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Westmere Beverage

Not Rated.
Westmere BeverageWestmere Beverage
BA SCORE
95
world-class

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 13.26%
[ Store ]

1756 Western Ave
Albany, New York, 12203-4414
United States
phone: (518) 456-1100

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Notes:
Growler fills available

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

(Place added by: aerozeppl on 06-29-2008)
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Photo of cgskippy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Great store with amazing selection and helpful staff. I always spend more time than planned browsing the aisles and looking at the recent arrivals. good job of keeping Facebook updated on the week's arrivals and kegs on growler station. Sometimes difficult to get rarer beers but they are fair about spreading the wealth using bottle limits.

cgskippy, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of edmiglia
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

edmiglia, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of MJSchools
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MJSchools, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of mseeger
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

mseeger, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of MattXT
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Killer selection, helpful staff, and a nice variety on the taps. If you happen to be at Crossgates Mall, take the three minute drive to Westmere for some treats to bring home.

MattXT, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Troy518
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Troy518, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of wisegreensoul
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

wisegreensoul, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of tubeman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

tubeman, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of NJBeer265
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

NJBeer265, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of JKV96
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JKV96, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%

The sister store to Oliver's- part of the Brew Crew group of stores in Albany. The selection is very similar to Oliver's, but a few bottles missing at Westmere that were at Oliver's, with a few bottles missing at Oliver's that were at Westmere. Picked up some Pretty Things for the first time, haven't seen it on the shelf in Rochester yet. The place is kind of dirty, a bit grimy. A warehouse sort of feel to it, much like Oliver's. Friendly employees though, offered help even when I didn't need it.

GreesyFizeek, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of ChristopherCA
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ChristopherCA, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mctizzz, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
3.42/5  rDev -20.5%

I used to be a fan of Westmere Beverage. In fact, I did 95% of my beer shopping here. They have one of the best selections in the area and would generally let people know on facebook when special releases were coming out. But over time, prices have continued to creep higher and higher, making them consistently a more expensive option than many other local stores. On top of that, it seems that when they get special release beer, they stash half of it in the cellar to sell for 2x retail after it's been "aged" a year. They regularly try to sell "vintage" at a huge markup, even things that aren't that hard to find in the first place. The worst is the recent display of 2012 Parabola marked up to $50 a bottle. It seems like their new business model has become make as much profit as possible at our regular customers' expense. I used to really like coming here. But not anymore. I'm going to have to find a new regular store. Wouldn't recommend coming here unless you're desperate for a special release beer.

vonnegut21, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Hendry
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%

Helpful crew that knows their beer, J.T. & Drew were quite helpful. The selection was extensive and spanned the continents, plus the store had a cool vibe to it.

They put me hip to a cask of Flower Power that was dry hopped and offered as a special event later that day, so I returned on their recommendation.

Prices are fair and indicative of Albany area pricing because of the population: there are other beer stores off I-87 that are slightly less expensive with a similar selection, but Westmere is a great hang with some cool employees that appreciate good beer.

Hendry, May 13, 2013
Photo of zoober911
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%

This is my go to shop. The guys there are always helpful with recommendations based on what you are looking for etc. They have made a lot of changes in the store over the last year since I started going there. Expanding their selections quite a bit. I have seen some rare beer coming through their doors, nothing unbelievable but I've been able to get quite of few of my wants there that are obviously within their distribution list. Westmere is probably the 2nd best shop in the Albany area, second only to their sister shop, Oliver's whose prices a little bit lower and a bit bigger selection. Overall, the shop is great.

zoober911, May 10, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%

Came here will the girls were shopping at Crossgates. Enter into the store with a wall of coolers to my left and some display of cases. The main area of the store is further back. Lots of stuff to choose from, the selection might be a bit less than Oliver's? Lots of dust on some things and the lighting made it a bit hard to read some of the freshness codes.

There is some old stuff here so be careful. I was welcomed when i came in but nobody came to see me in the near hour i was there.

Overall a worthy place but i think i'd rather go to Oliver's in the future.

papat444, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of shueyy
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%

Beer selection is great for the Albany area. Some beers were priced well like Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary for $5.99. The service was not on par with other beer stores in the area. I was the only one in there and asked for a sample of one of the beers on tap because I had my growler and was refused. The guy saying he wasn't allowed to give samples it was like I had asked for a pint or something seriously. I would rather take my business else were it's the simple things that separate beer stores. If you can't give some one a sample when they are about to spend $35 on a tap beer then forget it.

shueyy, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of abriggs1
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Excellent selection and great staff. People here really know their beer. Not a huge place, but they make great use of the space they have. It's obvious the owners of this place take great pride in beer culture and finding stuff that you don't see everywhere. A beer mecca in Albany.

Of course there are a lot of New York beers, but also a great selection of British and German beers that you don't see many places. Of course the Belgians are well represented. You can find some pretty good aged stuff on the shelves too. I picked up a sixer of Stoudts Belgian Triple that had 3 years of age, and it was great. Lots of good beer in the cooler too if you're impatient like I am.

abriggs1, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of PBoegel
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Westmere is my store of choice in the Capital Region at this point. the staff is smart, informed, willing to talk to customers, and dedicated to craft beer being a showcase of what they do.

They have a really good approach to their Growler system. They have begun cellaring at the establishment which is a nice plus. They make good use of digital media to keep customers aware of what is happening with tastings, new arrivals, new kegs on tap.

Nearly impossible to leave empty handed. Check it out if you are in the area.

PBoegel, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%

This has become my favorite beverage store in upstate new york. the store has an overall phenomenal selection with a ton of imports and a pretty wide selection of breweries. the one thing i love is that they have a ton of beers from the breweries they do have which makes it easy to try a breweries lineup. great growler selection but a bit pricey. the best deal they've got going is a deal where if you get a make your own six pack you get 5 dollars off of it. the staff is genuinely excited to talk beer and they love to help out and give recommendations. overall great store

BigPlay1824, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%

This store is very close to Crossgate Mall and the interstate, so when I'm down there for shopping or passing through, this one is easy to stop at. From the outside, this place kind of looks shady and very small- wasn't too impress by the outside and almost didn't go in. However, once inside, they had a huge selection of beer. Not the cleanest place or the best organize (I know some wrote it was divided a certain way, but I couldn't tell), but they had a solid store and a nice growler set up as well as individual bottles you can buy.

Service was great as well. I probably had 2-3 people ask me if I needed help and there was always someone around- they didn't just offer help and then disappear behind the counter. The selection was great too. Some beers were slightly pricey, but some of them were worth it.

Great store. If you're in the area, you should stop by. I think next time I'll go to their sister store, but I was already at the mall. I did get some great beers and plan on going again.

BrewCrew2010, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Just realized I had never reviewed the sister store to Olivers.

To my knowledge Albany has two great beer stores, Olivers and Westmere.

Westmere may not have the same size of selection, don't know why I think this but Olivers seems to be a bigger store, but for all I know they could be the same size. However most people go to Olivers rather than Westmere.

There is an ever rotating list of growlers to go, every now and then Westmere will even age beer. For example recently they aged a keg of Ten FIDY for a year. Aged beer, on tap. Wonderful.

Although a small item, I really enjoy it, that they sell glassware. I've picked up a Chimay goblet among the other glasses I've gotten there. I love glassware and they sell it.

Singles are available.

Service though is exceptional. They frequently update their facebook page letting you know of recent arrivals. Every time you walk in someone asks you if you need help. However the best example I can give of great service is the following; I asked on their facebook page about DFH Hellhound coming in. A prompt response said that they are looking into it. Two days later another response saying they will be getting it and are all ready reserving me a bottle.

I love this store, now if only I could live there.

rlee1390, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of brewseum
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

I make it a point to seek out good beer if I'm traveling.Yesterday,it was off to RPI.But I landed in Albany.And landed in the best beer store around.After calling from the airport,a fine young human GPS by the name of Matt assured me that I was within striking distance and guided me in.

I wandered around in stunned silence for awhile til he came up and said "are you the MN guy?" Guilty as charged. They have their beers divided by region,and there was quite a nice NY selection.He brought me various brands,asked me my favorite styles and hit the right medium between letting me wander and "hookin' a brutha up"

I'd just missed Nugget Nectar by a day,but they had frrrresh Flower Power from Ithaca.As much as I considered the St. Lawrence,Dogfish Head,etc. I kept coming back to Matt's recommendation.As I sit here typing this,with some of that IPA nearby,I'm glad I did.Rock solid,baby.

If you are in Albany,make this your bottle stop.Hopefully Matt will be there.Tell him Barry from MN sent you.It might get you a free coaster or Dum Dum sucker-ya never know....

brewseum, Mar 26, 2011
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Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY
95 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.