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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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Active Beers: 68
Beer Ratings: 1,077
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: 102 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2240 Millenium Way
phone: (717) 728-3840
(Place added by: petesuphi on 10-19-2008)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Al's three times now and I love this place. Great food and an even better beer selection. The most recent visit was spent trying only Pizza Boy Brewing beer. Angel of Death and Toadal Devastation were both amazing beers. The Straight Up Hefe wasn't too bad either...exactly as the name describes.
12-06-2013 06:27:10 |
More by NEPABeerReviews_Joe
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Updated Nov 30 2013
I want to love this place. I really do. On my second trip--in the new location--I was again met with horrible service (like the first time), but this time around I learned that they have done away with small pours of their beer and instead only do full pours.
This is a brewery right? People visit breweries specifically to sample beers, right? Not here: over 20 of their beers on tap and you'd have to buy full pours of each to try them. WTF? I'm not asking for free samples: more than happy to pay. I just don't want to get tanked trying more than two beers. Even half pours would be okay.
If you want to try their beers, bring a DD or about 20 friends.
Ridiculous. Dropping my service rating from a poor to an awful.
11-30-2013 22:07:38 |
More by jwjon1
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
An awesome place! I'm not from PA but when I visited the state, I knew I needed to check this place out. I went there on a Sunday; loved it and came back on Monday once more!
Atmosphere: incredible. You can find a seat about anywhere. Not too crowded. The menu selections of the beer is like looking at the flight information display system at the airport. So many to pick from. The place is not to loud and there's plenty of room for you to move around.
Quality: perfect. The place was clean, including their bathrooms. Food was good quality and so was their own beers.
Service: the staff were wonderful. They were very knowledgeable of their beers, especially the Pizza Boy products. They also are very patient and give you ample time to decide what you want. In addition, I ask one staff about their glass and how much it cost. He just gave me one with no charge! Plus he said "thank you" in sign language. He saw that I had hearing aids and thought to sign. I really appreciate people that do this :)
Selection: I said this before and I'll say it again. So many beers to pick. Not only different breweries but different styles. You'll find IPA's, double IPA's, barleywine's, sours, stouts, etc. They also have a nice selection of food. I just got the pizza by the slice but there is many pizzas to pick from. Some are meatless which was what I picked. They also have a nice selection of bottled beers to take home. Much cheaper than bottled beers in Philly but maybe a bit more than the beers in Pittsburgh. That was my experience when I traveled across the state.
Food: very good food. I picked a slice and they heated it up and brought it to my table. Nothing to complain!
Value: The beers and food was not overpriced. The prices did vary on the beers which was what I expected. I tried a Pizza Boy raspberry sour which cost more than most other beers. But considering it's a sour and the labor it takes to making it, it made sense.
Overall: if I'm from the area, I'd be a regular there. I had so much fun, they had a packer game on, I drank awesome beers, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the customers were nice as well! Visit this place if you get the chance!
11-20-2013 17:23:35 |
More by Benish
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $
What a hidden gem! Calling this a "pizza place" is a gross understatement.
DRINKS: The beer list is impressive, and unlike many places with a huge beer list, it has such great diversity and unique beers. In this area, most pizza places don't serve beer, and those that do have like Miller, Coors and Bud... mmm heartburn & diarrhea.
The beers brewed in house are amazing, we go about once a week, and I haven't gotten tired yet.
FOOD: The Harrisburg east/west shore area is overflowing with crappy pizza places, eager to serve canned & frozen crap for $$$. This is not one of those places. The food is really good, definitely the best of all the Al's. It is amazing what a little pride in your product does for food quality.
SERVICE: The staff are all friendly, the place is kept pretty clean. One thing I will recommend, if you have questions, don't be afraid to ask who can answer them. A lot of the cashiers might not be the best at answering beer questions, but the staff over at the taps are great.
And the hours are awesome, especially for people that work outside the 9-5. Definitely a winner!
11-18-2013 00:36:35 |
More by HeatherN
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
For such an excellent beer selection (huge fan of the pizza boy sours) it's a real shame that the staff is so rude. Also, its obnoxious that they wont let you sample beer when deciding which delicious selection would like to fill your growler with. I'm thoroughly upset about this since als could have easily become one of my new fav spots.
11-15-2013 21:58:50 |
More by Era717
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
102 beers on tap and not one was Miller light or Coors light. Priceless! Only tried one house beer which was my girlfriends. OK but not my style. Didn't try their other beers but their selection is amazing. Service is timely but Not personable. Wings and pizza were good. Was very happy with this place because I got to try beer outside the norm and am able to look forward to different experiences. Defiantly must got to place if in the area.
11-04-2013 02:09:11 |
More by Jamey61
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Alright, time for a re-review since the new location has opened. First off, I absolutely love the new location. So much more room makes me a happy camper. 99 taps flowing here, but between a quarter and a third of them are usually kicked at any given time...not a huge deal, though. You order your beer and food at a counter and sit wherever the hell you want, which is both a good and a bad thing...but it is what it is, and they'll bus your table if it's not too busy. Pricing can fall on the high side for to-go bottles, food, and drafts, but the bottle pricing is expected given PA's liquor laws, the food is worth the price, and the drafts are reasonably priced (all things considered). Speaking of which: no flights here, which irked me at first, but made more sense as I've started coming here more often. This place is definitely worth a stop, though you can rack up a hefty bill pretty quickly if you're not paying attention. At any rate, you're not getting Pizza Boy stuff anywhere else (and it's DELICIOUS), so it's worth the price.
08-11-2013 23:33:59 |
More by bigfnjoe
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited on a Sunday for lunch. Arrived just around noon. Very slow when we arrived, but definitely getting busy when we left..
Overall, I like this place. A brand new facility.
A - A little sterile as it is more a brewery than a pizza place/pub. Clean and spacious. Family friendly, almost every group that came in for lunch had kids. They have a small kids menu. I rated a little low because of the sterileness. Also, can't see much of the brewing process unless you are off in one corner of the place.
Q - No complaints.
S - No table service. Folks behind the bar and at the counter were friendly and very helpful. I like the video screens with the on tap beer selections, but it also means you must stand at one of two locations to consider your beer selection. It would be nice to have a daily beer sheet to read at the table. Maybe there is table service at other times, but I rated a little lower for having none when we visited.
S - Great selection of beers. 40 or so on tap, with about seven Pizza Boy beers. I considered the taps more regoinally focused, but there was a stone and two founders, etc. Also six packs to go, pick your six to go and some bombers. Don't not ask if you could buy a bottle and drink there. I found an Alesmith Speedway Stout, which I bought. Also 1L and 2L growlers available. I picked up 1L off Bumble Phuq. I was disappointed that the Pizza Boy Intangible was only available for in-house consumption, no to-go.
F - Come for the beer and then have some nice pizza. But there is much better pizza around than than the white pizza w/ added sausage that we had. The pizza was too thick and the sausage was run of the mill.
V - The food is still an excellent value. The beer value is dependent on the selection. My Alesmith bombmer was $18, which I thought was a $$$ rating, but I don't get to th Alesmith distribution area much so I purchased.
07-14-2013 23:40:38 |
More by Sludgeman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
This new location is definitely a much-needed improvement over their previous VERY cramped location. It got so warm in there from being so crowded, it was hard to relax.
The new location is much different. Wide open atmosphere with open views of the brewing system. Same big selection, only bigger! A wide variety of bottles to purchase to-go (not quite as good of a selection as Al's of Enola) but a better selection on-tap.
I stopped in for my first time to try their Intangible bottle. Hours of the place are disappointing, they closed at 10 the night I was there.
I have never been too impressed with the food at Al's of Hampden. One slice of mediocre cheese pizza will run you $3+.
I'll stick with what I know they do well... the beer.
Definitely worth a stop if you're a beer drinker in the area. They make some great brews, and always have a huge selection on tap!
07-11-2013 15:58:17 |
More by jbdpsu82
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Al's is quite a unique place, can't say I've been to one place like it. It has a real odd layout and almost a mish mash of ideas that seemed to be born straight out of the fact of PAs odd liquor laws. It's one part brewery, one part bar, one part deli, and then one part shop, all set in an open floor plan that makes it look like 5 different businesses were just crammed into one space.
There are minimal 12oz. singles for mix packs, and just a very few bombers, but there are a few odd gems you might find if taking a look closely, some Lost Abbey, the odd Voodoo as well, and some Dark Horse. Still it seems the big draw though are the numerous on tap fills for growlers which are highlighted by a fancy electronic red and black billboard designating glass shape, pours and price.
No sample pours are given only full, thus this doesn't allow you to come in and try a lot of different beers (although I am not sure if you just wanted a sip if they would offer it to you). That being said there are their own beers for growler purchase, plus all the others the offer which are quite numerous, but rather common (Stone, Southern Tier, Troegs etc..). Still you can easily find something on the board worth trying.
Service is very good, and everyone is eager to answer any questions about the food, layout, or anything else which at first for newcomers seems quite confusing. I did have some wings, which were fine, but I am not going to grade the food unless I were to eat more of the pizzas, calzones, etc... Although "greens" of course seemed to be lacking on the menu no surprise there.
The place is probably a good place to know about if you are in the area, there doesn't seem to be much else, so who knows how good it can get. But something tells me if you have that many taps that you can growler fill up, you'd probably be very happy if this was in your backyard.
06-04-2013 01:18:21 |
More by smakawhat
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