C.H. Evans Brewing Company
Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 298
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by WesWes:
4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This place is located in an old pump house near downtown Albany, NY. It's a pretty upscale brewpub boasting a nice stretch bar and seating area. The place is done up in the old pump house style with the large chains and hooks hanging from the ceiling to give you the old school look.
The service was good. Everyone was dressed up in black pants and white collared shirts with ties. They were quite friendly and inviting. They also were right there to refill my beer when I was out; that's huge in my book.
The beers were good. I had a sampler, but the brown ale stuck out as the superior choice on the menu. The food was also good. They had a large kitchen staff who looked like they could have prepared a meal for an army. I had the soup which was delicious.
This was a cool spot to eat out at. If I lived in the Albany area I would go here quite often.
01-21-2004 19:34:22 | More by WesWes
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Classy atmosphere with a solid selection of food and some nicer entrees. I had the house burger and it was fantastic. Beer is fresh and tasty, not served ice cold thus allowing the flavor to come through a bit clearer. The 8 oz burger with fries was about $11 and the beers were $4-6 per pint. There is also a flight of beers option for $8 that includes up to 8 different 3oz samples of beer, which I see as a great value. I will be returnig to try the flight and another meal, great brewpub.
10-08-2013 19:09:17 | More by CaverDave
4.06/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Vibe: This brewpub is located in a former municipal pumping station that used to draw water out of the Hudson River and pump it up to the city on top of the hill. It's a creative reuse of an old building. The building has two large rooms, high ceilings, brick walls and large windows, creating an open atmosphere. The room on the left has a large fireplace.
Quality: Beers were served in standard pint glasses at the proper temperatures.
Service: Our waitress seemed friendly brought out our food and beers very quickly. Only a few minutes elapsed before I ordered my food and the soup came out as an appetizer.
Selection: The brewery had ten beers on-tap plus a cask ale. Descriptions for all of these were printed on a small menu at our table. If you're having a tough time deciding what to try, their flight comes with eight different beers, so you only need to select two beers that you don't want to try. All of the beers were offered in standard 16-ounce glasses as well as smaller 10-ounce glasses.
Food: The brewpub offers a rather large menu and the food I tried was of good quality and came in generous portion sizes.
Value: The beer and food were priced quite reasonably. The price of a flight was a real bargain because you got eight three-ounce glasses for $8. When I visited, they also had a $17.86 three-course meal special to celebrate the opening year of the brewery.
10-07-2013 01:02:30 | More by metter98
4.01/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$$
A: The C.H. Evans Brewing Company or "Pump Station" as it's called, is located in a beautiful repurposed building, that was once used as a water pumping station for the city. The interior is an oddly charming mix of classic industrial building, with modern restaurant/brewery flair. One of the coolest interior bar/restaurant spaces I've ever been in.
Q: The beer quality ranges from average to excellent. The Kickass Brown and the Hefeweizen are the standouts IMO. The brewer here is relatively new and has been experimenting with some new recipes. The imperial IPA is coming along nicely and he's going to be starting to serve some barrel aged offerings using whiskey barrels from the distillery
S: The service is the most disappointing part for me. It has been uniformly poor to average, regardless of whether I sit at the bar, near the kitchen or in the back. Servers and even bartenders have a very weak understanding of beer and aren't very helpful with recommendations if you're not sure what you're looking for.
S: There's generally a nice range of styles on tap along with a cider or two. They've been offering cask beer lately as well, which is a nice option. Pretty standard lineup without anything too crazy.
F: The food is generally pretty good. I've had a few excellent meals and a few average meals, but never a bad meal. The menu is quite large with lots of options, so it shouldn't be hard to find something you like. The entrees are a bit pricey for what you get, but the burgers and sandwiches are well-priced.
Overall, one of my favorite places to go for dinner and beer. Great atmosphere, fun vibe. Definitely worth checking out.
06-13-2013 15:34:32 | More by vonnegut21
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
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.
04-06-2013 04:17:50 | More by GarthDanielson
3.91/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
CH Evans is located in what is known as the Albany Pump House. The old factory gives the brewery a pretty cool feel. Parking can be a bitch however, because it seems limited, despite the large number of parking spaces. Where are all the people for those parked cars? Anyway ...
The beer selection is pretty broad. So, they should have something for just about every taste. That's a big positive, because none of the beers are particular standouts. Many taste the same, and appear to be one-offs of similar recipes.
The food is pretty good. The prices, to me, seem a bit on the higher side, but the portions are generous. So, I am okay with that. Depending on how busy they are the service can be spotty.
Overall, it's worth a visit if you're in the area; but I wouldn't classify it as a destination place.
02-05-2013 17:49:23 | More by DWolf
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Was in Albany on a business trip, place was a few blocks from my hotel.
Very nice building, large open area, ended up sitting at one of the bar tables. Bar area is somewhat small compared to rest of the restaurant.
Service was excellent, very quick.
Had the pork tenderloin and it was excellent, chased it with a couple of their brews, the brown ale which was excellent and a pale ale which was very good.
Good selection of brewed beers. Lots of folks were taking growlers home with them.
When back in Albany will definitely revisit.
06-17-2012 01:47:14 | More by stercomm
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C.H. Evans Brewing Company in Albany, NY
91 out of 100 based on 71 user ratings.