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Beer Available At Oliver’s Beverage Center (arranged by most recent)
Stone Delicious IPA 96, Tröegs Nugget Nectar Ale 100, Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout 100, Victory Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale 99, Tröegs Blizzard of Hops 96, Long Trail Triple Bag Triple Amber Ale 77, Nine Pin Belgian , Naked Flock Citra Ultra Premium Hard Cider , Applewood Naked Flock Draft Cider , Nine Pin Ginger , McKenzie’s Green Apple Hard Cider 35, Prairie Artisan Ales Christmas Bomb! 98, McKenzie’s Hard Cider 25, Adirondack Rock the Boat Ale , Nine Pin Blueberry , DeMunck’s Cider 29, Ommegang Upside Brown 94, Ithaca The Creeker 94, Hazlitt Vineyards Cider Tree Cider , Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters: The Great’ER Pumpkin 96
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Sregnar35 (13) Rotterdam, New York | July 7, 2005
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
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 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.
Rastacouere (664) 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 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.
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 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...
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 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
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 (205) 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 whore’s 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. That’s worth upgrading the service.
DYCSoccer17 (312) 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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