Beverages 4 Less
Ratings: 188 | Reviews: 180 | Display Reviews Only:
4.7/5 rDev +4.9%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Not much from the outside but this place has a great selection of west coast beers such as Russian River, Alpine, AleSmith and Ballast Point. It meanders throughout the store so give it a good walk through or you might miss something.
The guy behind the counter (he wasn't the owner because he made mention of him) was very helpful and outgoing. He even said they shipped beer and gave me their card. That could really come in handy.
Beverages 4 Less is a great, dedicated beer store. It's well worth a visit if you're anywhere in the area.
08-17-2010 00:59:35 | More by GJ40
4.85/5 rDev +8.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
On a Sunday - Monday period in Mid October, I did a tour of San Diego breweries, brewpubs and beer stores. All the bottle shops I visited received A+ ratings with a significant number of reviews. My goal was primarily Russian River brews (Pliny, Blind Pig, Supplication) and then WC IPA's that I can't get in Ohio (Alpine, Kern River).
The places I visited in order of ranking...
1. 3 Way tie - KnB Wine Cellars, Beverages 4 Less, Best Damn Beer Shop
2. Holiday Wine Cellar
3. Olive Tree Marketplace
4. Pizza Port Bottle Shop
It's a struggle to come up with a negative for Beverages 4 Less. I suppose the 15 minute drive to get there could be one, but it's well worth it. I was able to land all the beers I was looking for. Lots of other great stuff, but I had to limit myself.
10-16-2010 22:43:40 | More by Yetiman420
4.94/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Funny...I didn't think a review page would end uo being a chat page. But I received a comment or two in my Beer Mail from someone re: illegal shippping to Maryland, and replied to sender. But since that message appeared in this review column as well...let me set the record straight on something. While I live in Maryland...Freddie has always refused to ship beer directly to me. So I have him send it to my sister in VA. This is also true of some other top rated stores in other parts of the country who ship to me via legal states. Win-win...see my family a few times a year, and always have great beer at reunions. How fun is that. So here's to great guys like Freddie, who make it possible for many of us to enjoy a few good beers we otherwise would miss out on.
Have been getting beers from Freddie on line for a few years, and finally had a chance to visit SD and stop by. Beers had always been shipped well, and exceeded expectations...so hoped I could meet up with the guy who had helped me out so often. I hit Alpine as soon as I got to town, and then cruised over to Bev 4 Less on my way back into the city. What a blast! It was like old friends...even though we had never met. Freddie had all my reserved orders waiting for me, and pulled me off a few more specials as well. Cuvee du Tomme, Red Poppy, Grand Teton, Alpine, RR, etc etc...just waiting for me as promised. We talked up beer for awhile, and lined up the next order to come. Looking forward to many more awesome beers in the future.
p.s. Sorry I missed the BBQ on Saturday, Freddie.
03-10-2011 11:04:59 | More by BillRoth
3.73/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Beverages4less definitely brings in a wide variety of opinions on the matter. They usually can be broken down between locals (bad) and non locals (good). Myself, being a native born San Diegan, but who has moved long ago and is now non local, thought it would be a good idea to stop by this place and check it out for myself. Its pretty much in between my Alpine lunch and trip to Alesmith, so why not I thought?
Its a craphole exterior. Looks corner markety where you would expect bulletproof glass and lots of Phillies Blunts varities and malt liquor.
Quality: They/he carries plenty of great beers, high quality beers. What is not high quality here are the storage conditions and pricing. Lots of warm shelves, dust. Some things get brought out of the back. There doesn't seem to be prices on anything. Thats troubling for me, as its a way for business to often charge different prices (which is akin to the used car salesmen comparison).
The service was great. Freddie engaged in a lively conversation. He brought out some beers from the back. He seemed pretty cool. He pushed some of his out of distribution stuff at crazy high prices. That don't bother me. I always appreciate the option, even if I'd have to be dumb as shit to buy them at said requested price.
The selection was great, there's tons of beers in here.
So overall, its a mixed bag.
05-30-2013 17:43:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
5/5 rDev +11.6%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Beverages 4 Less is one of the better beer stores I've been to in recent years and this place has it all - simply amazing selection, great friendly service (thanks Freddie), and a convenient location right off the freeway. I'll be stopping here on my way out of San Diego back to Arizona every time, without a doubt.
Rare bottlings from the West coast are in stock here when they're not in stock at other locations, and he has a wide variety of imported offerings - both east coast domestic craft and from europe. I was pleased to find Victory beers in stock in addition to the usual suspects from California.
Freddie showed me around the store and drew my attention to special bottlings that I may like, and he was gracious to offer a pour of his Mirror Mirror barleywine while browsing. This is exactly the sort of feel you want when shopping for premium craft beer, and Beverages 4 Less delivers.
08-09-2009 03:48:18 | More by yemenmocha
4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
02-19-2009 01:45:39 | More by Bung
4.85/5 rDev +8.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
WOW! Forget what you've heard about Santee, you don't need a KKK hood and sheet to shop in this store. That's just one of those stereotypes that rooted in reality.
This store looks like crap from the outside but I assured my wife, "Don't judge a beer store by its parking lot"...this place is awesome. Its also a homebrew store BTW. It looks like a convenient store on the inside but its all alcohol. About half the store is devoted to beer, a wall of coolers and lots of shelves. Lets see, Lost Abbey / Port, Russian River, Deschutes, tons of foreigns (Germany and Belgium), Mikkeller, lots and lots of beers. THere are also out of market beers, a wink is as good as a nod, that aren't for sale. Things like Dark Lord, Kate the Great...all just sitting there on the shelf. Fucking AWESOME.
The beer is reasonably priced, I just have expensive tastes, we were the only people in there and as a result the guy behind the counter kept trying to help us, we didn't need it but that was nice. I'll be going back here the next time I'm near Klantee...errr...I mean Santee.
11-02-2010 17:41:54 | More by drabmuh
Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA
99 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.