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BA SCORE
99
world-class

188 Ratings
Ratings: 188
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 21.88%
[ 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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Dmann

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

I have been going here for almost 3 years now and ever since I first me Fred and Co. this has been my go-to place. The selection of beers, local and otherwise, is nearly unbeatable and if something is not in stock, Fred will find a way to order it and get it for you. This was the only place that I could find the Chico Estate and Harvest beers from Sierra Nevada, and at reasonable prices too. Not to mention the fact that many times I have come in and Fred has had "samples" available for tasting...you can't beat this place. If you are anywhere within driving distance, this is one of the best places in San Diego for great craft beer!

01-22-2009 09:32:24 | More by Dmann
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mikedashg

California

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

Wow! I'd heard about this place through BA and just HAD to make a trip. The great stories are true. What a collection! Lots to choose from and all good stuff. Bottles that I've been looking for but couldn't get any where else. One could charge a premium for this, but the owner Fred prides himself on good prices, and they ARE. 99% of the bottles were priced, so I don't know why anyone would say anything different. When I pointed it out, Fred was quick to price the one brew that was not priced. Fred is a nice guy and will talk to you for some time. He even hooked me up with a RARE treat. Not only was this a limited release bottle, nothing you could get anywhere else, he charged me what it would have been at the brewery if I had gotten at the release. I will be back for sure, and made a loyal customer out of me.

01-21-2009 05:00:13 | More by mikedashg
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HalfFull

California

2.41/5  rDev -46.2%

Hey 'Freddy', shoot me an email some time. Interesting that I've visited your store a dozen times and yet we never have engaged in conversation, nor have I been the beneficiary of your 'gracious bottle samplings' that others speak of. I don't think you exist and in fact I'm quite sure of it. In fact let me say that you are a fraud as are the bulk of your reviews. And I don't approach this lightly.

You manipulate the system well, rising to number 1 as for San Diego. Good job. You've seen my last dollar by the way, and that of everyone I know thanks to your deceit.

01-16-2009 08:00:26 | More by HalfFull
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industrialpunk

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

Quality - This is a great place to find beer in East County San Diego if you're tired of the selection at BevMo and don't want to drive down to South Bay Drug and Liquor. The place looks tiny from the outside, but its nice and clean. Santee is also a nice area and I wouldn't be afraid to come by this place at night unlike South Bay. The beer is fresh and about half the stock is kept refrigerated, especially the stuff that needs it, like Pliny the Elder.

Service - The owner is awesome and you can tell he has a crazy passion for good beer. He always has recommendations for new beers and lets you know whats new in stock. I've tried a few new beers on his recommendation. When you come he might even have a bottle open to sample :)

Selection - The selection is great and one of the only places in SD to get Alpine brews. All the SD breweries are represented and most of the big guys are there too. I don't think I've ever gone in and found them to be out of stock of anything available in SD. It would be nice if they had a website or newsletter, but you can pretty much assume they'll have what your looking for. He also carries some of the stone seasonals from previous years.

Value - Prices seem well in line with the rest of the market. So at the least, you're not getting ripped off. Some items just aren't available anywhere else in SD so any price is good. The Lambics are the only thing I've noticed to be slightly pricier than BevMo by a dollar or two.

12-30-2008 22:12:01 | More by industrialpunk
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blickta

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

This is the place to buy beer is San Diego's East County, maybe all of San Diego. The selection of beers is incredible. I spend no less than 30 minutes every shopping trip. Refrigerators and shelves full of San Diego's finest and many other micro's. One of a handful of stores that carries Alpine Beer Company products.
Freddy prides himself on getting the special releases and hard to finds. He is incredibly helpful and proud of the selection he has, and he should be.
Highly recommend to everyone no matter your tastes.

12-24-2008 18:37:22 | More by blickta
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Pagzzz

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

I just moved to the area and was looking for a good place to find unique beers. Used to go to Bevmo, which is still the go to for standards at good prices. Heard about it from my homebrew club, and almost missed it since it is so unassuming from the outside. Looks like a regular 'ol corner liquor store.

But this place has an UNBELIEVABLE selection of not just beers but a wide range of rare/unique spirits.

I was blown away by the owners knowledge and service. Very helpful. I could spend an hour just gazing at the beers.

Worth the effort if you're not from the area.

12-23-2008 00:46:14 | More by Pagzzz
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magictrokini

California

4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

My new go-to beer store. Selection is unbelievable and only rivaled by Holiday Wine Cellar. Freddy is the man. Knows his beer, and always has the hook-up for hard to find stuff. Teases you with the Angels' Share up front and other that are not for sale, but what is for sale more than makes up for it. Scored The Dissident, tons of Boris, and Firestone 12. Biggest selection of Alpine in town. A weekly destination. Downside is you do pay a premium for the good stuff. Everything comes at a cost, though.

12-16-2008 21:51:30 | More by magictrokini
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scottoale

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

First impression...what a selection, stuff I haven't seen anywhere else, very impressive. I went there for a few goodies that just haven't found they're way to the shelves of the local BevMo's...simple as that. Awesome selection and then Fred (the owner) steps in and gives you a tour of his shop and sheds some of his knowledge and passion for the beers that he carries...too many to mention. A great place for people looking for some harder to find brews and someone helpful, who knows what is what and then some, in the world of craft beers. I highly recommend this place and plan on visiting frequently, even though it's a bit of a drive for me. It's an easy in and out in Santee, just off of the Hwy 52...Great place!

12-14-2008 06:09:16 | More by scottoale
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likestoswallow

California

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

Today I picked up a several RR Blind Pigs. I've been shopping here a little over a year now and really love this store. The owner is one of the friendliest small business owners in the SD area. Freddy is truly enthusiastic about craft beer and strives to cater to beer geek clientele. The selection is up-to-date and usually consists of many current releases. I applaud his approach, its not easy competing with big guys like Bevmo (only a ten minute drive away), but he does and does it well. I advise all the San Diego crowd to support this entrepreneur in the tough world of big box stores. Go Bev4less.

11-21-2008 22:57:24 | More by likestoswallow
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PatronWizard

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

Ended up here while waiting on the BA Speedway release with fellow BAs OlieIPA and Mauerhan.

Wow.

Where to begin? How about with Fred the owner. Craft beer based liqour store owners are sooo damn cool. You can immediately tell the difference when you walk into a craft beer liquor store than into the regular bullshit buy-your-40oz-and-pint-of-cheap-vodka-and-smokes-and-get-out type of place. Fred is all class. Loves to talk beer. Our group of 7 walked in and started drooling over the craft beers. What does Fred do? Cracks open a bottle of Ola Dubh Special 16 Reserve and hands out tasters to all of us. What the fuck? Can there be any greater service in all the multiverse?

Plus he let me buy 4 Plinys and 4 Blind Pigs instead of 3 each like anyone else who carried it.

Tons of great stuff, a great beer guide, what more can you ask?

One problem with the whole place: he had a bottle of Angel's Share and a bottle of '07 Abyss that he wouldn't sell. Cocktease!!!!

Overall: This place and Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora are the BEST beer places I have ever had the pleasure to visit.

Thanks Fred!!! We will be back!

11-14-2008 20:56:27 | More by PatronWizard
Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA
99 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.