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Here’s another bite from upstate New York. Due to yesterday’s post’s rousing success I thought I’d bring you more tantalizing tales from the table.

It can be hard to impress a New Yorker’s palate, but the Albany Pump Station just off route 787 (at 19 Quackenbush Square) certainly did the trick. The Pump Station is a beer brewery and restaurant that has a little piece of upstate history mixed into the recipe. The restaurant consists of two adjoining buildings, the first of which was built in 1874. The Evans family, original brewmasters at the Pump Station, have been brewing beer since the late 18th century.

The menu is a hodgepodge of pub grub favorites, along with some refreshing new items for flare. Our party ordered the chicken nachos, spinach and artichoke dip and coconut shrimp as appetizers and then moved on to duck breast, gyros, sirloin steak and a full rack of ribs for main courses. Seriously, this place has everything.

The real kicker, however, is the beer. Not sure of what you want? I highly recommend the sampler, which is eight three-ounce glasses of all their beers on tap. When you figure out which one most appeals to you you can move on to full pint size drinks. Or, you can do what our party did, and keep on sampling. Nothing is a miss on this menu, and it’s another score for upstate New York.

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