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 ecoboy
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Photo of EmoBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Ate dinner here although I only got to have one drink which was the Dunkelweizen ( you can read the review elsewhere). Really liked the ambiance of this place which is in an old pumping station, just on big vaccant lofty brick room with the tanks on display. Fairly classy place though not stuffy.

My waiter was fairly rude to me, mabye a result of my looking young but still, wasn't the best service ever. Also messed up my order. The food itself was very good, great portions and I would definately eat there again. My beer was average but my friend tried the Brown and loved it. An above average brew pub.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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 sponberg
4.2/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

(Edited again, with upgrade based on numerous recent visits)

Located in the former City of Albany water pumping station. Plenty of parking at the pub. Easy to see from I-787 - take the Clinton St. exit, then your first right, then a right at Spencer St. Turn right at the end of the street & there ya go. Next door is a gourmet food shop that's worth visiting if you're into food.

Outstanding reuse of an historic structure - high ceilings, and they left the gantry cranes in place. Cool looking place, with the bar in the middle of the two rooms and the kitchen in plain view. The brewery is located off the "informal" dining area, with the serving tanks way the hell up above the bar. They have couches in the other room if you want to sip a brew by the fire or just feel like a snooze I guess. The beers... ohhh yeah! The pale ale, brown, and extra stout are addictive as hell, they have a lightish Kolsch and 3% Scottish for the light beer drinkers (the Scottish is a fine little session brew), and some of their seasonals and special brews (Hefeweiss, Doppelbock, Braggot, Tripel) have been outstanding. This year's winter ale, an Old Ale, must be tried. Their Kickass Brown Ale won a GABF award and, while great on tap, is simply phenomenal on cask. No outside or macro beers are sold - hallelujah! The brewer, George DePiro, is totally into beer, has definite opinions about brews (cool), and brews a fine, fine product. This past summer he and BA Jackson brewed a cask IPA which was dry-hopped with different hops in each cask and tapped each Friday, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the replica of Henry Hudson's Half Moon ship. How cool is THAT? Go here expecting excellent beer and you will not be disappointed.

The food isn't the cheapest you'll encounter at a brewpub, but it IS decent fare - the fish & chips are good, the burgers tasty, onion rings are good, and the sandwiches/entrees are generally on the large side. They handle kids better than many restaurants. Growler fills are generally $8, and they'll fill other places growlers.

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Photo of MTMugs
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Albany Pump Station is definitely an upscale restaurant, catering to the businessman/state politico lunch and afterwork crowd. To avoid scaring off this lucrative demographic, the brewmaster, while offering a wide selection (7 styles on tap) forgot to add flavor. Each beer, from the lightest - the Scottish Light, to the darkest - State Street Porter, hits no sour notes, it's just that all the flavors are so muted that you can barely tell what you are drinking. Beautiful building, very nice & tasty food. Passable beer.

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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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