C.H. Evans Brewing Company
Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.8/5 rDev +18.5%
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, theyve 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 Id 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.
05-02-2005 23:33:04 | More by OldBrownDog
4.72/5 rDev +16.5%
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:
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.
08-22-2005 15:40:58 | More by bultrey
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
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
4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
Stopped in while driving through, and we were really impressed with the atmosphere and the beers. Really fantastic IPA--well balanced, hoppy, but not too bitter. Winning banners were all over for their Kick Ass Brown, which was also one of the tastier browns I've had.
Just sampled some happy hour bar food--it was slightly above average. Wished I would have been hungry enough to try a main course. They proudly supported local farmers, which is always a plus.
Definitely check CH Evans out if you're passing through Albany!
12-09-2008 21:21:32 | More by emquilxy
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
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...
01-11-2005 01:23:10 | More by francisweizen
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
This place strikes the perfect balance ... the beer and the food are both done well.
First, the beer. The regular brews are very consistent and well done. I'm a Pale Ale fan, and this one is damn good. The Brown Ale ... it's juussst right!. The experiments and seaonal are always a gem, and fun to try ... not to mention, rarely disappointing.
Second, the food. Good varietly, good quality in the freshness of ingredients, and very reasonable priced.... not to mention, Tastey.
This is just a great place to go. I enjoy stopping off here whenever I'm in the Albany area.
05-21-2007 14:07:25 | More by madmanjf
C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
91 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.