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Reviews by ithacabaron:
3.25/5 rDev -14.7%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Went down here on the reccomendation of a few helpful BAs. Just a jaunt down 476 and 95, this store is just over the DE/PA border.
The store is absolutely massive, but about 95% of the store is wine, which is great, if that's what you're there for. I looked around and saw some good deals and some nice vintages, but I wasn't there to get wine.
The beer section is one aisle of the store, about 30 feet long, a few "featured" short shelves, and a big walk in fridge. I the mix of beers was mostly either local or Belgian, or pseudo-Belgian. Locals were Victory, Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, and a few others. Magic Hat was also in house. Besides those, almost all of the trappists were represented, with decent variety, and a good number of pseudo-Belgians, such as Unibroue, Allagash, and Ommegang, all a little higher priced than I'm used to, but not bad. I would have liked the Lambic selection to go past Lindemans to more authentic brewers. However, in a positive note, a few obscure Biere de Gardes and Saisons were represented here.
Singles of everything were available.
This was also the first time this year I've seen Sam Adams Octoberfest, which, while not the best of the style (or best spelled, even), was being sold for 10 dollars a 12, which isn't a bad deal.
Two critiques --
1.) More than a few beers that I was looking forward to snapping up (Bernardus, several Rogue varieties) were out of stock. They have to keep better tabs on inventory, methinks.
2.) When I was at the checkout, the woman at the register picked each of the bottles by the neck, and dropped them a good foot into the box she had. I seriously thought that one or more of them was going to break. I had the feeling that she wouldn't have done this with an expensive bottle of wine, and I was right -- the one bottle of wine I purchased was handled in a much more careful manner.
All in all, I'm glad I made the trip, although I can't see this being a regular journey for me.
08-18-2004 18:45:38 | More by ithacabaron
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3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $
Well it is yet another Total Wine store. The ambience is pretty much the same, however this one is at first a little misleading.
From the outside the store is very large, and when you enter you see a vast wine section to the left of you. THe beer however is nestled to the right, in generic shelves with industrial white flooring in about 2 -3 rows. It really only seems to take up about 5% of the store.
Selection is varied, with the mix a six options but many of the items are also old as per typical TW. The seasonals and new arrivals selection is quite large, but it's diversity is lacking as it seems to be focused on bulk. There were lots of Octoberfest, and Pumpkin beers here already and mostly in quantity not in variety.
Staff though is very solid and helpful. I spoke on the phone before I arrived asking when shipments were coming in or deliveries and they told me with no problem about when items arrive. I hated the idea coming right after a weekend to see a bunch of empty shelves. Still as for someone who lives in the DC area the selection here isn't that much different, it's much of the same regular brews you find.
The store also carries some spirits as well with the wine.
Very reasonable and inexpensive for prices due to not being in a large metro area and no sales taxes. If I lived close enough, I could probably become a regular, but I don't see myself going all the way out here often, most of what I saw here I can get elsewhere.
08-21-2013 17:56:36 | More by smakawhat
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I live about fifteen minutes away from here in Pennsylvania, so I tend to hop the border for a quick beer run free of ridiculous prices.
Atmosphere: It's nicely set up, a fairly large store. However, it gets crazy crowded at times, to the point of where I can't look at beer for more than a few seconds without someone blocking me (This mainly occurs around the cooler area). Still, overall it's not bad.
Quality: The beer is usually pretty fresh, but there are a few times where I've mistakenly bought expired beer. However, it's not anything atrocious like a year past the bottling date. Just a few months old.
Service: Never asked for help, but the cashiers are just your average cashiers. Nothing to note here, really.
Selection: A great selection of singles, which is by far their best quality. You can do the pick a six thing, where you get an empty six pack and pick six singles of your choice; it's nice not having to stick 18 singles loosely into a cart. They don't have a bad selection of cold beer either, but the singles are definitely the highlight.
Value: It's cheap as hell to me, but then again I'm from Pennsylvania, the bastard state of beer pricing. I also buy beer from an Acme in New Jersey pretty regularly, and the prices here are pretty comparable, just no tax, which is cool.
Overall: If you're close by, have a stop. It certainly couldn't hurt, and you could do a lot worse.
03-26-2012 07:30:50 | More by CowsCanBark
3.59/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $
I'm prolly gonna' have the PA taxman cometh after me just for writing this up, but after stopping in the Total Wines in Union and Cherry Hill, NJ, I finally made it down to Claymont. What others have said about DE not getting as much of a selection is true (seemed relatively lacking in a lot of midwest and west coast breweries for the size of the place). Service is based on the answer to my question about a variety 12-pack of Dogfish being a look at me like I had two heads. Also not as much of a rip-off as it once was on the bottle deposit since it's just a one-time fee of 4 cents each now. One more note about picking up wine/liquor. A quick glance found prices to be a bit higher on what I would find at the state store in PA (ok, it was limited to a big bottle of Finlandia and what seemed like a $10 bottle of Beaujolais).
01-19-2012 01:05:14 | More by philerman
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Been to Total Wine Claymont several times and it is by far the most affordable and biggest selection of single bottles you can find anywhere. From make your own 6 packs to different variet packs, 4 and 6 packs of different beers and some cases, to bombers, it is a huge selection of craft beer. Good selection of Dogfish, Stoudts, Flying Dog and many local breweries. Along with a few hard to find bottles such as Mikkeler and Brewdog.
Overall I recommend anyone in the area of Total Wine to check it out, you will not be dissapointed.
01-17-2012 20:11:35 | More by BHopp12
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
A huge supermarket of beer, wine, and liquor. The biggest and by far busiest Total Wine I've been in and I've checked out a bunch. This place was absolutely insane on a Sunday afternoon in December with folks stocking up for the holidays.
Tons of beer in every imaginable form, be it singles, bombers, sixers, cases, mixed variety packs, BMC macro, whatever. Cases of Yuengling were something like 14 bucks.
No sales tax makes this a very inexpensive place to shop. Like all the total wines you can make your own sixes and there's a huge selection of individual bottles. Everything that gets distro to the state is here.
My favorite part of this store was finding extremely fresh Dogfish Head beers on the shelf...stuff bottled within the last 2 weeks or so. The same was true of Stoudts. They also had a variety of bottles from other Delaware breweries I hadn't run across in other states. Also some DuClaw, which doesn't make it to my usual stomping grounds.
The downside is the crowds, although I'm sure it would be easier to deal with on an off-hour, like a weekday afternoon. Also much fishing was required to find the stuff you want and avoid past date merchandise. On the other hand spending some time here can result in some very nice, fresh, and affordable purchases. Definitely worth a stop if you're nearby.
Interestingly they had a bunch of Mikkeller and Brewdog bottles mixed in amongst the more common stuff.
12-14-2011 13:54:55 | More by tobelerone
Total Wine & More in Claymont, DE
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