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C.H. Evans Brewing Company
Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 297
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
19 Quackenbush Square
phone: (518) 447-9000
@ The Albany Pump Station
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The long way around to Albany will eventually lead you, well,... to Albany. It's equally as easy to spot the Albany Pump Station from the highway as it to blindly get off one of the exits in the area and stumble across it. It's a magnificient site to see...
An old gutted Pump Station, just a brilliant brick building shell done up brewpub, very nicely. A spacious 1/2 octogon shaped bar area, just on the left as you enter, with seating for about a dozen and a half with a handful of adjacent bar tables set just back. GABF metals, trophies, pint glasses and growlers are displayed over the mirrored back bar. The bar looks out over a big, open room with muted yellow, red and olive walls, a dozen tables and booths in an area with an "L" shaped open front kitchen and prep area, which runs a good corner of the place, and a small enclosed room with a handful of copper tanks. Didn't see it initially but there's a larger dining area behind the bar with 2 dozen tables and booths and a rear lounge area with couches and leather armchairs with ottomans cozying up around a beautiful stone fireplace, roughly 15 feet wide and running up the brick wall to the 40 foot high ceilings.
There are staircases at both ends of the building leading up to the second floor, which is more of a balcony in most areas than a different room. At one end is a perch above the bar where lie a dozen "Tax Determination Tanks", and an adjacent carpeted lounge area with a small bar, TV, couches and lounge chairs, steel frame railings throughout. The perch overlooks the back dining area and lower lounge. A walkway leads you along the rear wall to the seating area at the other end of the building with a half dozen tables amidst large murals and ancient photos of the C.H. Evans & Sons Hudson Brewery. It overlooks the dining room, kitchen and bar area below but it's from here that you can really take in the whole room. It's a big open rectangular space, all brick walls & large factory windows and an old moving ceiling crane fixture in tact with a giant hook dangling overhead.
And they make beer, too. 8 taps (7 house beers and a cider) and a cask. Drank some, sampled others... The Bavarian Hefe, Evans Wit (outstanding), Extra Stout, Kick Ass Brown (there's a reason they call it that) and the cask Half Moon IPA. And then they busted out the Jesus Juice. Crazytown!!!
Had a good meal. Jambalaya, loaded with chicken, sausage, shrimp and scallops, strangely over linguine but very good nonetheless. Service was pleasant and attentative, no complaints there, and owner Neil Evans and brewer Gerorge De Piro were both there as well. Good beer, good company.
08-09-2004 00:01:57 |
More by slander
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Right downtown Albany, a city I avoid travelling around in at night.A large airy place, the other downside is people and staff have some of the toughness and near-chips on shoulders of some of the worst cities. But I am here for the beer, and there were some interesting one here, but also some dreadful ones. Is it the near-foul water?That worked for the mild scotch, an gave a complexity to some of the stronger brews. Not the greatest servie, staff looked beyond me but treated regulars like V.I.P.s
08-20-2010 23:16:32 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
08-22-2006 03:01:20 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Ah, the pump station. Located in the old water pumping station of Albany the building this brewpub is housed in is obviously interesting with huge working (!) cranes, and super high ceilings with tons of nooks and crannies to be found. The quality of the beers on tap was awesome, and all 7 I had in the sampler were very good with the super-fresh and hoppy pale, and the kick-ass brown topping my personal favorites. Service was fast friendly and knowledgable, and we even got to talk to Neil Evans the owner of the place. Selection was good as well with the taps running a nice spectrum of beer styles. Light, hefe, blonde, stout, pale, brown, and an apple ale that was more like goudenband than floris. An all-around enjoyable experience, and one I hope to repeat when next in town. One honest complaint: No big beers on tap...
01-11-2005 01:23:10 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Pump Station is very easy to find as we came in off I-787... A huge brick building, the interior was equally spacious. Upon entering there was a dining area to the right, a bar to the immediate left, and more dining down a short hall to the far left. Straight ahead were brewing tanks, and high above the bar were yet more tanks for their bier. Despite the lofty ceiling and wide-open space it was quite comfortable here on a raw, Winter day. Didn't care much for the tunes, though, as it was light jazz. Give me classic rock hahahaha!! Our bier-tender-ette was pleasant, helpful and right on top of things, even while she and the rest of us stared slack-jawed at the TVs watching news of the Shuttle break-up. They had 8 Pump Station biers on tap encompassing a wide range of styles. The three I sampled were all quite tasty and well-made, with the Dunkeles Weizenbier and Kick-Ass Brown being top-notch! For lunch, a tender, tasty chicken sammich was devoured. Other menu items looked equally appetizing! I'd definitely stop here again if in Albany! Skol!!
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
02-03-2003 07:57:30 |
More by Bierman9
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.
08-27-2006 14:27:07 |
More by rousee
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.
08-26-2003 16:32:15 |
More by ecoboy
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.
07-23-2007 21:18:54 |
More by plaid75
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
In the area for a wedding, hit this place for lunch. A good choice. As you walk in, the bar is right in front of you. To the right is seating in the Tap Room, while the Dining Room is upstairs. We sat in the Tap Room, which was spacious and wide open. The open kitchen is at the end of the room, and brewing equipment was behind windows, as well as upstairs. There were 6 Evan's beers on tap: Scottish Light, Quackenbush Blonde, Old Musty Barley Wine (which had just peplaced the Wit, much to my wife's dismay), Extra Stout, Pump Station Ale, and the award-winning Kick Ass Brown. Woodpecker Cider was the guest tap. The beers I had were all quite good, especially the brown. Growlers are available, but expensive at $26. This price gets you the cool growler with the silver handle. I think refills were only $8.
The food was typical pub grub, reasonably priced. The Pump Station burger was great.
Our waitperson was excellent, attentive but not intrusive. She even helped choose some Tshirts.
I would get back to this place if I'm ever in Albany again.
09-04-2006 16:06:44 |
More by lordofthewiens
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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!
08-11-2006 23:09:47 |
More by sulldaddy
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