This place is excellent and itís a shame I didnít know about it when I lived in albany - Iím beating myself over the head , because itís 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 Iíve been to yet, and Iíve 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/750ís, 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.
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 itís always wrong. No, you didnít 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. Itís *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 Brewingís The Apothecary. I was here in May 2016 and dropped over $500 on stuff I canít 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 microís and craft beers. Nothing extremely rare, for this area anyways, but I did find rochefort 6, 8, and 10, so thatís cool.
Cletus (233) Connecticut | June 5, 2005| Updated January 6, 2006
This the place to visit if youíre 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 donít go here as often because itís farther from where I live, but I stop by when I need brews that I canít 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 thereís a good stock rotation. Iíd watch the date when buying low aging potential stuff still. Selection is huge, certainly much bigger than New Beers and bierkraftís in NYC although itís 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 Baltimoreís 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 wouldnít expect much service though, youíd better know what youíre 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 weíd 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 youíd 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 isnít much too look at. Outside itís got a seedy kind of used car warehouse ambiance. Inside itís 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 youíd 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.