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I am on a quest to find the fabled “beer docks.” I have heard about this legendary place to buy cheap expired alcohol from a number of people of the past two years, but nobody seems to actually know where it is.

I know the OC loves alcohol, and also a google search led me to a 2002 edition where the beer docks are mentioned. Could you direct a loyal reader to this beer paradise?


I don’t have a car, so the beer docks have eluded me as well. Can anyone else answer this young man’s question?

  1. Sharon says:

    Just came across this link via John Funny how that happens.

    I used to work for a distributorship in Bend, and it is very true that you can purchase inexpensive beer. We didn’t have particular days of the week in which we sold them off the dock. In compliance with OLCC, all purchases were to total 3 cases per person, but there was not a limit thereafter. A lot of cases were not of the same beer, but a mixture of “damaged” cans, too, such as dented aluminum.

    Kegs are not “filled” at any distributorship. They definitely accept returned emptied kegs with credit. Kegs are needed because of the horde for metal in the private sector, which means fewer are returned. This will cost the consumer in the long run, too, if something isn’t done about it.

    PBR was a quick seller to the young crowd, and yes, even micros will sometimes be sold inexpensively when “close to date”.

    And Ossie is correct about I.D. OLCC use to sit in our parking lot just waiting to find underage consumers making a purchase. I had to card everyone, and denied plenty.

  2. Kai Davis says:

    I am very excited to try this place out. If successful, I will pass on info.

  3. Ossie says:

    Don’t remember exactly. I think cases of PBR and 18-packs of coors light bottles were $7.99 or so. If you get there at a lucky time, you can get great deals on windemere, rogue dead guy and whatnot.

  4. Kai Davis says:


    How cheap are talking? 75% of MSRP / store price? More? Less?


    Thanks for the tip on the keg. We have one left over from a graduation party that my buddy has decided to keep. We might get it refilled at the keg.

  5. Vincent says:

    No, you just miss the beer docks.

  6. Ossie says:

    NO NO NO NO. The Beer docks, where you can find cheap cases of beer, is the Mount Hood Beverage Company in Springfield. I believe it’s open Thurs. and Fri. (maybe Saturday). Limit 45 cases per person. Opens at 10 or 11 a.m. but get there a bit early as there is always a line. Make sure that everyone who goes has ID (even if someone stays in the car, they need ID).

    Man I miss college.

  7. Drew says:

    it’s down 11th toward the edge of eugene past walmart, and the Keg. The keg fills up kegs for cheap

  8. Carly says:

    Rumor has it that the “beer docks” can be found way down West 11th past Wal Mart at the Anheuser Busch factory. Details are fuzzy, but that’s what I’ve heard.

  9. Kai Davis says:

    Wait, cheap expired alcohol? After dropping $200 on Alcohol for a halloween party, I would like details on cheap alcohol 🙁

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