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105 Colvin Ave
phone: (518) 459-2767
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Reviews by Avryle:
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Looking for a World Wide Stout & 12 pack of Lowenbrau cans? This is your place. Oliver's is by far the best bevy in the area. They carry an excellent selection of craft brews & imports along with a "fine selection" of alcopops and macros. There is also 6 (I believe) rotating taps for growler fills featuring such fine products from Sixpoint, Blue Point, Brooklyn, etc.
The store is divided up in rows by country & is generally well-stocked & orderly.
The one downside of Ollie's is the parking lot- it's miniscule & people are by nature, stupid. Hit this place at a peak time such as Friday around 5pm, Sundays during football season or any random holiday and its near impossible to get in the parking lot, much less get a parking spot.
However, it is a must-go-to for all beer geeks in the area.
03-28-2008 14:00:11 |
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Work had me in the area this week so of course I checked out BA to see what was around Albany (I have never been to the area)
This place looks like an old style package goods type place from the outside and there is half a liquor store attached (I guess in NY the licenses are separate for beer and liquor).
First impression is sort of muted... and then you get in it... expansive couple of aisle of goodness. Great representation of regional brews (MA, upstate NY like middle ages!).
Not perfectly organized but who cares, it is easy enough to find tons of stuff. It is warehouse style and that works just fine, if you have a problem finding something you only need to open your eyes, nothing is hidden on these shelves.. they just can't! (when you go there you will see)
Tons of gems to be found for someone out of town.. Double Wench.. haven't seen that in Ages... I will be back on Friday and probably drop a few hundred on stuff to bring back home. It is about a 3 hour drive from home.... but you know what ? worth a road trip, stay up there for a night, there are tons of hotels and some pretty cool places on pearl st.
12-12-2013 05:48:21 |
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More by mctizzz
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 |
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