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!
A nice brewpub housed in the old pumping station which pumped water from the Hudson up to Clinton Street and beyond. Itís huge and open plan, retaining an industrial feel. There were eight or more of their own beers on tap and the food was good standard fare.
(Visited 8 November 2012).
Coming back from Vermont to PA, this stop proved to be worthy as the service was very good however, there was also barely anyone there. The brewpub was very clean and had everything in order as to be a fine place. I had a Belgian ale but they put it in a nonic, eh, okay, well, it is what is. I had a bacon cheese burger and onion rings. The value seemed appropriate for the area. Probably would go back.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.