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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2240 Millenium Way
phone: (717) 728-3840
(Place added by: petesuphi on 10-19-2008)
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Reviews by dbrauneis:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped to eat lunch on the return trip from visiting family during the holidays and I'm pretty glad that I did. The place was very small and we arrived right around lunchtime on a Saturday so it was pretty busy and I felt pretty excited that we were able to score a table. There is not much in the way of decor here but the place has a real beer geek vibe to it.
Beer was served at a good temperature and in proper glassware - it was actually a very nice pour with a proper amount of head and everything. Beer tasted fresh and I saw the taplist change twice in the 1.5 hours I was there... There were also tons of folks filling growlers here during my visit.
You go to the counter and place your own order so I don't have a lot of comment on the service - the gent working at the counter was very friendly and pleasant, willing to offer an opinion/suggestion on beers that they were serving on tap.
Very nice selection of taps that included 5 Pizza Boy beers and the rest were regional offerings from pretty decent craft breweries - I only wish that we were not on the road and I could have enjoyed a couple more...
The food was essentially a pizza/sub shop and not very fancy but still enjoyable. Nothing out of this world but not something I would avoid either... I think the pizza was better than the subs but to each their own
Prices were reasonable and average, no complaints there.
12-02-2012 13:55:01 |
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Al's three times now and I love this place. Great food and an even better beer selection. The most recent visit was spent trying only Pizza Boy Brewing beer. Angel of Death and Toadal Devastation were both amazing beers. The Straight Up Hefe wasn't too bad either...exactly as the name describes.
12-06-2013 06:27:10 |
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12-06-2013 02:27:43 |
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12-03-2013 20:16:08 |
More by illeagle05
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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 |
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11-30-2013 19:33:13 |
More by revchris01
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
11-11-2013 04:11:14 |
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