Total Wine & More
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I found Total Wine in Brea by chance. Was going to a new theatre with the family and was asking my wife what is that place? So took a stroll through the store and was very pleased. The nice thing about this store is the single bottle selection. Being a craft beer drinker with friends who aren't really allows me to buy what I want and not spend a ton doing it buying all the 6 packs. I can buy what I want, drink it and go back for more on a more regular basis. The selection is nice with a lot of local craft, and even a large belgian selection. The staff is outgoing and friendly and it isn't too far from my house.
10-24-2010 19:10:08 | More by FosterJM
4/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
The recently opened Total Wine Brea takes the location of a big box drug store that is hidden from street view. I know this because I've been to Lucille's Smokehouse many times over the years, and it's located in the same shopping center. More on that later.
For those in SoCal unfamilair with Toal Wine, here's the deal; this place has got lots of lots of bottled beers (more than BevMo), most sitting away from sunlight at room temp, lots of variety (saw Hangar 24 here, the first place in Orange County I've seen carry this Redlands based brewery), single bottles may be purchased instead of entire six-packs, and small displays of glassware mixed with the beer. There's also a small walk-in cold box, which hold a small amount of bottled beer and houses some craft kegs with displayed priectags. There are store associates working the floor, but I didn't find a beer expert on my visit.
I don't know how often I'll be back to this location because the Tustin location is closer and more established (i.e. a few extra gems, more familiar with the store), but if this opened even two years ago when I was still a student at Fullerton, I may not have graduated. This can also serve as a place I can kill time at while I wait the 45 minutes it takes to get a table at Lucille's.
09-22-2010 05:49:56 | More by DoubleJ
4/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
The newest of the Total Wine locations to open up in the area (now I don't have to go all the way to Tustin). The store is much the same as the other Total Wine locations I have been to with several shelves of beer (warm) and a walk in cooler that has some miscellaneous kegs and bottles, as well as several cooler doors with beers and wines, etc.
The selection is not quite as good as the one in Tustin, but these guys are just starting, so I'd imagine there are still some kinks to work out. For example, I haven't seen any of the Russian River sours there yet, whereas the Tustin location has them. They did have some cool stuff right when they opened like vintage Stone beers (some older IRS, Old Guardian, and Anniversary), which was nice. Otherwise, you've got plenty of good California/West Coast beers to choose from, and a decent selection of more well known Belgian, German, and English beers.
The prices are what Total Wine is probably most known for, and you get the same good deals here. Better than competitive pricing which is the main reason I go here. I try to support my local stores, but I am guilty of trying to save a few bucks once in awhile.
The staff are friendly, though not incredibly knowledgeable about beer, I have found. Again, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for the time being.
Definitely worth a stop, especially since there isn't much in terms of bottle shops in this part of Orange County.
09-21-2010 23:24:42 | More by womencantsail
Total Wine & More in Brea, CA
90 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.