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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: 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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @albpumpstation

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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 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 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 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 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 emquilxy
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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!

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 madmanjf
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of civicm87
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

After hearing much about it, I finally made the trip to the Albany Pump Station. They had reasonable prices and decent pub fair. The wait staff did an exceptional job and kept our glasses full.

The atmosphere is great with the old mill converted to the dining room. You can see the old Nile 20 ton crane hanging from the ceiling. The huge windows let in a lot of light and beautiful views of the foliage outside the building. Depending on your seating, you can also get a clear view of I787.

We met friends there and ended up staying for three hours. The quality of service never decreased.

Unfortunately they were out of a few beers... no casks or scottish ale due a lot of shows and other events recently. Everything else was quite good. I highly recommend stopping there if you are in Albany.

Photo of Bierman9
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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Photo of aerozeppl
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Ahh the pump station. While the beer is good the real draw here is the food. Probably the best food I have ever had at a brewery. The calamari is awesome. The burgers are great. Basically you cannot go wrong with the food at all. The beer is decent. If you only have time for one get the Kick Ass Brown as that is their flagship beer. I had a smoked Heff last year and that was awesome. If you can only go to one Brewery in Albany make it this one. Brown's in Troy is good but this one has the edge.

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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

I used to know the original chef of the pump station but stopped going there when he left, but coming back after a hiatus it was still very good. Their "belgian dubbel with fruit" was out freaking standing.

The rest of the beers were alright but nothing special. food is good overall as well but a bit pricey. Atmosphere is nice, almost a higher end place.

I haven't had any issues with the clientele at all either. They do growler fills as well which is nice but only if they ever brew that Belgian Dubbel again, I regret not getting a growler...

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

I visited this brew pub on the way to a weekend in the woods with wife and friends. I am sure glad we hit this place up!
Very easy to locate from the highway, look for large neon red letters ALbany Pump Station. There is lots of parking next to the building which is an old warehouse/factory deal. Walking in there is a host/hostess station. Lots of tables to the right the horshoe bar of about 20 stools is just in front of you as well. Off to the left are more table/chair setups, several booths as well. This area also has some lounge furniture to chill and relax on while enjoying the tasty brews. Upstairs there is another lounge area and lots of fermenters and serving tanks are visible. There are about 10 drafts on all house beers and two cask/beer engines that appear to be dry. They also have hard booze and wine if someone isnt into brew. They do growlers and will fill other breweries no worries. $8-10 for a fill and theirs are $25 new. They are flip tops with sweet pewter handles.
We sat down and ordered some food mostly assorted sandwiches, which everyone was happy with I had a BBQ chicken sandwich that was tasty and not overly saucy. Had the kick ass brown which was good. The table also had the sampler and all beer styles were solid. From a wit to brown to porter to barleywine and tripel, everything was pretty good per style.
Cost was average to a deal IMO and I would go back here for sure. The lounge areas seem like a great place to hang out and have some good beers with friends. If in Albany definitely hit this spot up!

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

Visted on 6/30/06. Review from notes.

Great looking building from the outside. Huge old style all brick pump station with large windows. You can see outside seating from the parking lot—good sign as it’s a beautiful day outside. Huge open area when you first walk in. All brick walls on the inside with stone flooring. The pump station still has some of the old mechanical devices that were used in it’s heyday. Huge crane and hook hang from the ceiling with lots of pulleys and wires. Second floor houses a “specialty area” for events etc. and the fermentation vats. There were about 20 lined up there all gleaming silver.

We were greeted by the hostess at her little hostess counter. She quickly got us a table in the “kitchen” section of the brewpub. This place had 4 different seating sections. The bar, which is a smaller area, had about 4 tables to sit at and probably 10-12 seats at the bar. The bar is an all wood hutch style with mirrored backing, Reminded me of the Old West for some reason. The kitchen section was attached to the bar section. You could see the chefs doing their work, which I’m not sure how I feel about, in general. High bar tables in this area. The dining section, situated behind the bar and a large wall, had 30 or more tables. The outside seating area had a bunch of tables as well.

Our server, Jennifer, was phenomenal. She knew her beer stuff and was quick to get us brews and food. Food was equally as impressive. I had the Maggie’s Hen House chicken salad sandwich. Emma had a veggie warp. Very tasty fries. Price of food was your normal brewpub prices, nothing over $12 or so.

On to the beers. Good selection of beers, but wish they had more that were listed on BA. On tap was a blonde, barleywine, porter, brown ale, tripel, and a pale ale. I had the Porter first, which was a very tasty one. Darker than your normal, which was odd. My second one was a Brown ale, which was “kick ass”. Great tasting Brown. One of the best I’ve ever had for that style. Pints were only $3.50. Growlers, $24, but that’s because you get a special flip top ½ gallon jug with a huge silver handle. Have to see it to understand, though it’s not your average growler bottle.

The open space feel of this place makes me think it would be great for a party if you were able to rent it. All in all a very good experience at this brewpub. I would highly recommend it to a passerby or someone heading to the Saratoga area of New York

Photo of RatAgain
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

So recently I wanted to try a new place out for a nice dinner and the Pump Station was the place that my girlfriend selected. I must say I was very happy she did.

A: High high ceilings, good lighting for the relaxed feeling the place had about it. As we were being seated I noticed that by the fire place there were what seemed to be just sitting chairs kind of like a Barnes & Noble cafe but of course you could be drinking beer. Over all I like the atmosphere.

Q: I was quite pleased with their beers the two that I had tried (barleywine and pale ale) were both very good had no poor qualities about them. What made me smile also was receiving my barleywine in an appropriate glass; I love drinking from snifters.

S: We had a very good waiter. He was personable, knew his beer, was timely on making his rounds for more service and smiled. I always feel that a server that smiles makes the whole experience better.

Sel: I don't remember the exact numbers off the top of my head but what I recall seeing hanging on the menu were: Barleywine, Pale Ale, Light Scotch Ale, R.I.S., Hefe, and a Pilsner. A pretty nice round up to go with their food.

F: I thought the menu had a wealth of fine meals to try. The bruschetta was excellent and our meals were just as filling and good too.

V: I wouldn't be able to afford frequenting the Pump Station but it was definitely worth the treat.

Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The best part of the Pump Station as far as I'm concerned is the service. Not only are the wait staff and bartenders very attentive and knowledgeable about the beers and food, but the head brewer is awesome. He provides advice whenever I ask questions and will give any homebrewers a mason jar of yeast from his stock.

The food is upscale pub style. They have the awesome burgers (get the pump station burger), good sandwiches, and other pub fare, and a dynamite calamari appetizer. It's hard to choose what to get because it's all good.

The beer selection is not as good as I'd like, but they are all great beers. The barleywine in particular is excellent and I'd recommend it to anyone who goes there even if you don't like barleywines. Trust me.

The building itself is very tall with like 50 foot ceilings, but somehow, it still seems a bit loud in the dining areas. Other than that the atmosphere is good.

Overall, I highly recommend this to anyone in the Albany area unless you're looking for strictly beer. Go to Mahar's for the beer.

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!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Avryle
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This is actually one of the best restaurants in Albany... I don't know if that says more about the quality of their food or about what Albany has to offer as far a dining options!

Food options are excellent. You can get anything from a burger to seafood to vegetarian meals. I've never had a bad meal though sometimes the service can leave something to be desired. They often appear to be short-staffed and you can end up waiting to eat or even be served for quite a while. On the other hand, I've gone and have received exceptional service.

Their beer selection tends to be excellent. I prefer their cold weather brews which include a great RIS and barley wine, though the summer offerings have included a diesel smoked hefeweizen. They also have their Kick-Ass Brown that won a gold medal at the GABF a few years back. Growler fills are reasonably priced at about $12 or $13 and they don't care where its from. If you didn't bring one, you can purchase a pricy hand-blown German growler at the bar. The brewer is usually on the premesis and you can often see him working all about the tanks.

The building is neat if you care about such things. Its located in an old brick pump house (go figure, as the restaurant is called, The Albany Pump House) They did an awsome job on the renovation of the building into the restaurant/ brewery and won several awards for it. There is a huge fireplace that dominates a wall of the dining room a lends a cozy ambiance during the winter months when its actually lit.

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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.

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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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