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Wine & Beverage Depot

Not Rated.
Wine & Beverage DepotWine & Beverage Depot
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
[ Store ]

823 Riverview Dr
Totowa, New Jersey, 07512-1119
United States
phone: (973) 785-1007

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(Place added by: yen157 on 09-16-2005)
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Reviews by r0nyn:
Photo of r0nyn
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Right off US-46 in the middle of a busy section lined with strip malls and department stores, this store can be a bit tricky to get to, but it's well worth it to make the trip.

The store itself is big and spacious, with most of the floorspace being dominated by spirits and wines. However, there are quite a few craft beer displays up front, and if you follow them, they actually lead to the section where the rest of them are stored. There's a wall filled with bottles of different brews; breweries represented include Stone, Rogue, Great Divide, Chimay, Unibroue and more. There's also a rack off the side with single 12 oz bottles to purchase if you want to mix and match a sixer. Regular six packs are nearby on some low shelves. Lots of good selections there, from Founders, Troegs, DFH and a bunch of others. Everything I checked was fresh, 2009 for most of them. The one older brew I found was a bottle of DFH Raison D'Extra, which makes sense because it hasn't been brewed in a few years.

The staff I came in contact with were friendly and personable, asking me if I needed any help with anything and offering me a few deals at the counter. A very pleasant experience.

Prices are reasonable, which is a good sign. Nothing was more expensive than I've seen anywhere else, so I wasn't surprised. The single 12 oz bottles were priced reasonably as well, so it's a nice place to sample some different beers rather than committing to a whole sixer of the same thing.

A really nice store with a good selection of brews is always a recipe for happiness and I certainly was happy when I left. Definitely deserves the high score.

r0nyn, Sep 29, 2009
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mk_ultra, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of lbraschi
5/5  rDev +19%

The best beer store I've found in NJ. Great staff, always on top of the new stuff they get in, and a pretty glorious selection of bombers and single bottles. They get in some harder-to-find stuff, but you have to get lucky, as it goes quick. I was able to get a bottle of Dogfish Head 120 Minute, but missed out on the Stone Enjoy By 4/20 IPA.

lbraschi, May 05, 2014
Photo of RobDB
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

RobDB, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.8%

djrn2, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Iamstryker
4.66/5  rDev +11%

Having just moved into Essex county, I find myself shopping here more and more. Well staffed, and friendly with helping match you to what beer you are looking for. Everytime I walk in, you are greeted with a smile and a hello. Selection is very well organized, the front wood structure is normally reserved for new bottles, and a very large seasonal selection located to the left of the registers.

Having bought many kegs here as well, they are very fast with communication and do everything in their power to get what I'm looking for.

As others have said, they tend to be a buck or two higher than some in the area, but they also have more than the whole area, so for many of the beers in question, it is not an apples to apples comparison.

Iamstryker, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of koopa
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%

Typical dirty and dingy highway style liquor store with a big selection of craft sitting out on a warm floor and a much smaller amount of that beer stored in coolers. My cold 6 pack of Flower Power was fairly reasonable for the area at $11.99, but it was definitely not very fresh. I didn't see much staff on the floor but the cashier was very nice and helpful. I wouldn't go out of my way to shop here unless I know when to ask for something limited they may have (not on the shelf) at the time. Then again I have other options that are more convenient so that is probably a factor. This store does indeed have a good selection. If I was in the area and wanted some craft beer I'd stop again. If my next hoppy beer purchase lacks freshness, I might avoid this place for future hoppy purchases.

koopa, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of MAN615
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%

This is a very solid beer store, awesome selection of bombers, large floor piles of stock, usually has or gets those rarities that I am sometimes looking for. The cashiers are always ultra friendly, as are most of the employees.

I used to travel hare from many miles away since it was the best I could find for all of those attributes, along with several friends. I have since found a closer and comparable store closer to home which has lessened my need to travel here.

The main issue I have here are the prices, have found some bombers here that are 2-6 bucks more that the same stuff I get near my home, almost seems like price gouging sometimes. Can't comment on the fairly popular stuff, other than their Sam prices are very good.

A very nice store overall.

MAN615, May 11, 2013
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%

I hit this place on the way home from a wake in Rockaway.
There was a young girl and guy behind the counter when I walked in and they both said hello as I walked in. Being from Long Island I was there for Flying Fish beers and whatever else I can't get locally. The guy asked me if I needed help and I told him I was looking for Flying Fish. He came from behind the counter and led me to the beer. He told me that if I didn't want to commit to a 6 pack I could get the beers from their single section. The single section was well organized and had prices marked for single bottles. I got myself a nice selection of Flying Fish as well as several other beers I normally couldn't get at home. If I ever find myself near Totowa again, I'll be sure to stop here for more beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 07, 2013
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Wine & Beverage Depot in Totowa, NJ
93 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.