Hoosick Street Beverage Center


18 Reviews
Hoosick Street Beverage CenterHoosick Street Beverage Center

Type: Store

2200 19th St
Troy, New York, 12180-2445
United States

(518) 273-0877 | map

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Added by Ninjaworm on 12-07-2005

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 30
Photo of Jlabs
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

One of the better beverage places I've been to..they always seem to get good stuff and don't get the fanfare some of the other local places get..but they should..well worth stopping by if you are in the Albany/Troy area

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Photo of 2Xmd
3.29/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Checked this place out based on the reviews here. Seemed better rated than Oliver's. Very disappointed. They didn't have as much and the prices were higher. Should have gone to Oliver's. Old stock (which most places have), staff was not very knowledgable about what's on the shelves. It looks good for BMC stuff if you are looking for that.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.94/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I live a little over a hour away, but everytime I am out that way, I try to make it to Hoosick Street Beverage.

They are not the cheapest store, but they are far from being the most expensive store. They are cheaper than other stores I have visited in the area. If you just want to stock up on Busch for a frat party, this might not be the best store for you.

If you are a fan of beer at all, then you have to visit this store. They easily have the best selection of any store I have ever seen, even the few in larger cities. They have beers that I have never even heard of, and many brews by some of my favorite breweries (Rogue, Stone, Southern Tier, Left Hand Brewing, the good stuff etc) that I have never seen anywhere else.

This is not a store to visit if you just plan on buying Budweiser. Honestly, I am not sure if they even stock Budweiser, or who would buy it when there's such a wide variety to choose from.

I would recommend saving up a beer fund before visiting Hoosick St Beverage, as there is simply so many different beers.

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Photo of kevinmb25
4.94/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Really Great Store, visiting the Capitol Region for work from NJ and looking to stock up on some out of town brews. Great selection in this store. Just got AleSmith brews in which are not yet available in my neck of the woods. Allow you to mix and match any beers in the place and give a discount when doing so. The owner was very knowledgeable and helpful. Stocked up and then went down to The Ruck for a few beers. Will definitely stop here any time I am in the area. Growler station had 6-7 brews also for reasonable prices.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hit this place up to stockpile for a party over the weekend. Great store. The set-up and atmosphere is pretty standard...open industrial style building with a ton of brews stocked all over the place. To the left of the entrance there is all the macro-crap. Nuff said about that. Once you get past that little detour, there is a huge availability of both chilled and room temp bottles in packs or as singles to mix and match. They also have rotating taps (I think there were 6 or 7) for growler fills. Talked with one of the owners/employees (?) while I was shopping and he was extremely knowlegable about craft beer and the products they carry, as well as some of the products that are as yet unavailable to them. After ringing up, they even help carry your goods out to your car with you if you so happen to have the quantity to require multiple hands. I will definitely return with business when I am in the area again.

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Photo of coopbrewer
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

As with most stores that offer mix packs the bottle prices are a bit expensive but you are paying the premium for getting exactly what you want. And this place delivers the goods when getting what you want. Great selection, well stocked shelves, and clearly labelled prices await those who venture in. The service was excellent and the guys that helped me gave excellent recommendations on beers I haven't tried before. I am in the Capital district twice a year and make it a point to stop in each time I'm in the area.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

stopped by this past weekend to pick up some stuff I can't get in PA, during my annual trip to Troy as an Alumni of RPI. Hoosick Beverage was our go-to beer store 10 years ago, and it's only gotten better since, as their selection of craft beer has grown.

Can't judge a book by it's cover, as the exterior is a little rough and it's tucked behind the Liquor Store. But inside you find that the entire right hand side of the store is dedicated to craft beer and imports. The shelves are organized by region, and then by country for the imports. Six packs and single bottles line the shelves. They offer mix six packs for any bottles that come in 4 or 6 packs. Couldn't ask for more.

They now have growler fills as well. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful,and offered a taste of the growler beers that were the style I said I liked. Prices were pretty good.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Quality and Selection are great- beers from all over the US and the world, with a good representation of NY and New England breweries. They always have a good representation of my favorites: Southern Tier, Smutty Nose, Middle Ages, Lagunitas, etc. And I almost always come out of there with something new that turns out to be a great new discovery. Some of the bottles are dusty but I've never had anything spoiled.

Prices are reasonable. Service is always prompt and friendly. When I was in there recently, I picked up a mix of 13-14 bombers. Of their own accord, they gave me a case discount and threw in a free pint glass. Nice gestures, that's the kind of stuff that'll keep me going back.

The atmosphere feels a bit like a college town dive bar. Not a fancy place at all, kind of rough. That being said, I recommend they don't change it a bit. Keep it just like it is: a relaxed and unpretentious place to casually pick from a great selection of world-class beers. One of my favorite beer stores.

Edit on 27 July 2010: their prices seem to be getting a little steep. Upped my rating from $$ to $$$. :/

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Photo of nopucophop
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%


This place is the epitome of service. They are so friendly and helpful it is unreal. If I could drink in the place I would be there for hours at a time. I prefer this place over the others in NY due to service and I like to support the locals. I like walking in and seeing the owner there willing to help.

As far as selection I would have to say it is in the top 3 in the area. They have all the standards and many more. They also have growlers available and kegs of fine beer. There prices are right in check with other NY establishments. They do allow you to make mixed sixers which is a plus. They are also quick to contact a rep and get you whatever is available. I have asked for things and watched them call the rep right in front of me.

I really think this place should be checked out if you have never been.

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Photo of meday
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

Driving to visit in-laws near Syracuse from NH, so I looked at BA for a good place to buy some beer not offered in NH.

I picked up a great selection of German beers, and USA beers from around the country. I dropped $135 on a couple cases, mainly of bigger bottled singles, but some packs of Dogfish we don't have in NH.

The service was great. They showed me the good stuff and let me browse. The offered me a nice Lindemans glass that they overheard my wife saying was nice. I nice gesture.

The best selection I have seen in my travels so far, which is still limited.

I highly recommend anyone who is driving along route 9 (in VT) or route 7 (in NY) to stop in a find something new.

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Photo of eLMsITYbUM
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

I was driving with my wife through Troy, NY and noticed this place. We stopped in. The employees were extremely helpful and pleasant. They had a lot of beers that you can't find in NH or VT so this was a treat.
We ended up purchasing a four pack of Double Simcoe and a bomber of Southern Tier Hoppe. I was looking for a few beers that I have been having a really hard time locating. The guy looked for everything in several locations without luck. He seemed very knowledgeable about the beers they carried and offered several recommendations. This is definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of mstyne
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Hoosick Street Beverage -- what can I say.

Exceptional dudes and exceptional beer.

They always have new and interesting things to try, and the guys are super knowledgeable and friendly. There's a great selection of domestics and imports, and they keep 'the good stuff' in a fridge in the back, so you can always get some top shelf brews already chilled.

There's a good selection of sodas and lesser beers, if you're into that stuff, I guess. They're never afraid to tell me what they think of a particular brew, or to ask "have you tried ... ?"

Definitely my favorite place to go to pick up new stuff and old favorites. Doesn't hurt that's it's on the way home from work...

Update, April 2009: The guys over at Hoosick Street now have growlers! They have 5 or 6 taps with some pretty good brews. From memory they currently have Arrogant Bastard, Blue Point's "Spring Fling", Troegs "Troegenator Double Bock" ... and one or two more that I forgot.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Just a block or three from the RPI campus in beautiful Troy, this place did not disappoint. Looks like nothing special from the outside and the piles of Macro cases in the middle of the place do not provide much inspiration, however, on the right as you enter and in the coolers in the rear resides a collection of the B.A. worthy “good stuff” that was more then impressive. Local, regionals, typicals, imports…etc they cover it…even coming from the NYC area, this place held its own with the better places I regularly check out. Well worth a visit if in the area. Friendly guy and gal behind the counter to boot...

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Photo of jaco677
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

What on earth is this place doing in the sleepy little Collar City? I have found that when reviewing beer stores you really have to take into account location. Not as in how do i get to it, but what kind of city are they in. If Hoosick beverage were located in boston, or Baltimore, it would be a mediocre to good store. I grew up in troy and Hoosick beverage has come an astonishing way in the last 10 years. Sure over half the store is you usual kegs and frat beer (Troy is primarily a college town once you get up the hill, and RPI is right around the corner from the store). But the other side of the joint offers a huge selection of american micros, and not a bad selection of belgians. There are two gentleman specifically that work there that seem to be very knowedgable and helpful. They won't see you out as you go down the few aisles but if you bring something interesting to the counter, all of a sudden they are very chatty and quick to point out some other good ideas. Three aisles of singles, bombers, sixers and the like, and a wall of ridges in the back. I always stop here on my way into town to stock up for the visit, and my way out to smuggle my good back to maryland.

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Photo of drseamus
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

It seems like Hoosick Beverage primarily caters to the many fraternities//groups at RPI in that two thirds of the store is taken up by kegs and 30-racks. In the other third of the store though they have a pretty decent selection of regional and other brews. One aisle is mostly NY and east coast beers, one is mostly european beers, and then they have a decent selection of belgian beers. One nice thing is that you can buy singles of anything they sell 6 packs of, so you can make mix-and-match 6 packs. It might be that it's so close to me, but I always go to Hoosick when I want to get some good beers.

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Photo of Stimack
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%

This was the first time that I have ventured over to Hoosick Beverage and was glad I did. Has a very nice craft brew section from all over the country. The Northeast was the best represented but the did have a very impressive selection of Rogue and Bear Republic that I noticed. Also a nice selection of German and Belgian brews on a shelf in the back. I do question the rotation of their brews as I did notice a lot of heavy dust on some of the selection. Also I thought the prices where a little high compared to Oliver’s (Albany) and The Beverage Mart (Wynanskill). Also the store could use a good cleaning but, hell it is a beer store I suppose.

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Photo of jarsh
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Always stop here when I am visiting my parents. On very busy route 7 in Troy sometimes hard to get in or out if you are on the wrong side of the road. Warehouse distributor feel. Huge selection of macros and keg beer. There are both room temp and cooler beer available. They have recently re-organized their craft section which is now much better and takes up about a third of the total floor space of the store. Great selection of regional brews, but aside from Rogue not much outside of New England/Mid-Atlantic breweries. A decent selection of the better German and Belgian beers. Also an area of other beers from around the world. No singles on 6 pack beer. Has an excellent bottle return and they also have a separate wine/liquor store next door. Staff is friendly and knowledgable and make good recommendations based on your purchase for the next time you stop in.

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Photo of Ninjaworm
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Hoosick is the beer location for RPI students as it is located so close to campus. Over the past few years that have been expanding their craft beer selection to include many more of the regional breweries available. The most memorable breweries that I can think of are Smuttynose, Dogfish Head, Stone, Middle Ages, Sierra Nevada, Otter Creek, Saranac, and Rogue.

The service is always pretty good, the people behind the counter are fairly knowledgeable about the stock. The selection is pretty good with a good collection of craft breweries and a reasonable Belgian section. The prices are pretty much on par.

When visiting troy the selection best without having to drive to Albany for Oliver’s. Definitely worth the visit if you are in the area.

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Hoosick Street Beverage Center in Troy, NY
4.26 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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