Beverages 4 Less

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Beverages 4 LessBeverages 4 Less

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

(619) 448-3773

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Added by Phocion on 10-22-2006

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Photo of The_Jerk
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of Felix5407
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of dirknowheatski
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Dyan
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of YoudownwithABV
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of vermilcj
4.93/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Donatedfist
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 !!!

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Photo of Beersnake1
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Daniel_Kang
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of spbennett13
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of samplerman
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of theblackrook
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of Matthew13e
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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!!

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Photo of HopHeadVA83
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of reynoldsmc
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of passthebeer104
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of nophunk
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Fred gets a lot of hard to find beers, and it's awesome that he will ship out of state. I've gotten some very fresh hard to find IPAs/IIPAs, and the barrel aged beer selection is great too! I have placed a couple orders now and everything has been perfect. You will pay a slightly higher price depending on the nature of the bottle. I wish a few rare beers were a few dollars less, and I would purchase quite a bit more often.

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Photo of Sean9689
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have ordered many times Fred and he never fails to disappoint. I literally emailed him inquiring about a few things and he calls me back in 2 minutes with all the answers. Shipping is fast, packaging is good, service is amazing. He always has the stuff I'm looking for no matter if it's normal stuff or rare/hard-to-find stuff. One of the best experience I've had from an out-of-state liquor store, no doubt. I'll be ordering from here over and over. Thanks, Freddy!

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Photo of nullvoid
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Beverages 4 Less is my go-to spot for sourcing many California beers I can't otherwise get in Oregon (Alpine, Knee Deep, Iron Fire, Port/Lost Abbey, etc). Their website and emails are frequently updated so I know what's new/fresh. I've placed several orders over the last couple of years and never had any issues. Good customer service and great selection. I buy mainly IPAs and the prices are reasonable.

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Photo of VAHop4
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4


(+) Hard to find brews are available/Heady Topper!
(+) Fred is very quick and responsive, nice guy.
(-) Difficult to read website, the red hurts.

Fair prices on selection and shipping.
I couldn't recommend this place enough.

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Photo of JasonFromLA
2.28/5  rDev -48.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Freddy. He will try to sell you $9 cans of Surly. Or $12 cans of Heady. Online? No problem. Freddy will sell you $100 bottles of DDG. They get the same amount of beer as other stores in San Diego, but those stores won't demean you when you refuse to pay Freddy's high prices for illegal beer. Or charge you more for the normal stuff.

Come here to be overcharged, see illegal beer sales, and be hassled by Freddy.

The outside appearance matches the owner's personality.

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Photo of leschkie
3.29/5  rDev -25.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Since it seems we're all writing reviews on this place, including those idiots who think it's funny to write a fake review as a parody to someone's negative experience in this store, I figured I'd actually write a real review based on my visit. The place was decent, really nothing too special in regards to selection sitting on the shelf. Nothing different from any of the stores here in northern California. Prices were definitely marked up compared to what I see. I did not ask for the "special" stuff stashed away for out-of-towners in the back as I think it's pretty shitty to hold things from your local customer just so that you could mark up the price of such products. Will I go back? Probably not.

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Photo of Jparkanzky
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Love this place. Scott Feutz must be off his Meds. Wonderful staff, wonderful selection, nice location, had nothing thrown at me. Would go again and again until my liver gives out and I die in the gutter. Need 46 more characters.... Ain't nobody got time for that.

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Photo of IncanGoat
1/5  rDev -77.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Well, I had not ever been here before, but I heard about their epic beer selection. So I "liked" Beverages 4 Less on Facebook so I can keep updated on their new beer releases. I saw a news feed on my wall from B4L saying that they had Bourbon County Stout. Well, of course I was all over it. I know that beer is not available here so I took the long drive to Santee to check this out.

My GPS got me there and I parked right away in the 15min parking and walked in, very excited. When I crossed the door I said, with much excitement "I heard you have some Bourbon County". Right away the gentleman behind the counter said "only to customers I want to give it to". WOW! I was in shock. So I tried to play it cool, thinking that maybe it was his weird sense of humor. I browsed the beer selection and he started quizzing me by shouting things out like "Where did you hear that I have the Bourbon Count?" I politely answered "I saw it on your facebook feed". He then started to quiz me "Oh so what else did you see that we have in?". I confessed that the Bourbon County was the only thing I have seen from B4L lately on my facebook feed.

He then received a phone call and I left him alone while he handled business on the phone. I looked at the impressive beer selection and waited until he was done with his phone call to ask "So, will you sell me one?", I asked. He answered "No. It's not worth it to me".

So I walked out, completely unsatisfied and misled.

Dear B4L. I know you are not close to me. I really would make the long drive to pay you for your great beer selection. I just wish you treated me the way most businesses should treat customers. Perhaps I am not a long time customer, but I could have been one and I probably would have been given you treat me like a decent human being. This was by far one of the worst customer service experiences I have ever had. I know a lot of beer people are snobby, but this was unexcusable. That said, if I do hear that your service is better and perhaps you were having a bad day, I will gladly delete this review and give you rave reviews upon a pleasant visit.

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