Decent selection of kegs to keep what I had on tap ever changing when I lived in Albany. Micro selection is enough for me to get variety. Long term staff is knowelgable, but not overly friendly. Addition of wine store next door makes a great one-stop for party planning.
This is the best place in the Albany area to go beer hunting. Good selection of Belgians, lotsa micros and stuff from other countries as well. Limited glassware selection. They recently got a lot of new micros in, making the drive to Half Time Beverage seem like a waste of time. Pricing is reasonable. Staff is worthless. They have an idea on everything, but in the long run it’s always wrong. No, you didn’t have the new Avery Imperial Stout a year ago. Yes, Anchor did make a 2005 OSA, etc.
2016 edit: This place has *seriously* stepped up their game. It’s *by far* better than what I have in Southern California including some really esoteric stuff like Alpine Brewing (hard to find here in socal) and even Bend Brewing’s The Apothecary. I was here in May 2016 and dropped over $500 on stuff I can’t get in So Cal. Worth searching for.
Very good selection but limited refrigerated stock. I found alot of great stuff here, many in cans (out of necessity). Right off I90 for easy access. Ask for a discount if your getting alot of different singles.
This place has 4 walls that are full of good micro’s and craft beers. Nothing extremely rare, for this area anyways, but I did find rochefort 6, 8, and 10, so that’s cool.
Cletus (233) Connecticut | June 5, 2005| Updated January 6, 2006
This the place to visit if you’re looking for beer to take home with you. Their selection is several aisles deep with an impressive Belgian and German section, reasonable prices and, more importantly, a steady supply of all the local beers including the availability of fill your own growlers.
A good place to find some of the best selections of beer in the capital district area. I don’t go here as often because it’s farther from where I live, but I stop by when I need brews that I can’t find at my local Hoosick Street Beverage.
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 there’s a good stock rotation. I’d watch the date when buying low aging potential stuff still. Selection is huge, certainly much bigger than New Beers and bierkraft’s in NYC although it’s 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 Baltimore’s 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 wouldn’t expect much service though, you’d better know what you’re looking for. Not world-class, but definitely top echelon.
My old college hangout. We used to buy our kegs of Busch from these guys and were on a 1st name basis. Occassionally we’d 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 you’d 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...
So the place isn’t much too look at. Outside it’s got a seedy kind of used car warehouse ambiance. Inside it’s 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 you’d 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
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.