Total Wine & More
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by sweetbrew82:
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Holy mother of god! This place should be the second home of any beer lover living in the vicinity. Located right off of the 5 freeway in "The Marketplace" shopping center.
Total Wine & More has a great atmosphere and vibe to it. As soon as you walk in you notice the clean, attractive, modern decor that really has a cozy feel to it. The place is spotless and I couldn't find a speck of dust on any of the bottles. The employees I talked to (while not beer geeks) were pretty knowledgeable about the products they sell. Unlike some BevMo's I've been to, you don't have chicken-hawking employees stalking you while you're shopping, making sure you're not stealing anything. They were friendly and let you shop on your own, but were more than willing to answer a question should one come up. I like that!
The selection is fantastic! All of the American micros that you can think of are represented, with almost every brewery's complete lineup in stock. The selection of Belgians is second to none, at least of the stores I've been to in SoCal. But what's best, is the fact that they offer mixer sixers. And we're not just talking about some shabby lineup of singles to choose from, either. Everything from Sierra Nevada to Dogfish, Blue Dot to Flying Dog, Drake's to Allagash, just to name a few. Seriously, the selection is incredible!
But, the selection would mean nothing if it was over-priced. And, um....this place is about as far from over-priced as you can possibly get! These are the best prices that I have ever seen. They had a 750 ML Allagash Curieux for $13.99 for god's sake! Speedway Stout for $8.99, Mirror Mirror for $9.99, six packs of Union Jack for $6.99, four packs of Palo Santo Marron for $11.99, Old Raspy XII for $18.99, and Consecration for $18.99, the list goes on. I thought I had died and went to heaven! This place is as much of a "must-visit bottle shop" as any place in SoCal. I spent $37 dollars here and walked out with so many beers that they wouldn't even fit in my fridge. Cheers to that! Now, be on your way...
07-09-2009 05:44:41 | More by sweetbrew82
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4.41/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
As always this place is loaded up with an excellent selection of craft brews. For someone wanting to branch out their tastes this is a good place to start. I wish they had membership cards because I'd be a frequent customer. I can't wait for them to add more stores around the states.
04-24-2013 00:33:43 | More by jmgault1
3.94/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
While primarily a wine store, it does have some nice selection of beers. The place is well kept and aesthetically sharp.
While they have some things I haven't seen, there are some things I normally see that aren't here.
Service is fine, a greeting at the door, friendly checkout make it a good experience. Though I was told there was some pliny in the fridge, and not only was there not, but no one was around at the moment to help out.
Selection is really good, but not quite as good on the singles as the Brea location. Strangely enough, they have different stuff at the different stores.
Prices are as good or better most other places, still some things are more, but that is in the minority. Don't forget to sign up for the email, as they send a coupon that gives a dollar off, for EACH beer/4 pack/6 pack you buy over $6.99
Overall, I wish I lived closer to the Brea location, but I am still happy to have this store close by.
02-11-2012 06:38:10 | More by Drinkerofales
4.74/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
wow what a find! this by far is the motherload of not only wine but craft beer too! very easy to get too in the oc area. i love how they sell single bottles of every kind of beer, well not every kind but most of the good stuff. well i went in there last week and picked up a build your own six pack. i got ranger ipa, stone ipa, stone ruination ipa, sierra nevada torpedo, racer 5 ipa, and tower 10 ipa from karl strauss. all witch were flipping amazing. cost me around 10$ but for craft beer, thats a steal! expecially for the tower 10 ipa. costs 5 bucks for a pint at the brewhouse, got it for a 1.49$!
overall i highly recomend it if you love craft beer or are a wine fanatic.
02-09-2012 05:42:35 | More by nate714
3.86/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very good selection, especially for where it's located. While you're mostly hit with wine selections in the front, there are beer selections sprinkled throughout the store until you get to the back. There is a large selection of craft beer, and from what I saw, it was a bit unorganized. It was near the end of the day, and the labels on the shelves weren't matching what was above them, but I'm sure they fix that at opening each day. Really wasn't anyone around to ask questions to, but the labeling made it easy to navigate around. Overall it was like a Bevmo with more of an atmosphere to it. Great prices.
12-23-2011 00:32:16 | More by downhilldrift
4/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Located about a half mile north of the 5/405 interchange in central OC, this particular Total Wines & More, while not particularly heavy on craft beer offerings, provides a rather wide selection for the craft beer shopper.
As with the rest of the stores in the chain, craft beer is not the main item here. However, coming from state controlled liquor stores in Oregon, I was quick to see that this was the place to shop for hard alcohol. The wine and cigar selections, along with party sundries, was quite extensive.
While there is a limited amount of craft beer in the refrigerated cases, there were approximately three full aisles of craft beer offerings. They appeared to have most of the available SoCal offerings (sans Alpine, argh), and a good selection of beers from other regions of the country. You can get a pretty good idea of their vast selection by perusing their on-line catalog at their website, I believe most BAs will be relatively impressed at the wide offerings. The prices are about as low as you'll find in SoCal, much less than I'd pay for the same beers in Oregon.
The service was pretty helpful, while not being intrusive. We searched long and hard for Ballast Point Sculpin to no avail, and the help went to the trouble of calling their distributor to see what the deal was. (that's another story). We got most of the beers we had scheduled for the craft beer tasting that weekend. While not much different than the other stores in the chain, if you are looking to save a bit of moolah on craft beers while in OC, this is the place to start.
08-21-2011 21:28:28 | More by jdense
4.34/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
Ya – this place is VERY GOOD! Definitely one of the best in the area … and their prices are very competitive! Make sure you sign up for their email … typically you’ll get a $1 off coupon every week – every little bit helps.
Besides the massive selection of wine, spirits and cigars … their brew selection is HUGE as well. They typically always have a few offering from Russian River and on occasion will get Pliny The Elder. You’ll also find other west coast gems here like Parabola. A ton of Great Divide stuff as well. Tons of glassware too!
What I appreciate is the massive “singles” section … where you can build your own 6-pack … love to try these singles before I commit to a sixer or more.
If you are in the area, Total Wine & More is a must!! Also check out the cool REI store right next door.
07-13-2011 21:54:11 | More by AlexM
3.53/5 rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $
Total Wine is a big mega store. Good for buying beer on the cheap with a large selection. They have good beers and even some hard to find beers. But no one knows dick about beer there. There are plenty of wine experts, but none on beer. You ask about something and all they can do is look it up. This is really a DIY place, bring a smart phone with BA on it if you want any help. And don't expect anyone to know when they are getting any new releases.
They do have great prices sometimes on beer. See if you can't get a coupon for a bottle on line before you go. They will also have a good selection of cheap glassware, so check that out.
06-17-2011 19:44:37 | More by pollox87
Total Wine & More in Tustin, CA
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