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Beer Available At Westmere Beverage Center (arranged by most recent)
Citizen Cider Witís Up 71, Trinity Old Growth Flemish Style Brown , Chatham Farmerís Daughter , Stiegl Radler Grapefruit (export) , Captain Lawrence Frost Monster 97, Newburgh Cream Ale 68, Two Roads Road 2 Ruin 92, Bad Seed Old Elmer Traditional Cider , Downeast Cider Cranberry Blend 56, Steadfast Oatmeal Cream Stout , Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Idaho 7 94, Ninkasi Venn 66, Etienne Dupont Cidre De Givre Eis Cider 97, Kasteel Winter 94, Steadfast Biere de Garde , Flag Porter 1825 Original 89
Chad9976 (33) Albany, New York | July 9, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Though smaller than Oliverís (their sister store), Westmere is just as good. Theyíve remodeled quite a few times over the last year or two and are constantly expanding.
Thereís two main walk-in coolers. On the left side is all the macros with a lot of singles and 40oz. On the right side is the craft beer cooler. Mostly 6 and 12 packs, with various bombers.
Thereís a growler station with about 10 taps. They offer 16, 32 and 64oz pours. Selection changes almost daily.
I recommend the seasonal shelf right across from the counter. Probably the freshest beer in the store.
Thereís a secret clearance rack behind the seasonal selection. Iíve found bombers for as little as $2 here! Other 12oz bottles and cans go for as little as 49 cents! Itís usually expired stuff, though (or stuff though to be expired).
Absolutely fantastic selection of Belgian and German beer. A huge cider selection as well. Plenty of American breweries all sorted by state. They offer a "mix a six" discount where you get $3 off. They will let you take a single out of ANY box in the store. Iíve literally opened mix packs and cases just to get one bottle or can and they didnít care.
Staff is a bunch of great guys. All very friendly and they definitely know their beer. Jeremy and Jeff are the managers and will help you out no problem.
Almost forgot: best empties return system anywhere. Just bring your empties to the back and drop them on the floor or in a cart and when you check out tell them how many empties you had and theyíll credit the refund towards your purchase. Iíve never once been second guessed on my empties.
indyjb (1) Albany, New York | March 5, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Love the new selections in on a weekly basis. The $3 off on a mixed 6 pack is great and the selection of beers available is certainly the best in the Albany area. The staff has been incredibly helpful every time Iíve been in and they have made a huge effort to track down craft beer selections that are usually unavailable to this part of the country.
AleWife725 (66) Albany, New York | July 4, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great place for kegs. Jeremy (manager) is always willing to work with you to help you get in the keg you want, and at a reasonable cost. Will usually price match if you find something cheaper elsewhere. Definitely worth a stop.
yankeefan21 (6) New York | September 21, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Ambiance? Itís a beverage center, I just want a good selection and good service and these guys deliver. Thereís a nice selection of beers here and the staff is very knowledgeable.
oteyj (14) New Hampshire | May 25, 2009| Updated July 25, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A most excellent beer garden right off the highway in Albany. Selection is actually quite good; all brews are separated by region brewed, making it easy for me to make a beeline to the Belgian quad section, or the west coast hop-bomb area. Righteous. Staff is knowledgeable and kind. I even scored a couple free glasses. Theres some real gems here if you look hard enough.
auerbrau (306) Ithaca, New York | September 6, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Another solid beer stop. Almost mind-boggling, largely because the store is a little disorganized. I love the flat $3 off a mixed six pack, that really works for me. Lots of selection in both imports and regional micros. I thought the national micro selection was a little thin, but Iím okay with that. This is where Iíll be stopping on my trips to the Adirondacks.
WLG423 (14) Connecticut | June 23, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited in February 2010: A beer Mecca in Albany. Great selection of beers from across the world. Deep selection with broad choices from many breweries. Great place to find many lambics, a tough find in upstate. Prices were reasonable and the service was great, I think I was approached 3 times in about 30 minutes to make sure that I was finding everything.
glennmastrange (80) hobe sound, Florida | April 23, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice place not too far from the airport. Good selection of American stuff, like Firestone Walker and Sixpoint, good foreign stuff and just okay on the Belgians, but the guy behind the counter knew his business and threw in a free glass on just a $60 purchase. Definitely worth the stop.
deyholla (417) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 30, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
My regular place for bottles during my time in Schenectady. Best selection around in a warehouse type set up. They have a growler station that rotates fairly frequently. Staff was always helpful. Prices were relatively fair.
hophead75 (83) Largo, Florida | September 26, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Just happened to go into this store to buy a couple of bags of ice and perhaps some session beer- and what a find! At least three long aisles full of craft beer. Tons of 22ís, six packs, a huge belgian and import aisle. You can buy singles of anything they have in 12 oz bottles. They had some stuff there than I havenít seen anywhere else in quite a while: Captain Lawrence NoríEaster, Xtra Gold (2006), as well as their Dubbel. Some heavyweight also on the shelves. Ambiance is typical beverage distributor warehouse. Staff knowledge and service was adequate to above average. I would definitely recommend this store to anyone traveling through Albany. the only con I noticed is that some of the bottles are quite dusty and may be past their prime, especially IPAís. I should note that this is the sister store of Oliverís (brew crew).
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