Oliver's Beverage

Oliver's BeverageOliver's Beverage
BA SCORE
4.37/5
99 Ratings
Oliver's BeverageOliver's Beverage
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

(518) 459-2767 | map
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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
99
pDev:
7.55%
 
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Reviews by slander:
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4.05/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

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Photo of Ebur0n
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Sister bottle shop of Westmere, so they basically have the same delivery of beers. So the selection is through the roof with awesome stuff. Still, an exceptionally clean warehouse like store that looks just a tad cleaner than Westmere on the outside. Check it out if you’re in the area.

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Photo of abkayak
4.72/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

these guys bent over backwards to make a brother happy

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Photo of bigred89
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of thoglund
4.37/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of hockeypuck
4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of livin4jc
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
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 -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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3.89/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.79/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of American_Hawk
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of stevehagy
4.24/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Ngcba415
5/5  rDev +14.4%

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%

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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Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY
Place rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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