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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2240 Millenium Way
phone: (717) 728-3840
(Place added by: petesuphi on 10-19-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 61 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
08-27-2010 19:52:52 |
More by gator0877
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The atmosphere is nothing special, but for this area of the country, the beer selection is great.
atmosphere: small pizza joint. formica tables, formica floor, small counter. big beer coolers carry a great variety of singles, and of 6/12 packs, which is fairly unusual given the absurd liquor laws in PA.
But the taps are great. 24 rotating taps, some nitrogen driven, plus 3 pulls. The taps, with few exceptions, carry only unique, interesting or somewhat rare brews. The taps are listed on flat panels, along with A.B.V. and style description and Beer Advocate rating! also, you can go online and vote for which beers come on next, which is fun.
staff is nice.
08-26-2010 16:12:55 |
More by Throckmorton
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
08-14-2010 02:37:20 |
More by ritter57
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Al's is awesome and reasonable. I will first cover drafts, then bottles, food, and price. There are 24 drafts and only one is macro...nothing else to say about that. Al's gets lots of hard to find beers (in PA) and puts like all of them on at once! The folks behind the counter seem a little overwhelmed by the beer geekness of the customers but thats ok. The bottle and six pack selection is great though slightly limited by space. There seems to be a lot of rotation of beers but still checking dates on beer is required here. I buy bottles all the time here but the main stage is the drafts and growler fills. The food is pizza, sandwiches, and fried goodies. The food is great though I have only bought pizza (to avoid extreme buzzes). I am going to try other dishes as I go back so I will update this review. The prices for drafts, and bottles are reasonable compared to other bottle shops in the area and are not salty by my standards. I have had only great experiences at Al's.
08-10-2010 21:27:02 |
More by jorg2619
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
06-23-2010 18:37:58 |
More by therealnomayo
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have heard about Al's for years but never got there until about six months ago. The place is good. Seating is limited, 4 high-tops, 4 tables and one booth. The cash register area is tight - right in front of the more expensive unrefridgerated beers. They just put in HD TVs to serve as beer menu boards. I gues they kick kegs so fats they needed that. Every time I have been there Al himself has waited on me. My 16 month old daughter enjoyed the white Hawaiin pizza. The mix six pack does not seem like a great deal but the stuff that is unrefrigerated is just as good of a deal if not better than the Brass Rail. I can not compare to Wegman's because I have only been there a few times. Sadly, thanks to the stupid PA laws, Al's is "tied" to Westy's and Westy's has paid $100K for the central PA monopoly for Dogfish Head (so I hear). Yes I useed the terms tied and monopoly which I believe were suposed to be illegal. Sorry for the saide bar rant. To sum up, go to Al's it may be the best you can get in Harrisburg.
05-22-2010 18:34:23 |
More by pecokid
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been going to Als for over a year 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.
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.
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.
04-15-2010 14:33:26 |
More by stakem
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.
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.
03-10-2010 01:32:15 |
More by boralyl
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.
02-09-2010 14:48:49 |
More by Lebarfski
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.
02-07-2010 20:34:47 |
More by StormKing47
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA
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