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Oliver's Beverage

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96
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63 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

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

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
96
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
96
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
7.59%
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 96
Reviews by sulldaddy:
Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Visited this store on way through Albany after cabin trip. The store is a left turn off the main road and has a fairly small parking lot. Beer is the door in the corner, liquor/wine door to the right.
THe beer selection is to the left with 4 rows of shelving. There are also 4 taps runnning to fill growlers, they only fill their own. NOthing too exciting here Smittwicks, and some large regionals (I forget which) but all were readily available in bottles.
The shelves are labeled geographically with large signs hanging from ceiling. Countries and various US states mark the breakdown. There is a great selection of Belgians and also some fun French and other random countries. The US stuff is a great mix of NY and regionals and a solid representation of other bigger craft breweries. Good Middle Ages, Victory, Weyerbacher, SIx Point selection.
Service was very friendly and helpful, not sure about beer knowledge but they were good guys. Offfered free beer glasses to take, but the selection was ALL dusty Lite and AB pints, I have enough glasses that I dont need another like that.
WOrth a stop if in the area for sure.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of thoglund
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of hockeypuck
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of livin4jc
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
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 -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of KGilmour
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Whimpers
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jlabs
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of American_Hawk
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of stevehagy
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Swaino
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Ngcba415
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Photo of dennho
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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 +3.4%

Photo of Speedbump
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of pbranigan
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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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Photo of PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev -8%

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Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY
96 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.
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