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Oliver's Beverage

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

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.38
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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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 61
Reviews by ommegangpbr:
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of lorenwhite7
4.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of VanStrokin
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

*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

Photo of Ego
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
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).

Photo of astover30
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.03/5  rDev -8%
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.

Great store.

Photo of zoober911
4.51/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of MikePags
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5

Best overall beer store for quite some distance in any direction. Growler fill up taps frequently changing with a varied and good selection of beer which rarely include typical or pedestrian quasi craft beers. Rarely disappointed with the selection, it is hard to leave without spending more than I planned.

Photo of stalker5
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I head over to Oliver's any time I'm in that area in Albany. It's definitely the best place in Albany, NY to get good craft beer and any beer really. Good quantities of an excellent selection and variety of beers. Climate control could be a bit better in the store as it does get quite hot in the summer. The service in the store is great. They know what they're doing and what they're talking about and are open to any suggestions you may make. The prices are reasonable and do have regular sales and a consistent flow of different beers on tap to fill growlers.

Photo of jrnyc
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I stopped into Olivers on my way back to Long Island from a concert at Saratoga Springs. I was hoping to find some beer that I can not get on Long Island. Mission accomplished, I was able to find a couple of good ones.

Olivers has a pretty good selection. Looks like the craft brews outnumber the BMC's there, always a good sign. They also have growlers.

The worker the counter was very friendly and helpful.

If you are in the Albany area, this is a good place to stop and pick up some craft beer.

Photo of potownbill
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%

Oliver's has a very good selection with a strong international section. The domestic beers consists of brewers like Sierra Nevada, Goose Island, Left Hand, Rogue, Breckenridge, etc.. There was some dust on the bottles I purchased. Solid selection, but not a lot of great beers. There was a display of Southern Tier Choklat, along with some of the other higher end ST bombers. Didn't have a chance to talk to the help, because there was a line checking out. Not quite up to the level of Halftime, State Line, or Julio's, but very solid selection. Overall, definitly worth a second visit.

Photo of smcolw
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

I was visiting Siena College with my daughter and decided to visit here based on the BA rating. I was not disappointed. They advertise over 1,200 different beers. It's easy to break six-packs. And then they take $3 off each mixed six-pack.

Speaking with the manager, I could tell the pride he has in making Oliver's the very best beer store anywhere. It is an informal place, like all true beer stores.

I was able to find 50+ beers that were not available in eastern Massachusetts. It was well worth the side trip; so, if you are in Albany, this place is worth a stop.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The second best shop in the Albany area. I prefer Westmere, but this is still a great place.

Three aisles of craft beer, one for imports, a middle for micros and a third for larger micros (SA, Saranac, Magic Hat).

Recently have started using facebook to update customers about new arrivals. Often times will let you call them up and reserve a beer that they recently got in stock. I love this as I can check facebook during work/class call them up have a bottle saved and then go get later in the day.

They offer growlers to go with an ever rotating selection (never gotten one, but they offer them)

Employees are great at helping you find a beer that you a looking for.

They offer singles and offer a discount on a mix a six

The only two knocks are the prices and that sometimes they have outdated beer still on the shelves. However to their credit if they notice a beer has been sitting around for a while they will make it down.

Also they often have sampling events from local breweries (Ommegang, Brooklyn, Magic Hat, Saranac and Brown's that I know of)

A negative(?) is that they take an extra week or two to get shipments in, but nothing to criticize them for, just be aware of it.

My two recommendations would be more mix packs and more gift sets with glassware in them.

Photo of STEG
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

I go to this place almost every Friday. It's certainly the best place in Albany, it has the most available of any store in the area and in the largest quantities. It does get a little hot in the summertime and it isn't very well climate controlled. They have been open and willing to take suggestions on what they should carry and have gotten me things I've asked for. They are a bit slow on getting things but that could be the distributor they work with. Prices are reasonable and they have sales on things close to expiration (or not sometimes).

Photo of ndolover
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%

I hit this place from reccomendations from BA.

It would seem that this is the place to find good beer in Albany. Huge selections or imports (Mikkeller, Dues,etc) and local stuff (long trail, Brown's, etc.). I was impressed by their cider and perry selections.

However, most of all the craft beers were out at room temp. under lights all day. The bottles were dusty and they didn't seem to have any logic behind the stocking. Beers such as Dogfishhead were next to Long trail and Tremens was next to the soda. I would have liked to seen the budwieser on the floor instead of Chimay.

Nobody approached me while shopping, but upon check out, the guy insisted that I have a local winter beer to "check out." Which was nice, and it tasted good...but I figured they were just trying to unload it. =) I also asked about Catptain Lawarence, and he didn't know what kind of beeer that was...so not the most knowledgable.

Overall, it would seem this is the place to get craft beer in Albany. Just spend some time and look through all 3 huge rows to find what you need.

Photo of nopucophop
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

This is the premiere shop in the Albany/Capital District area. There selection is huge and very well organized. The guys are informed and friendly. They also have growler fills with a constant rotation. This is the place to go and just look and look. I am sure you will find something you like. They are a little pricey but will usually offer a discount for a large buy. I would list some of there offerings but it is a waste of time. If it is available in upstate NY they should have it. I don't go there often but it is always a treat when I do, tie it in with a beer at Mahars or the Lionheart and you have a great day planned.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

Wow. That's all I can say.

I stopped in here on a whim as a last stop on my way home, I'd already gotten plenty of beer on my trip but this place had some good reviews so I thought I'd give it a chance and check it out. I wish I spent less money earlier on because the selection here was phenomenal. I found Sam Adams Chocolate Bock for $7.99 on close out! There were tons and tons of locals, american craft as well as some great imports. They even had a chimay gift set with all 3 beers and a chalice - I would have bought it if I didn't just get a st.bernardus set earlier on my trip!

Anyways, point is they have amazing stuff no matter where you're from so check it out.

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Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY
97 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.