C.H. Evans Brewing Company
Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 337
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 68 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Avryle:
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
This is actually one of the best restaurants in Albany... I don't know if that says more about the quality of their food or about what Albany has to offer as far a dining options!
Food options are excellent. You can get anything from a burger to seafood to vegetarian meals. I've never had a bad meal though sometimes the service can leave something to be desired. They often appear to be short-staffed and you can end up waiting to eat or even be served for quite a while. On the other hand, I've gone and have received exceptional service.
Their beer selection tends to be excellent. I prefer their cold weather brews which include a great RIS and barley wine, though the summer offerings have included a diesel smoked hefeweizen. They also have their Kick-Ass Brown that won a gold medal at the GABF a few years back. Growler fills are reasonably priced at about $12 or $13 and they don't care where its from. If you didn't bring one, you can purchase a pricy hand-blown German growler at the bar. The brewer is usually on the premesis and you can often see him working all about the tanks.
The building is neat if you care about such things. Its located in an old brick pump house (go figure, as the restaurant is called, The Albany Pump House) They did an awsome job on the renovation of the building into the restaurant/ brewery and won several awards for it. There is a huge fireplace that dominates a wall of the dining room a lends a cozy ambiance during the winter months when its actually lit.
04-18-2008 00:03:23 | More by Avryle
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Classy atmosphere with a solid selection of food and some nicer entrees. I had the house burger and it was fantastic. Beer is fresh and tasty, not served ice cold thus allowing the flavor to come through a bit clearer. The 8 oz burger with fries was about $11 and the beers were $4-6 per pint. There is also a flight of beers option for $8 that includes up to 8 different 3oz samples of beer, which I see as a great value. I will be returnig to try the flight and another meal, great brewpub.
10-08-2013 19:09:17 | More by CaverDave
4.06/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Vibe: This brewpub is located in a former municipal pumping station that used to draw water out of the Hudson River and pump it up to the city on top of the hill. It's a creative reuse of an old building. The building has two large rooms, high ceilings, brick walls and large windows, creating an open atmosphere. The room on the left has a large fireplace.
Quality: Beers were served in standard pint glasses at the proper temperatures.
Service: Our waitress seemed friendly brought out our food and beers very quickly. Only a few minutes elapsed before I ordered my food and the soup came out as an appetizer.
Selection: The brewery had ten beers on-tap plus a cask ale. Descriptions for all of these were printed on a small menu at our table. If you're having a tough time deciding what to try, their flight comes with eight different beers, so you only need to select two beers that you don't want to try. All of the beers were offered in standard 16-ounce glasses as well as smaller 10-ounce glasses.
Food: The brewpub offers a rather large menu and the food I tried was of good quality and came in generous portion sizes.
Value: The beer and food were priced quite reasonably. The price of a flight was a real bargain because you got eight three-ounce glasses for $8. When I visited, they also had a $17.86 three-course meal special to celebrate the opening year of the brewery.
10-07-2013 01:02:30 | More by metter98
4.01/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$$
A: The C.H. Evans Brewing Company or "Pump Station" as it's called, is located in a beautiful repurposed building, that was once used as a water pumping station for the city. The interior is an oddly charming mix of classic industrial building, with modern restaurant/brewery flair. One of the coolest interior bar/restaurant spaces I've ever been in.
Q: The beer quality ranges from average to excellent. The Kickass Brown and the Hefeweizen are the standouts IMO. The brewer here is relatively new and has been experimenting with some new recipes. The imperial IPA is coming along nicely and he's going to be starting to serve some barrel aged offerings using whiskey barrels from the distillery
S: The service is the most disappointing part for me. It has been uniformly poor to average, regardless of whether I sit at the bar, near the kitchen or in the back. Servers and even bartenders have a very weak understanding of beer and aren't very helpful with recommendations if you're not sure what you're looking for.
S: There's generally a nice range of styles on tap along with a cider or two. They've been offering cask beer lately as well, which is a nice option. Pretty standard lineup without anything too crazy.
F: The food is generally pretty good. I've had a few excellent meals and a few average meals, but never a bad meal. The menu is quite large with lots of options, so it shouldn't be hard to find something you like. The entrees are a bit pricey for what you get, but the burgers and sandwiches are well-priced.
Overall, one of my favorite places to go for dinner and beer. Great atmosphere, fun vibe. Definitely worth checking out.
06-13-2013 15:34:32 | More by vonnegut21
C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
91 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.