C.H. Evans Brewing Company
Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
09-13-2004 00:51:21 | More by ybnorml
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
08-09-2004 00:01:57 | More by slander
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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, its 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.
07-20-2004 22:32:59 | More by RocketWidget
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
06-16-2004 01:06:37 | More by Longstaff
4.63/5 rDev +14.3%
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 areas, 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!
03-28-2004 14:33:08 | More by Stimack
4.9/5 rDev +21%
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!
03-27-2004 23:21:56 | More by ppoitras
4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
01-21-2004 19:34:22 | More by WesWes
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
01-20-2004 02:23:04 | More by Suds
4.63/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
08-26-2003 16:32:15 | More by ecoboy
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
05-05-2003 17:21:37 | More by EmoBeerGuy
C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
91 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.