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Reviews by Ego:
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
12-12-2013 05:48:21 | More by Ego
More User Reviews:
4.75/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
08-18-2014 18:32:42 | More by MattXT
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-04-2014 03:16:39 | More by lorenwhite7
Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY
96 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.