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Beer Available At Oliverís Beverage Center (arranged by most recent)
Cathedral Square / HeBrew St. Lennyís 81, Southern Tier 2XONE 97, Saranac Legacy IPA 81, Ommegang Glimmerglass Saison 96, Captain Lawrence Frost Monster 94, Southern Tier Grand Arbor 89, Sixpoint Global Warmer (2013) 95, Ommegang Hop House 92, Ithaca Excelsior! Fifteen 80, Three Heads Cobbs Hill Black Lager 74, Bells Hopslam 100, Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin 98, Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale (DBA) 84, Jackís Abby Jabby Brau 92, Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils 95, Maine Beer Lil One 99, Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter 97, Caldera Mogli 99, Crooked Stave Surette Provision Saison 99, Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal 99
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IMtheOptimator (33) Bethel, Connecticut | February 15, 2005
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A good place to find some of the best selections of beer in the capital district area. I donít go here as often because itís farther from where I live, but I stop by when I need brews that I canít find at my local Hoosick Street Beverage.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | September 28, 2004
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Looks like a low ceiling warehouse at the total end of Albany. No air conditioning. Most beers are not kept in refrigerators either, but the place seemed rather full and I can hope that thereís a good stock rotation. Iíd watch the date when buying low aging potential stuff still. Selection is huge, certainly much bigger than New Beers and bierkraftís in NYC although itís not the same quality. Upper NY (southern tier, middle ages, lake placid..) state breweries are better represented in Albany as well as a few rarer external breweries like Baltimoreís DeGroens. Prices are middle of the road between New Beers and bierkraft which makes them pretty decent and a neglectable factor. Very good all around selection. I wouldnít expect much service though, youíd better know what youíre looking for. Not world-class, but definitely top echelon.
ChazyRPh (10) Chazy, New York | June 3, 2004
82 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
My old college hangout. We used to buy our kegs of Busch from these guys and were on a 1st name basis. Occassionally weíd get a deal on some Lowenbrau Special Dark or something else they has laying around for a while. OK enough of reminiscing. This place is a dump. But it has beer. A decent selection of beer, better than youíd find at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, however, I am not sure about the turn around on what they have in stock.. Kinda a 40oz. crowd. Anyway, if you need beer in Albany, this is the place to go. Mecca as we used to call it...
tiggmtl (117) Vancouver, British Columbia | May 8, 2004
80 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
So the place isnít much too look at. Outside itís got a seedy kind of used car warehouse ambiance. Inside itís claustrophobic with tightly packed shelves of dusty bottles with very little room to maneuver a shopping cart. That being said, you probably will want a shopping cart. Very good selection of Eastern American micros, fair selection of English and other European beers including a fine section featuring the &quo;greatest hits&quo; of Belgium. Perhaps not much in the way of rare offerings, but well-stocked with everything youíd expect and then some. Adequate number of staff on hand to deal with the volume of shoppers. Service was friendly and dealt equally well with the group of us buying bottles of imports as with the party group in front of us picking up supplies for a kegger. The honesty of a staff member finding MartinT in the parking lot to let him know he overcharged him also goes a long way towards a recommendation. I came away very happy with a trunk full of beer and would suggest that this is a must if in the area. Very good bottle store.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | May 1, 2004| Updated February 21, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Very nice bottle selection, plenty of interesting American micros (Bear Republic, Victory, DFH, Smuttynose, Allagash, etc.) and a nice selection of Belgians and Eastern Europeans too. As CapFlu said, I was very impressed when the cashier ran out of the store while we were standing outside to see if he had overcharged me for a DFH Olde School. That was pretty impressive and reassuring. The best selection I have seen north of Half Time in Poughkeepsie.
CapFlu (194) Victoria, British Columbia | April 29, 2004
56 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Every bottle was $1 more than Glenville Beverage and the American Micro selection was somewhat of a bust but the Belgians covered the north wall - including 4 labels of Fantome. Some interesting internationals from small, unknown countries are represented as well. Dirty as a whoreís bed and shopping cart-unfriendly but the fact that the cashier ran out of the store to tell MartinT that he had over-charged him on the 12oz by ringing up the 22oz price was very satisfying.
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | April 26, 2004| Updated May 2, 2004
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
I actually didn’t find the prices to be out of line...much cheaper than Half Time for example. However, the selection doesn’t equal that store or many in MA/CT. Belgian selection ok, many interesting things but nothing truly rare...nice little group of E Euro porters, pils, etc. Oops, forgot about that bit with the cashier running out to fix his overcharge of Martin. Thatís worth upgrading the service.
DYCSoccer17 (297) Woodland, California | April 16, 2004
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
This place is pretty damned good. Decent supply of Micros and a formidable supply of Belgians. Prices are kinda steep. Didnt ask the staff any questions.
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