C.H. Evans Brewing Company

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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 BeerTaster
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +4.5%
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 +10.2%
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 +4.5%
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 -10.4%
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 +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.

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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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Photo of NEhophead
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.

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Photo of madmanjf
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +7%
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 -0.5%
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 +7%
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 +4.5%
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 +1.5%
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 -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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Photo of biscodoll
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

I visited this lovely, spacious brewpub a few days ago, before attending a concert at the newly guilded Palace Theatre, and was very very impressed. After perusing the beer list, I decided I couldn't wait to take things slowly, and dove right into the export stout, with visions of the Belgian version of Guinness dancing in my head. I was not dissapointed! Just sweet enough, just hopped enough, overly delicious!

Our very large group (22!) sat down at our table, and ordered some apps, as I ordered a hefeweizen. They don't even insult you with the lemon - it's not needed. Nice and toasty, light but full bodied at the same time, just lovely. The apps, nachos with more cheese than tortilla chips, and spinach dip weren't bad, easy to share and good for pre-dinner munching.

Haven't been drinking much lately, so the two beers kept me fuzzy throughout dinner - a slightly overcooked turkey burger (nicely flavored with sage) with canned mushrooms (ew) and generic gorgonzola, soggy fries which I left with the bun - but I finished my drinking for the evening with a wine glass of Old Musty barleywine. Definitely on the maltier side, more like an Imperial bock than the overhopped versions I'm used to, it was quite lovely. I noticed the girls were loving it more than the guys, who stuck to the Kick Ass Brown and the Hefe.

Overall, I was nicely buzzed and full from a high-protein dinner and ready to dance! Very impressed with the beer!

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Photo of crass751
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My girlfriend is a huge fan of this place and finally got me to take her.

Went on a Saturday evening, sat in the dining room, no problem getting a table.

Service was prompt and courteous.

Their burger is something to die for. All sorts of flavors in the meat, great fries to accompany it. Started out with the onion rings, crispy, warm, great dipping sauces.

I can't say enough about the beers. I purchased a sampler of all the beers they had for a very reasonable $6. I was blown away. Great beer here. Next time I'm there I'm taking a growler home with me. That's right, they sell growlers from the bar.

This place is a definite winner.

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Photo of johnniemarg
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went to the Albany Pump Station last night in my first visit to Albany. This place was great. I didn't venture around the many large rooms, so I only saw the small-ish bar that seated 15 or so right when we walked in the door and the large dining room that was separated from the bar by a row of tall bar tables and a short wall. Huge warhouse type space and at the far end of the dining room was an open kitchen.

The one downside of the bar was that as regal looking as the place was otherwise, they only had a couple of lousy 13 inch TVs at the ends of the bar. We were there to wacth the Yankees game, so this kind of sucked, but not a big deal. They had 8 or so beers on tap, all of which except one were their own CH Evans brews. I only tried 2 because the second one I tried was simply amazing. I had their porter, which was very good, followed by several of the Kick-Ass Brown. And it really does kick ass. I guess it won best brown at the 2000 and 2002 GABFs as well as a broze at an international festival. Brown ale with a nice hop character. Awesome. Last night they also had on a belgian pale ale, a barley wine, a scottish light, and I can't remember the rest.

The food was great. I had the gorgonzola sirloin for $22, which was fantastic, although the sides weren't very good in my opinion. This place is a high-end restaurant and not your typical beer bar.

The service was spotty. We waited for 10 minutes at a bar table without it being cleaned (though we asked the hostess to have it cleaned) and without being approached by a waitress. When a few bar stools opened up, we moved to the bar where we were generally served promptly but saw a couple wait there for another 10 minutes as we had before also giving up and going to the bar and then wacthed the table stay dirty for another half hour or so. When I was working in restaurants while I was in college, this would have been absolutely unacceptable.

All in all, this place is a must for anyone traveling near Albany. The beers are only $3.50 and the kickass brown by itself made the visit more than worthwhile. I wish I'd see this beer in NYC, but I guess that is unlikely to ever happen.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.22/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Beautiful transformation of an old pump station into a restaurant/bar/brewery. A huge industrial space that is somehow made quite warm and inviting.

Friendly service both at the bar and at the tables. Our waitress even brought over a couple of free samples of beers that I inquired about that neither my wife or I had enjoyed a full pint of that evening. Everything on tap that night was good to excellent, not a bad beer in the bunch, even styles that aren't quite favorites of mine. But above all, the "Kick Ass Brown" is absolutely amazing, hands down one of the best Brown's I've ever tried.

The food was quite good as well, even just having sandwiches that evening, they were at least a notch or two above typical pub fare (and I enjoy typical pub fare!). All said, well worth making a detour for if you aren't from the area... I'd certainly find my way there again when my travels take me within 50 miles of Albany.

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Photo of Ninjaworm
3/5  rDev -25.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The location is easy to find as you can see them from the highway. I had decided to stop by with a couple of friends and check the place out. When you first enter you notice the place has a very airy warehouse feel. There wasn’t any music or anything so the atmosphere was that of chatting with my friends.

The food was pretty good but the service was a little slow. The make your own burger is a pretty good choice as we found. The pint prices were really reasonable and the food prices were pretty standard.

I plan to visit again the next time I am in the area.

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C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 454 ratings