From local pizza shop to hometown brewery.
In 2006, Robert and Pamela Szajnuk purchased the Al’s of Dillsburg franchise from Al Haulman and set out to acquire a liquor license to enhance the experience for their customers.
When no licenses were available at the time in York County, Bob discovered that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania could issue an Economic Hardship License for Malt Beverage under certain circumstances.
The Szajnuks received the first ECH License issued in the state in 2010, and by 2012 expanded the tap beer selection to more than 40 varieties of craft draft beer -- the best selection of draft beer in the Dillsburg area.
In April 2017, the Szajnuks upped the ante and began brewing beer on site as Big Bottom Brewery, today offering 6-10 house brews among the 40 on tap. Big Bottom Brewery beers also are sold at Al’s Pizza of Enola, Hershey Biergarten, Gilligan’s West, MayApple Golf Course, Ski Roundtop, Greystone Public House, and Moozes LZ Bar & Grill.
In 2018, the Szajnuks updated the image of the local pizza shop to focus on the brewery including some much-needed renovations to the restaurant, transforming the pizza shop into a full-fledged brewery with wooden, earthy accents, new seating inside and out, new flooring, and a brand new wooden bar made from an old bowling alley. New lighting and fireplace enhance the warm, welcoming ambiance of the brewpub.
Along with these aesthetic changes, Big Bottom Brewery -- Home of Al’s Pizza fine-tuned our menu to offer brewery snacks alongside classic pizzas, cheesesteaks, and bolis, and expanded brewery production.
Big Bottom Brewery -- Home of Al’s Pizza is proud to provide great customer service alongside quality beer and food and a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere.