C.H. Evans Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.83/5
C.H. Evans Brewing CompanyC.H. Evans Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Eatery

19 Quackenbush Square
Albany, New York, 12207
United States

(518) 447-9000 | map
evansale.com

Notes:
@ The Albany Pump Station

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BEER STATS
Beers:
56
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
461
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
113
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
7.92%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 113
Reviews by Avryle:
Photo of Avryle
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

I think it's probably worth a visit to the Albany Pump Station just to see the building and all of the cool relics of its past. Exposed steel beams, brick, and machinery make for an interesting ambiance.

The food is a basic American menu with burgers, fish & chips, steak, pasta, and so forth. It's not adventurous but it's good, pretty much what you'd expect from a better family-style chain restaurant (it's a big place and they're serving a lot of people so their hands are really tied, they couldn't put out anything else if they wanted to). Appetizers are roughly in the $8 to $12 range, and entrees run $14 to $24.

The beer follows a little along those lines, they're not doing anything crazy, they're just trying to please the masses, and fortunately for us the masses have opened their eyes from a few years ago. The choice of offerings is good (12 on tap, cask via handpump, and some special offerings in bottles), it's nicely balanced across a range of styles, and the quality is good. I've enjoyed every beer I've had. And I should note, they do do some interesting things as well: Oud Bruin, Imperial rye IPA, barrel aged beers, etc.

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Photo of magicderick
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The space alone is pretty incredible. A massive undertaking. Where you sit at the bar used to be a 40 foot drop down that housed large water pumps to get water from the Hudson river to the city. It was fixed up and changed into a brewery after decades of not being used.

Aside from a compelling back story, this place has an excellent staff, food, and especially beer. I have never been disappointed with an experience here.

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Photo of Soloveitchik
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Photo of ScottP
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

We have had the pleasure of visiting this place a few times.
The food is fine pub fare, with the specials often being excellent. The service is
professional and friendly. I love the setting, big old industrial building with lots of
natural lighting. The beer is solid, the Brown Ale is a delightful version, the Scotch Ale also
is wonderful.
Prices are reasonable, the selection is quite good, the service is quite good as well.
Worth the trip.
Cheers

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Photo of brentblack1
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of JAEvans
4.89/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great atmosphere food n beer

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Since I'm from PA originally, I like to stop here while enroute back to see family. This brewpub might not have the best beers in the brewing industry, but they do have some solid ones and with an exceptionally clean atmosphere and service, this place does the trick to get some good food and not spend too much time off the beaten path as its right there in downtown Albany. The food is definitely better than the beers. Prices seem reasonable for that part of Albany, its worth at least one stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of DSWeller
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BFCarr
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MacQ67
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of eflynn2
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Location, atmosphere, beer & food all excellent.

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Photo of jwarner518
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Building is an old brick industrial building with high ceilings, exposed steel beams, with brewery exposed on first and second floor. Always enjoy my meal here. Typically have 10-12ish beers on tap with rotating selection and one cask. Can never go wrong with their Kick Ass Brown.

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Photo of stevehagy
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Food was delicious, and I had their award winning brown dry hopped on cask and that was FANTASTIC.

The draft lines were dirty though, I could taste it immediately.

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Photo of chefdave37
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MaryW
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mjw3180
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kettleandcask
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

Photo of Tpain518
4/5  rDev -1%

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C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
3.83 out of 5 based on 461 ratings.
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