United States > New York > Albany
Braudog (761) Traveling the USA, Missouri | October 11, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Stopped in while en route to Vermont and took in a generous sampler. The beers were all in the average range, none bad but none particularly noteworthy. We didnít sample any food, but it looked like your standard American pub fare. I do like the converted old space, but it seemed a dated renovation, and the whole place had the feel of a place that hasnít done much to inspire excellence. But the bartender was efficient enough if not overly bubbly, and given the beers were OK, Iíd give it another run. (Brewery #668)
jb (73) Rochester, New York | September 19, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place to visit. We went for food and drinks. They acted put off we didnít have reservation, but found a seat for us. Service was good, and they had small sizes so we could try a few beers. There was also an 8 beer sampler. Beers ranged from bad to decent, food was okay. They had sandwiches or more gourmet dinner entrees.
N3lson1 (2) Long Valley, New Jersey | August 9, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 20/20
Love this place, I spent a lot of time enjoying their various, everchanging selection of delicious brews and great cheeseburgers. I need to go back to Albany, simply to go back here!
acodell (5) Maryland, New York | July 20, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
My wife and I had a very memorable lunch here. The food and service were great and the beer fantastic. We particularly enjoyed a pale cask ale.
Chad9976 (33) Albany, New York | July 9, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the rare brewpubs whose food and beer are of equal quality. However, both menus are pretty standard.
Thereís usually 8-10 of their own beers on tap, with maybe a guest beer or cider. Original brewmaster George Dipiro left in 2012 to start Druthers and his replacement Ryan Demler[?] has been brewing beers of equal quality ever since. Though I notice Ryan has been taking chances and making more experimental brews, including several belgians and IPAs. He tends to brew stuff on the sweeter side, though. Menu varies from 3.7% ABV golden ales to 10% barleywines. I wish theyíd ditch the Capital Light and other Joe Six Pack type brews.
Food selection is good, but generic. Not gastropub style, but always of good quality. Iíve heard rumors about the chef and the kitchen, but Iíve never had food that was anything less than delectable.
Service is decent or better on average. Depending on when you arrive. Do not go before or after an event at the Times Union Center or you will be waiting upwards of 90 minutes for a table.
Prices are very good. I think they offer the best deal on a flight in town (8 samples for $8).
Occasional beer dinners are held, though they tend to be very expensive.
mfp13jr (42) Glenville, New York | April 5, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I come here for food first, then beer, not my usual. Most of the beer is good, although some of it tastes watered down. Food is excellent, with the kitchen wide open... Might want to consider calling ahead for table service as they get busy fast.
Mep3222 (37) East Greenbush, New York | February 10, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great local brewpub with solid food and descent beer. They have a great selection of their own beers on tap (maybe 10 when I was there last) and they do some solid interesting beers outside of the normal IPAs and ambers. Not all of their beers are great but there are always a couple that are really good. Worthy visit if you are in Albany.
merc7186 (168) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
For the record, I am not a local, I live on the other side of NY. I feel the obligation to mention that as locals tend to over over hype their haunts...with that being said, here is my over hype...
I have come to the Albany Pump Station about 5-6 times and canít believe that I have never reviewed this place. IMO, if you are in or around the Albany area, this is the best brewpub in the region (beats Keegan, Davidson Bros, Browns, Madison, and Adirondack hands down). The building is the former water pump station and wide open with dining on both the upper and lower levels. The bar hold about 18 patrons easily at a time. The quality of the beer is excellent as they have several GABF and WBC flagship beers on tap and other selections that are also impressive. Of all the times I have been here, I have never felt neglected and have always been attended to well. The beer selection is great as they feature 7 in house beers and a guest cider tap (Light Scotch Ale, Blonde, Hefe, ESB, Stout, Brown, Pale, and guest Pear Cider). The food here is great as they offer a wide variety between appetizers, burgers, wraps, steak, chicken, seafood and the prices are decent. I think the value is reasonable as the beer is reasonably prices and the beer is under valued $4 pints for a really good beer. Overall, if you have been here, then you know what I am talking about. If you have never been, this is your first stop.
LadySusan (104) Ste-Therese, Quebec | October 26, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited in Sept. 2012. The place was crowed with a groupe of seniors in the dining area.The decor is spectacular very old and welcoming. The choice of beers is good,the food choice was O.K. THe service was good but to fast.Next time I want to be on the bar side of the place,for a better atmosphere.
Scrapersnbeer (3) Boston, Massachusetts | May 28, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
This place can be seen from the highway and no doubt grabs the out of towners such as myself. It is in a charming old industrial building and the brewing tanks are all about. Just what I picture for a brewpub. The server was nice but did not strike me as a fellow hop head. My wings were pretty good, although being in NY sets that bar high, and the wifeís French onion soup earned two thumbs up. There are at least 10 beers available at any time and they ranged from okay to excellent. Being from the expensive coast, I found the prices excellent - 8 bucks for 8 samples or 5 for a pint. I head out up state at least once a year, and will surely be back.
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