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Oliver's Beverage

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Oliver's BeverageOliver's Beverage
BA SCORE
97
world-class

78 Ratings
Ratings: 78
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.53%
[ Store ]

105 Colvin Ave
Albany, New York, 12206-1190
United States
phone: (518) 459-2767

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Reviews by Billolick:
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

This place is about 10-15 minutes from downtown Albany. Well worth a stop if you are local or in the general area. Selection is extensive, tons of Belgians, all the expected locals, regionals and national micros. I feel safe in saying that if it can be distributed to the area they have it. Growler pours were available of about 5 offerings. The have growlers for sale or they will fill yours. No frills set up, beer offered on rows of metal shelving, and in coolers towards the rear. Impressive for the selection. Go here if you want a huge selection of fine beers from around the country and world.

Billolick, Mar 21, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Ngcba415
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

Ngcba415, Saturday at 08:22 PM
Photo of dennho
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

dennho, Oct 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

JackNip, Oct 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Speedbump, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of pbranigan
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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!

pbranigan, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

PaleAleWalt, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

mmmbeerNY, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of MattXT
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

MattXT, Aug 18, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

Niedzws, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of lorenwhite7
4.38/5  rDev 0%

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.

lorenwhite7, Aug 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

timoteo833, Jul 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Troy518, Jun 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

McBerry, Jun 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

wisegreensoul, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

tubeman, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Slatetank, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of VanStrokin
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Looks small from the outside. But once I walked in, I was surprised on how big it actually was. They have a lot of variety. A very good selection. The staff was pleasant and helpful. There is a growler station. Didn't notice the price for them though. Good selection on them also. Plenty of cooler space. Prices seemed standard. Will be going here again and again.

VanStrokin, May 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Resuin, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

JKV96, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

BeerBucks, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev 0%

Doesn't look like much on the outside (or inside, really, kind of a dingy place) but a truly outstanding selection.

About 4 long aisles full of craft beer of all kinds. Not just the regular options either- I was able to snag some Even More Jesus, Allagash Curieux, and Peche Mortel, which I hadn't yet seen up to that point. The place is a bit disorganized, and a bit shabby cleanliness-wise, and has a old warehouse feel to it. That doesn't detract from the incredible selection.

Can't comment too much on service since I didn't receive any- nobody was walking around helping anybody with selections. The prices were in line with what I expect, not cheap, but not crazy. There's a growler station with about 10 tap lines.

Worth the stop, and better than its sister store Westmere Beverage.

*Edit
Went again, and the service was great. Very helpful when asked about when certain beers would be arriving. Changed the rating to 4.25

GreesyFizeek, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Ego
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Work had me in the area this week so of course I checked out BA to see what was around Albany (I have never been to the area)

This place looks like an old style package goods type place from the outside and there is half a liquor store attached (I guess in NY the licenses are separate for beer and liquor).

First impression is sort of muted... and then you get in it... expansive couple of aisle of goodness. Great representation of regional brews (MA, upstate NY like middle ages!).

Not perfectly organized but who cares, it is easy enough to find tons of stuff. It is warehouse style and that works just fine, if you have a problem finding something you only need to open your eyes, nothing is hidden on these shelves.. they just can't! (when you go there you will see)

Tons of gems to be found for someone out of town..Middle Ages! yay and really odds end Bear Republic stuff and Midnight sun... I will be back on Friday and probably drop a few hundred on stuff to bring back home (PS: dropped $200 so not bad). It is about a 3 hour drive from home.... but you know what ? worth a road trip, stay up there for a night, there are tons of hotels and some pretty cool places on pearl st.

PS: went back a second time and dropped another hundy, I upped the vibe score as this time I saw much better employee interactions with customers. but to sum it up I will make it my business to stop in this store every time work has me in the area, great place.

Ego, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

vonnegut21, Oct 16, 2013
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Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY
97 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.