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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: 90
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
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 slander
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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 Sammy
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

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

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Bierman9
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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 francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 rousee
4.18/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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.

Photo of ecoboy
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Vibe: This brewpub is located in a former municipal pumping station that used to draw water out of the Hudson River and pump it up to the city on top of the hill. It's a creative reuse of an old building. The building has two large rooms, high ceilings, brick walls and large windows, creating an open atmosphere. The room on the left has a large fireplace.

Quality: Beers were served in standard pint glasses at the proper temperatures.

Service: Our waitress seemed friendly brought out our food and beers very quickly. Only a few minutes elapsed before I ordered my food and the soup came out as an appetizer.

Selection: The brewery had ten beers on-tap plus a cask ale. Descriptions for all of these were printed on a small menu at our table. If you're having a tough time deciding what to try, their flight comes with eight different beers, so you only need to select two beers that you don't want to try. All of the beers were offered in standard 16-ounce glasses as well as smaller 10-ounce glasses.

Food: The brewpub offers a rather large menu and the food I tried was of good quality and came in generous portion sizes.

Value: The beer and food were priced quite reasonably. The price of a flight was a real bargain because you got eight three-ounce glasses for $8. When I visited, they also had a $17.86 three-course meal special to celebrate the opening year of the brewery.

Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located down th estreet from the Place and the Pepsi Arena with easy access to 787.

The building itself seems to be a turn of the century pump station for the city water. It is a gigantic two story structure with weathered brick walls, large windows and exposed steel girders. There is second floor balcony dining as well as a spacious bar area, open air kitchen and lounge complete with leather couches and an enormous fireplace. The interior was decorated with plenty of old CH Evans breweriana.

The beer selection included about 7 or 8 house beers, including a session scotch ale, apa, ipa, wit, export stout, blonde, dubbel, etc.

The menu was rather elaborate for lunch time.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

In the area for a wedding, hit this place for lunch. A good choice. As you walk in, the bar is right in front of you. To the right is seating in the Tap Room, while the Dining Room is upstairs. We sat in the Tap Room, which was spacious and wide open. The open kitchen is at the end of the room, and brewing equipment was behind windows, as well as upstairs. There were 6 Evan's beers on tap: Scottish Light, Quackenbush Blonde, Old Musty Barley Wine (which had just peplaced the Wit, much to my wife's dismay), Extra Stout, Pump Station Ale, and the award-winning Kick Ass Brown. Woodpecker Cider was the guest tap. The beers I had were all quite good, especially the brown. Growlers are available, but expensive at $26. This price gets you the cool growler with the silver handle. I think refills were only $8.

The food was typical pub grub, reasonably priced. The Pump Station burger was great.

Our waitperson was excellent, attentive but not intrusive. She even helped choose some Tshirts.

I would get back to this place if I'm ever in Albany again.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

visited 7/14 around 6pm.

the building seemed large and ample parking was available. the brick industrial feel of the building mixed with its proximity to railroad tracks, overpasses and water gave me deja vu.. and then i remembered that place in toledo. if this isn't a spitting image of maumee bay brewing company, i dont know what is. after my brain had ceased spinning, i entered the grandiose establishment.

easily the biggest, roomiest, and most deluxe brewpub i've ever encountered. large slabs of granite, tiled, create a funky texture on the floor. ceilings must be in excess of fifty feet, with lots of table space on the ground floor and on a balcony-type second floor which, when you're standing by the railing, feels pretty high up there. between the two floors exists a network of pipes and exposed lighting on thin beams. very cool. the bar is a long stretch of light wood and pounded steel in a half-octagon shape, accomodating 15-20. behind the bar is a hanging slide-board with available beers. the tanks are arranged on the second floor overlooking the bar, creating an effect as though the beer is flowing downhill.. from the enormous collection of silver vessels directly to the civilian dispensing station. despite the monstrosity of the open brewpub space, a few rooms for private parties extend off the main area. the only negative was the alcoholic sitting next to me at the bar. he would figure out with the help of the bartender what the strongest abv beers available were, order them, and chug. and i mean CHUG. made me gag just watching him. can't do anything about that stuff though, i imagine.

on my visit, i tried the sampler, a pint of pale ale, and a tulip of belgian strong ale. the sampler was a good value, $6 for (8) 3oz shotglasses full of beer. all beers were decent and a few were outstanding. the pale ale was hopped up west-coast style, which was a nice surprise for a brewpub offering mostly belgian and euro styles. the light beer was, well, light, but still drinkable. kolsch could use some work. porter was nice, the belgian strong was phenomenal.. a spot-on delicate clone of la fin du monde. the barleywine was tasty, but at 8% lacked some body and the booziness i find comfort in when sampling a big beer. finally, the grand cru was a wonderful take on the saison style with a bold peppery spice flavor and low on the alcohol (4 or 5%) which made for a nice, flavorful summer brew. everything tasted fresh and nothing strange was detected. all glassware was proper (nice tulips for the belgians). there were a few more styles which escape me now.. point being, there is something for everyone and a great selection.

the female bartender there was very friendly and had a decent attitude, but wasn't too adept at handling the demands of a happy hour crowd. we had to wait at least 5-10 minutes to order our first beer, despite the fact that she served two different groups of people who sauntered up to the bar beside us first. also, servicewise, the growler dealy here needs tweaking. someone told me they sell growlers, and they do, however it's the expensive, pewtered-handle fancy flip-top kind. because i neglected to bring my own in, it would have been $26 or something similar to bring a beer home to share with my friends. love my buds, but not THAT much. apparently they used to also offer standard glass, but it didn't seem to be the case on my visit. reinstate that program, please.

did not sample any food, although everyone else was and the selections looked adequate and varied.

when in albany, i will definitely return here and skip mahar's.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I stopped here for supper on a recent vacation with the family.
The brewery is in an old pump station down by the river. There are signs everywhere warning you to pay the meter or you'll get a ticket. There are spots that are designated for the brewpub, so use those and you won't have to pay.
We were seated right away and I ordered the beer sampler. a few ounces of all the beer they had on tap. It was 6 or 7 as I recall. All decent with a couple of stand outs being the kick ass brown and the smoked porter.
Varied menu with burgers to full entrees. I had a burger that was really good, my wife had fish which she said was okay. The kids had fried kids meal something or other.
Waitstaff was attentive, pricing seem to be in line with other brewpubs I've been to. Lots of seating, Its a large building.
I would go back if in the area.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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

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3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for lunch on Saturday while in the area.

Located in an old water pump house, this place is airy and open. Plenty of tables/booths on your right as you walk in, with a bar set up to the left hand side. The kitchen is in clear view of the restaurant, located against the far right wall. An upstairs area also offers a more intimate feel, along with large tuns occupying the left half of the upstairs. On tap during my visit were six house brews and a guest cider. House brews included their Pale, Musty Barleywine, Extra Stout, Scottish Light, Blonde, and Kick-Ass Brown. We were informed that their Smoked Weizenbock had just been kicked (too bad, it looked like an interesting offering). I settled on the Extra Stout as well as the Brown; both of which, were flavorful and good renditions of the style. Despite the place being dead for a Saturday afternoon, the service was average at best (long waits for food/beer, forgotten orders, etc). The menu is a slightyly more upscale offering of typical pub food. The stuffed mushrooms with smoked mozzarella were awesome, but the pulled pork sandwich lacked traditional barbecue flavor. Probably a place I'd go to fill up a growler or to grab a couple of pints at the bar.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon for a pit-stop with the wife and my 3-yr old son.

I'm partial to old factory buildings restored to restaurants and bars, so this is right up my alley. Flat-tops and a small bar on one side, then a dining area on the other. Very airy, expansive, comfortable place.

Had the beer sampler and was wowed by nearly all of them. The care and craftsmanship that went into these beers is obvious. It's easy to see why this brewery has won so many awards. I'd make the 2.5 hr trek from Boston for the Belgian Strong Ale and Pump Station Pale alone!

As for the food, I was also impressed. My wife had the Grilled Portabello sandwich, I had the Pump Station Burger (outstanding - and I'm not easily wowed by most burgers!), and the grilled cheese passed muster with my 3 yr old.

Service was quick and friendly, and I noticed another waitress hustling on a rather large party of 10 nearby.

All in all, I'd definitely stop here again and would recommend it to those visiting Albany.

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C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
90 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.