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Wilbur's Total Beverage Wine & Spirits

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Wilbur's Total Beverage Wine & SpiritsWilbur's Total Beverage Wine & Spirits
BA SCORE
95
world-class

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 13.99%
[ Store ]

2201 S College Ave
Ste 108
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80525-1602
United States
phone: (970) 226-8662

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Photo of slasich
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

slasich, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of ArtV2014
1/5  rDev -76.7%

Not recommended - very poor service. Their selection and size is great - but their cashiers are extremely UN-informed, rude and ridiculous to be honest.

While purchasing wine, I was asked for both my ID and my wife's ID. My wife at no point held, handled or carried the alcohol. The cashier said she would not sell to me (the person with ID and whom was paying) because my wife didn't have her ID with her. We then asked if we could JUST purchase the pint glasses we also wanted (no alcohol) - we were refused then as well.

Yes there's a college campus very close - yes people try to buy alcohol that are not of age - but if you verify the ID of the person purchasing the alcohol why does anything else matter?

To note - we're both 30+ years of age and frequent the shopping center where this store is located. We'll never go back again. Completely ridiculous...

ArtV2014, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Joegashnick
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%

As many have pointed out the selection is by far one of the best in town and it rotates it stock constantly. I have seen write ups on various foreign and local beers and thought I'd like to try them, damn if I don't find them at Wilbur's! Yep bring your credit card cause your going to need it. I have requested various non local beers in keg form - I'm not too crazy on the request ie. various Roque or Alaskan, and local in 6ths or 1/4s and they get them for me. I've noticed a lot of reviews stating the staff isn't that great and it's anything but, yes they don't bother you - browse to your hearts content but if you have a question and ask, they are right there with the answer, or recommendations. I'm not a wine guy - I enjoy it but don't take the time to educate myself, so I rely on recommendations and the Wilbur's staff have never led me wrong. I would give them 5.0 rating but I drop a lot of coin there and they have a rewards program- spend a grand and you get 10 bucks and a 10% off purchase coupon. A bit weak but on the flip side - I have gone in for various cases of wine or beer that was on sale a few days prior but the sale ended and they had no problem giving me the sale price so kudos on that!

Joegashnick, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of jarrgal
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jarrgal, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of GaToWyo
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

GaToWyo, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev -6.8%

TheDoctor, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of dannyboygaga
4/5  rDev -6.8%

dannyboygaga, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of jbogner
5/5  rDev +16.6%

jbogner, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Yeti1979
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Yeti1979, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of JJWIGHT
4/5  rDev -6.8%

JJWIGHT, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of appetiteforparis
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

appetiteforparis, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Hayesch, May 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

2013beer101, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

cbcrunch, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of KVNBGRY
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%

What more can be said of Wilbur's? This is the first place I was able to get a beer from pretty much any brewery you name. Apparently their beer cooler is larger than most, if not all liquor stores (total store) in the state! Then they have their room temp beers that is an entirely different level. The wine, and spirits selection are second to none. Great knowledgeable staff too

KVNBGRY, May 12, 2013
Photo of denver10
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%

The big liquor store in Fort Collins. Big, clean, well organized. A nice selection of sixers and bombers, being the popular place their stuff can sell out rather quickly, but if it hits the market they always get it. I kind of want to take off more points because their mixed sixer selectionis very, very disapointing for what a place of their size could offer.. Service is nothing special. Cashiers are generally the only one's available/willing to help and it being a bigger store, they are only the middle men, they need to call the beer department for information. If the beer guy(s) isn't there, which is too often, than they don't have the info to help you other than letting you know if the beer is in stock or not. I guess that's what comes with a bigger store like Wilburs, but I do prefer the smaller stores where employees are more involved with everything, so they have a better understanding of the comings and goings. Price point here is fine, things at the going rate. On occassion, you can get some decent sales going on which offer some really nice prices.

denver10, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of hwwty4
4.16/5  rDev -3%

Wilbur's used to be my go to bottle shop when I lived in Fort Collins. Its honestly one of the reasons I got into better beer and into using the online beer sites. I would walk up the Beer row and just look at the packages not knowing what any of the beers or styles were. It allowed me to try a lot of beer I had never seen before.

Went back and was surprised that they had made the beer selection smaller then it was before. Cut out the middle section of the isle. Regardless of this, they still have a out of this world selection. Chances are if its available in the area, they probably have it, or had it and it already sold out. Their selection really is crazy. All of their six packs and several of their bombers/750's are kept in the coolers. They have a smaller selection of large format bottles sitting out. I picked up several bottles from Funkwerks/Crooked Stave, Deschutes, Russian River, The Bruery and others I cant remember. A ton of other stuff that I would have like to brought home but didn't have the cash to. The service is always non existent. Its more of a you know what your looking at kind of store. Every once in a while you can track someone down and they are normally more then happy to help you out. The price is very reasonable for the area.

hwwty4, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Doodler
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Stopped in after shopping next door at Whole Foods. Seemed well organized and similar to most big liquor marts in the Denver / Boulder area. Beers are located to the right, while tons of wines and liquors filled the remainder of the store.

Liked the vast selection between reach-in coolers and stocked shelves of good beers. Most of my favorite CO brews were represented.

Good selection of Utah breweries we don't see in Denver

Some good Belgian and German brews too. Prices were reasonable. Parking was easy. Will visit again next time I'm up.

Doodler, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of quaybr
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%

Best selection I've found. Poor east coast micro representation, but they nearly make up for it with their intermountain selection. Mix six selection has become very limited. That's ok, though, as they have such a large inventory to choose from. I've been in there five or six times over the past four weeks and their inventory has proven to experience a pretty high turnover rate. So, it's always a pleasure getting to stop by and take a look at what new stuff has just made its way to their shelves. Staff is pretty knowledgeable and super super friendly. It must be a great place to work because they're always so damn kind. Prices are very reasonable.

quaybr, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Rbald42
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

Stopped here on my way to Montana.

Wilbur's is a huge store, with tons of wine available. I stuck to the beer section since I was passing through. There is a large selection of beer here. Plenty of offerings from domestic and international craft breweries. Large selection of european (German, Belgian, British) breweries. Major representation for Colorado and regional locals. Lots of great brews from Ft. Collins local breweries (Funkwerks, New Belgium, Odell etc.). The staff was very helpful. Didn't need much help with selections however. The prices seemed to be in line with most of what I'd seen on my way out west. Very good store.

Rbald42, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%

A huge store with a huge selection of quality micro and craft brews. I found what I was looking for with the help of a friendly worker and more. Very knowledgable staff. I was looking for Firestone Walker's Parabola. I was told it would be there from the night before when I attended the Firestone Walker party downtown. It was there. I also asked for Pliny the Elder on a whim and low and behold they had it as well. They had a two bottle limit and that is what I got. I bought those two and a bottle of New Belgium's Le Folie. Quite a score. There was much, much more I just didn't have the money for. At the checkout I got into a long conversation about local beer, and hard to find stuff and where I could find it. Awesome store. Huge store, well lit, cool, and with knowledeable and friendly workers. Highly recommend.

JayS2629, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

Stopped by this place on a recent trip to Fort Collins. It's basically a large liquor store with a very large selection of craft beer, probably the best selection of any store I visited on my trip to CO.

Upon entering, all of the beer s straight ahead with a ton of coolers on the right and an aisle of room temp. bottles and packs. The selection is very good with a great selection of CO locals from Fort Collins, Odell, Funkwerks, Equinox and New Belgium. They also had a ton of Great Divide, Breckenridge, Ska, etc. In addition to the locals they carried a very impressive selection of other regional crafts, including selections from the Bruery, Uinta, etc and a very nice selection of European beers, many of which aren't distributed to PA.

The service was pretty good. The one beer guy was friendly and helpful. Knowledgeable and willing to check t see if they had any of the Odell 750 series n the back(they didn't). The woman at the counter was completely miserable which kind of sucked but that was my only complaint.

Overall, I was impressed with this place and would shop here frequently if I lived in the area. Impressive selection as well as some nice glassware and people who know abut beer.

corby112, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%

Spent far too much. Great selection. Had some obvious lacks but had things I've never seen before like jw less moonraker, which I was happy as tell to grab. Also got Fullers vintage ale which I hadn't seen before but don't really look for.
Had some IPAs which were expired. Thought that was funny since their beer guy seemed to know his beer.
One of the better places I've been to in CO.
The service was good. Had a few beers I wanted to ask about like Epic's Imperial Stout which he had tried and a new release from Grimm's which I ended up not getting.
Surprised about their lack of selection from Odell and Avery. They also had nothing from Russian River but had quite a few from bruery.
I bought there last three ghost face killah. oops

claytong, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

stumbled across Wilbur's while stocking up on groceries at the adjacent Whole Foods before heading into the Wyoming desert

it's got the layout of your typical chain style liquor/wine/beer store, clean, linoleum floors, fluorescent lighting, quite a big place, arranged into rows with most of the beer in wall coolers along the right side of the store, though there was some big bottle format and european stuff in warm storage nearby

selection was quality, most of the Colorado locals were represented, save for some of the more obscure items, lots of Odell and and New Belgium of course, loads of other stuff that sees nationwide distribution, was happy to see the Boulevard big beers in small, single bottles, the singles selection was okay, fairly wide but lacking the more desirable stuff

over two visits I was never approached, despite staff being present, cashiers were nice at least

there was also a small but nice selection of glassware available

blackie, May 25, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%

This place was fairly well organized and laid out in a consumer friendly-manner

The quality of all beers tried were good to great

The one staff member I had contact with was friendly & wildly enthusiastic about craft beer

Selection was even better than Liqourmax. I wish I had better prepared myself I left a few Russian River & lost abbey brews behind, because I THOUGHT I had already tried them, ugh. Could spent hundreds in here, but was flying out the next day. There was a big selection of hometown brews to try. Loved the wide range of beers on offer, this compared favourably to any beer store I've been in Colorado

Prices seemed reasonable

russpowell, Apr 26, 2011
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Wilbur's Total Beverage Wine & Spirits in Fort Collins, CO
95 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.