Total Wine & More
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Reviews by r0nyn:
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
As I was in the area, I spotted Total Wine & More right off Grand Ave, so I decided to pay this store a visit. I'm certainly glad I did!
Looks just like a regular supermarket from the outside, complete with parking lot and carts. Once inside though, it's packed to the gills with wine, liquor and most of all, great craft beer. The shelves with beer are in the back as you enter the store and are filled with some pretty good craft brews. The first row of shelves is full of six and four-packs and towards the back is where the single bottles are kept.
Quality is very good, as most bottles are well within their freshness dates and all have clean, undamaged labels. The lights are a little bit bright in the store, but most of the beer is kept out of it directly. Selection is great for the area. Lots of quality American breweries represented, including DFH, Rogue, Stone and more. Lots of good foreign stuff too, with a wide selection of Belgian brews. They had quite a few bottles that are hard to find across the border in New York, so I was suitably impressed.
Service is good, from what I experienced. I was greeted by a manager-type person when I entered the store. As I was perusing the craft brews, an associate popped his head in and asked if I needed help. It's the proper amount of service I expect from a good store and I got it, so no complaints there.
The price points are really where this store does well. The single 12 oz bottles are priced pretty cheaply and the bombers are marked down significantly from what I'm used to in New York. Plus, since it's New Jersey, there's no pesky $0.05 bottle deposit. A bomber of Stone IRS for $5.29 flat? I will take that every time, thanks!
Definitely a quality store for the beer enthusiast living in the Bergenfield/River Edge area. I was impressed by the TW stores down in Florida and this one in NJ did not disappoint either.
11-05-2010 23:03:27 | More by r0nyn
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3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
I've had mixed experiences with this store, although ultimately the good outweighs the bad. I do love the new location and look of the place, though, that's for sure.
First, the negatives:
1- Even though there are two full aisles (and then some) dedicated to beer, the selection isn't really as deep as it seems. Many 'slots' for bottles or sixers are doubled or even tripled to keep the shelves from looking empty.
2- Freshness is definitely an issue throughout the beer section, but more prominently in the singles aisle.
1- Price. This is definitely the place to shop for cases or sale items, especially if you are having a party.
2- Hidden Gems among the singles that you may not see anywhere else locally (I've gotten Furst Wallenburg and Pike 5X Stout bottles).
3- Buying Power. especially for certain limited releases. My last trip there was an entire shelf of Victory Wild Devils and others. Previously there were at least a half-dozen Stone displays throughout the store featuring Enjoy By and Ruin Ten. They get a LOT of these types of beers when they get them.
Just stick with the far aisle against the wall, where the seasonal and recent releases are displayed, and you will get some fresh beer at a good price. Otherwise you could lose a lot of time checking dates.
07-29-2014 21:45:23 | More by TongoRad
3.67/5 rDev -3.4%
Like a huge beer/wine/liquor supermarket complete with the fluorescent lighting and staff stocking and stickering items everywhere you look. Not a real cozy place, but clean and full of beer! I always thought of this as mainly a wine store, so I was shocked by the size of their beer selection, which consists of both six-packs and single bottles.
Everything is labeled nicely by both country and style, which makes it so much easier to find what you're looking for. And find it, or at least something similar, you likely will. Imports and domestic craft beers alike are in vast supply.
I've had a few bad bottles from this place, but no more in comparison to other beer stores. The prices are reasonable. Middle-of-the-road, I'd say.
Staff isn't incredibly knowledgeable. They know where in the store you should look to find a specific beer (not necessary since the beers are already easy to find due to excellent organization), but they can't tell you much else. Maybe they're more well-versed on their wines. I've purchased wine here too, and you can get decent advice...although they do tend to push certain brands. Everyone is friendly, at least.
07-12-2013 12:27:25 | More by BethanyB
3.66/5 rDev -3.7%
A: Very crowded/cramped liquor store. Craft beer and
imports are on the back left.
Q: Solid selection, but not huge. Chilled, 6 packs, and
1 aisle of single bottles organized by region and style.
S: The staff were available for questions, but also
not hovering either. When I find a good or regular,
beer place, like to put a name to a place (get
a beer guy) don't see it happening here.
S: Same as the quality. If someone is looking for
a quick stop in the neighborhood to grab
respectable beer for a party, this is a great place.
If you are not a newbie to the scene, you may grow
tired of it quickly. Lots of East Coast breweries, but
also some fine US national standards: Stone, Founders,
Value + Overall: Solid prices and selection;
10-04-2011 13:37:23 | More by BeerLover99
4.06/5 rDev +6.8%
This location is 4 miles from my home, so it's the liquor store that I visit with the most frequency.
When you walk in, it does not seem as big as the view from outside leads you to believe it is. I have never been there when it's not chock full of customers, and I visit a lot and at a lot of different times.
There is a rather large and impressive wine selection, multitudes of styles, from many different countries. Reds, whites, roses, the whole shebang. The same applies for their whiskeys and spirits.
To the beer section, located in the back left - is that what liquor stores do? Put their beer sections in the back left? - there's one aisle devoted to beer. Nearest the registers are packs and cases, and the NASCAR beers are mixed in with the craft beers. The refrigerators have packs and cases only, no singles, unless a pack was dropped.
Near the back wall, you find your craft beers in singles. I was surprised to find how many styles and countries and states were represented; they don't have a whole lot, but they do have a lot of my favorites, like Laughing Dog's The Dogfather, Great Divide Yeti, Stone Ruination IPA, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Southern Tier 2XIPA - the list goes on.
The staff is polite, albeit not that helpful when it comes to beer. If you want to talk wine, though, they're all over it. Interesting.
The cashiers are friendly, and quick to grab empty cases to put your supplies in if you need.
Overall, a good shopping experience. I'm lucky to have it as a local haunt.
10-03-2011 00:42:25 | More by bogus564
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
This place is a good stop and I have found quite a few good brew here. They have a larger uncool selection then cool but that's cool with me :) About half of one aisle is devoted to singles and bombers. They have some good stuff at reasonable prices, but it seems like the local brews are more expensive than other stores, but whats a buck when your buying good beer. There are a few of guys there who drink good beer that they sell, but only a few. Its kind of a place where you go for what you know you want and you end up walking out with more because they always are rotating their stock.
09-24-2011 15:02:51 | More by kennylopez
3.66/5 rDev -3.7%
the last aisle in the back was dedicated to beer. first section is six packs, then singles. empty six pack holders to make your own six packs.
Organized in a logical manner, with beers grouped by region or country. pretty decent selection, and really good prices. Some of the singles were the lowest for a single bottle I've seen anywhere else in PA/NJ/NY/DE.
I wasn't asked if I needed help, but I was also only in the store about 10 minutes as I was in a hurry. But the cashier was friendly and polite.
04-06-2011 02:36:40 | More by jmdrpi
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