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C.H. Evans Brewing Company

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C.H. Evans Brewing CompanyC.H. Evans Brewing Company
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3.75/5
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478 Ratings
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
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57
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
478
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.02/5
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
114
pDev:
9.7%
 
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Photo of ProfessorHomer
2.55/5  rDev -36.6%
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 Sammy
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Right downtown Albany, a city I avoid travelling around in at night.A large airy place, the other downside is people and staff have some of the toughness and near-chips on shoulders of some of the worst cities. But I am here for the beer, and there were some interesting one here, but also some dreadful ones. Is it the near-foul water?That worked for the mild scotch, an gave a complexity to some of the stronger brews. Not the greatest servie, staff looked beyond me but treated regulars like V.I.P.s

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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 wasnÂ’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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Photo of traxstar7
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of MTMugs
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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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Photo of kettleandcask
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of JackNip
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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 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 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 Soloveitchik
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Photo of SABERG
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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 Suds
3.7/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited this place with a crew of friends on a very cold January weekend. It's located in a pumphose, right off the interstate. Many of us had trouble finding it, however.
The atmosphere is open, but inviting. The cielings are extrodinarily high, with chains and industrial machinery hanging. The dining room had a roaring gas fire on the back wall.
Service was fast, friendly, and knowledgeable. We had a great conversation about homebrewing and local homebrew supply shops with several of the workers.
The beer can be described as good, well made, and very average. Standouts were the Winter Warmer, the Vienna Lager, and the Brown Ale. The others, although they weren't bad, simply didn't stand out. I would have liked more challenging, agressive beers.
Food was quite good. Better than pub fare, reasonably priced, and very tasty.
Worth a trip...I'll stop in again when I'm back in Albany.

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Photo of Himself
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

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 fireqc
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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 GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

In town to visit family, so we headed down to have a late lunch here. Right off of the highway exit, it was easy to get to. You can literally see it from the highway as you exit. Great vibe when you walk in. The bar space is actually on the small side, but there is a ton of seating, and a ton of windows providing a bevy of natural lighting. High ceilings allow some cushion for the noise as the crowd gets bigger, as well as it allows a view of the tanks above the bar area. The menu is a step above normal pub fare, with some very decent and diverse entree options. There is also a gluten free menu, if you should so need one. The wait staff was great, friendly, and fairly knowledgable about their beer offerings. Very attentive. They had 8 beers on-tap and one cask, and they offer samplers of their tap offerings, as well as beer to go. The growlers were a bit on the pricey side, I think $25 for 1L and $30 for 2L, or thereabouts. All in all, other than the growler pricing, the place was very reasonably priced, the food was good, and the staff was friendly. With some decent beer offerings, this is a place worth visiting if you find yourself in the capitol district.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of broadway848
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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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C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 478 ratings
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