Beverages 4 Less

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192 Ratings
Ratings: 192
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.42
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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(Place added by: Phocion on 10-22-2006)
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Photo of surfer4life
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Found my way in here today to look for a bottle of something rare and boy did I find more than a bottle. This is the best place I have found in San Diego. The selection is remarkable. Not only do they have most everything you could want for this year, you can find past years as well. Freddy the owner is a remarkable man who really knows beer. But better than knowing beer, he knows people. There are just not alot of beer stores where the owner himself is willing to open a beer because you a sheepish about buying it. He would rather spend the money so that you know what you're missing or getting into. Networking is his thing and he is remarkable at it. This place is a true "diamond in the rough" and should be the first stop of every visiter looking for a great beer store and should be the only stop of those that live in the area!

Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Ordered on line. Spoke with Freddy, very nice guy and super service. I was able to get ahold of him at all sorts of times when I would not expect to be able to. Wish I would have read here first, he said he was out of Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood. If he was holding out I would have pleaded some more, maybe next time. Many things available I have no chance of getting out here out east. 3 bottles of Abyss, Old Numbskull, Wee Heavy and an Alaskan Barleywine(In place of FFTW). "Boxing" fee is about my only complaint, but it sounds like a one or two man operation, so I guess he has to get something for his time. Well packaged. Will be checking back often, hopefully will get me out of having to try and trade for some rare west coast stuff.

Photo of tyee
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

I just did my first mail order with Beverage 4 Less. Fred was very helpful and willing to please. I am extremely happy with his service. The selection of beer was very good and the beer list on the website is up to date. Beverages 4 Less seems to have an "inside track" to some of the more rare beer releases.

The beer was professionally packaged and shipped. It arrived within a matter of days

Beverages 4 Less is a great place to look for those hard to find West Coast beers. I will be ordering again soon.

Thanks, Fred!

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

Went here after the O'Brien's TION night. Easy trip down the CA-52. Quite easy to find in the dark which was nice since I don't know the area too well. First ever trip to East County San Diego. Looks of a typical liquor store with a great beer selection. Aside from the Alpine, Lightning, and a few oddities, nothing I couldn't find in Orange County, but it's nice to have all that beer at one stop. Picked up 5 Alpine bombers and a Full Sail Old Boardhead '07, none of which I've seen locally. Met Freddie, who was nice and quite jovial, enthusiastic about beer. Prices were reasonable. I will certainly revisit next time I'm in San Diego. I liked this store a lot, I wish it was my local liquor/convenience store.

Photo of Dmann
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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!

Photo of mikedashg
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

Photo of HalfFull
1/5  rDev -77.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Since the Bro's have buried the specifics of place reviews, i.e., quality/quantity etc. I thought I'd upgrade this revew 10/14. I hereby downgrade from 2.41 via whatever former calculation was valid to 1.0 which more accurately states my likelihood of doing business here again. Cheers, and keep good records..


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.

Photo of industrialpunk
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

Photo of blickta
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

Photo of Pagzzz
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

Photo of magictrokini
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

Photo of scottoale
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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!

Photo of likestoswallow
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

Photo of PatronWizard
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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!

Photo of Mauerhan
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

it is obvious when someone really loves beer. someone who doesn't horde. or doesn't allow one person to buy out the whole supply of something. when he wants everyone to at least get a taste. this person is fred. the guy is a champ. a nice little bottle shop in santee. with a wide variety of harder to find and good old favorites ranging from alesmith decadence to pure hoppiness from alpine freddy even had a few bottles of gift of the magi from last year. with the amazing customer service i will definitely be making the trip down again.

Photo of JRhode
2.28/5  rDev -48.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5

Owner Fred Hormiz is definitely trying to portray himself as a beer advocate. He takes it a little far though. Selection rivals most other liquor stores I have seen, but the prices are sometimes ridiculous. Watch out for old bottles of the hoppy stuff on the shelves. Too many dusty, hot bottles. Always well stocked with Alpine stuff, but who knows how old it is. Fred is a salesman in the truest sense of the word. A decent store though, with an (overly)enthusiastic owner. Too many other quality shops to go back to Bev 4 Less.

Photo of OlieIPA
5/5  rDev +13.1%

My day started off at 4 am, getting ready to head down to the Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway release. After getting to SD around 7 am and getting my ticket for my treasure, a fellow beer geek in line suggested my buddies and me visit this gem. So to kill some time, we decided to head down and take a look. When I thought my day couldn't get any better...Fred (the owner) decided to make it even better. We walked in and he immediately started helping us out and asking us questions....and not in a pushy way either. Anyways, the selection was pretty darn good too...I was impressed. Basically, Fred is a super nice guy who loves what he does...which really makes the experience that much better. It would be a shame to not visit this place.

Photo of MrHanky
5/5  rDev +13.1%

On the recommendation of those here, ventured there today. What a great find. Tremendous selection of hard-to-finds, including some stuff I hadn't seen in awhile (Abyss). Most prices seemed fairly comparable to owner-operated joints.

Driving force behind this place is Fred. Super nice guy, and psyched to be the purveyor to beer geek stars. Though I've yet to test him, I got the impression this guy would run through walls to help his customers get their goodies. Fantastic enthusiasm for the hobby.

Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

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:

http://www.beverages4lessinc.com/

I have asked the Bros to update their info.

Photo of travisd13
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

Where do I start?? The beers...Alpine, Stone, Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Green Flash, Ballast Point, ect...Some of the beers are cold and other are just shelved. I always question warm beer...unless it's very fresh. However, I picked up a few that were warm and all drank well! Fred was a great help and pointed us to everything we needed and then some. We were able to pick a few things that you couldn't find anywhere. They also had a good selection of liquor if that is your thing. It was a little bit out of our way but well worth the trip! Thanks again Fred!!

Photo of dave12285
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%

I went in there originally about 8 months ago and only saw the cooler section of beer which was always great mind you. Just recently i got talking with the manager Fred. He showed me the rest of the beer selection and since has always been warm and extremely helpful whenever i've come back. The best part about this place is that if you want something they don't have you are encouraged to tell them about it and they will try their best to pick it up for you. So far he's picked up everything i've asked for including rare liquors and beer! Thanks Fred.

Photo of Phocion
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

I found this place on the Alpine website as one of their few distributors. I printed out the directions on mapquest and the next time I was in San Diego I stopped by. It's an unassuming place that you'd definitely not expect to carry any craft beers, but once inside that changed.

Their selection is above average at best, but I gave them a 4.5 simply because of a few rare brews they carried. As mentioned above, they carry all the Alpine stuff, which is impressive in itself. I also found some Stone 8th Anniversary (this was in September of '06) at a relatively bargain price, which needless to say I grabbed as much as I could carry along with a few bombers of Pure Hoppiness. Aside from this they carry all the basic San Diego County breweries (Alesmith, Green Flash, Ballast Point, etc) and a decent selection of imports, though I was there for the Alpine and didn't spend much time browsing anything else I could get much closer to home.

The store is run by an Indian or Middle Eastern family who although they don't look it, they (or at least the gentleman who helped me) seemed to have a good knowledge of craft beer. Very friendly as well.

Next time I feel an urge for Alpine or find myself in East County, I'll definitely make sure this place is a stop. Recommended for anyone in the area.

Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA
98 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.