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C.H. Evans Brewing Company

Not Rated.
C.H. Evans Brewing CompanyC.H. Evans Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 384
Beer Avg: 3.77

Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

82 Ratings
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

19 Quackenbush Square
Albany, New York, 12207
United States
phone: (518) 447-9000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @albpumpstation

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@ The Albany Pump Station

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UDbeernut

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

Been to CH Evans aka The Albany Pump Station on two occations. Both times were waited for a table by having a few beers at the bar before getting seated.

The building is large and very open. The bar is in the center of the building with seating areas on each side. Open Kitchen. The Brewery is on the second floor overlooking the action below.

The servers were pretty prompt. They seemed very busy but handled it well.

Beer selection on tap is all of their own beers from a wide range of styles; APA, Hefeweizen, Brown Ale, IPA, Blond, Barley Wine, and a Scotch Ale. Beers served in clean glassware as appropriate.

The menu is pretty extensive. Ranges from Sandwiches to Pasta, Seafood, Steaks, Ribs, etc. Food was good and filling, felt heavy in my stomach both times.

Prices for beer is reasonable. I think food to be a bit pricey.

Good place worth stopping by.

07-29-2011 19:06:19 | More by UDbeernut
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Going to school in nearby Troy NY, I've visited the CH Evans Pump Station several times. The beer is fine, but with nothing that knocks your socks off. The Brown Ale and the Tripel are stand-outs. I've had several meals here, and the best thing I can remember is the calamari appetizer. Some of the best I've ever had! The burger is good but nothing special, and the reuben is average. Service was good, and the atmosphere is lively. Cool looking building too! I generally prefer Brown's in Troy, since I think the beer is better there, but there's something to be said about the spacious and open atmosphere of the Pump Station.

04-23-2011 23:40:17 | More by greenmonstah
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $

Located as far downtown in Albany as one can go in what once was the Albany Pump Station. This old building has wonderful brick architecture and the place uses Albany's history to adorn the walls. Also proudly displayed are banners from beer awards won.

They had eight of their own beers on tap along with everything else you would expect from a bar in terms of liquor.

They offer a sample rack of their beers.

The food is decent and the restaurant is kept separate from the bar.

A great place to go while in downtown Albany.

04-15-2011 00:02:17 | More by rlee1390
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.86/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$

Right downtown Albany, a city I avoid travelling around in at night.A large airy place, the other downside is people and staff have some of the toughness and near-chips on shoulders of some of the worst cities. But I am here for the beer, and there were some interesting one here, but also some dreadful ones. Is it the near-foul water?That worked for the mild scotch, an gave a complexity to some of the stronger brews. Not the greatest servie, staff looked beyond me but treated regulars like V.I.P.s

08-20-2010 23:16:32 | More by Sammy
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STEG

New York

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

I used to know the original chef of the pump station but stopped going there when he left, but coming back after a hiatus it was still very good. Their "belgian dubbel with fruit" was out freaking standing.

The rest of the beers were alright but nothing special. food is good overall as well but a bit pricey. Atmosphere is nice, almost a higher end place.

I haven't had any issues with the clientele at all either. They do growler fills as well which is nice but only if they ever brew that Belgian Dubbel again, I regret not getting a growler...

08-12-2010 14:25:37 | More by STEG
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ndolover

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

The Pump house is the location of the CH Evans brewery. It is located in downtown Albany right off the highway. A large historic brick building greets you as you pull in to the free parking (don't use the pay spots).

I sat down and had 3 different pints:
Gose - a nice salty version of the style!
IPA - full mouthfeel,not a hop bomb (simcoe?), and was well done.
Brown - I believe this was a southern variety. Wonderful grain bill. I can see why this has won so many awards. GET THIS!

I watched the FIFA world cup with some folks in the middle of the afternoon. I was fortunate enough to meet George the brewmaster and we talked world cup and beer for at least 20 minutes while he had a wash bucket in hand. He really knows what he is doing and it showed in the beer he brewed!

Service was good. I didn't have the food, but it looked good and seemed priced appropriately.

Overall: This is the the place to get fresh beer in Albany. The brown ale is world class and they offer a number of specialities that you wouold be hard pressed to find elsewhere ie. Gose.

Hit this place if you are looking for good beer in Albany!

06-16-2010 15:11:27 | More by ndolover
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I stopped here for supper on a recent vacation with the family.
The brewery is in an old pump station down by the river. There are signs everywhere warning you to pay the meter or you'll get a ticket. There are spots that are designated for the brewpub, so use those and you won't have to pay.
We were seated right away and I ordered the beer sampler. a few ounces of all the beer they had on tap. It was 6 or 7 as I recall. All decent with a couple of stand outs being the kick ass brown and the smoked porter.
Varied menu with burgers to full entrees. I had a burger that was really good, my wife had fish which she said was okay. The kids had fried kids meal something or other.
Waitstaff was attentive, pricing seem to be in line with other brewpubs I've been to. Lots of seating, Its a large building.
I would go back if in the area.

08-29-2009 23:40:13 | More by johnnnniee
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rtepiak

Poland

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

a pit stop coming from montreal to nyc. very consistent selection with a sample platter of all the beers... in 3 oz glasses for 6.50. i think it was eight. all were solid except the "belgian strong triple style ale". but they had a good blonde so that made up for it quite nice. the burger is great. the best sweet potatoe fries i've ever had. service was good. alt bier was actually appley german which was nice. and if you are a fan of american brown ale the kick ass brown is a must. decorum was sort of similar to an applebee's but with really really high ceilings. good place. would highly recommend.

didn't have much of a outside beer selection but the style did range.

08-16-2009 18:13:02 | More by rtepiak
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nasty15108

New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Hit The Pump Station on a return trip from Comstock to NYC. The place is huge. The Pump Station has a modern feel, without going overboard. The bar area was also very spacious and carried the full line of Evan's Ales as well as a large selection of Scotches and Whiskeys. I sugguest starting with a beer sampler, which was very inexpensive. The food was delicious and the prices were quite reasonable. The Pood Soldier's Porter was the standout beer for me. It's worth checking out if your in the area. I hope to see them at TAP NY again this year.

03-24-2009 18:43:19 | More by nasty15108
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garagebrewer

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

I was in Albany just for the night on business, and stopped by CH Evans for dinner. The location is very unassuming, as it is behind several empty/abandoned buildings and at a dead end. However, once inside the building itself is beautiful. The bar is tastefully placed among the over 100 year-old surroundings. I tried the Brown Ale, Porter, Munich Dunkel, and Pale Ale (in that order). All were of excellent quality. Menu selection was good - not overbearingly large, but with ample selection. I got the turkey burger with fries and it was quite good. Service was good, as I was never left waiting with an empty beer glass, but didn't ever feel rushed. Overall a very pleasant experience and would recommend to anyone who is ever in the area. I wish there was a place like this around my condo in Chicago - I'd be there often.

02-12-2009 02:36:47 | More by garagebrewer
C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
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