Oliver's Beverage

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Oliver's BeverageOliver's Beverage
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80 Ratings
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.39
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 by slander:
Photo of slander
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%

This year's trek to Cooperstown was considerably more adventurous than last year's scenic solo run. Yeah, huh. Set out with some good like-minded folks in the late morning, with the understanding that we were going to do the up and around via Albany (stopping to check on Jay's partially assembled '68 Camaro in Cobleskill; good comedy but a terribly scary backwoods time) on the way out to Cooperstown and cut across the mountain for some fact finding on the way back. As usual, we were making good time on the road. We had quickly grown parched and as I was put in charge of "provisions" anyway, stopping off at Oliver's along the Albany corridor was not met with any objections...

Hey!! Easy access off the slightly absurdly out of the way 787 to 90 loop. Warehousey, but the best beer stores often are. The counter's front row center and then you're looking down a few aisles of beer. In the first aisle, shelves of Belgians to your left, some nice things there (Cantillon, De Ranke, Fantome, DuPont, Liefmans, De Dolle, St. B, the trappists, etc.), and English, German and imports otherwise. The center aisle holds all the American micros, the units sorted by state. New York State was very well represented with all the goods from end to end, and then regional New England, Jersey and PA. Beyond that, you've got Colorado, Oregon and Cali. Sixes, 22's and 750's, standards and seasonals. You can purchase single beers, and make your own six packs. The end aisle is macro and coolers housing enough of the micro collection to be able to grab a cold six or two of something good, which is excellent news as it's going to be a dry shitty ride to Cobleskill otherwise. Growler pours too, hooray!!

Not much in the way of service, a couple of guys just hanging around. Not like I need 'em anyway. Good beer store, damn good jerky too.

More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Swaino
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Ngcba415
5/5  rDev +13.9%

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 +2.5%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Speedbump
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of pbranigan
5/5  rDev +13.9%

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!

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of MattXT
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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 Niedzws
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of lorenwhite7
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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 timoteo833
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of VanStrokin
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

*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

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Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY
97 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.