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Total Wine & More

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Total Wine & MoreTotal Wine & More
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16 Reviews
Reviews: 16
Visits: 23
Avg: 3.71
pDev: n/a
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2976 Battleground Ave
Greensboro, North Carolina, 27408-2706
United States
phone: (336) 235-0400

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Reviews: 16 | Visits: 23
Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

In my opinion, this has the vibe of a typical Total Wine - especially if you visit during the week. Lots of employees around doing busy work but not that many folks actively shopping. It is a traditional big box wine/beer store.

This Total Wine has a pretty decent selection including doing growler fills but like the rest of the Total Wines I have visited you really need to check the dates on anything you are considering buying - I think part of the problem is the sheer volume of inventory that is stored on top of the shelves causes it to age before even making it to the shelves.

While there were a lot of employees engaged in activities like restocking, rearranging, etc. There did not seem to be a lot of them that were very knowledgeable about the craft brews - judging by the comments/questions amongst themselves while they were restocking.

Really good selection of seasonals and most things were available as singles. The prices are pretty good but you really have to check your dates - lots of stuff out of code and lots of stuff on the discount rack well beyond their dates.

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Photo of Martyrob
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Total Wine is a wine store that's for sure, but they have really stepped up their game in recent years with craft beer and I would say even in the last year they have increased not only in volume but also with some of the items they get. Granted most of the employees really don't know anything about craft beer, but they can usually find someone like a manager that can answer questions. All in all I still stop by here for items that I can't pick up at my favorite places in town.

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Photo of dataskatt
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%

This used to be a great store, but the quality has really declined in the past few months. They have a good selection, and you can buy singles, which is a big plus. The staff has always been very helpful and pleasant. Unfortunately, recently, I have been finding quite a bit of expired beer on the shelves. I found singles and 6 packs, and popular brands like Great Lakes and Sweetwater expired. I have found some beer as old as 3 months past expiration date. Even worse, when I pointed this out to employees, they just shrugged and offered to sell it at 10% off. This is first and foremost a wine store.

Update 9/10/10: Thought I would give this store another shot yesterday, since I was picking up a bottle of wine there. I found a Great Divide single that I had been wanting to try (a pale ale). I glanced at the expiration date: Jan. 2010!!! That's right, it had expired 9 months ago! Wow! Seems like the quality is getting worse, so I lowered that rating another half point.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

I went to this location thinking it was going to be like any other Total Wine I have visited. Upon pulling up the overall look of the store on the outside is completely different from most I've seen and looked very nice. Upon going inside it is setup like any other Total Wine. Went into the beer section and was blown away with the selection I found. Mainly because I can't get most of the brews I saw down in South Carolina. They even had a beer sale/clearance table when I was there. Not sure how often this is the case, but it was nice to see. The staff were helpful in guiding me to what I was looking for if they had it. Next time I'm in Greensboro again, I am definitely stopping by again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

One of the weaker total wines I have been to for sure. This was tucked in right next to cvs and across from earthfare. Walked in and made my way to the back left. I was hoping for a nice selection of stuff I cannot get at home, and there was but it still seemed lacking to me. Great lakes was nice to see as was the Natty six packs but aside from that it was less then what I get in south carolina. Serious lack of bombers and 750 variety in my opinion. Prices seemed alright but the store just seemed lacking to me.

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Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Stopped here today when in the area. The beer section is tucked way in the back in the last aisle. Like other TW, this one is no exception. They carry a large number of American craft beers, in both sixers and singles. They've got a decent Belgian and German selection as well. They've got a small section of shelf dedicated to seasonals as well. I think they've got a better selection of bombers than the W-S TW too. I grabbed a few of the beers I hadn't seen anywhere else and was on my way. I am never disappointed with the selection at this store. Check it out.

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Photo of MrStark
4.85/5  rDev +30.7%

This is the main place I go to get my beer! Its only about an ten minute drive from my home so I'm in there quite often!!

While mostly being a wine store, they have quite a large selection of single beers! The largest anywhere near the area I believe. A pretty wide selection as well, with lots of macros, craft brews, imports as well as a rotating seasonal brews! There are still quite a few beers that are not found there but I assume they can only stock so many things.

Price wise they seam pretty good. Most of the prices on six packs seam much better than at most of the near by grocery stores. Singles seam to be priced reasonable as well! Higher end beers can be a bit pricey but I figure that is to be expected.

Service is quite good from my perspective. Overall the staff is very nice and willing to be as helpful as they can. One employee in particular recognizes me when I come in and definitely knows as much about the beers as most of them know about the wines. She is very helpful suggesting new brews and I can tell she enjoys them and discussing them!

Overall, I would say its one of the best places in the area to pick up beer! I recommend stopping in if you happen to be in the area!

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Photo of apbarwood
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

I used to work here years ago and recently came back while I was in town to get some beer for the weekend. I was surprised to see that the beer section had been expanded by 30% or so. The single section is way better than I remembered it with more variety and more labels. There was a lot of hard to find craft brews that I'd never seen at that store before and a good selection of seasonal beers. I agree with the complaint that most people have about a lack of knowledge with the employees, it's not something that I think the company really pushes. I think there's probably a "beer sells itself" mentality. There's probably a couple of people at any given store who really know about beer and more often than not it's mostly just a basic knowledge. While each beer has a write up on the shelf that describe it a little bit, it can be lacking at times and somewhat vague but it helps a little bit if there's a beer you've never seen before. All things considered, for selection and price it's hard to beat but if you're seeking some guidance I'd go elsewhere.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Visiting on a day trip from VA to NC... I made this a spot to hit on my trip and I'm glad I did..

Quality: Very nice store, big & clean.. More wine than beer.

Service: Very little help here, the one girl I talked to was very nice but not to knowledgeable.

Selection: I came to the store looking for beers I cannot get in VA and I was not disappointed.... Found lots of stuff I cannot get at Vintage Cellars (A+ place in Blacksburg, VA) and some a could get at in VA... Walk out with 3 six packs and a couple of bomber for a little under $50.... I could have dropped a lot more.

My next trip to Greensboro will include a trip here....

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

I love the create your own 6 pack thing. I got an ipa, a couple pilsners, plus a pale ale, and enjoyed them all.

Decent keg selection, they will do special keg orders when possible. Deposit on kegs is lower than many in the area.

Staff is kinda knowledgeable, but seem to care way more about the wine people than the beer folks.

Selection was good not great, tons of macros, decent amount of micros, out of some stuff though. cases, cans 6 packs, big bottles and singles are available along with the kegs. They had some mini kegs

value was pretty good and stock seemed to be pretty fresh. Beer was in the back of the store, but there were some nice displays as you walk in.

If you have questions the staff cant answer they will look it up on the trusty computers. I did have to find someone to check me out at the checkout line, always annoying!

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

This is my main establishment for buying beer. From what I've bought, the quality is very good. I've never had any skunked beers, the shelves are always clean and I often see employees restocking and rotating beers. As evidenced by myself looking for certain things a couple of times a week, I can tell that customers are regularly clearing off the shelves, indicating that there probably isn't much, if any, stale beer sitting around. My only issue is that most of the high end beer is unrefrigerated. Instead, they choose to stick mostly macro lagers and quite a few common imports in the cooler. Occasionally they rotate out sections of "new" imports and seasonals, including things like a couple of Flying Dog's brews, Hoegaarden, and a couple of Belgian Trappist ales.

The service is fairly non-existant. Sometimes an overzealous employee will accost me about a certain beer I'm buying, intimidating me espcially when I'm picking up a single of something totally foreign. Otherwise, much of the staff is clueless as to what they have or when they might get it. I had a lady at the register talk to me the other day about hefeweizens, but all was lost when she began with "a man was telling me he read that folks put a lemon wedge..." Obviously the employees have a basic knowledge (or training) but it really doesn't mean much to someone like me exploring styles.

The selection is great. I understand being in the Southeastern US hinders things a bit, but I've found more in there than I haven't. I'd like to see more of certain styles as it seems they only have two or three brands of barleywine, one type of rauchbier, etc. Still, I am kept very happy by their stock.

I can only hope I'm evaluating price correctly as I really don't have much to compare it to. Compared to a Harris Teeter they're good, but much of the beer I buy is high end and imported as well, so I'm not sure how cheap it could be sold vs. their price.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

This chain wasn't bad before North Carolina lifted the alcohol limit (Pop The Top it was called) in summer '05, but now they've really improved, bringing in a wide variety of craft beers and international imports, and of course the higher ABV beers.

The store is clean and I didn't see dust on any of the bottles. Everything is arranged in an orderly fashion on the shelves. Lots of 4, 6, and 12 packs (and cases for macros), which is economically the way to go at Total Wine, since many of their individual bottles are quite pricey.

It's split about 80% unrefrigerated beer, 20% refrigerated. Of the refrigerated beer, about 80% of those are macros.

I often get Dogfish Head, Victory and North Coast stuff here, also Ommegang and Unibroue, and a growing Belgian selection keeps me going back.

My only real complaint is that the staff are often clueless about beer. You have to find the beer buyer to get more specific questions answered. Most of the staff are far more knowledgable about wine, which is fair, since 85% of the store is wine. Still, it's always nice to walk into a store this big and see lots of favorites.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%

Total Wine and More is mostly a, yes, wine store. But they do have a nice selection of beers. Actually, one of the best in the area in my opinion. Well lit aisles, knowledgable staff, good selection.

There are two aisles devoted to beer. One aisle is domestics and the other is imports. There are divisions in each with sixers and individuals; there are also macro swill available in 12 and 24 packs.

A great selection of imports and domestics are available. With the new alcohol cap limit, it seems their inventory has doubled. Imperial Stouts (no sam smith), double IPA (Rogue only), several barleywines, lots of Belgians, etc. Great selection.

Service is outstanding. Everyone who works there knows about the beers, not just the wines. They are eager to inform one of when new items will be available and sometimes even try to do "special orders", if allowed by law.

Some of the beer selections seem a bit pricey. I have seen cheaper prices in places.

One drawback: They allow some beers to expire past the "best by" date and do not allow any kind of discount for old beers. So, the beer stays on the shelf.

Overall, a great place to buy beer.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Seems to be the best selection of beer in Greensboro. Lots of N.C. breweries represented. Sections from every country, at least the big ones, and Mexico ;)
With pop the cap having happened, the selection is growing weekly. However, I have found that TW&M is the most expensive of the beer stores in town. They have a bigger selection, but if you can find the beers you're looking for at Wine Warehouse, they will probably be cheaper.
I bought a 6-pack of Highland oatmeal porter at WW, it was $7.49. Same was $8.99 at TWM.


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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

With only a handfull of good places to buy beer here in Greensboro this is one of the places I can get decent stuff,with all the Mutual stuff going on I have to be carefull what I get here.First off this is thru and thru a wine store beer takes a back seat and it shows the beer is in the last isle of the store but there is usually someone close at hand if you need help.Now your not gonna find the occasional gem like say Pipe and Pint but you will find a pretty solid selection of Great Divide,Rogue,Allagash,and the state micros that you can get around here with a decent selection of German and English (only a couple Belgians due to the stupid FUCKIN law down here) with some lager beer from the Caribean thrown in.Prices are reasonable with singles being pretty darn cheap.If you dont make it a habit to go twice a week you might find some new stuff in stock from time to time,not a bad place worth a stop here in Greensboro along with the one on High Point rd.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Having been into several Total Wines I was prepared for the standard fare of beers they carry and a pretty good selection. Unfortunately, not at this location.

The parking lot was virtually empty and two employees were lurking around the store, one blocking the beer aisle and not moving even when I was trying to see the selection behind them and their cart. The quality appeared above average, but this had to be the smallest selection I have seen in any of the Total Wine stores.

Another stop on the Greensboro Beer Run.

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Total Wine & More in Greensboro, NC
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.