Oliver's Beverage

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Oliver's BeverageOliver's Beverage
BA SCORE
96
world-class

61 Reviews
Reviews: 61
Visits: 88
rAvg: 4.36
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: 88
Reviews by ommegangpbr:
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

I lived in albany for quite awhile and never went to Oliver's during my time there.
Boy do I feel stupid.
I made a point of making sure I paid a visit there while in Albany visiting friends for a weekend. The beer palace that is Oliver's made the weekend a rosier time and place.
Excellent, excellent selection of beverages. Had a full line up of Belgians I'd seen and heard of before as well as those I hadn't seen or heard of before.
Had more Victory and Rogue beers than any place I'd been to before.
Some of the stock had more dust on it than it should have but that seems to happen in most places. Everything I had turned out tasting fine (though the Prima Pils I picked up was one day past its best by date... fortunately, that pack I picked up from their fridge, which makes me think they keep freshness dates in mind when stocking their fridge).
The prices fell pretty much in the same spectrum I've become accustomed to: some being much cheaper than I'd seen before (a little over $8 for 750 mL St. Bernardus 8 and 12), about the same as other places ($9ish for a six pack of Prima Pils, $4.50-$5 for most Rogue and Stone) and a couple brews for more than I usually see them for.
The guy at the register was very excited to see me purchasing some Storm King Stout; he seemed like he almost wanted to give me a hug when informing me he just got in a rather large supply of the stuff. He was also very mindful of giving me a box to safely and snugly transport my stash.
No reason I can see to avoid this place.
Plenty of reasons to visit.
It's a palace o' beer. (1,578 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.97/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Whimpers
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jlabs
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.79/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of American_Hawk
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of stevehagy
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Swaino
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Ngcba415
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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. (435 characters)

Photo of dennho
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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. (459 characters)

Photo of JackNip
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Speedbump
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of pbranigan
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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! (679 characters)

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MattXT
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. (427 characters)

Photo of Niedzws
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of lorenwhite7
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of timoteo833
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Troy518
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of McBerry
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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