Westmere Beverage

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

46 Ratings
Westmere BeverageWestmere Beverage
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1756 Western Ave
Albany, New York, 12203-4414
United States

(518) 456-1100 | map
brew-crew.com

Notes:
Growler fills available

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Added by aerozeppl on 06-29-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
27
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.35%
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Photo of spark3148857
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Read about westmere as the place to go in the Albany area. Didn't disappoint, not much of a vibe just a typical upstate beer store, not much is refrigerated and the walk in cooler is full of BMC. However the crowler station was a great option with a wide variety and very reasonable prices. Pretty much everything just gets distributed to upstate NY can be found here. Staff was very helpful pointing me to some fresh NE IPAs I may have otherwise overlooked. Pipeworks Citra DIPA was just icing on the cake.

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Photo of thoglund
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of livin4jc
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I actually was disappointed with Westmere. I expected it to be similar to their sister store, Olivers, but found it lacking. The place is a bit of a dump, was kinda dirty, and was picked over. I thought it was much more crowded than Olivers and had trouble finding some common east coast beers - like Dog Fish Head. Lots of 6 packs missing a beer - and a lot of empty holes. Not a bad experience, but - considering I would be coming from the Northway - prefer Olivers over this joint.

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Photo of ScottP
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of brentblack1
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of American_Hawk
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of JackNip
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of cgskippy
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Great store with amazing selection and helpful staff. I always spend more time than planned browsing the aisles and looking at the recent arrivals. good job of keeping Facebook updated on the week's arrivals and kegs on growler station. Sometimes difficult to get rarer beers but they are fair about spreading the wealth using bottle limits.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MJSchools
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mseeger
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MattXT
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Killer selection, helpful staff, and a nice variety on the taps. If you happen to be at Crossgates Mall, take the three minute drive to Westmere for some treats to bring home.

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Photo of Troy518
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of tubeman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NJBeer265
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JKV96
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

The sister store to Oliver's- part of the Brew Crew group of stores in Albany. The selection is very similar to Oliver's, but a few bottles missing at Westmere that were at Oliver's, with a few bottles missing at Oliver's that were at Westmere. Picked up some Pretty Things for the first time, haven't seen it on the shelf in Rochester yet. The place is kind of dirty, a bit grimy. A warehouse sort of feel to it, much like Oliver's. Friendly employees though, offered help even when I didn't need it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I used to be a fan of Westmere Beverage. In fact, I did 95% of my beer shopping here. They have one of the best selections in the area and would generally let people know on facebook when special releases were coming out. But over time, prices have continued to creep higher and higher, making them consistently a more expensive option than many other local stores. On top of that, it seems that when they get special release beer, they stash half of it in the cellar to sell for 2x retail after it's been "aged" a year. They regularly try to sell "vintage" at a huge markup, even things that aren't that hard to find in the first place. The worst is the recent display of 2012 Parabola marked up to $50 a bottle. It seems like their new business model has become make as much profit as possible at our regular customers' expense. I used to really like coming here. But not anymore. I'm going to have to find a new regular store. Wouldn't recommend coming here unless you're desperate for a special release beer.

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Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY
4.19 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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