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Beer Available At C.H. Evans Brewing Company/ Albany Pump Station (arranged by most recent)
Evans Simple Belgian , Evans Victorian Porter , Evans Biere de Garde , C.H. Evans at the Albany Pump Station Novemberfest , Evans Knickerbocker Lager , Evans Cascadian Dark Ale , Evans Handsome Guy IPA , Evans Doppelbock , Evans Session IPA , Evans Oktoberfest , Evans Bourbon Barrel Imperial IPA , Evans Imperial American IPA , Evans Poor Soldier Porter , Evans Halfmoon IPA
Quevillon (216) Boisbriand, Quebec | September 22, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited for the first time September 16, 2012. Lovely old water pumping station, with plenty of parking, but not too far from downtown. Lots of space inside, more in the pub than in the dining room. The food menu is good, but not very varied. The beer selection is okay, I drank two of their selection (IPA Halfmoon and Pump Station Pale Ale), it was good but nothing exceptional. The service was ok, but she did not ask me I wanted my burger cook, further she came to see us too often. I may go back, if I want to!
Chad9976 (15) 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.
There’s 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 they’d 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. I’ve heard rumors about the chef and the kitchen, but I’ve 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 (34) 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 (24) 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 (159) 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 can’t 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 wife’s 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.
rickhall28 (248) Denville, New Jersey | March 20, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped here several times on my way through the Albany area. It’s a decent enough place and a good choice when passing through and needing a place that appeals to a wide range of people in a group. The beers are not bad...not overly special...but good enough to wash down their decent food. The place is pretty nice...I like what they’ve done with this old building. Enjoyable enough when better options are not available...but not a place to go too far out of your way for.
deyholla (302) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 16, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Stopped in a few times during my time in Albany. Quite a nice building with a large interior and nice bar. A good selection of their own beers on tap which are solid but not spectacular. Service was fine, but nothing special. Food was okay, for the price I was a bit disappointed. Worth a visit if you are in town, but don’t go out of your way.
blipp (113) Newark, New Jersey | July 26, 2012| Updated July 27, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Flight of 7 beers was pretty cheap (only like $8 for 3 oz samples). The food portions are more than big enough. Pretty spacious inside, good beers, good food, pretty good service. Not a bad place. Wouldn’t mind stopping in again if I’m in the area, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way.
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