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C.H. Evans Brewing Company

Not Rated.
C.H. Evans Brewing CompanyC.H. Evans Brewing Company
Based on:
53 Beers
449 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 72
Visits: 107
Avg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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@ The Albany Pump Station
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -15.3%
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.

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C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
91 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.