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C.H. Evans Brewing Company

Not Rated.
C.H. Evans Brewing CompanyC.H. Evans Brewing Company
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 389
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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 francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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...

francisweizen, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of KoG
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

KoG, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of dwarbi
4.2/5  rDev +4%

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.

dwarbi, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

ybnorml, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of slander
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

slander, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

RocketWidget, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of Longstaff
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

Longstaff, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of Stimack
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

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!

Stimack, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%

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!

ppoitras, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

WesWes, Jan 21, 2004
C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.