Westmere Beverage

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Westmere BeverageWestmere Beverage
BA SCORE
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39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
[ 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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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of mecLagunitas
1.75/5  rDev -59.3%

These guys have no problem leaving old stale beer on their shelves, maybe hoping you don't notice. Check dates. No dates, don't buy, ever. Dusty bottles (they are lazy about cleaning too) are never to be bought, and there are a ton of dusty bottles. Just lost twenty five bucks to spoiled beer. I never thought they'd be like this, but was totally disappointed. Felt ripped off and like an idiot, which I was. Oliver's, the sister store was never like this, but maybe they turn more stock... We'll see what happens when I go back with this old shit. Should be amusing... But I'm sure I'll be disappointed again.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

Photo of Troy518
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChristopherCA
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.42/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of Hendry
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of zoober911
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of papat444
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of shueyy
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of abriggs1
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of PBoegel
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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

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Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY
95 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.