C.H. Evans Brewing Company
Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
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
2.86/5 rDev -29.4%
Right downtown Albany, a city I avoid travelling around in at night.A large airy place, the other downside is people and staff have some of the toughness and near-chips on shoulders of some of the worst cities. But I am here for the beer, and there were some interesting one here, but also some dreadful ones. Is it the near-foul water?That worked for the mild scotch, an gave a complexity to some of the stronger brews. Not the greatest servie, staff looked beyond me but treated regulars like V.I.P.s
08-20-2010 23:16:32 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
Stopped here while in Albany in late mid-August 2006. The atmosphere was pretty good, lots of visuals of wort tanks, fermenting tanks, and whatnot, but no wort aroma which would have been cool.
There were 6 selections on tap when I visited, all brewed on site (except for 1 non-brewery option: Strongbow cider). I only tried the Kolsch with dinner because the tripel and the wheat beer were both tapped. The kolsch was pretty good though.
Good food, good atmosphere, and at least 1 good beer. Not a bad stop.
08-22-2006 03:01:20 | More by TurdFurgison
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
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
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!!
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
02-03-2003 07:57:30 | More by Bierman9
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
The first thing you notice about this place when you walk in is just how big it is. It is mammoth and the ceilings must be 60 feet high. They have this giant chain and winch through the middle of the restaurant section from where they used to hoist the boats or whatever it was they were pumping out as the Albany pump station name indicates. The bar is not real big and is off slightly to the left when you walk in. Nice wood and brick decor.
We tried a sampler of beers and these are the ones I can remember: Scottish Light--decent and good for a hot day but nothing to get too excited about, Grand Cru--Very nice--I dont usually like grand cru styles and this one was very nice-quite drinkable for the style too, Blonde--similar to the scottish light but a little more body and better- Kolsch style I believe, Belgian strong ale--decent and right on for the style but I didnt want anything too boozy as I was driving, The porter was also very good and so was the kick ass brown ale which had gotten some medal at GABF. I might be forgetting one or 2 but overall, the beers were all very well crafted, clean tasting and true to their style.
I got a 1/2 pint of the Kick ass brown to go with my meal--a steak tip sandwich. Very nice food --the prices seeemd like they were maybe a tad on the high side for the food --beer prices were quite reasonable. We decided to sit at a high top in the bar area and the bartender was always available when we needed something and pleasant as can be. This is an excellent brewpub. Highly recommended.
08-27-2006 14:27:07 | More by rousee
3.81/5 rDev -5.9%
visited for dinner and beers on a Friday night with a large group (16 people). They've got very large dinning areas, and we made a reservation, so we sat right down.
the brewpub is located in a large historic building, hence the "Albany Pump Station" name. really high ceilings, open space.
good variety of English, German, Belgian, and American styles on tap. I had pints of the brown ale and the porter on cask, both were good.
food spanned from sandwiches, salads, and entrees. Everyone seemed happy with the food, and service was fine.
06-25-2014 18:16:30 | More by jmdrpi
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
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
In town to visit family, so we headed down to have a late lunch here. Right off of the highway exit, it was easy to get to. You can literally see it from the highway as you exit. Great vibe when you walk in. The bar space is actually on the small side, but there is a ton of seating, and a ton of windows providing a bevy of natural lighting. High ceilings allow some cushion for the noise as the crowd gets bigger, as well as it allows a view of the tanks above the bar area. The menu is a step above normal pub fare, with some very decent and diverse entree options. There is also a gluten free menu, if you should so need one. The wait staff was great, friendly, and fairly knowledgable about their beer offerings. Very attentive. They had 8 beers on-tap and one cask, and they offer samplers of their tap offerings, as well as beer to go. The growlers were a bit on the pricey side, I think $25 for 1L and $30 for 2L, or thereabouts. All in all, other than the growler pricing, the place was very reasonably priced, the food was good, and the staff was friendly. With some decent beer offerings, this is a place worth visiting if you find yourself in the capitol district.
04-06-2013 04:17:50 | More by GarthDanielson
C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
91 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.