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Beverages 4 Less

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

195 Ratings
Ratings: 195
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
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9181 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee, California, 92071-3723
United States
phone: (619) 448-3773

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Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Not much more I can add to the glowing reviews of this truly amazing beer store. I was lucky enough to visit Beverage 4 Less during a trip to California in July 2009. My compadre from San D. was unfamiliar with this store (I'd read about it on BA, of course)! We were kind of in the neighborhood, so I suggested a "quick" stop. Well, unfortunately, if anybody knows me, it's never a quick stop. Just ask brewslut about me and record stores.

Freddie is an amazing host and extremely proud of his shop. He spent a good hour talking with us, and he even sold me good wine shipping boxes at a very reasonable rate. Not only that, but he let me pick out "any bottle" in the store to crack open and share. He even said, "Don't be cheap!" While I was eyeing up the Rasputin Anniversary and Lost Abbey stuff, I maintained some sort of restraint and went with a bomber of Ballast Point Tongue Buckler. Plus he gave us fresh oranges! What a guy!

Needless to say, the selection here is ridiculous. If you come in here and leave empty handed, something is seriously wrong. They also have a pretty solid porn collection (if that's your kind of thing). Next time I am visiting the San Diego area, you can bet your ass I will be stopping in here to pick up some choice bottles.

More User Reviews:
Photo of QCHopper
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Not a local so I haven't been in the shop but have had no issues in dealing with them. Purchase was made, products were sent, well packaged and in timely fashion. Even changed my order and they were a great help. Prices are a bit higher but for someone on the other side of the country it is great to able to have access to this stuff so what's a couple bucks? Deducted points in "vibe" cause you can't order certain things without spending more on other stuff. The service as I said was great

Photo of NickSD
2.1/5  rDev -52.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 5

This guy is such a dick. plus if you go in there for pliney he'll make you buy something else. im pretty sure russian river would frown upon that. He has nothing good to say about his competitors. He talks a lot of shit i avoid this place because he chargers 2-3$ more than everyone else. decent selection though but I'd just go to Helix or Distillers.

Photo of Mike_Amps
1.15/5  rDev -73.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1 | selection: 1.25

Skip this place as much as you can. Guy that works here is rude does not know anything about customer service.

Photo of chitownbarrel
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of KATCanada
3/5  rDev -31.7%

I see lots of 1's and 5's for this place. I have never visited in person but I have ordered from him twice in 2013 and again in 2014 (yes I am an eastern guy....) Order 1 was based on Parabola, Pliney and lost abbey stuff, order 2 was Alpine.
The Good: Ordered on a Sat and stuff arrived in Buffalo on Friday as promised. Nothing broken. Nelson and Pliney's were <2 weeks old as promised. Bottles well packed, not broken and in good condition. On the phone Fred made some good reco's and allowed me to get an extra Pliney and Supplication. Prices were no more expensive than other online shops.
The Not So Good: Ordered Knee Deep Triple and a few others that were 3 month's+ old. The weren't bad by any means but to me that was not cool. Shipping feed were about $25 bucks more than they should have been for 18 bottles. Got dinged for a $30 handling fee or some such thing, again not cool for 18 beers.
Overall I don't feel like I got ripped off or scammed and he did deliver what I asked for on time. So if you don't mind the extra shipping and handling you should feel safe to order. I would do business with Fred again if I was in need of those beers.

Photo of BillsNewAccount
1/5  rDev -77.2%

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

Photo of scorpionpower
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of brantbeauchamp
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of the_encinitan
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Sramosiii
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of T-Roy
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of HoldenDurden
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of Grubicon
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of bluz4frank
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Re-review:
Avoid this place. Ridiculous prices, ridiculous mimimums, ridiculous owner. He gets the beers but he does not understand the craft beer culture. He hoards beers and treats customers like sh--!

Photo of drn
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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?

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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.

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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

Photo of Stum-pub
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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

Photo of The_Jerk
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Felix5407
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of dirknowheatski
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

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Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA
97 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.