I’ve been to Oliver’s before and this place is pretty much the same thing. Not much to look at inside or out with a mini warehouse setup but they make up for that with a pretty good beer selection. They’ve got kegs and a growler station as well. The guy stocking the shelves offered me some assistance and the cashier was friendly too. My guess is this (or Oliver’s) will have the best selection in the Albany area, probably getting most of what’s distributed in the area. They are starting to get Captain Lawrence on a more frequent basis, which is good. Singles are available of almost everything to purchase as well, a nice added bonus.
Visited in Sept.2012.The choice of beers in very good,from the U.S. and imported.well placed easy to find,good and friendly service,very helpfull.It does look old and O.K. clean, but that was not what I was looking for,I was looking for a good choice of beers and I found it.
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.
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 22’s, 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 haven’t seen anywhere else in quite a while: Captain Lawrence Nor’Easter, 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 IPA’s. I should note that this is the sister store of Oliver’s (brew crew).
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.
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. It’s my local beer store when I’m in NY...
Read about this place on the website and since I was in the area, thought I’d 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 I’ve been. If your in the area, it’s woth a stop.
Franckg (53) Trois-Rivières, Quebec | August 25, 2016| Updated August 31, 2016
Visited August 13th 2016 around 7pm. Last beer stop before returning home after a week with Uncle Sam. Messy store without air conditioning (it was like 80 degrees Inside) 2 minutes from I-87. Fridges are reserved for 4 and 6-packs and generic brands. Great selection of american beers divided by brewery and a full aisle of imported from Belgium, Canada and UK. I found some rarities and barrel aged I didn’t see elsewhere. You can grab a single from pack. There was 2 employees they never came to me. At least they helped my girlfriend in her fruit beer searching. This place could be more serious if they would remove dust on bottles. I wouldn’t have the impression that most of the stuff is out of date. Nice place overall but I prefer the Oliver’s Beverage a few miles away.
bigrond (50) factoryville, Pennsylvania | June 3, 2009| Updated February 6, 2010
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.
Though smaller than Oliver’s (their sister store), Westmere is just as good. They’ve remodeled quite a few times over the last year or two and are constantly expanding.
There’s 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.
There’s 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.
There’s a secret clearance rack behind the seasonal selection. I’ve found bombers for as little as $2 here! Other 12oz bottles and cans go for as little as 49 cents! It’s 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. I’ve literally opened mix packs and cases just to get one bottle or can and they didn’t 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 they’ll credit the refund towards your purchase. I’ve never once been second guessed on my empties.
Boliv (35) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | June 29, 2010
This place is like the little brother of Oliver’s Beverage on Colvin Ave in Albany, in that the selection isn’t quite as good. I used to stop by here on the way home from work a few years back, and they’ve 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. It’s worth a check.