Follow up: Delaware Supply

Delaware Supply 2018-July exterior

AOA is on summer break. So we'll have new follow-ups with people we've met and covered during the last year.

Delaware Supply opened just before Christmas last year next to the Spectrum in the space that had been a series of coffee shops.

The craft beer bar is owned by Colin Pratt, who was previously a manager at Westmere Beverage in Guilderland and as a bartender at Albany Ale and Oyster in Albany.

"Business has been good," he said when we stopped in recently, noting that opening around the time of the Academy Award season provided an early boost as people flocked to The Spectrum to see nominated films.

Delaware Supply 2018-July Colin Pratt
Colin Pratt

How have things gone since you opened?

So far, really well. The people we have met since opening have been some of the best and the support they have given us is more than we could have asked for.

What sorts of challenges have you encountered in that time?

Learning our customers and having them learn us. It's actually a lot of fun.

Delaware Supply 2018-July interior

Is there a significant lesson that you've learned?

Jeez, too many to count. Learning them everyday!

Is there a frustration that you've encountered that if you could wipe it away, it'd be like, wow, things are a lot different?

Moving into a location that has been a coffee shop for so long. There are still a lot of people out there who don't realize the business has changed. This is something we are currently working on.

Delaware Supply 2018-July bar window sign

What's something that felt like a win?

Every time somebody comes back. Seeing a familiar face, knowing that they enjoyed our space enough to revisit, it's just the greatest feeling.

What's next?

Oh, we've got some ideas.

Find It

Delaware Supply
292 Delaware Ave
Albany, NY 12209

Comments

This place has the cleanest and freshest pours in all of Albany in my opinion. It is always a treat to choose from their ever changing variety of selections and is the perfect stop for a pre or post movie drink.

Why no mention of their canning or growler fills?

I will have to check them out. Located in the Historic Clayton Building?

As much as I like this place, he really didn't do a good job of explaining or elaborating on anything during this interview.

Interview was simple, short & sweet. Since being served by Colin and getting to know him, I'd say he is a pretty happy go lucky kind of guy with no complaints. A really pleasant atmosphere- with, in my opinion, some of the best beer selection in Albany. To me its not about the quantity of the selection-but about the quality. Colin cleans those beer lines like no other business in the area. You can taste the difference. It is that simple! A real GEM of a bar! Thank you for being in my neighborhood and keeping it simple!

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