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105 Colvin Ave
phone: (518) 459-2767
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| Reviews: 53 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Vibe: This store is like a small warehouse and isn't too far away from the Wolf Road/Albany Airport area. It's organized pretty well, with the closest aisle dedicated to imported beers, the middle aisle having domestic micros, and the far aisle having some singles, cases from other larger craft breweries (such as Saranac and Samuel Adams) and coolers. The store is well lit so its easy to see inside.
Quality: All of the beers were stored outside of sunlight. The place seemed to get a steady stream of customers coming in when I was there so I assume that the turnover was pretty good.
Service: The staff seemed quite friendly and made it a point to go around the store and ask customers if they had any questions.
Selection: The selection of beers was quite diverse and I was happy to come across beers from a couple of breweries that I haven't tried before. All of the shelves had labels below the beer with prices. They also had a special area set up for seasonal beers, which mostly consisted of pumpkin beers and Oktoberfests at the time of my visit.
Value: Prices for most of the seemed rather reasonable. A few of the beers carried hefty prices, but these were for limited releases.
10-06-2013 11:54:37 |
More by metter98
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It looks like a warehouse and feels disorganized, but the beers are lined up on shelves by state and brewery, so it's not too hard to find what you're looking for. Selection is quite impressive, but not complete. I haven't been to the sister store in Westmere to see if they fill in the gaps in Oliver's selection yet. The best part is the growler filling station, which gets some rare selections that you can't find in a bottle at quite reasonable prices (most range around the 10-12$ range for a growler fill). The staff pouring the growlers is careful to top them off (always appreciated).
09-27-2013 20:43:12 |
More by spokeydonkey
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$
I'm a bit spoiled, coming from Baltimore and being within walking distance of The Wine Source, but I have to say that Oliver's selection is outstanding. I can get beers here I have never seen before from all over the country, and the recommendations from the guys here have been fantastic. The growler station has some really interesting choices, from a dry-hopped cider to the unbottled Victory Mad King's Weiss.
It's not fancy, but when it comes to be this place is second-to-none. I highly recommend checking it out.
08-27-2013 00:39:01 |
More by astover30
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Who cares if the atmosphere is warehouse-ish, nobody comes to ask me if I need any help, or there are random cases of beer in really random places all over the store? The selection at Oliver's is completely unparalleled. The import section alone was phenomenal, and the domestics were excellent as well. Many companies that had proven elusive to me were found, including NEBCO, Crooked Stave, and Perennial. Decent growler selections, and completely reasonable prices throughout.
08-16-2013 03:11:23 |
More by JamesShoemaker
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | $$
By far the best shop in the Albany area. The biggest selection and cheapest prices lend hand to this. They tend to get all the big beers that are coming through the area and that have all the hype. Especially much more recently it seems. Adding more shelving inside for the increased selection they are providing. I tend to shop their sister shop 9 times out of 10 purely based on convenience because they are closer to home. With that being said though, Oliver's tends to get the big beers in before Westmere does and have a slightly cheaper price on those beers. Overall everyone in the shop knows what's what and are willing to help when it is needed.
05-10-2013 14:48:59 |
More by zoober911
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | $$
Best overall beer store for quite some distance in any direction. Growler fill up taps frequently changing with a varied and good selection of beer which rarely include typical or pedestrian quasi craft beers. Rarely disappointed with the selection, it is hard to leave without spending more than I planned.
04-01-2013 02:04:21 |
More by MikePags
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I head over to Oliver's any time I'm in that area in Albany. It's definitely the best place in Albany, NY to get good craft beer and any beer really. Good quantities of an excellent selection and variety of beers. Climate control could be a bit better in the store as it does get quite hot in the summer. The service in the store is great. They know what they're doing and what they're talking about and are open to any suggestions you may make. The prices are reasonable and do have regular sales and a consistent flow of different beers on tap to fill growlers.
10-08-2012 15:01:42 |
More by stalker5
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
I stopped into Olivers on my way back to Long Island from a concert at Saratoga Springs. I was hoping to find some beer that I can not get on Long Island. Mission accomplished, I was able to find a couple of good ones.
Olivers has a pretty good selection. Looks like the craft brews outnumber the BMC's there, always a good sign. They also have growlers.
The worker the counter was very friendly and helpful.
If you are in the Albany area, this is a good place to stop and pick up some craft beer.
08-20-2011 20:59:53 |
More by jrnyc
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Oliver's has a very good selection with a strong international section. The domestic beers consists of brewers like Sierra Nevada, Goose Island, Left Hand, Rogue, Breckenridge, etc.. There was some dust on the bottles I purchased. Solid selection, but not a lot of great beers. There was a display of Southern Tier Choklat, along with some of the other higher end ST bombers. Didn't have a chance to talk to the help, because there was a line checking out. Not quite up to the level of Halftime, State Line, or Julio's, but very solid selection. Overall, definitly worth a second visit.
02-11-2011 23:16:42 |
More by potownbill
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I was visiting Siena College with my daughter and decided to visit here based on the BA rating. I was not disappointed. They advertise over 1,200 different beers. It's easy to break six-packs. And then they take $3 off each mixed six-pack.
Speaking with the manager, I could tell the pride he has in making Oliver's the very best beer store anywhere. It is an informal place, like all true beer stores.
I was able to find 50+ beers that were not available in eastern Massachusetts. It was well worth the side trip; so, if you are in Albany, this place is worth a stop.
02-05-2011 03:21:10 |
More by smcolw
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