Total Wine & More
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.75/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | $
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Total Wine beats the competition in this area in two categories: Amount in selection and price. Occasionally will have the rare items available and usually located in the back cooler, i.e. Pliny's, Abyss, Parabola, etc.
The staff has decent amount of knowledge, but any long-term BA would generally have greater knowledge of beer and releases. Customer service you would expect to receive usually depends on which TW you're at. This Brea location seems to be better than the others I've been to (Tustin, Huntington Beach, Laguna).
Overall, TW is an overall better version of BevMo in all aspects. If I didn't have my local bottleshop, then I would just go here all the time.
07-22-2013 13:33:45 | More by Rollzroyce21
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
When I'm in the mood to try new beers or breweries, I tend to gravitate towards Total Wine, and the Brea store in particular. As many of you know, they sell singles! I hate to buy 4/6 packs or even bombers when I don't know if I'm going to like a particular beer or not. So, if breweries have 12oz bottles, I'll mix and match them.
I think their selection is pretty diverse. My one pet peeve is that I prefer if they would organize beers by breweries rather than styles.
There's a walk-in cooler in the back, that is sometimes filled with goodies. You generally won't find the rarer shelf beers sitting on the shelves though. However, I have my list of boutique bottles shops that serve that purpose for me. When I want a diverse pick of more common beers by better breweries, I come here.
The prices are good. I generally receive good service from this store, especially if I can't find something I know they should have somewhere in the store. They'll often break 4/6 packs for me if singles are sold out.
I'll continue to buy beers here. Overall, this is a solid store.
02-24-2013 01:21:46 | More by mrcraft
4.08/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nicely designed, yet clearly wine focused. The aisles they have of beer are well kept, with a nice cooler.
The beers are clean and arranged, sometimes by style, and sometimes by brewery.
The help is ready to serve and always there.
The singles selection here is awesome, some of the sixers they break and make just for trying. Hundreds of breweries and beers welcome you to a great location.
Prices are good and/or average. While I got a bottle of Rasputing XIV for 18.99(which I bought), and St Bernardus Abt 12 for 9.49, I also saw Older Viscosity for a buck more than other places. Once again, less for some, and more for others.
I will visit this place again, definitely more of a place to go, just wish they had more glassware.
02-09-2012 08:31:21 | More by Drinkerofales
3/5 rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
In a heartbeat i would prefer this spot over the local BevMo. However I feel with some bevmo's i get better service with a very poor selection, on the flip side I get better selections with poor service from total wines. if only there was a way to infuse the two of them at some point. what I find annoying is their lockup of random beers. seriously who cares if you have rare beers most bottle shops do, no need to lock up pliny the elder of all things. also they have a sign up sheet to get called when rare beers come in, my friends do it at other locations and it works. I have yet to get a call from them for the last 5 beers i have signed up for. I def say if you not smart enough to utilize BA to find yourself bottle shops i guess Total Wines is a nice start. But I prefer giving my time and money to the little guys trying get you good beers.
12-27-2011 19:28:32 | More by GrumpyJunglist
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Several aisles of a very large spirits store set aside for crafts and an excellent selection of out-of-state brews. A few surprises, like a Shipyard Smashed Blueberry and a lone Parabola hiding in back. Their beer guru, Mike, was very helpful. I had inquired about a Great Divide 17th Anniversary DIPA and the salesperson said they were out.
Ran across Mike a little later while staring big-eyed at the rows of tasty beverages and mentioned the sadness of GD 17th denial. Dude snapped his fingers and disappeared, coming back with the happy news that he found two cases of the stuff. M'man!
Prices were pretty decent - paid $4.49 for a Pliny and $3.98 for a Blind Pig. Only problem was the bright light - room temperature conditions that most of their beers are subjected to. But like I said about Bev Mo, at least this is a high volume/turnover kind of store.
08-15-2011 01:25:16 | More by Vanlingleipa
4.14/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
the wife and I stopped by this place this weekend after reading about it on ba. wowzer do they have a nice selection, I could have spent hours in this place. I am trying to figure out what beers I like so this is the place .there were tons of single bottles to choose from. I loaded up a whole shelf on my fridge with all different picks for about 40$. The prices are less than bevmo for sure. I stayed away from any bombers or too pricey beers this time. But if I find a 1000$ bill on the ground any time soon I know where I'm headed to.
07-27-2011 01:00:40 | More by Wisenheimer13
4/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here on a recent trip while killing time with womencantsail. Upon pulling into the parking lot it looked just like any other Total Wine location I have been to here in South Carolina. Beer section was located in the back left of the store. There was a massive single bottle selection going on here as compared to other TWs I've been to with two solid isles full with six-packs lining another isle. There were quite a few things on the shelves that us East Coasters lust over and the West Coasters take for granted as me and womencantsail discussed. There were brews from Port, Russian River, Lost Abbey, and a few others to be had here in singles. I picked up a couple of things while there as I knew I would have to ship them back to myself and had to contain myself. Otherwise I could have filled up a cart quite easily. There was no one back in the beer section while we were there, but we didn't really need any help as we knew what we were doing. I would love to check out some of the other TWs out in that area to see what other West Coast gems I can come across the next time I'm out that way...
01-11-2011 18:12:10 | More by thagr81us
Total Wine & More in Brea, CA
90 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.