Beverages 4 Less


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Beverages 4 LessBeverages 4 Less

Type: Store

9181 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee, California, 92071-3723
United States

(619) 448-3773 | map

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Added by Phocion on 10-22-2006

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Photo of blickta
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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Photo of Pagzzz
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

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Photo of scottoale
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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!

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Photo of likestoswallow
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

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Photo of PatronWizard
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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


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!

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of JRhode
2.28/5  rDev -45.3%
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.

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Photo of OlieIPA
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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Photo of MrHanky
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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:

I have asked the Bros to update their info.

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Photo of travisd13
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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!!

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Photo of dave12285
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

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Photo of Phocion
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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