks who reccomended the place while in line and then the fact that when we arrived at 9:30am a group of beer lovers were all around (at least 8 folks) eating food and getting ready to sample the newest release.

There was a good selection of brews, especially given the option to 'make your own' 6pack, or in my case, 12pack. Terrapin, Duck Rabbit, White Birch, Mikkeller, Central Waters, off the top of my head were the brews that caught my eye for being out of country/region.

I found the prices reasonable for what I purchased. Pizza was fresh and the slices I had were above average. Have to give a personal thanks for the growler and chance to try one-off Troeg's stuff along with the regulars. Made my trip out there all the more memorable and now I get to pimp an "Al's of Hampden" growler around Brooklyn. Hope it drives some extra business their way as I found this place to be well worth the little extra time it took from Harrisburg.

EDIT: I rated "selection" a 5 based on the combination of bottles/make your own 6/drafts/cask and the ability to vote on the next draft made available on their site despite the fact that I am not a local and have not really been able to enjoy that feature.

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Photo of stump218
4.83/5  rDev +10%
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 +10%
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 +3.4%
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 -10.5%
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 -4.3%
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 -5.9%
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 -2.5%
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 -0.2%
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 -9.3%
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 +2.5%
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 +0.9%
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 +8.9%
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 -7.7%
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 -16.9%
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 +12.8%
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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4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
Brewery rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 4,629 ratings