Total Wine & More
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Reviews by brewdlyhooked13:
4/5 rDev +9.6%
During a recent trip to NC for the 7/4 holiday, we pit-stopped at Exit 217 on I-40. We cruised the strip for a place to eat, ultimately settling for Smokey Bones (not authentic NC BBQ like Hurseys, Hog Heaven, or Smithfield's but it was great nonetheless). I caught a glimpse of the Total Wine store sign and committed the exit number to memory...
Did a little recon here at BA and made the decision to stop in on the way back home. Customer Service is right near the entrance and on a lazy afternoon the store was not crowded. Told them I was a Cincy BA looking for local goodies in single form and they took me right over to the singles shelf. Clean and well-stocked, though I must admit in my exuberance I did not check for freshness dates. Those will be noted where appropriate in beer reviews, though and if problematic I'll update this.
One gal said she was a relatively new BA and though she was not a beer drinker, she had been given the label of TW beer expert. That's fine by me, provided you're in tune with which craft beers are worth stocking, right? We chatted at length about their stock, for someone who doesn't drink she had a good level of interest. Hmm, maybe a closet craftie??? ;-)
Another guy who worked there recommended some St. George brews as popular so I grabbed a few on his recommendation. Both employees were pleasant, accommodating, and patient with me. I acquired some Duck-Rabbit, Tuppers, Highland, Cottonwood, Steelhead, Terrapin, Oskar Dale and Old Chub, and Saranac pomegranate wheat beer cuz it looked interesting. Two cases of beer for $95. Roughly $2 per bottle. That's a bit much but for singles you should expect an upcharge of some kind. Still, darn near 100 bucks for two cases, whew...
Local/Regional selection is quite a bit higher than a 3.5, but their bomber selection is non-existent. With Pop the Cap in their rear-view, I was hoping to buy this year's Stone Vertical release from them as a momento of my trip but I didn't see any Stone beers. No FFF either. It's largely a matter of distribution and getting those lines set up. If they can appropriate another half-aisle for bombers and get some action there, they could become much more.
Another trip next year looks promising. If so, I'll stop in again either here or in Raleigh to see how they've developed.
07-10-2007 04:28:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
More User Reviews:
1.79/5 rDev -51%
this place is older and needs to be maintained a little better. the selection is large but very mainstream, its hard to find rarer kinds of beer at these locations if you don't get their right as it is released. I try to avoid total wines and stay at the more neighborhood friendly beer stores!
07-29-2013 22:02:59 | More by KitesBeer
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
Stopped in here after hitting up Darryl's for lunch. Always like to check out this chain for brews. The beer section is on the right when you walk in the store. The Seasonals are set apart which is always nice, but this specific store still carried alot of Oktos and Fall brews in the "Seasonal" section. Amongst them were some Winter releases. A few of the Fall brews were marked down, which isn't always the case at this chain, but not all of them were. I picked up some discounted Bruery Autumn Maple. Score! The rest of their selection was fair, but the TW in Winston carries a much wider selection, and doesn't have as many "freshness" issues as this one. I wouldn't go out of my way to hit this store. The one on Battleground was better IMO.
01-19-2011 20:14:41 | More by Onenote81
4.3/5 rDev +17.8%
this is a place i have found a lot of great beers also a lot of old beers that were never rotated even had a bad samuel smiths brown ale experience from letting it age to long in they're store but other than that i have had pretty good experiences even the keg selections are good and if they dont have it chances are hey can get it even allagash, dogfish head,north coast and about anything else that is distributed in the NC region. they also have had beer tastings and the service is very good and will tell you how to get the answers if they dont know the answer
12-03-2010 10:05:08 | More by Smith1473
3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
Stopped in here on a recent trip to Greensboro prior to the ORF release. This location was an absolute PAIN to get to due to traffic. Upon arriving I walked in and headed to my right to make my way to the beer section. There was a pretty decent selection of brews here with some local stuff and the usual suspects (Bells, Bruery, DFH, Left Hand, etc). Didn't see any rarities at all on my trip unfortunately. Overall this is a decent location to stop in and check things out, but in my opinion, the location and Battleground has a larger selection.
11-08-2010 15:13:56 | More by thagr81us
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
I found this one to be much better then the one on Battleground, though a bit trickier for me to find. As always beer is located in the back in its own section. Same selection of DFH, Bells, Founders, had some weeping radish which I had not had before. Saw almost all the bruery offerings minus two turtle doves. Nice mix aa six wall where I picked up some new stuff from Mother earth as well. Overall about what you would expect from total wine. Decent store, lots of choices, little rarities. But again a good stop to stock up.
04-22-2010 00:09:52 | More by mikesgroove
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
Total Wine has a great selection, especially for the area. I would highly recommend it to anyone. The selection is quite extensive. Though the High Point Road location may not have the selection some of their other stores have, it's still pretty impressive. I love the create your own six pack option. I will definitely make Total Wine a regular stop when I'm looking for world class brews. The selection ranges from local favorites (Red Oak kegs and Duck Rabbit Brewery) to international brands (Trappistes Rochefort, etc). You really can't beat it. The prices are a little high but not too bad either.
12-04-2008 06:50:00 | More by adam42381
3.35/5 rDev -8.2%
I was a little less impressed with this Total Wine than the location on Battleground. It was a little dirtier, the bottles on the singles isle were in disarray at places, and certain six packs were scattered across two isles, the back wall, and near the checkout counters in no concievable system.
The service may have just been the time I was there, but it was appauling. I went there with my one year old in a shopping cart. The store was almost totally empty, yet three employees had crowed the beer isle remarking about dirty (as in somewhat obscene) pictures on beer labels (which really weren't dirty). A giant ladder was in the way also, but this I could've forgiven. The fact that I was trying to browse a vast selection of single beers while three people loudly talked about labels and darted back and forth across the isle, all while I was navigating a shopping cart around a ladder really pissed me off. Furthermore, not one of them acknowledged my presence aside from some gibberish they spoke to my son.
The selection was pretty good, mostly parallel to the other Total Wine though I was surprised to see some things I'd never seen at the other location. Nothing major, but small discrepancies that might entice me to drive over there a couple of times a month.
Anywhere from 1.50 to 3-4 dollars for singles; I felt it was a little expensive. As I've said regarding the other Total Wine, I don't have much to compare it to aside from grocery stores so my assessment of value may not be completely accurate. Dropping $20 for a sixer is always expensive though.
04-30-2008 07:06:13 | More by PatrickJR
Total Wine & More in Greensboro, NC
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.