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

I've made two trips up to this area in the past few months, and managed to visit C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station both times. What a wonderful place.

Atmosphere: Situated right on the Hudson, it's a nice drive up to C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station. It looks like a massive brick warehouse, but the cranes still hanging from the 50 foot ceilings actually used to be used for water pumping equipment. One of the two large rooms has a tremendous fireplace. I'd like to get back there in the winter so I can watch it roar.

Quality/Service: The beer is good and the bartenders know what they are serving, as do the waitstaff. But C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station is too large of an operation for that special something that makes service great, but they are very efficient.

Selection: C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station offers a good range, from a tripel to a bavarian wheat (last time I was there). My dad ordered a Scottish Light - and even that was tasty. C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station also have a cask. Their cask-conditioned IPA was deliscious.

Food: There's loads of seating, but always a wait... but it's worth it. This is not just the usual pub fair, some truly interesting dishes are served. I had stuffed pork chops and Dana had a subtle trout meal. Sandwiches are just under $10, but entrees run in the teens. Great food, C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station.

note about growlers:
C.H. Evans Brewing Company At The Albany Pump Station sells some beautiful, but expensive growlers. They have a metal handle and Grolsch-like seal top. $26 for a filled growler, but they'll fill whatever you bring in for much less.

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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 Himself
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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