Beverages 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 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 redbird
5/5  rDev +13.6%

I guess I'll add another 5 star review for this place. Bombers, bombers, everywhere, an ideal place for travelers looking to bring beer back home. Freddie was a blast to talk with. He's a passionate guy and it shows in the beer selection. He had an 08 BCS open and gave me a taster to drink while browsing. I only stopped at two places, so I can speak for prices, but it seemed to be reasonable. It may be a bit of drive, but trust me, this place is totally worth it. San Diego is really lucky to have guys like Freddie and Joey manning some top notch bottle shops!

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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 SanBeeriegan
5/5  rDev +13.6%

This place has it! You may not know what you want, but they have it. The owner is simply awesome, he knows his beer and loves to find you the beer you love. If you live in San Diego county you must take a look! I recently purchased Prodigal sun form FullSail. It's not suppose to be out until June. It was awesome. My first trip he had Russian River Consecration. One of those famous beers that if you find you buy. It was amazing. If they don't have it he will look for it and find it. His specialty is Local beers so he works very closely with then to keep their special stuff in stock.

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Photo of mszuch
5/5  rDev +13.6%

update - January 10, 2011
Been going here two years. My review still stands! Getting to know the staff and sharing adventures and beer stories has made me feel like a regular, but they treat everyone the same!
It's Freddy's knowledge and customer service, and the awesome inventory that keeps me coming back!
If you read the reviews, you know there's nothing bad about this place, other than he moves alot of beer, and alot of it is stuff you cant find alot of other places! I travel the world for business, and I search out new and interesting beers wherever I go, and its always a pleasure coming home and finding alot of those "rare" or 'special' beers here!
The only reviews that arent A+ are from those who dont know what they want!
Come see Freddy, learn a little and expand your horizons!

Lets just say that I have not seen anything like Freddie's stock anywhere in San Diego, let alone most of California.
Freddie is the real deal. He has stock that you cant find anywhere else in So. Cal, unless you have a special connection to relative.
I happened into his place a few months ago on a local brewery recommendation (Alpine Brewery). Holy cow. Not sure about some of the previous reviews, but they should stop drinking the good stuff and go back to the crap they are used to.
If you know great beer, you know Freddie is the real deal. Who else, upon chatting with for 30 minutes about the So cal. brewery scene and people we had in common from local breweries, would crack open a new $15 special edition Mirror Mirror and let me taste it!!
Says alot for a guy who some label as "overpriced" ( you know who you are - go back to PB and drink some swill!)
Have been back many times, always able to get the hard to find items I want and will keep going back because he is the place to go for great beer!!!
If you have a chance to visit San Diego, make this one of the places you go to visit, right after O'briens!

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Photo of Grubicon
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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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 AdroitHound
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome guys to work with - ordered several beers and was called almost immediately to talk to me/confirm my order. Really great selection that other places just didn't have.

Packaging/Shipping a bit pricier than other stores I've dealt with, but the selection just can't really be beat. The two even each other out and the customer service takes it back over the top - had a change in my order after I realized I could get one bottle here locally. Not a problem, Freddy was back on the phone with me in 5 minutes and swapped out that particular bottle without any issue.

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Photo of johndoe8
5/5  rDev +13.6%

This is the best beer store in Southern California I can say with a lot of confidence. The service is especially great. I've met all the guys working here, Hubert, Johnny, Freddy, they all know their stuff, they can all make excellent recommendations, and they definitely know how to hook up their customers :)

Regulars routinely are spoiled by Freddy. Be a regular here. They're also opening a huge homebrew section.. I think it'll be finished in a couple weeks.

On Friday's they routinely open up beer to try. This past friday, they opened up an Alpine Pure Hoppinness, a Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout, a Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, a Rye-an Ale from Smuttynose, and Freddy honestly offered a shot of all of them to every patron walking in that Friday. What kind of liquor store does that? It just doesn't happen. BevMo has like Friday/Saturday wine/beer tastings, but they're nothing like the quality of what they have here.

They even deliver for internet orders, but honestly, don't do it... so that they don't sell out of their Pliny so fast ;)

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

Fred at Beverages4Less is the man!!

On my 1st order I send him an email of what I wanted. Being from NC I know its a 3 hr time difference. He replied to me about an hr after I sent the email,well before 9am Cali time.

He then called me and I set up the payment and shipping info.
He stores this so all future orders are sent the same way.

I've placed 2 orders with him so far and not only is his selection great but it ships so fast!
I put in an order from Florida 3 days before ordering from Fred and the shipments both arrived in NC on the same day.

I highly recommend Beverages4Less to anyone looking for some great Cali beers that you can't find on the East Coast!

A+ all the way

Chris W

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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 fain12
5/5  rDev +13.6%

If you are in san diego and you love beer then this is the place for you. Once a year I travel in this great country, visit breweries then search for beer to bring home for small but professionally done tastings. I've seen quite a few places but nothing quite like this. Originally I went to a BevMo to find beers and couldn't find all that I wanted, but was recommended to check this place out. Upon arrival I wasn't quite sure as it looks just like any old liquor store from the outside, but once you go inside it's as if Dionysus waved you through himself. The beer selection was geared towards the beer geek and I found everything I was looking for plus a few bonuses. (They had the Sculpin!) The owner was friendly and very willing to talk beer with me as well as being incredibly helpful with the list I brought. (He even had some special beer in the back as if it was hidden away just for me.) The only two beers I couldn't find he said would be coming within two days and that I should check back monday. What wonder!!! Suffice to say, this place is a treasure trove for the beer geek in all of us and is the best way to find those beers that no one else has. Because of this place my 'west coast' beer tasting event will graduate from awesome to rediculous. Thank you Beverages 4 Less!

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Photo of hophead5353
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I recently placed an order to have some beer shipped to my hose in Florida. Fred was extremely helpful and shipped my order the same day it was placed! The service was exceptional I would not have expected it to be as fast as it was. I purchased 3 bottles of Pliney, 2 bottles of Blind Pig IPA, and a bottle os Sculipn IPA. I am looking forward to trying these brews because in Florida these beers are not available. Once again this place is great service, people, quality of stock, everything was above and beyond what i expected. I am looking forward to placing my next order!!!

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Photo of blickta
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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 d0ggnate
5/5  rDev +13.6%

I finally decided to stop over at Beverages 4 Less, as I have heard a lot of good things about Freddie and all his beer. I was really glad I made the short trip. An amazing and well laid-out selection. Lots of interesting bottles. Some were old favorites. Some I was surprised to see. It was also nice to talk beer with Freddie for a while. He was right there with recommendations or just to chat about beer happenings. This trip I picked up a few small things, Abyss 2009, DFH Chicory Stout and a random gueuze. I can't wait to go back and shop there again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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Photo of berserk4886
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Just got back from Beverages 4 Less and I can honestly say that I was blown away. If you're a serious beer drinker, this is the place to be.

Quality/Selection -- From coors light to limited batches from Brew Dog, the store has it all. Freddy (the owner) will even give you a sheet with all the medalists from the World Beer Cup and ask you to pick one and he'll have it.

Service -- This is really where Beverages 4 Less sets itself apart from other places. Buying from there isn't your usual transaction of cash between buyer and seller. I was in there a half hour just talking about beer and styles and Freddy was eager to answer, give suggestions and even pour some free samples.

I'll be there later in the week for the beer tastings he holds and to probably spend more money than I'd care to admit....

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

I love this store. Freddy is a pleasure to deal with, and he always gets me the beer I need. He also ships beer and the beer always arrives fast and in perfect condition. They have tons of beer that I can't get in my locality. Go on their website and facebook page to see what's in and place your order today. Thanks for everything Freddy.

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Photo of pastradul
5/5  rDev +13.6%

How did I not find this place sooner!!! Was what I was saying to myself when I walked around and got to talk to the owner Freddy!

A lot of places will just ask if they can help you find something... not Freddy, he asked me "what's your favorite kind of beer?" he proceeded to show me around the store and fill me in on what they just got in and what they had coming in the next couple of months!

He had cases and cases of stuff that most stores are lucky to get one case! Definitely one of my favorite places in San Diego.

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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 faucd531
5/5  rDev +13.6%

I was looking for a reputable online beer store and a friend recommended beverages 4 less. It was my first time ordering online and I wasn't disappointed. Freddie went above and beyond my expectations. He responded to my first email within twenty minutes. My shipment was sent the same day as well as my tracking number. I live in Louisiana and while the beer selection is growing it is light years behind California. Thank god for people like Freddie who give the rest of us access to quality craft beer. I look forward to doing business with him again and will be placing another order soon!

Thanks again Freddie!!!

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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 rshellman
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Living in Los Angeles, we're just now coming into our beer culture, which leaves me still making trips down to San Diego to purchase some rarities from a few of my favorite SoCal breweries. I came down here for my first time a couple months ago as I was exploring beer stores in the SD area. When I stumbled upon Freddy's store, and arrived in the parking lot I thought "umm...I drove out here for a mini-mart?" but that quickly changed once I got inside and saw the selection. Freddy has hands down the best selection of beers I have seen anywhere, and he does an amazing job at keeping his inventory updated on his website, which is great for somebody like me living a couple hours away. My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Freddy, and he even set aside a custom order for us, and stuck around so that he could meet us face-to-face...he actually cared about who is customers were. Very admirable in my opinion and a trait that seems to be fading in most retail stores and restaurants today. Don't go in expecting a BevMo type selection, but do go expecting to find all the rarities, seasonal (limited) releases, as well as staples that every beer geek craves on a school night. I will say that in my beer store adventure, I found the prices here were a touch higher than other local beer stores, however...much like food tastes better when you are supporting a local farmer, you can feel good knowing you're supporting somebody who really appreciates the craft beer scene, and more importantly, YOU...the customer.

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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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