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Beverages 4 Less

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BA SCORE
98
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182 Reviews
Reviews: 182
Visits: 195
rAvg: 4.44
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: 182 | Visits: 195
Photo of JoshDaut
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Good:
- 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.

Bad:
- 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. (1,285 characters)

Photo of QCHopper
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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 (493 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
3/5  rDev -32.4%

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. (1,156 characters)

Photo of HoldenDurden
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Grubicon
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of bluz4frank
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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--! (206 characters)

Photo of drn
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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? (671 characters)

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.22/5  rDev -5%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
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 (391 characters)

Photo of Stum-pub
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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 (277 characters)

Photo of The_Jerk
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (917 characters)

Photo of Felix5407
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of dirknowheatski
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of Dyan
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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! (412 characters)

Photo of YoudownwithABV
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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! (317 characters)

Photo of vermilcj
4.93/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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. (275 characters)

Photo of Donatedfist
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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 !!! (1,313 characters)

Photo of Daniel_Kang
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great site ! Fred is easy to work with and makes the whole ordering process nice and easy. Incredible selection of west coast beers that we don't get out here in Ny awesome source! Just completed my first order and can't wait to get some more! Check out their site and you won't be disappointed in the selection (311 characters)

Photo of spbennett13
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Have been going here for a little while now. Fred is a really cool guy and has a great selection of beers in stock. If he doesn't have exactly what I'm looking for he always recommends something else to try and has been spot on in every recommendation. Will continue going here for a long time to come. (302 characters)

Photo of samplerman
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Just completed my first order with Fred, he's the man!! Selection is second to none and order was processed the same day. When my first choice was sold out, found Fred to be very knowledgeable in offering a highly rated substitution. Strongly recommend giving them a shout! (273 characters)

Photo of theblackrook
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very happy with this store and the person I talked with on the phone, Freddy.
He had a few rare beers that I can't get in Colorado, so I ordered 6.
You may pay a little extra but great service and a knowledgeable person to advise you can be very helpful.
I will be a repeat customer! (283 characters)

Photo of Matthew13e
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If you are looking for rare west coast beers, look no further than Beverages 4 Less!!
He will ship you all of the west coast stuff all over the country, and for a reasonable
price! Fred is a great guy and he really knows his beer. Give him a call guys!! (253 characters)

Photo of HopHeadVA83
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Freddie is the man. Such a nice dude. You can tell he loves his craft. I've been a repeat customer many times over (online). You're not going to find much better place to buy beers. He'll go out of his way to talk beers and help you find new things that you haven't tried before as well. (287 characters)

Photo of reynoldsmc
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I'm from Ohio and I was looking for a beer shipper out of Ohio that could sell me beers I can't get in Ohio. So, I discovered the Beverages 4 Less a couple months back, signed up for the email list and started following the FB page. Since I was planning a trip to San Diego, I decided to stop by and get a sense of the owner directly before I ordered anything. So I met Freddy, told him my story (Ohio, etc) and we hit it off right away. He had a scheduled tasting the Friday evening I was there and I enjoyed the three planned beers. Then Freddy started opening other beers (excellent, difficult to get beers) like Pliny the Elder, GI Bourbon County, and others not ever seen in a retail place in Ohio. He was very generous and eventually I started turning down beers since I was feeling like I was taking advantage of the hospitality.

We continued a great conversation about beers and such. Freddy recommended a couple local bars to enjoy great beers.

Anyway, I did end up buying six bombers and had them shipped back to Ohio. The prices were as expected. The shipping was what is was - Freddy had no control over that. The beers damn near beat me back to Ohio. They arrived in mint condition.

I will buy more beer from Freddy and Beverages 4 Less as time goes on. Next time I'm in San Diego, I will definitely stop by and visit with my friend Freddy.

Thanks Freddy. (1,372 characters)

Photo of passthebeer104
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I recently made my first purchase from Beverages 4 Less. I get the weekly/daily news letter from Fred and finally gave him a call to order some great hard to find beers. Fred is a very polite and knowledgeable man. Made ordering very easy and I appreciated his polite demeanor. When in doubt give these guys a shout, they know beer and how to get it to you. (357 characters)

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