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BA SCORE
95
world-class

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 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
Photo of thebeerninja
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

When I first found thier website, I thought it looked a little "jinky". Yet upon actually looking around at thier selection you quickly forget how the site is put together. I really enjoy the fact you can play around with the shopping cart, it makes blowing a bunch of loot fun and easy! The selection ranges from banal to downright obscure (at least from where I'm at). Seems like many of the great west coast offerings rotate in and out.Shipping is where your patience may or may not be put to the test. It took my order a month from when it was placed to when I received it. So after a few weeks with no word I called. I spoke with a fella' named Matt ( I think he runs the place)? Anyway he was so freakin' helpful, he ran all over looking for my package. When he found it he told me one bottle was holding up the show. I told him to replace it, he said "no problem, your boxes will ship tommorow". When I opened my box, it turns out they managed to find the problem bottle, so I ended up receiving my original order with no "subs". Shipping can get a bit pricey, but if you trade beer it's really not much different. So considering thier fantastic selection, outstanding customer service and impecable packing I'll for sure order from them again, and would recomend them highly.

thebeerninja, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

Living in Salem - at the time of me writing this - has caused me to long and remember the well stocked and broad range of domestic and international beers that a good beer store would offer. So I drove up to Tigard to hopefully come away with a few beers and some new glassware.

I had a little difficulty finding the shop at first. Hidden away behind a Carl's Jr. and a small bar and grill, Liquid Solutions proved to be a small shop inside but filled to the brim. The owner or worker that day greeted my girlfriend and I holding a small wine glass and offering samples of Deschutes Brewing's Mirror Mirror and the latest edition of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot. I accepted the sample of Mirror Mirror and went about browsing the beers.

Liquid Solutions has a wide selection of domestic craft brews. I picked up a bomber of Oak Aged Yeti while fighting the urge to pick up a bottle of one of the number of Alesmith offerings. They also featured a number of craft brews that deviated from the western half of the United States: some Goose Island beers being the ones that come to mind when considering these. While there I also found good selection of imported beers including a number of Belgian beers never to be found in Salem. I picked up a bottle of St. Bernardus Abt. 12 and also a Duvel tulip and an Orval chalice. Overall, the service was quite excellent, and even though I have yet to travel to any other beer stores in the Portland area outside of the Whole Foods Market, I found the selection very satisfactory. A place I'll be returning to again.

edmundfitzoil, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of hero27
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

Used the site over a year ago for a purchase, and am filling a shopping cart as I type this, which reminded me to review it. The selection absolutely rules. For an online site, it's superb. Just look for yourself..they have a wide array of beers..from great (and rare) US craft offerings to many different styles of hard-to-find Belgians. They just got DFH 120 Minute IPA too..how kick ass is that??

They are expertly packaged and ship out quickly. The only problem is that shipping gets to be pricey in a hurry, but that's what you get when you're shipping a dozen 22oz bombers halfway across the country. I'm really not sure why I don't use the site more.. I'll drive an hour or more out of my way to visit a beer store that MAY have what Matt has conveniently listed on his site. I never claimed to be smart..but I'm placing an order right now, so maybe I'm getting there.

hero27, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of Foxman
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%

The website is well laid out and very surfable. Finding what you're looking for assuming it's there, is quite easy, and I don't think you can ask for more than that form the website. And the beer, once it got to me, seemed to have been stored and shipped capably.

After ordering, I have to think they take their good old time getting it to you. It was a full two weeks after ordering, and paying, that the beer came to my doorstep. I called after one week, and the woman I spoke with seemed just enthused enough to be able to remain awake until after she'd looked into my order. I'm sure after hanging up she had herself a fine nap. Still, at least she gave a time frame and a cursory apology.

It's the selection that represents the strength here. Countless states and as many countries are on tap. And there are many beers, from all parts of the country, that I can get here that never seem to make their way otherwise to the southern part of the Garden State. It's a great alternative to not having the beer at all.

The beer prices are, I think, reasonable, but when you add in the hefty shipping tariff, you end up with a per-beer price that starts getting rather expensive. I consider it a cost of being able to have hard-to-get beers delivered to my doorstep, and it's certainly cheaper than air fare to the west coast just to buy beer. So I'm not complaining, but I am saying, it ain't cheap. But, overall, the experience is solid, and when you're sitting down with one of the beers in your hand, how much it cost all of a sudden becomes a whole lot less of a factor.

Foxman, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

Wasn't sure if this was a mail order place only, or if they actually sold beer at the store. Happened by here right before closing on a Thursday night. Nice and clean store arranged nicely for it's small size. Each beer is on a wooden pedostool, in which there is a price attached. You fill out a sheet of paper with the ones you would like to purchase. The guy working at the time wasn't the beer expert that is usually there apparently. He told me he was the Begian beer expert, yet when I started talking about the beers in depth, he had never heard of Westvleteren. His all time favorite was Piraat and Chimay. He didn't like St. Bernardus or Rochefort?!?! Oh well, to each his own. They had a really nice selection (bit pricey), but they had some Victory brews and Dogfish which are nearly impossible to find anywhere on the west coast. They have a cooler on site, so everything is propery stored. A very nice store with a very nice selection. Definite must stop if traveling around the Portland area.

GClarkage, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of Beervis
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

I have ordered from Liquid Solutions several times, and so far I have not had any problems at all. My wife (not a beer geek) has even ordered from them for gifts for me, and had no problem finding beers that I will like based only on the descriptions given on the site.

The selection is great, for what I am looking for at least. Being in VA, there are many West Coast beers that I cannot get, so they are my main focus. I am able to try things like AleSmith, Alaskan, and even the odd brew from breweries that I can usually get on this coast, that for some reason I couldn't find here.

Shipping is a little pricey in some people's eyes, but with the way they package it, it's well worth it. I've never had as much as a scratch on a bottle before, and even had some arrive still cold in the summer months due to the insulation of the styrofoam containers they use. Also, when you think of how much it costs you to ship ANYTHING these days, it is very reasonable in my opinion.

Overall this is an amazing online store, and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking out beer that they just can't get where they are.

Beervis, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of kevinl6
2.85/5  rDev -34%

I have used these guys in the past with no problems. I recently decided to use them again and could not have been more disappointed. I ordered on 2/5/05, and on 2/16/05 my credit card had not even been charged and I had not heard anything. I tried to e-mail (even e-mailed Matt Maples), and received no response. I then called, and was informed that they were out of a certain product. Would have been nice to know that so that I could choose to substitute!!! Anyway, I picked a substitution product over the phone, and was assured that my order would be shipped the next day. 5 days later, still nothing. I called again, and this time got the response "we don't really have a good answer as to why this has not shipped". At this point, I just told them to cancel my order. I'll just take my business elsewhere I suppose....

kevinl6, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

I just recently recieved my second package from LiquidSolutions. I was quite pleased to see that all of my precious children arrived intact and not skunked. Shipping was delayed for quite some time, but I note this as a positive... why? The West Coast has recently experienced some fluke weather patterns that prevented beer from being shipped without repeatedly freezing/thawing. The people at LiquidSolutions cared enough about my product arriving intact that they delayed their own payment until they were sure the package was sent. I much appreciate the quality over speed of service, or else I wouldn't be a BA. Oh yeah, the beer is great too. Thanks, guys!

(edit: reasonable prices on bottles, but shipping can get out of hand, as you could imagine)

neonbrown82, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of bditty187
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

I recently took the plunge… I ordered some beer from Liquid Solution. The process was painless. Matt Maples promptly emailed me to inform me than I had screwed up my address and it needed to be fixed. I really appreciated that, I’m sure some companies would not have looked so closely and my goods would have never arrived. Secondly, Matt was quick to respond to me emails about why more order kept saying “pending” as it turned out one of the beers I requested was not available and he made a suggestion as to a replacement. Once that was done the ball started rolling. A tracking number was emailed to me as well. In other words the service was great.

As you can tell, if you’re so inclined to visit their website, they selection is great, lots of Pac/NW beers (none from Idaho which bummed me out). Imports are quality as well. It is apparent that some thought went into which beers would be carried. The selection is great.

My beer arrived very well packed in a Styrofoam container, every beer in its own compartment. Even though the box had a five-inch hole in the side of it all the beer was safe. Shipping prices are reasonable but buying from LS is still a luxury for me. I can’t afford to buy 12 beers and spend over $60. Thankfully there is Christmas and my birthday!

LS is a classy operation. I highly recommended it anybody looking for beer.

bditty187, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

I was really impressed by Liquid Solutions operation. I ordered online. The selection was outstanding with many imported, hard to get, and just not available in our local stores kinds of beer. The beer arrived packed in styrofoam dividers with styrofoam peanuts between the bottle and all were in great condition. I like that the company keeps you apprised by email every step of the way so that you know almost exactly when the beer will arrive. I will definitely use the service again. Obviously, shipping costs adds to the price so it pays to be selective but it was a great experience and the beer will hold me for a while.

rdrummer, Apr 27, 2004
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