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BA SCORE
96
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Naerhu
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%

What has happened to this establishment I have no idea. I sent an email detailing inconsistencies regarding their site, and have yet to receive a response. I placed an order, it took 14 days to ship. WTF? Matt Maples, I think you've lost yourself a customer.


11Nov03 Review
Their website is like beer porn. I keep going there and fantasizing about ordering 500 dollars worth of beer and mead.

They do not have Sierra Nevada, which I was told they would, which was heart breaking. Otherwise, the staff is great and selection unbeatable.

Naerhu, Nov 11, 2003
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 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 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 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 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
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 BeerAngel
4.45/5  rDev +3%

This is one class act of a business! With a ton of beers to choose from and most you can choose any quantity. So if you want to sample something before you buy a large quantity, most are available to do so. The beers range from top notch US beers to sought after imports. I had a small problem with my first order and I called Matt and he resolved the problem promptly. Like others have said, the convenience is nice. I will continue to do business with this establishment for some time to come. Thanks for everything Matt! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Mar 25, 2004
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
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