Oliver's Beverage

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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

105 Colvin Ave
Albany, New York, 12206-1190
United States

(518) 459-2767 | map
brew-crew.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
97
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
6.22%
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 97
Reviews by ndolover:
Photo of ndolover
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bigred89
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of thoglund
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of hockeypuck
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of livin4jc
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Loses points on the vibe. It is quite a, well, warehousey feel place. They have a ton of beers...some not normally available in the Capital region. Prices are good, staff is knowledgeable. Perhaps the best place for buying beer in the capital region...if it isn't, then I mustn't have been there yet.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of KGilmour
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Whimpers
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jlabs
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of American_Hawk
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of stevehagy
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Swaino
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Ngcba415
5/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

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Photo of dennho
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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Photo of JackNip
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Speedbump
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of pbranigan
5/5  rDev +15.2%

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!

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Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY
4.34 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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