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Beverages 4 Less

Not Rated.
Beverages 4 LessBeverages 4 Less

181 Reviews
Reviews: 181
Visits: 194
Avg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
[ 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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Reviews: 181 | Visits: 194
Reviews by srandycarter:
Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Freddie Hormiz is the Beer Geek's friend.

Located in Santee, Beverages 4 Less carries so many great beers. They even have some rare stumpers on occasion, like Abyiss and Sculpin. Freddy goes out of his way to stock the best beers, and takes recommendations with fierce commitment.

Seriously, of all of East County, this is the first place I always go.

Tell him Randy recommended the place when you go.

By the way, he also has a pretty good, small, hard to find collection of wines and he is talking about a top notch humidor soon. It's a pretty impressive joint!

Hey, these guys have a web site and they now ship beer. Its:


I have asked the Bros to update their info.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JoshDaut
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I have not been to the actual store.. My rating is based off an online purchase from Beverages 4 Less.

- Being able to purchase hard-to-get beer like Pliny The Elder and Supplication through the internet (Which I'm sure is very illegal)
- UPS Ground shipping and good packaging
- I purchased Pliny The Elder, which was VERY fresh (bottled within 1 week of me receiving the package). Couldn't be more pleased with that.

- Fred originally sent out an email stating (2 bottle limit for Pliny, and 1 bottle limit for Supplication). Then a few days later I received an email stating (3 bottle limit for Pliny, 2 bottle limit for Supplication). Notice the difference in bottle limits. Quite irritating.
- He mentioned 6 bottle minimum. So when I originally purchased from him, I only had 3 bottles of beers that I actually wanted, and had to look through his "not so well organized/updated" website to decide on what other 3 beers I wanted.
- Price came out to over $100+ for 6 bottles of beer to be shipped from California to Chicago. My pocket still hates me.

Overall it was a decent experience. Very easy transaction, but make sure that he has the beers in-stock that you're interested in trying. And be ready to pay a good amount of money for it to be shipped to you.

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Photo of rawfish
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of QCHopper
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of chitownbarrel
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of KATCanada
3/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

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Photo of BillsNewAccount
1/5  rDev -76.3%

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

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Photo of scorpionpower
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of brantbeauchamp
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of the_encinitan
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Sramosiii
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of T-Roy
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of HoldenDurden
5/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Grubicon
5/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of bluz4frank
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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--!

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Photo of drn
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
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?

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Photo of DCLAguy11
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of Stum-pub
5/5  rDev +18.5%
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

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Photo of The_Jerk
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Felix5407
5/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of dirknowheatski
5/5  rDev +18.5%
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
94 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.