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Beer Available At Westmere Beverage Center (arranged by most recent)
Citizen Cider Witís Up 74, Trinity Old Growth Flemish Brown , Chatham Farmerís Daughter , Stiegl Radler Grapefruit (export) , Captain Lawrence Frost Monster 97, Newburgh Cream Ale 66, 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 96, Kasteel Winter 94
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).
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.
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.
mcox90 (58) Wilton, New Hampshire | February 14, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Read about this place on the website and since I was in the area, thought Iíd check it out. From the outside it is pretty un appealing. Looks like an old service station. Inside it is a warehouse atmosphere, but the selection is great and the staff friendly and helpful. They seemed to be "beer guys". They allow singles and they fill growlers which is unheard of where I live(NH). Prices were in line with anyplace else Iíve been. If your in the area, itís woth a stop.
ABUSEDGOAT (57) California | December 26, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Westmere is finally in the database, nice. Very similar to Olivers, but I like the staff here better. In general the two stores get very similar stuff, but not the same. I think the American selection here is arguably better while the imports are worse, but thats a generalization. Westmere is very close to my house, I get a lot of freebies and discounts, whereas Olivers rarely offers them. Itís my local beer store when Iím in NY...
bigrond (50) factoryville, Pennsylvania | June 3, 2009| Updated February 6, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
set up like a wharehouse. Single bottles are encouraged. Wide selection for a small place. Great distributorif you like bottles that have dusk on them.
Boliv (35) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | June 29, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
This place is like the little brother of Oliverís Beverage on Colvin Ave in Albany, in that the selection isnít quite as good. I used to stop by here on the way home from work a few years back, and theyíve got a decent little selection. Nothing particularly amazing or difficult-to-find, but they certainly have a more diverse selection than most average bev centers. Itís worth a check.
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.
Photog (26) Camillus, New York | March 8, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped here on a whim and was impressed. The staff was very helpful. The place looked alittle beat up but the selection was very good. I donít think it had as much as Olivers but it definitely had more than most. Definitely worth stopping in.
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.
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