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C.H. Evans Brewing Company

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C.H. Evans Brewing CompanyC.H. Evans Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.77/5
Based on:
49 Beers
410 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Photo of crass751
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My girlfriend is a huge fan of this place and finally got me to take her.

Went on a Saturday evening, sat in the dining room, no problem getting a table.

Service was prompt and courteous.

Their burger is something to die for. All sorts of flavors in the meat, great fries to accompany it. Started out with the onion rings, crispy, warm, great dipping sauces.

I can't say enough about the beers. I purchased a sampler of all the beers they had for a very reasonable $6. I was blown away. Great beer here. Next time I'm there I'm taking a growler home with me. That's right, they sell growlers from the bar.

This place is a definite winner.

Photo of johnniemarg
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went to the Albany Pump Station last night in my first visit to Albany. This place was great. I didn't venture around the many large rooms, so I only saw the small-ish bar that seated 15 or so right when we walked in the door and the large dining room that was separated from the bar by a row of tall bar tables and a short wall. Huge warhouse type space and at the far end of the dining room was an open kitchen.

The one downside of the bar was that as regal looking as the place was otherwise, they only had a couple of lousy 13 inch TVs at the ends of the bar. We were there to wacth the Yankees game, so this kind of sucked, but not a big deal. They had 8 or so beers on tap, all of which except one were their own CH Evans brews. I only tried 2 because the second one I tried was simply amazing. I had their porter, which was very good, followed by several of the Kick-Ass Brown. And it really does kick ass. I guess it won best brown at the 2000 and 2002 GABFs as well as a broze at an international festival. Brown ale with a nice hop character. Awesome. Last night they also had on a belgian pale ale, a barley wine, a scottish light, and I can't remember the rest.

The food was great. I had the gorgonzola sirloin for $22, which was fantastic, although the sides weren't very good in my opinion. This place is a high-end restaurant and not your typical beer bar.

The service was spotty. We waited for 10 minutes at a bar table without it being cleaned (though we asked the hostess to have it cleaned) and without being approached by a waitress. When a few bar stools opened up, we moved to the bar where we were generally served promptly but saw a couple wait there for another 10 minutes as we had before also giving up and going to the bar and then wacthed the table stay dirty for another half hour or so. When I was working in restaurants while I was in college, this would have been absolutely unacceptable.

All in all, this place is a must for anyone traveling near Albany. The beers are only $3.50 and the kickass brown by itself made the visit more than worthwhile. I wish I'd see this beer in NYC, but I guess that is unlikely to ever happen.

Photo of apintofknowledge
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Beautiful transformation of an old pump station into a restaurant/bar/brewery. A huge industrial space that is somehow made quite warm and inviting.

Friendly service both at the bar and at the tables. Our waitress even brought over a couple of free samples of beers that I inquired about that neither my wife or I had enjoyed a full pint of that evening. Everything on tap that night was good to excellent, not a bad beer in the bunch, even styles that aren't quite favorites of mine. But above all, the "Kick Ass Brown" is absolutely amazing, hands down one of the best Brown's I've ever tried.

The food was quite good as well, even just having sandwiches that evening, they were at least a notch or two above typical pub fare (and I enjoy typical pub fare!). All said, well worth making a detour for if you aren't from the area... I'd certainly find my way there again when my travels take me within 50 miles of Albany.

Photo of Ninjaworm
3/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The location is easy to find as you can see them from the highway. I had decided to stop by with a couple of friends and check the place out. When you first enter you notice the place has a very airy warehouse feel. There wasn’t any music or anything so the atmosphere was that of chatting with my friends.

The food was pretty good but the service was a little slow. The make your own burger is a pretty good choice as we found. The pint prices were really reasonable and the food prices were pretty standard.

I plan to visit again the next time I am in the area.

Photo of alejandro
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The pump station had the best food I have ever had in a Brew Pub. The atmosphere was interesting, the old crane hanging over some of the tables is a fairly interesting object. The high top tables corralled in the front between the kitchen and the bar, where I sat each time you would figure get alot of attention from the servers but twice I ran completely out of beer and had to stop the server to get another. Each time I have been there it has been off hours and fairly quiet, and quite a pleasant place.
Again I say the food is great. I took a Venetian friend to the Pump Station and she enjoyed the pasta as much as the beer. The beer at the time was quite nice, a belgian strong, which forced me to buy a growler, and a light scottish beer which was decent and low in alochol (good for driving).

Photo of bultrey
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place rocks! First things first -- this is a must-stop if you are traveling on the NYS Thruway and pass by Albany. It's a really easy on-off from I-787, the connector highway between the Thruway and I-90. From either direction, just take the Clinton St./Rte. 9 exit and you'll see the humongous building and sign right next to the off ramp. You just have to go around the block, sort of, towards the river, to get to the large parking lot behind the building. Full directions are here:

http://www.evansale.com/hoursdirections.html

As I said, parking is a breeze in the ample lot. You will be blown away by the sheer size of this establishment. This is an old brick water pumping station, and there are huge vaulted roofs which accomodate two-and-a-half floors of beery fun. Upon entering, the bar area is off to the left, with about a dozen seats, as well as several bar-service tables. The first main dining room is to the right, with the open-air kitchen just behind it so you can see all your food prepared. The brewing equipment takes up the entire far wall, and is an impressive site to see. Through a door in the back of the bar area leads you to another spacious room with tables and booths, and it looks like there are many tables on the second floor catwalk that overlooks the main dining area.

The beer here is some of the best brewpub beer I've ever had. This place deserves its just dues. The standard selections, such as the Kick-Ass Brown, Pump Station Pale Ale, etc., are quite impressive, and the seasonals always kick ass, too. Just last weekend when I visited, they also had a Hefe, Bock, Espresso Stout, Blonde Kolsch-style, Witbier, and Belgian Style Strong Ale. For a brew pub, this is a fantastic selection. I've never had a "bad" beer here, although I like some more than others. The flagship Kick-Ass Brown is just as the name indicates. They happily fill foreign growlers, and also sell their own which, while a bit pricey, are really nice with the swing-top gasket, unique shape, larger-than-average size (2 L as opposed to a half-gallon), and ornate metal handle.

The food is slightly better than average pub grub, with some nice vegetarian options, and some interesting twists. I remember having superb calamari, exclellent artichoke spinach dip, and a nice pulled pork sandwich at various times. The fries are particularly tasty.

Staff is super-friendly and efficient. Prices are really cheap all around, beer, food, growlers, everything.

Again, a must-stop, if only to pick up one of their fantastic growlers. But sit for a while and enjoy this historic, unique atmosphere.

Photo of OldBrownDog
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

After hanging out with the NY Chapter of Black Label Society in Clifton Park the previous night, we awoke hungry and thirsty. Fortunately, the Pump Station opened at 11:30am so we decided to head over for breakfast and refreshments.

As we walked in the door, I immediately began to think our choice may have been a mistake, as this appeared to be what I would have considered a “trendy” and “false” brewpub. My fears were further heightened when the host asked us if we would like to be seated in the “dining room” or the “tavern”. Oh, great, they’ve got a “dining room”… how exclusive, I think. The host then seats us in the “tavern”… which by my standards would have been considered the upscale “dining room”!

So I ask our waiter if they offer a sampler, and he brings us a selection of seven beers, regretting to inform us that they are out of one. I began down the line, and by the time I’d sampled four and thought they were all excellent, I was already impressed. I continued… 5 for 5, 6 for 6…. 7 for 7 – a clean sweep! This has only happened once, maybe twice, that I have enjoyed every beer that a brewpub had to offer.

Around this time, a guy comes to our table to ask us how everything is. I am only too pleased to tell him how happy I am with the beer selection. Turns out this guy is the owner and he tells us that their brewer is very exacting when it comes to each style. The only beer that was outside a traditional style was his own creation utilizing toasted sesame seeds. This surprisingly good brew was a light, amber ale with a clean finish and I wound up taking a growler of this stuff home. Growlers were $8 for a refill (I used one from another pub) or $20+ for a very cool swing-top growler with a metal handle banded around it.

Food was good, although quite pricey. We just had a couple of burgers… fries were excellent. This place is a “must-stop” anytime you find yourself in or passing through Albany.

Photo of Dantes
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere: This is an absolutely stunning building. It represents the best in what some great old industrial cities like Providence and Albany are doing with old mills, factories, pump stations etc. Just seeing this massive brick building with its large windows lit in welcome and the old-style roof-top sign calling one and all to the “Albany Pump Station” warms my heart. One enters a cavernous main room where the primary bar is located. The semi-open kitchen is off to the right alongside an informal dining area (with more tables and some tanks on a mezzanine above) and to the left are two more rooms: one a big room (with a roaring fire the night I was there) suitable for lounging and another more formal dining room. There are also staircases up to other rooms I didn’t have a chance to visit. The brick, wood, brass, wrought-iron, and tasteful breweriana combine to great effect. Somehow, the Pump Station manages to create intimate spaces within its enormous confines. Growlers hang above the bar. Surprisingly, at just before 11:00 PM, there were only a couple of people in the bar area and in the fireplace lounge.

Quality: The beer quality is excellent. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time I had planned, so extensive sampling was out of the question. The bartender, feeling sorry for our foodless condition gave us a bunch of samples, but I only had one full beer (the superb double-hopped pale ale on cask) served at the perfect temperature.

Service: Again, we only dealt with the attractive female bartender, who spent a lot of time directing us to a place that was still serving food. She also offered us a bunch of samples (in cool mini-Shaker pint glasses), including a very intriguing toasted sesame ale. This was the friendliest place we found in Albany.

Selection: A nice range of 7 draught beers (including a dry stout, a kölsch, a hefeweizen, a “Scottish brown” (more like a mild), the “Kick-Ass Brown,” the standard pale ale, and a special sesame beer), although a regular tap set aside for a “big” beer (barley wine, Belgian strong ale, etc.) would be nice (and is promised). There was also a beer engine with their regular Friday Double–Dry-Hopped Cask Pale Ale, which is a genuine star. They also seem to offer “flights” of small samples.

Food: I intended to eat here and even scouted the menu on-line beforehand, but circumstances prevented it as the kitchen had already closed. My one comment until I get a chance to try the food is that the menu “reads” expensive. Their beer-battered fish ‘n chips (which is probably what I’d have had) was $12.95, while I had an excellent version of the same thing at another nearby restaurant for $8.95. A nearly 50% premium seems a bit unwarranted.

Backwash: The above, along with the fact that it’s also a free Wi-Fi hotspot and has great parking makes me wish I could live there. If they let me smoke an occasional cigar in the fireplace room, it might just be nirvana. Still, this place offers very good beer and a hard-to-match environment in which to enjoy it. Albany-ites, count me jealous.

NB: While easily visible from Route 787 and the East side of the river, this is a bit tucked away when approached from the West as the land drops down to the river. The address is also a bit misleading, as “Quackenbush Square” didn’t appear on any maps we could find. The simplest thing is to find Broadway (which runs parallel to the river) via one of the East-West main roads like Madison, Clinton, or State and drive north until you can make a right on Spencer. It may look like a dead-end industrial estate, but follow it to the end and you’ll be right where you need to be!

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ah, the pump station. Located in the old water pumping station of Albany the building this brewpub is housed in is obviously interesting with huge working (!) cranes, and super high ceilings with tons of nooks and crannies to be found. The quality of the beers on tap was awesome, and all 7 I had in the sampler were very good with the super-fresh and hoppy pale, and the kick-ass brown topping my personal favorites. Service was fast friendly and knowledgable, and we even got to talk to Neil Evans the owner of the place. Selection was good as well with the taps running a nice spectrum of beer styles. Light, hefe, blonde, stout, pale, brown, and an apple ale that was more like goudenband than floris. An all-around enjoyable experience, and one I hope to repeat when next in town. One honest complaint: No big beers on tap...

Photo of KoG
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Prior to my trip to Albany I did some research about the Pump Station. Let me say I was not let down upon arrival.

The Pump Station is a more upperclass brewpub that takes on the atmosphere of a fine dining establishment. The Vats can be seen from anywhere in the building and they even have a Glass room where you can watch them prepare a new batch.

The Pump Station serves many different styles of beer that rotate regularly, but keep the most popular such as the Kick Ass Brown.

The Service was great and we were able to eat right at the bar since no tables were available. The food was great, as was the beer. I even picked up a Growler full of CH Evan's Extra Stout to take home... although it never made back here to Reno full.

Photo of dwarbi
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've made two trips up to this area in the past few months, and managed to visit C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station both times. What a wonderful place.

Atmosphere: Situated right on the Hudson, it's a nice drive up to C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station. It looks like a massive brick warehouse, but the cranes still hanging from the 50 foot ceilings actually used to be used for water pumping equipment. One of the two large rooms has a tremendous fireplace. I'd like to get back there in the winter so I can watch it roar.

Quality/Service: The beer is good and the bartenders know what they are serving, as do the waitstaff. But C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station is too large of an operation for that special something that makes service great, but they are very efficient.

Selection: C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station offers a good range, from a tripel to a bavarian wheat (last time I was there). My dad ordered a Scottish Light - and even that was tasty. C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station also have a cask. Their cask-conditioned IPA was deliscious.

Food: There's loads of seating, but always a wait... but it's worth it. This is not just the usual pub fair, some truly interesting dishes are served. I had stuffed pork chops and Dana had a subtle trout meal. Sandwiches are just under $10, but entrees run in the teens. Great food, C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station.

note about growlers:
C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station sells some beautiful, but expensive growlers. They have a metal handle and Grolsch-like seal top. $26 for a filled growler, but they'll fill whatever you bring in for much less.

Photo of ybnorml
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This brew pub is built inside an old water pump house built on the banks of the river (formaly the Erie Canal). Very high ceilings. Maybe 50 to 60 ft High. Some of the old cranes (including one Niles Crane) with huge chain falls still attached adorn the ceiling area. Plenty of seating for dinning but only a small bar area. 7 beers on draft and one cask conditioned also. Tim, who is both the assistant brewer and a bartender was quite helpful and knowledgable about botyh the brewery and the history of the Evans family. The three beers that I tried were all delicious. I was just running in and out so I did not plan to eat. So I did not look at the menu . But the foods that I saw and smelled were quite inviting. Did not get to try the cask as they were not taping it unit 4PM and I was only there until just before 1PM. I hope to some get back and try both the food and the cask Ale. Because I did not eat here I can't justifiy a higher score for service and over all quality.

7/15/05 Update: Had a great lunch here . Reasonable price fro the quality.

Photo of slander
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The long way around to Albany will eventually lead you, well,... to Albany. It's equally as easy to spot the Albany Pump Station from the highway as it to blindly get off one of the exits in the area and stumble across it. It's a magnificient site to see...
An old gutted Pump Station, just a brilliant brick building shell done up brewpub, very nicely. A spacious 1/2 octogon shaped bar area, just on the left as you enter, with seating for about a dozen and a half with a handful of adjacent bar tables set just back. GABF metals, trophies, pint glasses and growlers are displayed over the mirrored back bar. The bar looks out over a big, open room with muted yellow, red and olive walls, a dozen tables and booths in an area with an "L" shaped open front kitchen and prep area, which runs a good corner of the place, and a small enclosed room with a handful of copper tanks. Didn't see it initially but there's a larger dining area behind the bar with 2 dozen tables and booths and a rear lounge area with couches and leather armchairs with ottomans cozying up around a beautiful stone fireplace, roughly 15 feet wide and running up the brick wall to the 40 foot high ceilings.
There are staircases at both ends of the building leading up to the second floor, which is more of a balcony in most areas than a different room. At one end is a perch above the bar where lie a dozen "Tax Determination Tanks", and an adjacent carpeted lounge area with a small bar, TV, couches and lounge chairs, steel frame railings throughout. The perch overlooks the back dining area and lower lounge. A walkway leads you along the rear wall to the seating area at the other end of the building with a half dozen tables amidst large murals and ancient photos of the C.H. Evans & Sons Hudson Brewery. It overlooks the dining room, kitchen and bar area below but it's from here that you can really take in the whole room. It's a big open rectangular space, all brick walls & large factory windows and an old moving ceiling crane fixture in tact with a giant hook dangling overhead.
And they make beer, too. 8 taps (7 house beers and a cider) and a cask. Drank some, sampled others... The Bavarian Hefe, Evans Wit (outstanding), Extra Stout, Kick Ass Brown (there's a reason they call it that) and the cask Half Moon IPA. And then they busted out the Jesus Juice. Crazytown!!!
Had a good meal. Jambalaya, loaded with chicken, sausage, shrimp and scallops, strangely over linguine but very good nonetheless. Service was pleasant and attentative, no complaints there, and owner Neil Evans and brewer Gerorge De Piro were both there as well. Good beer, good company.

Photo of RocketWidget
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

An all around decent brewpub. A huge place, two stories with the massive copper brewkettles being the focus of the restaurant. Reasonable prices. They make about 8 or so different beers, of which I was able to try all of with their sampler. They have a good selection of styles, and some of their beers are better than others (their brown ale vs. their light beer), but no beer is absolutely outstanding. Nevertheless, it’s hard to get a fresher pint than at a brewpub, so they have to get points for that. Food is quite good, if a little more expensive than I expected, with a good variety on the menu. If you are in the Albany area for a few days or more, you should at least try to make a stop at the Pumpstation.

Photo of Longstaff
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

If the Albany area had places like this when I lived there, I'm not so sure I would have moved away. A high ceiling and open space greats you at you walk in to the main bar area was pretty cool converted industrial space and the crane is cool too. I only tried two of their beers the first time I was there- the Grand Cru and the Belgian dubbel and though they were about average for a brewpub, nothing nocked my socks off. I reserve judgement for now on the rest of the lineup. Selection was somewhat small with about 5 or 6 choices. Service was friendly and efficient. I'll always stop here for a brew or two when I'm in the area and one day will try the food too.

Stopped in again a few weeks later and had an outstanding IPA and a pretty good meal and after taking a trip over to Bighouse, came back and had a nightcapper of the Dubbel with the brewer. He offered up some cask IPA which was mighty tasty too.

Photo of Stimack
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Ah, the Albany Pump house, what a fantastic place! I must say that it is one of my favorite places to go and grab a craft brew, sit down for a good meal and talk with friends. The atmosphere of the place is simply fabulous, it is an old pump station that use to pump water from the Hudson River to the old Bleeker Reservoir a number of miles down the road. Nether are in used for the original purpose but have new uses today. Bleeker Reservoir is now Bleeker Park with baseball, softball and football fields depending on the season and the old pump station is now the C.H Evans Brewing Company at Albany Pump Station.

Enough of the history, the pump stations décor is very nice with a fantastic bar area nice dinning area’s, one behind the bar with more traditional dinner seating and then in front of the bar area extending to the open kitchen area are pub tables and stools. The work done to turn this place into a brew pub was extraordinary, and they were able to keep facets of its original use with two of the cranes from the original building still hanging from the structure that were actually used when they installed the brewing gear. My goodness, two of my favorite topics, Beer and History! No wonder why I really enjoy this place!

The Beers at the Pump Station are fantastic as well, they usually have 8 or so brews on tap that you can enjoy right there or have a growler filled for take home. My usual brews are the Kick Ass Brown (winner of the GABF gold in ’00 and ’02) and the Pump Station Pale but have tried the others that are also fantastic. Jackson (BA member) turned me onto the Belgium offering last night and I must say it was fantastic especially as it warmed!

The food selection is also great with many appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees. My favorites are the Calamari, Pump Station burger and the Jambalaya. The food is better than most of the brewpubs that I have gone to in the past and paired with the great brews it make it into a great experience!

I could go on and on about this place but you should go and experience it yourself!

Photo of ppoitras
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The fourth time I have visited the Albany Pump Station, and have not been disappointed yet, except when they've been out of a brew that I had my eye on. But luckily, today was not one of those days.

Exceptionally spacious bar, and quite roomy dining area as well. Host more than accomodating to make sure my party of 2 and 1/2 persons had enough room in a booth for our baby seat. Wait staff excellent, once again. Slight mix-up on my wife dinner, the waiter caught it before we mentioned it, but no big deal. Food was superb, we went with sandwiches, one steak, one pulled pork, either one comes highly recommended.

A rainbow of different styles of their own brews available, making life difficult for those of us who still have 1 1/2 hours to drive the rest of the way home. Haven't found a dog in their kennel of brews as of yet. They sell and fill the German-style growlers, fills are usually $8 per, a bit more for the premium brews.

Easy on/off access from I-797, a must stop for the traveller heading through Albany. Enjoy!

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is located in an old pump house near downtown Albany, NY. It's a pretty upscale brewpub boasting a nice stretch bar and seating area. The place is done up in the old pump house style with the large chains and hooks hanging from the ceiling to give you the old school look.

The service was good. Everyone was dressed up in black pants and white collared shirts with ties. They were quite friendly and inviting. They also were right there to refill my beer when I was out; that's huge in my book.

The beers were good. I had a sampler, but the brown ale stuck out as the superior choice on the menu. The food was also good. They had a large kitchen staff who looked like they could have prepared a meal for an army. I had the soup which was delicious.

This was a cool spot to eat out at. If I lived in the Albany area I would go here quite often.

Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited this place with a crew of friends on a very cold January weekend. It's located in a pumphose, right off the interstate. Many of us had trouble finding it, however.
The atmosphere is open, but inviting. The cielings are extrodinarily high, with chains and industrial machinery hanging. The dining room had a roaring gas fire on the back wall.
Service was fast, friendly, and knowledgeable. We had a great conversation about homebrewing and local homebrew supply shops with several of the workers.
The beer can be described as good, well made, and very average. Standouts were the Winter Warmer, the Vienna Lager, and the Brown Ale. The others, although they weren't bad, simply didn't stand out. I would have liked more challenging, agressive beers.
Food was quite good. Better than pub fare, reasonably priced, and very tasty.
Worth a trip...I'll stop in again when I'm back in Albany.

Photo of ecoboy
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I finally got to eat at the Pump House, rather than just have beers, so now I'd care to comment: this is a justifiably well-rated brewpub. Really easy to find off of route 787. Our party of four was seated quickly on a Sunday just after noon. With enormous pub area, reastaurant area, fireplace area, and outdoor patio, there are many different atmosphere zones for whatever you want to get out of the place. High ceilings in the old factory building still house the crane that they must've used to get the tanks so high (between this place and Hyde Park, what's with New Yorkers brewing on the second story?)

Service was first accomplished by the host and apparently one of the owners. he noticed two of us had beer-related paraphenalia with us and immediately began to extoll the virtues of his brewer, a chemist who he described as a "fanatic." His quote: "we'll usually have good food. We'll usually have good service. We'll ALWAYS have good beer." Right on. Then our waitress took over, and not only was she attentive, she was knowledgeable and chatty, even getting us on the right roads to Ommegang.

Tried the "Kick Ass" Brown and the Hefe. Like the pale before them, on previous visits, they didn't disappoint. The hefe was indeed the German-style with the banana and clove esters. Apparently the brewer uses whatever yeast strain he can get his hands on, as long as it corresponds to that brew. Commendable.

Food was nicely presented mix of restaurant and pub. The onion rings, in a crunchy fried cornmeal batter, and made with purple onions were unlike any other I've had, ring fans. Companions appreciated the babyback ribs and veggie burger.

Photo of EmoBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Ate dinner here although I only got to have one drink which was the Dunkelweizen ( you can read the review elsewhere). Really liked the ambiance of this place which is in an old pumping station, just on big vaccant lofty brick room with the tanks on display. Fairly classy place though not stuffy.

My waiter was fairly rude to me, mabye a result of my looking young but still, wasn't the best service ever. Also messed up my order. The food itself was very good, great portions and I would definately eat there again. My beer was average but my friend tried the Brown and loved it. An above average brew pub.

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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Pump Station is very easy to find as we came in off I-787... A huge brick building, the interior was equally spacious. Upon entering there was a dining area to the right, a bar to the immediate left, and more dining down a short hall to the far left. Straight ahead were brewing tanks, and high above the bar were yet more tanks for their bier. Despite the lofty ceiling and wide-open space it was quite comfortable here on a raw, Winter day. Didn't care much for the tunes, though, as it was light jazz. Give me classic rock hahahaha!! Our bier-tender-ette was pleasant, helpful and right on top of things, even while she and the rest of us stared slack-jawed at the TVs watching news of the Shuttle break-up. They had 8 Pump Station biers on tap encompassing a wide range of styles. The three I sampled were all quite tasty and well-made, with the Dunkeles Weizenbier and Kick-Ass Brown being top-notch! For lunch, a tender, tasty chicken sammich was devoured. Other menu items looked equally appetizing! I'd definitely stop here again if in Albany! Skol!!

overall: 4.45
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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

(Edited again, with upgrade based on numerous recent visits)

Located in the former City of Albany water pumping station. Plenty of parking at the pub. Easy to see from I-787 - take the Clinton St. exit, then your first right, then a right at Spencer St. Turn right at the end of the street & there ya go. Next door is a gourmet food shop that's worth visiting if you're into food.

Outstanding reuse of an historic structure - high ceilings, and they left the gantry cranes in place. Cool looking place, with the bar in the middle of the two rooms and the kitchen in plain view. The brewery is located off the "informal" dining area, with the serving tanks way the hell up above the bar. They have couches in the other room if you want to sip a brew by the fire or just feel like a snooze I guess. The beers... ohhh yeah! The pale ale, brown, and extra stout are addictive as hell, they have a lightish Kolsch and 3% Scottish for the light beer drinkers (the Scottish is a fine little session brew), and some of their seasonals and special brews (Hefeweiss, Doppelbock, Braggot, Tripel) have been outstanding. This year's winter ale, an Old Ale, must be tried. Their Kickass Brown Ale won a GABF award and, while great on tap, is simply phenomenal on cask. No outside or macro beers are sold - hallelujah! The brewer, George DePiro, is totally into beer, has definite opinions about brews (cool), and brews a fine, fine product. This past summer he and BA Jackson brewed a cask IPA which was dry-hopped with different hops in each cask and tapped each Friday, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the replica of Henry Hudson's Half Moon ship. How cool is THAT? Go here expecting excellent beer and you will not be disappointed.

The food isn't the cheapest you'll encounter at a brewpub, but it IS decent fare - the fish & chips are good, the burgers tasty, onion rings are good, and the sandwiches/entrees are generally on the large side. They handle kids better than many restaurants. Growler fills are generally $8, and they'll fill other places growlers.

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3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Albany Pump Station is definitely an upscale restaurant, catering to the businessman/state politico lunch and afterwork crowd. To avoid scaring off this lucrative demographic, the brewmaster, while offering a wide selection (7 styles on tap) forgot to add flavor. Each beer, from the lightest - the Scottish Light, to the darkest - State Street Porter, hits no sour notes, it's just that all the flavors are so muted that you can barely tell what you are drinking. Beautiful building, very nice & tasty food. Passable beer.

C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.