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Oliver's Beverage

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Oliver's BeverageOliver's Beverage

61 Reviews
Reviews: 61
Visits: 90
Avg: 4.33
pDev: n/a
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105 Colvin Ave
Albany, New York, 12206-1190
United States
phone: (518) 459-2767

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Reviews: 61 | Visits: 90
Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

Went here when on my way to visit some family over the holidays. Kind of a warehouse setup inside, big shelving units stacked pretty high. Its somewhat organized, possibly with the busy holiday season they struggled to keep things together, you could find the same beer on 3 different shelves at times. The service was very good, despite it being very busy in the store, the staff was pretty attentive. The selection was very good. There was a big focus on NY breweries then the heavy hitters like Stone, Rogue, Sierra, Lagunitas and so on. There was about 8 or so taps where you could fill a growler. You can break up any six pack and get whatever you want. There was a very good import section and a lot of Belgian beers. The prices were very hit and miss. There were a couple of prices that I found good, but other stuff that I found more expensive. All in all it was a good trip, I'd go back.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of OnryAndMean
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of KGilmour
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Whimpers
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jlabs
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of American_Hawk
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of stevehagy
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Swaino
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Ngcba415
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Oliver's is my go-to beverage center! The entire staff is extremely helpful and they always have a huge selection suitable for any beer drinker. I bought a bottle of Green Flash Le Freak the other day that was uncarbonated for some reason, and they were very quick to exchange it for me, no questions asked. I tell everyone I know about Oliver's, now I'm telling you all. You will lose track of time just trying to take everything in.

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Photo of dennho
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

This place is the real deal. Not the prettiest store but lots of quality beer. Beers are arranged by state, it's a big enough place to do that. Some coolers around the perimeter but we're here for long aisles in the center of the store stacked with beer as high as I could reach.
The girl checking me out saw all the IPA's I had and suggested I try a Space Dust IPA from Elysian Brewing. Great call. I never would have tried it and it was first rate.

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Photo of JackNip
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Speedbump
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of pbranigan
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Yes this place is not all that aesthetically pleasing, but honestly who's here to look at the architecture?! These guys carry a hell of a lot of craft beer, some of which I had only previously heard of in stories from friends. I'm not a massive craft beer guy...that is until fall season when I attempt to try as many pumpkin beers as possible (Bumpin Pumpkin Beer). Oliver's has been an invaluable resource for seasonal, and rotating, options. They've also been extraordinarily accommodating in recommending pumpkin beers as well as allowing for a little bit of counter swag advertising for my blog. I'm not sure there's a beer these guys DON'T carry. Definitely check them out!

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MattXT
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Incredible selection of beers and a helpful/knowledgeable staff. The quarter point demerit is for appearance, since the building and shelving seem pretty old and not attractive aesthetically. That being said, everything is well organized and easy to find. There is always a great variety on the growler taps, with something to suit everyone's needs. I make it a point to stop into Oliver's every time I'm in the Albany area.

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Photo of Niedzws
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of lorenwhite7
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is great. Knowledgeable and very helpful staff. But the real reason to stop by is the selection. I live in the dc area, which is only a couple states away, so I was skeptical that I'd find beers that aren't distributed in my area. I was wrong. I found so much stuff I had to put beers back to stay on budget (I was on my way back from Vermont so funds...and space in my car was limited) and still walked out with 18 different bombers and 6/4 packs.

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Photo of timoteo833
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Troy518
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY
95 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.