C.H. Evans Brewing Company

C.H. Evans Brewing CompanyC.H. Evans Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Eatery

19 Quackenbush Square
Albany, New York, 12207
United States

(518) 447-9000 | map

@ The Albany Pump Station

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Photo of rtepiak
3.88/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

a pit stop coming from montreal to nyc. very consistent selection with a sample platter of all the beers... in 3 oz glasses for 6.50. i think it was eight. all were solid except the "belgian strong triple style ale". but they had a good blonde so that made up for it quite nice. the burger is great. the best sweet potatoe fries i've ever had. service was good. alt bier was actually appley german which was nice. and if you are a fan of american brown ale the kick ass brown is a must. decorum was sort of similar to an applebee's but with really really high ceilings. good place. would highly recommend.

didn't have much of a outside beer selection but the style did range.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.2/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Hit The Pump Station on a return trip from Comstock to NYC. The place is huge. The Pump Station has a modern feel, without going overboard. The bar area was also very spacious and carried the full line of Evan's Ales as well as a large selection of Scotches and Whiskeys. I sugguest starting with a beer sampler, which was very inexpensive. The food was delicious and the prices were quite reasonable. The Pood Soldier's Porter was the standout beer for me. It's worth checking out if your in the area. I hope to see them at TAP NY again this year.

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Photo of garagebrewer
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I was in Albany just for the night on business, and stopped by CH Evans for dinner. The location is very unassuming, as it is behind several empty/abandoned buildings and at a dead end. However, once inside the building itself is beautiful. The bar is tastefully placed among the over 100 year-old surroundings. I tried the Brown Ale, Porter, Munich Dunkel, and Pale Ale (in that order). All were of excellent quality. Menu selection was good - not overbearingly large, but with ample selection. I got the turkey burger with fries and it was quite good. Service was good, as I was never left waiting with an empty beer glass, but didn't ever feel rushed. Overall a very pleasant experience and would recommend to anyone who is ever in the area. I wish there was a place like this around my condo in Chicago - I'd be there often.

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Photo of emquilxy
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of fireqc
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I'd like to stop, year after year, at this brewpub. This the only one in Albany. The brewer, George, is very pleasant and like to talk and talk!!!

They have nice sampler tray made with copper.. Original...

Like almost all brewpub, some beers are good and some are boff... But it depend what you like.

The brewpub sit in an old pump station and they keep some of the original pumping devices. Decorations inside is a mix of old machinery, some old couch and new stuff (lamps etc...).

I never try the food, but if one day I feel hungry, of course I'll do. The second floor could be a nice place for a reception or private party.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
2.55/5  rDev -36.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 1

Overview: Albany Pump House: a poor quality restaurant with non-existent customer service that happens to serve good quality home-made beer.

Went there with beer geeks last Friday 10/24 @ 5:00p. Place was almost empty, yet they would not allow us to sit in the table area behind the bar - "it was reserved for dinner guests". We just wanted a few choice beers and three appetizers, they refused to seat us. Everyone else that later sat in that area ordered beer and appetizers - you shouldn't have to lie to that nasty head server boy just to get a seat. Instead, we were directed to go back into their "lounge" area that had plastic outdoor patio furniture, folding metal chairs and really cheapo plastic utensils. Real high-class there! We felt like we were sent to the kiddie table families set out for Thanksgiving.

We turned around to leave, but one calmer head prevailed and we order a beer at the bar. Very poor bar seating - very limited. However, the beers were quite good actually and rescued the evening. The Pale Ale was an EXCELLEN representation of the genre - fresh with a wonderful bouquet. The "Marzen" (Octoberfest, gentlemen) was also very good, malty, fresh and smelled terrific. Their "award-winning" Brown Ale was a bit overhopped (Cascades?) but our hop-head pal loved it. The friendly and helpful barmaid was great - that place really needs her.

Prior experiences convinced us to steer well clear of the below-average food, plus there is no place at the bar to eat it! At our last visit there, an appetizer order of "Thai Chicken Wings" arrived in over 45 minutes and cold. The waitress and manager refused to come out and see us. The food is quite bad, even by bad bar food standards, and waaaay overpriced.

This is a waaaay below-average restaurant (especially in Albany!) with poor hospitality but with some wonderful home-made beer. Until CH Evans moves out of this pit, don't bother going. Go instead to Brown's Brewery over in Troy that has much better beer, real (and outstanding) bar food, and is a place that cares about us serious beer-drinking customers.

Professor Homer 10/27/08

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Photo of eLMsITYbUM
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of beerbrewerdan
3.88/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere is really cool. This building was a pump station back in the mid to late 1700s. There is plenty of exposed brick and old bits from the pump station days. Huge hooks hanging from the ceiling and old steel beams. Very large open ceiling spaces with a pleasing mix of the old (pump house) and the new (copper mash tanks and steel ferm tanks). I'd love to see the huge fireplace rolling in the winter.

The menu is pretty extensive. Burgers, ahi tuna, daily soups, fish and chips. A step above your average brewpub choices. One disappointment was the potato pancake. We ordered them as an appetizer after we saw them as a side with the Wurst platter. They looked like slightly larger McDonald's hash browns. The texture was a bit better than that, but no where near what I would consider an authentic potato pancake (HB in Cincy comes to mind). The sweet potato fries were a smart sub for the regular fries. These are good. The apple crisp desert was all apple and cinnamon and no crisp at all.

The waitstaff was friendly, very pleasant and prompt. Ours did not offer any beer knowledge but willingly brought 2 1oz samples when one in our party couldn't decide on her next beer.

I had the brown, pale, wit, porter and stout. I had a sip of the strong Belgian and was not impressed.

All in all I was very happy. Some of the beers fell toward average to below average while others were above. I really enjoyed the experience.

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Photo of hurleymanvw
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in the Albany pump station a few weeks ago and it was a great time. My wife and i sat in the bar area and had a sampler of their beers. 8 in all including the:
Scottish Light
Evans Wit
Quakenbush Blonde
Belgain Style Brown
Kick Ass Brown
Extra Dry Stout
Pump Station Pale Ale
Great 4 oz samples at a good deal. Like 6 bucks. Food was outstanding had a burger and my wife a sandwich. Building had tons of character with the pump station crane hook overhead and the talk warehouse cellings. Fermentation tanks were in the upper level looking over the dining room while the brewing kettles were in a glass room just off the dining area so you could watch the brewmaster at work. Just an overall great experience. Its nice to see old buildings used and brought back to life.

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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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Photo of BeerTaster
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Very Nice well kept bar fast service good food Great beer. I had some hot wings and a Marzenbier I just wish the bartender had been a bit more social and I think the brewmaster was sitting next to me and I wish he had at least asked how I liked the beer since it wasn't crowded. Huge glass windows expose brewing equipment always a nice touch. Looks like the place to be on a friday and saturday night extra seeting on the second story overlooking the ground floor. I will be back if I find myself in town again.

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

I love this place, and their brew is great too.

Awesome, my wife and I try to get a few friends and grab the section by the fire place. The old warehouse feel is awesome and that huge 2,000 lb crane hook that hangs over the dining room (which I hope is adequately supported).

Like I said great beer and atmosphere. Bartenders are very attentive a knowledgeable on the beer. Food and selection is great, galley style kitchen is a plus and the Turkey Gobbler goes great with a pint!

Prices are fair and the proportions are huge. My wife and I really enjoyed all of the time we've been there.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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

One of my favorite restaurants. They usually have 6-10 beers going, with most of them year round. Unfortunately, I believe this is the only place to get them, but that makes eating here even better.

The building is quite old, but beautifully redone. The brewing equipment wraps around the inside of the building, and although I've never seen them brewing (which, I admit, is a bit odd), it looks great.

There's always a guest tap to go with their own selections, which are, for the most part, very good. The bartenders have a good knowledge of the beer, which I suppose is easier when you only have to worry about beer brewed in-house, but nonetheless are friendly and helpful.

Also, the food is quite good - not cheap, but certainly not expensive, and very tasty.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Stopped here July 20 on the way up to Vermont. Split a sampler tray with the others in my party. Since I was drving, this was all I drank. The beers were spot on for their respective style. The service was a bit lacking. It took us about 15 minutes to get our drinks and another 45 minutes to get our lunch. I am glad we were not in a hurry. I had a salad which was amazing. Every one else in the party really enjoyed thier food also. The portions were very large.

I would definetley go back the next time I am in Albany.

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of NEhophead
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of madmanjf
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of crwills
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had dinner at the Pump Station while on a business trip to Albany -- found it through Beerfly, although it was later recommended by others.

Very cool looking interior, with a large dining area surrounded by large glass windows that look in on the brewing equipment. We sat in the main dining area, which was a bit noisy (especially in the middle of the room), but very bright inviting. Full but not overcrowded on a Tuesday evening.

There were seven or eight of the C.H. Evans beers on tap here, and all three that I tried (hefeweizen, "Kick-ass" brown, and old ale) were top notch. Sadly, the small-batch RIS had sold out, or I would have had a glass to finish off the night.

The food was surprisingly good as well. I was expecting some simple pub grub to go with the beer, but instead I had an solid meal of baby back ribs, garlic mash, and veg, accompanied by some really nice garlicky house made bread. Serving of ribs was HUGE for the price -- a definite deal -- although I couldn't finish it all. Next time I'll go for the half rack!

Price was $90 for a meal for two, including 6 draught beers -- very reasonable, although I gave it $$$ since it's a little more upscale than your average pub (and hence has pricier meals). Another place to look forward to the next time I'm in Albany.

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Photo of RatAgain
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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

A caveat: lunch is a much better option than dinner. Tried to have dinner there on a Friday night last year on a business trip and the place was JAMMED.

Up in Albany this time around, gave it another go at lunch. Much mellower. This place is huge, with two large, comfortable rooms, even a fireplace you can sit around and eat.

Tried the Kick-Ass Brown, one of most unusual brown ales I've ever had, but very good. Some other choices looked tempting, but I had to work in a few hours. Had an excellent burger with sweet potato fries and a tasty cup of crab chowder.

Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of dlee
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

The Pump Station is housed in an impressive brick building downtown that use to be, yes, a pump station (to provide water to the city, I presume).

They open at 11:30 and offer a full lunch and dinner menu. I had a bowl of chili which was exceptional. On other visits in the past I have had their nachos and a burger...everything has been good.

They only serve their own beer...and it is fantastic. I had a nice pale ale and their signature kick ass brown. On a previous visit I had their barleywine. The beer is very good. There are about 7 beers at a time on tap. They have one hand pump for cask conditioned beer, but sadly it was dormant.

They do growler fills for $8 and will fill "foreign" growlers.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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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C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
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