Sort of in the middle of nowhere it seems in the desert inside a strip mall, the interior looks like it used to be an ABC liquors and is now converted into pretty much a solo beer store. Lots of fun things here with a focus on Belgian and California craft. Alesmith, Lost Abbey, Stone, Ballast Point. I found a few Belgian oddities here and a bunch of California only beers. This place also had Tactical Nuclear Penguin and Sink the Bismark for some crazy prices. More for show and tell. Store displays a pretty wicked bottle collection I know the owner is proud of. Owner dude Freddy was very cool, funny, knowledgeable. Prices were reasonable. Took great care of fragile beers like Sculpin going straight to the refrigerators. I thought it was worth the drive out there but check their TWITTER feed for daily updates so you don’t make the journey out there for nothing.
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
bhensonb (422) Woodland, California | February 25, 2009| Updated May 3, 2012
Havesome history now. Had to update the rating. Fred really goes out of his way to make things work. ***
Freddy is on top of it. My shipment was ordered early Friday and arrived Wednesday. Actually arrived Tuesday, but no one was home! Hard to beat that. Excellent green packing. Highly recommended.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Friendly atmosphere, the owner is a great guy! Didn’t expect it to be a homebrew shop as well, but they had some decent equipment, and I even got to sample some of the owner’s homebrew (which was pretty solid for sure). Very welcoming, great selection of beers, with quite a few locals that I do not see up in Los Angeles. Prices were quite fair. A good amount of rarity as well. Worth the stop!
AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 2/20
A lot of suspect reviews of this place as well as many "claimed" beer bottles available that clearly are not. My score has been lowered accordingly.
Old review from Sept 2007, before RedPoppy joined the site. 64/100 no longer.
Small single cooler door selection of bombers and a couple of doors worth the craft beer sixes. Nothing outdated noticed suggesting it gets picked over with some frequency. If you are already in the area it is worth a look. Coming from El Cajon or La Mesa Windy City Liquor is a better bet with wider selection.
AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
What a surprise. I was staying in Santee for no good reason, and happened to look on the site to see if there were any places worth visiting in the area. I was shocked to find a gem like this tucked away in such a small town. Fred brings it hard when it comes to beer. The place is stocked with a ton of hard to find doemstic beers as well as a number of rarities from Europe. The Belgians were lacking, but in every other area this place does not disappoint. The owner is a really friendly guy who is educated about his selection, prices it fairly, and certainly isn’t afraid of opening a few bottles in order to enhance the experience. Glad I got a chance to visit.
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (300) Las Cruces, New Mexico | June 25, 2011| Updated July 19, 2011
A great beer store for sure! Freddy is very friendly, knowledgible and lets you sample beers if your interested. prices are pretty standard maybe a bit on the high side but not out of line. I need to check out his online store so i can get my alpine fix when im not in SD.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (293) Sunnyvale, California | November 28, 2012| Updated November 29, 2012
Freddy started talking the moment I walked in the store and basically never stopped. I got the full tour, the back story, information about his upcoming Dec. 20th tasting event, and he even cracked a beer to share while we talked. I told him right up front that I was not there to buy, but that did not slow him down a bit. Freddy knows his shit, has great connections in the industry, and puts his fragile beers in coolers, not on the shelves. Fresh Alpine in the cooler, and an "upper shellf" set of pretty amazing bottles. This is a great place with a great owner.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Doesn’t look like much from the outside but amazing on the inside. Huge selection and fairly well organized and clean. Freddy though, was amazing. We ended up talking about beer for a couple hours while he sampled us some local brews and oddities. Value was good, most beers were very well priced while others were going for a big premium because of the extreme scarcity (Sink the Bismark $165). Overall you have to go here if you take a trip to the San Diego area. Hopefully you get to meet Freddy because he is really what make this place special.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited on way back from Alpine.
Met the cheerful Freddy who definitely is a character in itself.
Plenty of CA beers, even single bottles, lots of 22oz and some rare limited gems. I even ordered extra bottles, Freddy packed it all with me and he showed me the fedex bill and shipping system. Charges are more than fair.
Thanks for the share of Port Brewing3rd anniversary. I would have stayed a lot longer to chat with him.
Prices are more than fair, though some prices vary from store to store.
Selection had all the CA beer someone from the East coast would love to have + some hidden gems that Freddy is not displaying.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Online order with this place, the first of what will likely be many to come. Freddy was really responsive and got back to me super quickly. Service could not be beat, and he gave me advice on which of my fave IPAs were the freshest - super friendly and knowledgeable, even though he’d just been rear-ended on the freeway he was chipper as could be! Great selection of West Coast stuff, including some I’ve not seen at other places. Really great experience all around!