Big House Brewing Co.

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Big House Brewing Co.Big House Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Eatery

90 N. Pearl St.
Albany, New York, 12207-2207
United States

(518) 445-2739

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Reviews by WesWes:
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3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Big House Brewery was your standard "sports bar". It had the t.v. in every corner viewing all the days sporting activities. The brewery was off in a corner of the building, not easily noticeable among the crowd of college aged couples who were either jammed into the boothes or sitting at the bar. The beer selection was your typical six : pale, lager, IPA, brown, porter, and stout. I enjoyed a few drafts served to me promptly and courteously by a young gentleman wearing what looked to me like a Foot Locker, referee style shirt. Yeah, Yeah I get the whole "Big House" theme. This seemed like a fun place to take in a ball game with some friends and at the same time enjoy a few hand crafted ales and lagers. Definately not a classy establishment, but who cares. Good beer doesn't need to always be surrounded by stuffed shirts and beer geeks. "One Thumb Up"

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Photo of TheJudge
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

An interesting place, this is a bar, not a brewpub. The emphasis is on volume, not quality. I do not think that they care about the quality of the beer in the least, and it shows. Had at least 3, and did not want a second of either. It did not seem clean, and the service was fairly mediocre.

In its defense, it is a good place to watch a game. There are ample TV's, and the back bar area is quite large. But all in all, with the Pump Station a few blocks away with better beer, better food, and cleaner bathrooms, there isn't really much reason to come back here.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

What's the first thing I see when approaching Big House? "The Big House" in large letters over the door. What's the second thing? The swill signs in the window, proud neon harbingers piercing the night with their timeless message of the spheres: "Yes! We serve Coors Light here!" That's right. Coors Light. On the window and on the menu board standing by the door. Is there a single sign telling the weary brewseeker that quality brews lie within? There is not.

I enter a nicely laid-out room with comfortably spaced tables, a huge TV in front of a comfy overstuffed couch on the back left, and a modest bar on the back right. Oh, did I mention the blaring, overly loud music? At some point it becomes clear that, loud as this music is, it is not emanating from speakers in this room. It is, in fact, coming through a narrow passageway from the next room where a band is playing. My hearing is truly sucky, but still it seems awesomely loud.

As I wait at the bar I notice a swill handle and a worrisome lack of any others. Even here, I see NOTHING to indicate that beer is actually brewed on these premises. I find out from the bartender that the main bar is in the back room, and the dining room is upstairs. Averse as I am to having my innards sonically liquified, I opt for the dining room. I scurry up the stairs like an amoeba fleeing from the glaring gaze of the One-Eyed Microscope God.

Once upstairs, the din of the band is reduced to tolerable levels. Here's where it starts to get good. It's a nice, modestly sized dining room with a pool table. It's neither pretentiously dark nor overly bright; just a sensible, nice-looking room with plenty of woodwork. I tell the waitress that my time is limited because I have to catch a bus in forty five minutes, and she's quite helpful. I order a burger and fries and a beer sampler. The food is very good. Of the six beers in the sampler, four are damned fine. In my experience, four out of six solid hits is a bloody good score for a little restaurant/brewery like this. After finishing the sampler I order a pint of pale and ask her to fill my growler with amber. Yummy stuff, folks. If you can get to this place when it's quiet, I'd highly recommend it. And even if you can't, I think the beer is worth the noise. I just wish they'd show a little pride in their brews in the form of... well, in any form that lets people know they HAVE brews.

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Photo of sponberg
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located in downtown Albany. Take the Clinton St exit of I-787, go to the second light (Palace Theater on the corner), turn left, go two blocks, then make a right on Sheridan. Big pay lot across the street. Easy walking distance from the Pump Station.

This place perplexes me. It's huge - bar, brewhouse, & informal tables on the first level, games (pool, darts) on the second with more tables and nonsmoking, dining on the third - all in an old brick building. They're located within walking distance for thousands of NY State Government workers, yet they don't open for lunch. They brew some VERY decent brews - Vice Weiss, Bad Boy Brown, Al Capone Amber among other Gangland-themed names - yet they have Coors Light and Bud promos plastered on the outside of the building. The hell's up with that? These appear mostly during the summer, to attract the live music crowds. I've rarely seen the brewers hanging out at the bar. Service at the bar and on the first floor is very good. At the upstairs tables - average.

The food ranges all over the place from sandwiches to pizza to full entrees. The deal of the week is "$2 Tuesdays" - $2 pints and $2 menu items (last night it included a burger, wraps, a few appetizers, a couple of pizzas, and a chicken dinner) on the first floor, which makes for a very cost effective evening out. The bruschetta pizza and burger were both tasty, especially for the price.

Worth checking out, especially on weekdays. On Friday and Saturday nights this place turns into a smoky, clubby pick-up bar - fine if you're out looking for that, but not if you're looking to enjoy their beers.

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Big House Brewing Co. in Albany, NY
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