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Westmere Beverage

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

25 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
43
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
Westmere BeverageWestmere Beverage
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1756 Western Ave
Albany, New York, 12203-4414
United States

(518) 456-1100 | map
www.brew-crew.com

Notes:
Growler fills available

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

Added by aerozeppl on 06-29-2008

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 43
Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

This midsized place is just a few miles east of downtown Albany and about 10 minutes down the road from Mahars. Looks like a typical macro based spot and when I visited everybody seemed to be carrying out a fresh 18 pack of Bud light. But fear not, there are tons of goodies to be had off of the steel shelving units to the rear, the coolers in the rear and from the about a half a dozen growler fill taps. Expect to find all the typically available in NY state good stuff, which I'm happy to say is alot. Watch out for your freshness/vintage datings, when available, cuz, I'm sad to say there was a bit more then a tad of dust on some of the stock. Friendly guys behind the counter is always a plus. If I was local this would be a regular stop.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ScottP
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of brentblack1
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of American_Hawk
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of JackNip
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of cgskippy
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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Photo of edmiglia
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MJSchools
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mseeger
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MattXT
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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Photo of Troy518
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NJBeer265
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JKV96
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of ChristopherCA
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of Hendry
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of zoober911
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY
93 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.