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Reviews by aerozeppl:
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The one stop place for all your beer needs in Albany. The store is set up in rows to reflect US craft and imports. The isles are usually cluttered and they are tight when the store is busy. All part of the charm as far as I am concerned. They get just about everything that is available in the area. If you want something they do not carry they will make an effort to get it for you. They do have growler fills from 4 taps. They get a decent enough selection of kegs as well. I would not say that this is a destination like Half Time but if you find yourself in Albany definitely drop in.
01-25-2008 16:11:38 | More by aerozeppl
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4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
Went again, and the service was great. Very helpful when asked about when certain beers would be arriving. Changed the rating to 4.25
01-24-2014 21:40:55 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.3/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Work had me in the area this week so of course I checked out BA to see what was around Albany (I have never been to the area)
This place looks like an old style package goods type place from the outside and there is half a liquor store attached (I guess in NY the licenses are separate for beer and liquor).
First impression is sort of muted... and then you get in it... expansive couple of aisle of goodness. Great representation of regional brews (MA, upstate NY like middle ages!).
Not perfectly organized but who cares, it is easy enough to find tons of stuff. It is warehouse style and that works just fine, if you have a problem finding something you only need to open your eyes, nothing is hidden on these shelves.. they just can't! (when you go there you will see)
Tons of gems to be found for someone out of town..Middle Ages! yay and really odds end Bear Republic stuff and Midnight sun... I will be back on Friday and probably drop a few hundred on stuff to bring back home (PS: dropped $200 so not bad). It is about a 3 hour drive from home.... but you know what ? worth a road trip, stay up there for a night, there are tons of hotels and some pretty cool places on pearl st.
PS: went back a second time and dropped another hundy, I upped the vibe score as this time I saw much better employee interactions with customers. but to sum it up I will make it my business to stop in this store every time work has me in the area, great place.
12-12-2013 05:48:21 | More by Ego
4.21/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Vibe: This store is like a small warehouse and isn't too far away from the Wolf Road/Albany Airport area. It's organized pretty well, with the closest aisle dedicated to imported beers, the middle aisle having domestic micros, and the far aisle having some singles, cases from other larger craft breweries (such as Saranac and Samuel Adams) and coolers. The store is well lit so its easy to see inside.
Quality: All of the beers were stored outside of sunlight. The place seemed to get a steady stream of customers coming in when I was there so I assume that the turnover was pretty good.
Service: The staff seemed quite friendly and made it a point to go around the store and ask customers if they had any questions.
Selection: The selection of beers was quite diverse and I was happy to come across beers from a couple of breweries that I haven't tried before. All of the shelves had labels below the beer with prices. They also had a special area set up for seasonal beers, which mostly consisted of pumpkin beers and Oktoberfests at the time of my visit.
Value: Prices for most of the seemed rather reasonable. A few of the beers carried hefty prices, but these were for limited releases.
10-06-2013 11:54:37 | More by metter98
4.01/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It looks like a warehouse and feels disorganized, but the beers are lined up on shelves by state and brewery, so it's not too hard to find what you're looking for. Selection is quite impressive, but not complete. I haven't been to the sister store in Westmere to see if they fill in the gaps in Oliver's selection yet. The best part is the growler filling station, which gets some rare selections that you can't find in a bottle at quite reasonable prices (most range around the 10-12$ range for a growler fill). The staff pouring the growlers is careful to top them off (always appreciated).
09-27-2013 20:43:12 | More by spokeydonkey
4.81/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$
I'm a bit spoiled, coming from Baltimore and being within walking distance of The Wine Source, but I have to say that Oliver's selection is outstanding. I can get beers here I have never seen before from all over the country, and the recommendations from the guys here have been fantastic. The growler station has some really interesting choices, from a dry-hopped cider to the unbottled Victory Mad King's Weiss.
It's not fancy, but when it comes to be this place is second-to-none. I highly recommend checking it out.
08-27-2013 00:39:01 | More by astover30
4.03/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Who cares if the atmosphere is warehouse-ish, nobody comes to ask me if I need any help, or there are random cases of beer in really random places all over the store? The selection at Oliver's is completely unparalleled. The import section alone was phenomenal, and the domestics were excellent as well. Many companies that had proven elusive to me were found, including NEBCO, Crooked Stave, and Perennial. Decent growler selections, and completely reasonable prices throughout.
08-16-2013 03:11:23 | More by JamesShoemaker
4.51/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | $$
By far the best shop in the Albany area. The biggest selection and cheapest prices lend hand to this. They tend to get all the big beers that are coming through the area and that have all the hype. Especially much more recently it seems. Adding more shelving inside for the increased selection they are providing. I tend to shop their sister shop 9 times out of 10 purely based on convenience because they are closer to home. With that being said though, Oliver's tends to get the big beers in before Westmere does and have a slightly cheaper price on those beers. Overall everyone in the shop knows what's what and are willing to help when it is needed.
05-10-2013 14:48:59 | More by zoober911
Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY
95 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.