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Beverages 4 Less

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
96
world-class

190 Ratings
Ratings: 190
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 23.87%
[ Store ]

9181 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee, California, 92071-3723
United States
phone: (619) 448-3773

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(Place added by: Phocion on 10-22-2006)
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Photo of IncanGoat
1/5  rDev -77.5%

Well, I had not ever been here before, but I heard about their epic beer selection. So I "liked" Beverages 4 Less on Facebook so I can keep updated on their new beer releases. I saw a news feed on my wall from B4L saying that they had Bourbon County Stout. Well, of course I was all over it. I know that beer is not available here so I took the long drive to Santee to check this out.

My GPS got me there and I parked right away in the 15min parking and walked in, very excited. When I crossed the door I said, with much excitement "I heard you have some Bourbon County". Right away the gentleman behind the counter said "only to customers I want to give it to". WOW! I was in shock. So I tried to play it cool, thinking that maybe it was his weird sense of humor. I browsed the beer selection and he started quizzing me by shouting things out like "Where did you hear that I have the Bourbon Count?" I politely answered "I saw it on your facebook feed". He then started to quiz me "Oh so what else did you see that we have in?". I confessed that the Bourbon County was the only thing I have seen from B4L lately on my facebook feed.

He then received a phone call and I left him alone while he handled business on the phone. I looked at the impressive beer selection and waited until he was done with his phone call to ask "So, will you sell me one?", I asked. He answered "No. It's not worth it to me".

So I walked out, completely unsatisfied and misled.

Dear B4L. I know you are not close to me. I really would make the long drive to pay you for your great beer selection. I just wish you treated me the way most businesses should treat customers. Perhaps I am not a long time customer, but I could have been one and I probably would have been given you treat me like a decent human being. This was by far one of the worst customer service experiences I have ever had. I know a lot of beer people are snobby, but this was unexcusable. That said, if I do hear that your service is better and perhaps you were having a bad day, I will gladly delete this review and give you rave reviews upon a pleasant visit.

IncanGoat, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of MacNCheese
1.14/5  rDev -74.3%

Freddie remains a world class douchebag. He overcharges for his beer and resells beer illegaly.

Latest was Black Tuesday, retails for $30 brewery only. He was reselling 2 cases at $85/ea to the east coast only. Clear violation of the three-tier laws.

Beer sits warm, probably the stuff he ships east. Only suckers buy from this guy.

He's well known for sending his mules out to make a buck off special releases and starving the market of consumers who the beer is intended for.

You'll note the only positive reviews are coming from out of state people who'll do anything for locals. They don't care if laws are violated.

So i get a BM from scorpionpower:

Title: "you have plenty time in your hand"

Body: "you know what an a*** just f*** up leave Brewery alone and not talk about Alpine "

This guy has 1 post, to a thread about Abyss and where to get it and he posts only the url for beverages-4-less.

One of Freddie's many fake accounts to pimp his store. If the Bros want to check, the BM is saved.

MacNCheese, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of ptykozoon
1/5  rDev -77.5%

Please do not believe the high rating this store has. The store is awful. Be warned.

The owner of "Beverages 4 Less" purportedly shelves out continuous reviews on his own store to up the rating (Check the A ratings/reviewer age on the site, look at the review before mine). Wow, who does this? No shame. The pricing is awful, his store is a bombed out shack in Afghanistan and his business practices are self-centered. I love capitalism, supply & demand, beer investments but this man is just a scumbag. Please do not support these kind of people, they are the dregs of society; self-centered, self-righteous jerks who leech and take advantage of others because "they can".

ptykozoon, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of BillsNewAccount
1/5  rDev -77.5%

This dude stockpiled tickets to Lost Abbey and is selling them for $250 a pop. Lame.

BillsNewAccount, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of scorpionpower
5/5  rDev +12.6%

scorpionpower, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of brantbeauchamp
5/5  rDev +12.6%

brantbeauchamp, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of the_encinitan
3/5  rDev -32.4%

the_encinitan, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Sramosiii
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Sramosiii, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of T-Roy
5/5  rDev +12.6%

T-Roy, May 30, 2014
Photo of HoldenDurden
5/5  rDev +12.6%

This is my go to place for internet beer purchases. No one has a better selection than what Freddie offers. A lot of really good and rare beer that is unavailable on the East Coast and especially Miami. He is also a hell of a guy. Whenever I email him an order he immediately emails me back my tracking number. Always incredibly prompt and ordering is hassle free. The shipments are always expertly packed too. I have recommended him to everyone and will continue to do so without reservation. Call Freddie, you will be glad you did.

HoldenDurden, May 26, 2014
Photo of Grubicon
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Great place, great selection. My family and I have known Freddie for years. Takes great care of his customers. Definitely worth a drive to check out the selection and try new brews. If you haven't been here you need to check it out. Pricing is reasonable for what you're looking for, especially if it is hard to find.

Grubicon, May 03, 2014
Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of bluz4frank
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%

Fred is THE MAN! Outstanding selection, great service, good prices. I can call Fred at 8:00 in the morning and he has product shipping to me that day. Who else gets Heady, KBS, and BCS out on the West Coast?
Keep up the good work Fred! Your loyal customer Frank Costa.

bluz4frank, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of drn
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%

This online shop offers a wide selection of many hard-to-get beers at decent prices. Great service and very quick responses. The ordering process is a little quirky for an online shop, but works well and is easy once you get the hang of it. It's an online beer specialty shop worth checking out for something new to try and/or for something elusive. I have bought from them, enjoyed the beer and service, and will continue to buy from them.

I had to rate "atmosphere" which is ridiculous, BA, because this is an online store! Really? Atmosphere? So I called it "perfect" because how am I supposed to do that. Why not have a "does not apply" option here too as with food?

drn, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of DCLAguy11
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%

If it wasn't for BA this place would be a total hidden local gem because it's in a non-descript strip mall off the highway. Freddy is a great owner and knows his stuff. It's worth a stop to check out what he has available especially if you are on your way back from Alpine. Since he has so much traffic he's always getting new stuff in the store. Everytime I go I spend a long time chatting with Freddy. I wish I had a store like this nearby. Oh, and he has a whole section dedicated to home brew materials.

DCLAguy11, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Chelsea1905
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%

A corner unit in what looks like a strip mall attached to an apartment complex.
selection is decent, the local stuff is in the coolers on the back wall. Good amount of Bruery stuff and a good little selection of some Belgian stuff too.

The owner asked where I was from, asked what I was looking for, opened a beer to share and then got me some stuff from through the back. Awesome service

Chelsea1905, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Stum-pub
5/5  rDev +12.6%

I love this place... Go ahead and give them a 100 rating. These guys are fast, reliable, and such a great connection to have! This was such a great resource to find. If you have trouble finding some brews definitely give them a call. Beverages4Less all day!!! Freddy is the man

Stum-pub, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of The_Jerk
5/5  rDev +12.6%

First review and I'll be short and to the point. I came by to Freddy's establishment after a day visiting Alpine Beer Company with a friend a month ago. The reviews and searches for great craft beer in SD can be a hit/miss these days and Im from L.A. so that should tell you something when Im willing to fly down just to visit his place and pick up some brews that even I cant find even locally by me. Freddy is an awesome guy whos not only intelligent in his knowledge of beer but also his spirits in his store. This has been my 2nd visit and I could honestly say that I'd never get bored talking to this guy and learning about beer that I never thought I knew about before.

Its a shame that some people feel the need to bash an owner for how they choose to sell their products (esp those limited brews) but hey get over it and either shop elsewhere if you dont like it or open your own store and see how it works.

Thanks again Freddy and Ill see you soon!

The_Jerk, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Felix5407
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Freddy is the man!!! He takes care of you like family. He gets beer other places dream about. I talk to everybody about this place, it's beer heaven! I don't shop anywhere else. This places has Pliny the elder everyday of the week! I try to make it every Friday for the different free beer tastings.

Felix5407, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of dirknowheatski
5/5  rDev +12.6%

The reviews on Beeradvocate sent me here and they were on point.. Fred is the dude- really friendly and knowledgable. Beverages 4 Less had an incredible selection of beers and I know I'll be ordering from this place again when I need my west coast brew fix.

dirknowheatski, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Dyan
5/5  rDev +12.6%

I was given the website for Beverages 4 less on a trading site. I have tried a few other ship to home for my craft beer but the selection was always easy to obtain craft beers and I was looking for one that carried "hard to find" craft beers. I was so impressed by the selection as well as the communication that transpired during the ordering process. The knowledge was excellent!

I highly recommend this site!

Dyan, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of YoudownwithABV
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Fred is nothing short of amazing. He is extremely passionate about all aspects of his life especially his store and his family. Really enjoyed the 30 minute conversation about beer and family. Great inventory and he shipped the same day I ordered. I look forward to doing more business in the future. Fred is the man!

YoudownwithABV, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
4.93/5  rDev +11%

I have not been to the store, but having ordered from Freddy online I can tell you this is a top notch store. He is always very attentive in responding to orders and questions and goes the extra mile for his customers. I hope to get out to see him in San Diego some day soon.

vermilcj, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Donatedfist
5/5  rDev +12.6%

First review ever and it had to be for beverages-4-less. I'm from Ga and the selection of the beers I enjoy are limited. I was lucky enough to get a stone 17th rare beer tent ticket so I planned a trip to San Diego area to see some friends. My friends were moving back to Ga two months after my trip so I wanted to load up. I went to a couple of other stores and they had some rare stuff but not a huge selections of the breweries I was looking for. Well after I shopped around I found Bevrages-4-less, seriously it was my kinda of place. Non corporate small business that didn't look like it's gonna be the beer heaven it was. I have had friends order from here a couple of times so I knew about it but I didn't know about it , if you know what I mean. The first day I went Freddy wasn't there but the second time he was . As someone who has been a manager of a huge liquor store let me tell you how good the service was. Me n my friend must of talked to Freddy for an hour and a half while he opens russian rivers while we talk about beer and beer experiences. I loved the San Diego area so much I am planning to move to California . Hopefully soon beverages-4-less will be my neighborhood beer stores. Until then I will continue to order from here and receive my greatly packaged little presents for myself !!!

Donatedfist, Jan 12, 2014
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Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA
96 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.