Oliver’s Beverage Center

Mayor: ByTheirLimpin (6) | Taps: 12 | Bottles: over 1,350
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | July 25, 2006
Not very big but packed. Good selection of American beers although incomplete (missing the Stones, Hair of the Dog, Three Floyds and AleSmith among others). Selection of Belgian is average. German/others is ok. Place feels like a small warehouse and the staff is not very helpful. I bought for over $200 and got a $10 bomber free.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR  (26) ste-catherine, Quebec | July 18, 2006
This place have a great selection of american craft beer,belgian and english beer..They have some other beer from around the world.But they dont have some of the great american craft bber like the stone,founder and ale smith.... For the service ime with tmailloux to mutch young people..Ambiance::Hum no poster cheap glass no t-shirt... So if you have to go tou new york wait poughepsi beer store to buy beer...
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
xproudfoot  (37) Paleolithic, Pennsylvania | February 20, 2006
This place is excellent and it’s a shame I didn’t know about it when I lived in albany - I’m beating myself over the head , because it’s better than anything I can get to now,for buying singles. Everything is available in singles and organized by state or country like a great beer library. The selection is downright wonderful, including some old stuff, and it seems ot be kept well. Lots of brewers represented, not a library of congress of beer but the best beverage store I’ve been to yet, and I’ve been to the best in philly, north delaware, and south jersey. The staff are indeed somewhat dumb kids, although the one girl who checked me out definitely respected what I was buying, and they were helpful while I was shopping. I even got a free glass thrown in for buying so much. I literally enjoyed the hell out of myself, my grirlfriend even let me go ahead and said nothing. In the end I bought 3 mixed sixes and two boxes full of bomber/750’s, and I could easily have doubled my purchase all with new beer I would be excited to try, save for luggage space in the car and finances. A definite must hit place if albany is anywhere near in your way, I regret not knowing about this and mahars when I lived here for over 20 yrs. Stupendous and a place good enough that it will draw me to visit my parents in Albany whenevr the cellar gets a little thin.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 8/20
tmailloux  (1) Albany, New York | August 11, 2005
Family operation. Great selection. Service is so-so with too many dumb young people at the counter who don’t know a lager from an ale.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 8/20
dorfrx  (4) Glenmont, New York | July 14, 2005
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ABUSEDGOAT  (64) California | July 9, 2005| Updated July 20, 2016
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
ontario102  (11) Boise, Idaho | July 7, 2005
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35  (13) Rotterdam, New York | July 7, 2005
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator  (33) Brookfield, Connecticut | February 15, 2005
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere  (702) Montreal, Quebec | September 28, 2004
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.

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