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61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 14.81%
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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 pwoody11
2.45/5  rDev -43.3%

Package was damaged during shipping. I contacted Matt and he replied two days later simply stating "shipping policy states weather related issues" are not the responsibilty of the company. It hadn't even made it back to him yet. How did he know it was weather related? How do I know he is being truthful about the damage? I asked him how did he know that was the cause, and that his websites says "Please do not order during EXTREME hot or cold temps", so what defines "Extreme". He didn't reply to this email.

The temp in my town was in the 40's on the day of what would have been delivery. I'd hardly consider this "Extreme"

The day he recieved my returned order he emailed me saying it was indeed weather damage and he would re-stock what he could re-sell and refund for those products only. He said it was obviously weather damage since some of the bottles were still partially frozen.

I find this policy to be absurd. I've placed approximately 10 orders online between November and January with no issues such as this. Orders from Belgium Shoppe arrived during what ended up being 18 inches of snow without a problem. If Liquid Solutions cannot figure out a way to safely ship during certain times of the year, then they should not ship at all.

I placed an order with Wine and Cheese place around the same time. The owner of that company called and asked if I would mind them delaying the shipping because of the weather. That is the way to do business. Take notes Liquid Solutions.

pwoody11, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I have ordered 3 times from Liquid Solutions. I have received every order in pristine condition.

I was able to get multiple bottles of PTE at close to retail price. My most recent order I got a 2007 Abyss and 2 Concecrations at a very fair price.

I have been able to get items here that might be able to get much harder through trading.

I am sure it is fair but the shipping seams a bit high but who knows. I more than likely use them again keep in mind standard shipping seams a bit slow.

I would recommend this as a alternative for anyone searching for hard to get beers, in their current state.

Casey10, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

I recently recieved my order from Matt and I was blown away with my whole experiance.

I ordered Abyss along with enough beer to fill a full box. All beers I would have no shot at obtaining in my neck of the woods. I had read that Matt was hard to get ahold of but he emailed me with answers to my question in less then 24 hours. My order was correct and perfectly packaged.

The website is easy to navigate and contains some great beers. I love the shopping cart where you can view how your items will be shipped. Very helpful when shipping cost can be a bit much.

I will definatley make more online purchases from LS.

beerwolf77, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of bonkers
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I recently got an on-line order and was very impressed with the entire process. Their website is very easy to navigate and they give excellent describtions of the brews. The selection of beers from the Pacific north west is very impressive. They also carry special releases like The Abyss. I was given an email when my package was shipped, about a week after I ordered. The email had a link with the shipping information. Everything was well packaged and arrived intact. The shipping cost are the only downside, but I was able to get several beers that were otherwise unatainable. I will definitely order from here again.

bonkers, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of rye726
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%

Nice beer and liquor store located in Oregon, USA. I used them as a mail order shop and was pleased with my experience.

They get a nice selection of beers. Lots of tasty offering from around the country as well as Euopean imports. They also get some special release stuff fom brewer like Alan at Hair of the Dog which is pretty cool. Fred From The Wood, Rose Cassis...

They also have a nice mead selection which is also hard to find.

Prices and shipping cost are too high. Poor communication as well. Other than that, a decent spot.

rye726, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of deepsouth
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

i have ordered from liquid solutions three times and was satisfied each and every time. i have had no problem contacting matt by email and he has answered the phone both times i called about my order. the only downside to ordering from them is their proximity to me. it takes a while to get the packages, but it's not been a problem in the past as i can get stuff that would be impossible for me to get or trade for otherwise.

this is one of only two or three places that will ship to mississippi, so a big win there as well.

deepsouth, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of bret27
2.85/5  rDev -34%

Really more of an online site but did do one order from them. That was enough.

The selection off the website is pretty good and you can't easily find enough to fill a box for shipping.

The annoying part is #1 you have to find a business address to ship to #2 the one-man show who runs it is really bad w/emails and communication w/customers #3 mixed up one of my beers. Switched NB La Folie (excellent sour) for NB kriek (average kriek). Said he would refund the $ but never saw it happening so let it go. Putting the right beer in the right box just can't be that complicated.

bret27, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%

I've placed three orders with LS now and overall I'm pretty satisfied. They have a great selection of brews not available to me, plus they are one of the only places that will ship to Pennsylvania. The prices per bottle are fine, but the shipping costs are very high. I think its about twice what it would cost me to ship a package to the west coast.

There a couple of minor problems with the service from LS. Matt can be hard to get a hold of and it can weeks for a package to ship out. Still, he did give me refund when one of my bottles leaked.

Overall, I would recommend LS and I know I'll use it again myself. Just don't be in a hurry to get your order.

DIM, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -7.4%

I have ordered multiple times online, but have never been to the store, so this review only applies to online ordering.

The selection is usually quite impressive, and the website easy to use, and updates quickly whenever they run out (but not automatically, occasionally you put it in your cart and lose it before ordering).
Service is usually good, but shipping times vary tremendously. I have waited anywhere from days to months. Packaging is generally good.
E-mails sometimes do not get answered, but with the order itself, whenever it finally arrives, I never had a problem. Shipping is very expensive.
Would recommend if you are not in a hurry.

brdc, May 07, 2009
Photo of Onslow
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%

Have order online from them quite a few times... Pretty good selection and has the rare stuff on occasion, but gets negative points for long shipping time, takes around 2 weeks at least for an order to be packaged up and shipped, shipping rates are also pretty high but i had never had a problem with bottle breaks... also slow on emails sometimes... but they do a good job if you aren't in a rush... that's pretty much all i have to say, well, they have a good mead selection, and some merchandise... good for Alaskan brews, has had Alesmith in the past, some struise, they need more smoked brews though, and sours!!

Onslow, Apr 07, 2009
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
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