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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 14.81%
[ Store ]

275 Beavercreek Rd #C149
Oregon City, Oregon, 97045
United States
phone: (866) 286-9722
// CLOSED //



Notes:
***Liquid Solutions CLOSED for new orders as of January 27, 2010, and liquidated all merchandise by early February***

Online store, specializing in West Coast and Vintage beers, mead, cider, and tea.

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Photo of mentor
1.6/5  rDev -63%

AVOID USING LIQUID SOLUTIONS!!!

Placed a ~$175 order for a seasonal release I was eager to get. Big winter storm hit, so I wasn't concerned when the order didn't arrive in a timely manner. Waited, waited, waited. No package. Charge went through on the credit card statement that arrived in the mail later that month. Called Liquid Solutions and got no answer. Sent an e-mail...no response. A month goes by, with several calls and e-mails. Never an answer and never a response. Posted here on BA...nothing. Finally contacted the credit card company and asked for them to reverse the charge on my card. Four months later, the charge is credited to my card. The seasonal release I wanted is long gone. And, of course, this fucker collected interest on my money while I went through all this shit to get it back.

mentor, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

I brought from Liquid Solutions one time, and definitely plan to buy from them again. Go to their website, and click on "The Wall of Beer" They will tell you how many varieties are in stock.

The quality of beers available is great. Nice selection. I was able to order Alaskan Smoked Porter from them last year and thought it was fantastic. Next time maybe some Russian River, Stone, Green Flash, Deschutes, or a nice combination of these and some others.

Some beers are available as bombers, some single bottles, sample packs, cases, and 12 packs. It's hard to go wrong with such great selection.

hardy008, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

I have bought from Liquid Solutions twice online now. The website is very easy to navigate and follow and I like that they give a little blurb about each beer which is nice when I haven't heard of something. Their selection is very good, lots Pac NW local beers and a lot of stuff that's not distributed here in CA such as Dogfish Head rarities and Great Divide. On my recent purchase I got some DFH Punkin' and Immort, Elysian Night Owl, and some Boulder brews among others.

Service - I'm going on their delivery service. I've never talked to anybody, but they are prompt, I like the emails that they give you through the whole process. Both times I've gotten my packages in 7-10 days, less than the 2 weeks average they post on the website.

Quality is top notch, I've never had an off or stale beer out of the 2 dozen I've purchased so far, and I've never had a broken bottle, the beers are very well packaged.

Price I gave $$$ just because the shipping is quite expensive about 40% of my purchase on 12 brews. Pricey, but for beers I can't get without driving to Arizona or further, it's certainly cheaper than gas.

In conclusion, a great online store, I plan on using them again soon.

Halcyondays, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I've placed about 20 orders via Liquid Solutions in the past year and a half.

Quality: 90% of the "Wall of Beer" is of exceptional quality. If there ever was a "sure shot" for newbies to pick a beer on the site at random and order it, its LS.

Service: Every time I deal with Matt Maples I feel like I am interacting with a real quality human being. That's especially impressive and nice considering all of my dealings with him have been via website, email, or phone on occasion. He knows his stuff, he has a heart, and he takes care of his customers.

Selection: While LS does lack most east coast USA micro's, it makes up for it in west coast micros, belgians, germans, and various other brew.

Value: Mainly pricey because of shipping costs to the east coast. They really don't gouge as much as smaller retail stores would for the products they carry.

koopa, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

I'll be honest I have only used their website but I have never been to their store for the most part they are great to work with.

The site is one of the better beer sites I have ordered from. When you're like me and sometimes you can't remember the name of a beer you have but remember what the logo or bottle looked like this site is great, most of the time they have pictures of the beers they carry in stock. Along with the picture there is a narrative that describes the beverage you are inquiring about. The list at the wall of beers is great too. It allows you to view beers by style, price, alphabetical or place of origin making it fun and user friendly.

Service: It seems like I waited forever for my last order but other than that I Have no real complaints. The boxes they send the bottles in are insulated and padded well. I use the packing to store beer and cider in my cellar.

Selection: It is great. I would like to see more beers from around the country but I do understand that they are on the West Coast and they are going to be more focused on West Coast beers. Overall there is a great selection of Macro's, Micro's and major breweries. They carry beers from all over the world but mainly one that are not real hard to find there are some surprises though especially with the German beers. They also have great selection of wine, mead and cider. I love cider so works out great. I am not really a mead or wine guy so I can't actually speak for that but I know they carry a lot.

Price: I do however think they are a bit too pricey. After the shipping depending on where you live an order can get quite expensive. I only use them for West Coast stuff that I can not find on the East Coast or Mid West.

MTNboy, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

A big selection of beers, which you can see on the website. I'd ordered Abyss just a couple days after getting an email for the pre-order. Periodic emails let me know the status of the product and the order.

I did have one small issue; we were invited to email him with additional product to fill out the order. I sent an email, and the next day noticed that my credit card had been charged for only the Abyss. I called Matt and the situation was fixed. But if I hadn't noticed by checkng my bank account, it would have slipped by.

The beers were well-packed, though the shipping charges were a little high. I get the impression he's making a nice profit on the shipping, as well as the beer. Not a bad outfit overall, though, in the end and he delivered on everything I ordered.

PhxHorn, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

This place has an amazing beer selection

They are currently are carrying Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Stout, four Nogne brews, most Great Divide brews, Deschutes 19th Anniversary and Hop Trip, three Hair of the Dogs, a few different Full Sail Brewmaster's Reserve series, Dogfish Head 60, 90, and 120 Minute IPA, as well as their nice fruit beer, Fort, and even have some Bridegeport Hop Harvest that just came out

The owner is a super nice guy and is willing to talk for as long as you would like about beer

Great place and I am so glad I came across this gold mine

Floydster, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of dnichols
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Matt runs a great shop. His beer selection is very respectable. However, his love of beer and his knowledge of his product make it a joy to stop by and by a stash of great north west beers or fine imports. The store largely supplies the internet market (I've ordered from them as well as visiting the store), however, if you visit the shop it does have beer on the shelf as well as in a medium sized walk in cooler. The store hours are somewhat erratic for a casual shopper, but calling ahead guarantees someone is there to reqard your drive to Oregon City.

dnichols, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

I just recieved my first online order from these guys. It took about two weeks but I was able to get so many west coast brews unavaiable to me here on the East Coast. I got some Yulesmith winter and summer editions, a couple of Avery brews, some Brazilian, Austrian beers, and a few other goodies. They have an awesome selection, the only thing I could have wanted was some Russian River and Port brewing. Everything was packed extremely well. They say the order will take about two weeks so it was expected. I will definintely order from them again when Yulesmith winter is released. For anyone without access to good west coast brews and a little extra money, try this place out. Shipping for about 8 bombers and 4 12 oz was about $25 but i suppose you'd pay that in trade anyways. Delivery came FedEx

sleazo, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
5/5  rDev +15.7%

I visited the area while on a road trip in July and decided to pay Matt Maples a visit. I've ordered beer from Liquid Solutions 6 times so far this year, and while one order was lost (before it was shipped - no biggie, and I just reordered) the other 5 arrived quickly, in perfect condition, and each beer has been excellent. Not many online retailers will even ship to Kansas. (don't get me started). Shipping isn't cheap, but is in line with what I've paid elsewhere.
I even use the styrofoam shipping containers I get from Liquid Solutions on my road trips - just pack them into my car and fill them with delicious beer from around the country. The styrofoam protects the beer admirably from the heat of summer while I make quick stops...but I digress.

Matt has an enviable selection of beer for sale, and unfortunately some that aren't for sale - He auctions rare/vintage beers on his web site and it was tough to look at the wall of future auction material and not start offering him $$$.

I picked up some HOTD, Pannepot, Caldera pale ale, and others that slip my mind at the moment. Matt knows his beer and if I had the time I'd have enjoyed staying and talking about beer or further drooling over his collection.

It's too hot in Kansas for me to order beer from Liquid Solutions right now, but I can't wait for it to cool a bit, as I see more stuff I want has shown up since I left! If in the Portland area, why WOULDN'T you stop in here?

udubdawg, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

Had my first online order through these guys. You seriously cannot beat their selection, if you look at the virtual wall of beer on the web page, it is just unreal. For someone who is in the southeast, the quantity and availability of those west coast brews is unheatd of. Again website is pretty self descript, easy to navigate. The prices on most things is pretty darn cheep. Shipping can be a bit high, but it really is everywhere so it shouldn't be too much of a suprise. Prompt safe shipping is the key here. Not really much else to say except by far best selcetion of brew from an online store. Only downside is their is really no personal interaction, which is fine if you are just ordering, but it takes some of the mom and pop aspect out of it, but for those of us with no access to these brews, a place like this really saves us.

mikesgroove, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I happened to be near Oregon City so I decided to map LS and pay the shop a visit. Reading back through the reviews, it looks like virtually all are rating the 'mail order' experience only. The few that mention visiting the store reference the former location in the SW suburb of Tigard. So it's my pleasure to offer the first review of the Oregon City storefront that LS has called 'Home' since Summer 2006.

First of all, this is not a location you'll find on accident. It's at the back of a non-descript office-park, a small concrete building with almost no signage (just a few scattered beer signs and a lopsided banner hang in the window). The famous 'Wall of Beer' has yet to been re-erected; the front room is currently a few tables and shelves, a limited sampling of bottles and a register, also a few packages waiting for pick-up. Currently, it ain't much to look at...

Then I met Matt Maples, owner of the place. Friendly and enthusiastic about beer: that says it all; I couldn't have asked for a nicer welcome. I had been admiring some aged bottles of Samichlaus and HOTD Fred that were part of an upcoming auction; without a word he led me back to the warehouse and showed me several shelves worth of aged beers, each more impressive than the next: JW Lees from the mid-80's, aged Chimays, Orvals, more Samichlaus, Fred Batch #4, etc, etc. WOW.

We chatted beer for a good 15 minutes, I saw the storage area and cooler, shipping area, etc. A fairly small operation in a moderate-sized warehouse, but quite impressive nonetheless. Broad selection of beers (with a few wines, etc to the side), though many bottles are in limited quantity; it's no surprise that sometimes things seem to run out almost as soon as they're listed on the website.

I only bought one item - a reasonably priced bottle of Midnight Sun/Pelican Conspiracy, but would certainly come back for more. Prices seemed comparable to area bottle shops and selection is very good, especially in the 'PNW' category.

Recommended to do business with these guys!

msubulldog25, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Jredner
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

This is my favorite mail order location. They have a massive selection of beers that includes many PNW goodies such as Hair of the Dog, Deschutes, Full Sail, Siletz, Dick's and many more plus they ahve a damn impressive imports selection and a solid selection of California brews that can sometimes be hard to get elsewhere. Shipping is pricey as they use new styro-shippers for every order, but your beer always arrives safe. They have a very easy to use website, but can be difficult to get in touch with if you e-mail. I assume they are fairly backlogged with orders. Still, I have ordered from them more than any other store so that says it all.

Jredner, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

Just received my first order from Liquid Solutions and I can say that I'll definitely order from there again.
Besides the convenience of sitting at my computer and browsing the selection. There are a lot of beers available via that site that I simply just can't get locally. Not to mention several rare, hard to find beers as well.
For instance my recent order was for some Peche Mortel that I've been trying to locate for about 9 months to a year.
The prices are reasonable, even including the shipping. The place is ran by Matt Maples and sometimes he can get a little busy, imagine that. But I'm willing to wait if that means I gain access to beers that I normally wouldn't.
The shipping is done with styro-shippers and protects the beers well. Liquid Solutions is a wonderful asset to the micro beer world. I enjoy the store and the concept and foresee myself utilizing their website to place several orders for beers that I can't get.
Highly recommend. Exercise a little patience and you will not be disapponted.

FtownThrowDown, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of brewandbbq
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%

This review is based on three mailorders in the span of four years.

The most recent order that I recieved from LS, went very much like the other two.
Matt is a nice guy, but I think he gets buried with orders from time to time. Items that are out of stock will slow up the order, so call to confirm he has it all, or be prepared to wait indefinately. The inventory on the website is not tied in 100% with his inventory I think, because when I ordered certain beers on the site, it showed them in stock, but when it came time to shipping he was out.
Orders take between 2-4 weeks on average, and the ship status of your order on the website may very well state "pending" right up until the day after you recieve it.
The packaging is top notch, never a problem with breakage. You do pay a little extra for these styo-shippers though. Also, from what I have read, his bottle prices are not the "lowest" in his area.
However, he offers a service in the northwest that no-one else does.
Upon a recent inquiry to Belmont Station regarding shipping beers on UPS or Fedex, the woman told me "No! That is against the law!", ..when I followed that up with an assurance that NH is a reciprocal state -she hung up on me. Ha!
Well, Matt may not have the best lines of communication, but he will always get you your order, albeit a bit lengthy in time.

brewandbbq, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

It feels a little odd reviewing a place I have never set foot into. I ordered at the time that LS was relocation to the new digs and got put on the back burner just a smidge. Once the move was complete, things went along swimingly except that FedEx did not leave the package as instructed. Since vacation was a bigger priority I asked them to hold the package and I would pickup upon my return.

The package was put together well so that a tank would have had a hard time causing damage to the goodies inside. The quality seems high at LS, the service could be just a smidge more interactive. I seemed to be in limbo for quite awhile, but patience paid off in spades.

Many thanks, I hope I can boost up that Service score in the future.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

I have only ordered from this outfit one time, but the service I received was excellent and I would/I will order again. I ordered 4-5 bottles of Stone's 10th anniversary DIPA, it arrived in about 2 weeks, well packed, in good shape etc. The price for the beer was very reasonable, but the real expense here, obviously, is the shipping. When there is something you cannot find locally and you dont minding spending a bit more coin, this place is the place to use. The folks on the other end of the phone were friendly, professional and took care of business. Always a plus in a service business.

Billolick, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of
4/5  rDev -7.4%

I recently received a nice shipment of west coast beer (Alesmith, Moylans, Deschutes) that is unavailable out here on the east coast. I was very pleased with the selection and the care taken in packaging, OK with pricing based on selection, but communication process could be improved a bit. For those of you new to ordering, don't be surpised if there is a 10+ day lag between placing the order, and the order shipping. However, once it ships, it moves quite quickly.

Overall, will happily patronize them again. I am afraid that this could get to be an expensive habit.

, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

After placing my first beer order online. I have only ever wondered to one Belgian online store. Liquid Solutions is a one stop online shop. With one stray I have been a loyal repeat patron of LS several times. They are a bit pricey IMO but you *do* get what you pay for. The service is great the shipping times are great and they are very easy to use. So you pay for that convenience and then have access to over 500 beers some of which may not be available anywhere near you but they'll ship it to your doorstep =) how much easier can it get! Three thumps up ;-)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

In my opinion, this is the best place to order beer online! It's easy and quick; and I've never had a problem here, but I've had more than a few elsewhere. In fact, I guess the worst thing I could say that's happened to me with L.S. was that they ran out of something I'd ordered and called me to see what I'd like in place of it, or if I just wanted it taken off of the bill. They told me when it might be in stock again, and then made some replacement suggestions. It shipped the same day! Geez, I'd say that's pretty good!

NeroFiddled, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I've ordered from Liquid Solutions 3 times and have been impressed each time. It is great for east coast fellas like me to get some west coast goodies. The packing is the best and I reuse the packing supplies for my personal trades. New beers come in often and Matt(a fellow BA) sends you an e-mail newsletter stating what his latest supply is. Liquid Solutions is the best beer delivery web site I have found. If you are looking to order beer on-line I would suggest you look to Liquid Solutions first.

wcudwight, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

Quality: The website is somewhat user friendly and can take some time to master (don’t try to open links in new windows). The main page does track your order and the cost to date, allowing one to keep tabs nicely.

Service: The checkout process is very easy, requiring less than 5 minutes to complete. My constructive feedback would be to have some kid of automated email notification of placement of the order (of course, if they do this and I put the wrong email address in, I am open to public flogging).

Selection: The selection runs to several hundred beers in all varieties of sizes from throughout the world. The database listed several beers that were out of stock, briefly lifting my excitement for Stone 10 and Yulesmith, but I did get some Moylan’s DIPA, Fantome Saison Ete and Speedway Stout.

In terms of value, the site is what you make it. Beers ran from ~$3 to $30 or more, so if your taste is St. Lamvinus, the purchases are more expensive than if your taste is Rogue (that is not a putdown on either beer, just an economic fact).

akorsak, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

I stumbled across Liquid Solutions through the Stone Brewery website, and decided to check out their selection. Five minutes later, I was fumbling for my wallet.

They have a broad range of beer, focused primarily on West Coast offerings that aren't available just anywhere. I was requesting something with highly limited availability, so I decided to confirm with their CS people. I ended up speaking to Matt, the owner/operator, and realized that these weren't just people with a good business. They also had a passion for beer. It was particularly comforting to know I was purchasing from an establishment that knew its stuff.

My order took three weeks or so to arrive, just as promised, and was immaculately packaged in a six-bottle wine shipper. The box even had a space for cellaring information on it. The level of effort given to the protection of the purchaser's goods was excellent, and well worth the shipping charges.

I highly recommend doing business with Liquid Solutions. They are focused on good beer and great customer service, so you may buy with confidence.

BlackJeremiah, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%

Purchased online.

Great selection. Huge amounts of northwest beers that not only have I never had, I've never even heard of before. Anyone with out access to northwest beers should check them out.

Very good and competetive prices, especially for a shipping store.

The shipment arrived superbly packaged with styrofoam containers and peanuts. The shipment was not timely by any means though. I received my order over A MONTH after I placed it. They were out of stock but I had to contact them three weeks after I placed the order to find out what the problem was. They were very nice after I contacted them but I never should have had to be the proactive one, I would have expected an update from them if there was a problem with the order.

With that said, I will order from them again.

Westsidethreat, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of carln26
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

I’ve ordered beer from Liquid Solutions in the past, so on a recent business trip to Portland I jumped at the chance to visit when I realized it was only a mile from my hotel. It’s located in a western Portland suburb in a strip mall off a busy street. It can be hard to find, so get good directions or call ahead.

Although it’s small, they have a wonderful selection. All of the beer has 1 or 2 bottles on display for you to choose from, but don’t take them. The real stock is kept wonderfully fresh in a large walk in cooler in the back. Dark, cool, and fresh. Amazing selection of west coast beers, and an even more amazing collection of east coast beers. They have Alesmith, Siletz, Deschuette, Alaskan from the west, and a great selection of DFH, Goose Island, and Victory from the east (or Midwest). If this place had Founders and Bells, it would be heaven. Did I forget imports? Really nice selection of Belgians (big feature on Cantillion while I was there), and German beers.

Nice help from the owner. He wanted to make sure I was getting fresh beer, and even opened up a little early so I had time to look around, and still make my flight. Their service when I’ve ordered over the web has been really great too,

Bottom line, if you are in Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, and have the time. Stop by.

carln26, May 13, 2006
Liquid Solutions in Oregon City, OR
94 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.