Total Beverage

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900 E 104th Ave
Thornton, Colorado, 80233
United States

(303) 280-3800 | map

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Photo of Crosling
2.6/5  rDev -34.8%

Really nice selection of beer. Unfortunately, due to their poor sales overall and the fact that they keep most of their beers on the warm shelf (including IPA's and Belgian's,) I hesitate to buy beer from them. Like I said, the selection is good. One of the top 10 in the state. That being said, they keep IPA's on warm shelf and their import selection just seems very dusty and old. I've been here several times and the staff sucks. Due to the poor knowledge of the staff and the fact that it seems like several of their beers are past prime, I have to give this store a poor score.

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Photo of dcotom
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was an enjoyable stop on my was through the Denver area. The ambiance is very pleasant: clean, quiet, and everything clearly displayed. Good selection of quality beers, as well as wines and spirits. Staff were helpful and knowledgeable, and I was able to pick up a nice assortment of singles with staff's recommendations. Worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of maltlikker
3.55/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of spoony
3.87/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

V-Total Beverage is very large, very well-lit, clean, and open feeling. It is located in a big strip mall in a string of big strip malls (and car dealerships) in the northern suburbs of Denver. While this is not an unpleasant place to buy beer, it is pretty much the definition of soul-sucking-suburban-wasteland.

Q-The beers I bought were pretty fresh and everything that is worth buying is stored cold, including IPAs, bombers, etc. The beers were not terribly well curated (I hate that word, but it fits) so you have to sift through the junk to get to the good stuff, but there is some good stuff in there.

Ser-The store was pretty quiet when I visited, but not one employee offered me any help at all. That is OK, I guess, since I didn't really go looking for help, but I expect them to at least offer when I'm wandering around the beer coolers and in the bomber room for 20 minutes.

Sel-The variety of craft beer here is pretty impressive. Lots of Colorado options, including smaller breweries, and a good variety of well-known national brands and imports. The mixer sixer selection was especially good. Didn't see any whales, but they had a good seasonal selection and a good spread of bombers/750s.

O-This is a big, corporate feeling liquor store that prizes selection and quantity over shopping experience. That is OK, I guess, but not necessarily what I want in a store. Prices were respectable.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GJ40
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Total Beverage is your typical box store with lots of space, a variety of products (beer, wine, spirits, etc.) and an emphasis on function over form.

They pack a pretty impressive beer selection. They had Pliny and a few other RR offerings, loads of Belgians and a lot from the west. Quite a bit of it was refrigerated though a good portion was at room temperature as well. They also had a mix-a-six section.

Total Beverage lacks the charm you want from a great bottle shop but they have a pretty decent line up.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

I was traveling to Breckenridge, Colorado for a skiing trip with my friends from oklahoma, kansas and washington. This is probably the bast place i've seen as far as selection goes. I have to admit i'm a bit biased because of the selection that Colorado offers compared to Kansas. The entire Left side of the building is made for craft beer lovers and selection. They have plenty of cold quality brews, and the next 2 aisles over are for single bottle specialty bottles. If you' going through the Colorado/ Denver/ Boulder/ Fort Collins area take an extra 30 minutes to explore.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev +0.3%

When I walked into this place I knew it was going to be expensive. I had just arrived to Colorado and thought this would be the place to stop. Had tons of bombers and six packs, cooler to floor ratio was about half and half and prices were reasonable to possibly beyond reasonable. The place inside in clean and a modern facility. I didn't get much help as far as service, but then again I tend to work quickly and maybe they think I didn't need it. They had pretty much everything including some of the rare releases by the usual suspects, but some of the smaller breweries might have been a little unrepresented and some breweries from other areas. Still a great start to a beercation in the greater Denver area.

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Photo of alli4051
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

I'm lucky enough to be temporarily staying directly in the middle of both Total Beverage locations, which staff at both stores swear they are in no way related. The Thornton version is generally clean and well stocked. The hours are nice too since they are open till 11pm if I'm not mistaken. Every time I have been in there have been staff in the beer section and they have always acknowledged me; however, since I have always had an idea of what I was looking for I can't really speak to their knowledge. Overall a great selection and prices appear to be pretty average for the area.

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Photo of onecrazybreeze
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%

I must say as far as selection goes, they've got it. I managed to come away with quite a few good and hard to find beers at a reasonable price (and a few discounted because of the "old date" but i'll get to that). Like the other one, all the bombers are kept on the floor, not in the coolers, and some seem rather dusty and dirty. If that's a problem for you, then shopping there would not be recommended, I understand the quality control issues involved and it did make me a little weary to buy beers that needed to be aged because they were not being stored properly. Also the staff around the beer was nonexistent and those at the cash registers clearly knew very little about the beer on their shelves. I received a discount because the vintages on the bottles, the cashier thought they were "old" and therefore "no longer good" which is fine with me, I'll take the discount... However I think I'd rather pay full price for something knowing a knowledgeable person was helping me along the way. The selection is awesome, but the lack of staff and the lack of knowledge is such a let down that if that's important for you or want help finding beer a different store would be worth looking at first.

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Photo of denflyr
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

I set out to find beer primarily on this trip to Total Beverage, but they do offer a nice selection of just about everything else.

The beer selection is on the left side as you walk in. Pretty much a soild wall of beer. In the back corner there are 2 full coolers with single beer that if you make up a sixer you will get 27% off the individual price. There were some nice selections in there. Of course this is coming from someone who does not have a place like this in Houston where I live (what was I thinking in leaving Denver!).

There was a nice selection of Belgium's in bombers primarily. The bomber selection also had a nice selection with everything from local breweries to the bigger PAC NW breweries and stuff like Allagash.

As far a service, it is a fine line between someone bothering you and someone not knowing a thing. I asked about a specific beer and they deer in the headlights look was very evident. That's alright can't expect a full-time beer guy there at all times!

I will visit here again next month and look forward to the offerings. Hope the selection continues to improve expecially considering this is my favorite time of the year with the autumn offering and the winter warmers just around the if I could just get it to cool off down here in Houston!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +4%

I stopped by Total Beverage after hearing good things about it on BA. I don't usually get down to Denver but, since I was in the area, I figured it was worth a look.

The place is huge, very similar in layout to Wilbur's in Fort Collins but flipped (beer on the left). A lot of the same sort of selection too.

Despite being busy, I did have someone as if I needed help finding something. I asked if they had the Black Butte XX but he didn't know what I was talking about. He was nice enough to try to find it but to no avail.

The prices were reasonable but I expected better from a place of that size. I left with a bottle of Erthel Hop-it which was on sale - $3 off.

I still prefer Wilbur's since it seems cleaner and better laid out. They also have a very knowledgeable staff.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

This is close to our CO offices, so I hit it on each of my visits every couple months or so. It is a supermakret atmoshere, so service while good when you get it is spotty while you wait for someone to help. Selection is very good. Lots of relatively limited release beers, lots of unexpected imports, great micros. They have many singles so you can build your own 6-packs. Before I found this place I had just been hitting local grocery stores for a 6-pack. This is not only better than that, but better than most other liquor/beer stores I have been to.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.35/5  rDev +9%

Stopped at Total Beverage this morning before heading back up to Crested Butte. Waited till around noon before stopping by so I could be sure they would be open. As I walked in the door I noticed that they open at 8am! Nice hours, I guess.

Beer is on the left side of the store, confined to one long aisle. There is a rather nice selection of Belgian and German beers with some harder to find bottles mixed in. I spied a few up-and-coming breweries from Denmark and Norway as well. Prices seemed a bit steep for any beers I would be interested in, but maybe thats the way my tastes have been running these days. Selection of US micros pales in comparison to their imports. It was nice to see some Jolly Pumpkin and Allagash, which are sometimes hard to find in CO.

Overall, Total Beverage is typical of just about any mass-merchandising liquor store (kindof reminds me of Lee's in Vegas). Nice selection in a giant, well-lit room. Didn't really get a feel for the service, but they do score points for not bugging me repeatedly.

Better Belgian and German selection than Liquor Mart in Boulder, and probably the best I've seen around Denver. For US micros, Liquor Mart is the way to go.

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Photo of Rayek
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

This is the sister store on Total Beverage in Westminster. What it gains in ambiance over the other store, it gives up in selection.

Overall selection is quite good. Much of the beer is in coolers. But as with the other store, a lot of the beer is out in the open on shelves. Build-your-own six pack beers were limited to three coolers and the selection was pretty weak when I was there. Nothing unique or different.

The staff was very friendly. Prices are good if you join their Rewards Club.

If you could combine the atmosphere of this store and the selection of the other, you'd have a great place. Not enough unique brews for me to make a special trip.

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Photo of qchic
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Having read previous reviews, Total Beverage was not the beer mecca I was hoping for. Someone might be more impressed if they were shopping for imports, but I was looking for micros not available on the east coast. It certainly is a big, clean, and well-lit store with a better than average selection, but I didn't find any rarities. The great selection of singles should give out-of-towners the opportunity to sample many local brews with a discount on mixed sixers. Good thing, because the prices were a little higher than other stores in the area. I'd return if I was passing by.

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Photo of satowns
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

Big Box/BevMo! type liquor store with a pretty impressive selection.

They occasionally carry beer that no other store can get its hands on (at least in the front range). I have bought bottles of Fantome on occasion. Its also the only place that i have seen many of the Allagash oddities (Odyssey, Curiexux, etc).

There is an extensive Belgian selection and the rest of Europe (east and west) is represented well.

Probably worth a trip once in a while to see what has popped onto the shelves. There is a "beer guy' that you can ask for if you feel the need.

It is against the law to sell alcohol for off premise consumption on Sundays in this magnificent state and these guys aren't breaking any laws: Closed.

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +0.3%

I visited Total Beverage on the Saturday of GABF 2007; easy to find off of I-25… plenty of parking in the strip mall.

Large store with lots of wine, liquor and whatnot; I didn’t look around. I stopped for beer (which is located on the left side of the store). The first couple groupings of coolers are home to BMC of all sizes along with mainstream beer (Guinness, Leffe, Stella…). I skipped those coolers. I noticed some glassware, mostly pints… sadly. Anyway, I found the micros in the back corner. The selection is very heavy on Colorado beers, as is the norm in CO, as well as goodies like Stone, DFH, Anderson Valley and Victory. Limited Belgians, which, again, sadly, seems to be the norm in CO; however I did score a couple “rare-ish” Belgians.

There were many cooler doors devoted to a mixed-six/singles with a 27% discount on each bottle when mixed in a six-pack. Nothing jumped out at me but I wasn’t really in the “BA mode” (aka I didn’t need to try random new beer just to review them). I happily settled for a six-pack of Stone Ruination and Victory Hop Wallop along with a couple other imported goodies (like Thomas Hardy). The prices didn’t see out of line.

The employees were nice and “the beer guy” (Guermo, sp??) hooked-up one of my co-shoppers with a Spaten sign. Very nice!

All in all, Total Beverage is a good stop for CO beer and high quality micros but if I had my druthers I’d go to Loveland and try Liquor Max again. One thing to note, some bottles were *very* dusty in an otherwise clean store. This seemed odd to me. Were the beers that old? Still, would definitely recommend a visit to Total Beverage.

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Photo of davidt
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

The first beer store I visited in the Denver area and it was well worth the drive out of my way to find it. Impressivley large selection. Asked one of the staff a question and when he found out I was from the East looking to take some beer back, he went and got the "beer guy", who spent the next 20 minutes recommending beers and telling me about different breweries. I loaded up on singles and bombers for the trip home. I was looking for a specific wine as well, so he went and found the "wine guy." Very helpful and friendly staff. Pretty large selection logo glassware as well.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%

I had to re-review this place because honestly it sucks big time. A lot of the beers are clearly out-of-date some by many years and we are talking lagers and not beers that benefit with age. The selection is ok but the prices are where they really fail. Everything is priced about a dollar or two higher than every other liquor store in town. My local mom-and-pop type liquor store has better pricing. I expect a lot more from a warehouse/superstore type of establishment. I won't be back to this store eve again, its a waste of time.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

I finally toted my butt over to this place, and I"m glad I did. This is huge and clean! Compared to Davidsons this is prestine. Large selection of wine, liquor, accessories and beer. At first I thought it was just packed with BMC stuff, then I followed the cooler doors and found the imports and micros. It seems each door is dedicated to a brewery or breweries from the same region. The bomber selection was better than average, but when I looked behind me I saw a long, 4-tier shelf of warm singles (bombers, mix packs, 12 oz). I found Golden City brews on this shelf, in bottles! I grabbed two, and a mustard beer and hit the road before I spent a lot. Great service, beer guy was stocking shelves. Friendly. Will go there again.

EDIT: this place has gone downhill since last I visited. While the selection has taken a hit, the shelving and arrangement still were not solid. Lots of empty spots, and service was worse. With all the other places around here, I'm avoiding this one for a while.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%

I have been lucky enough to shop at Total Beverage scene the day they opened many years ago. But today I went in as a BeerAdvocate and took notes.

I found the store to be clean and well light. This is a big turn on to me; I like to think that this reflects on their beer handling skills. I found their customer service to be great.

On the east and south walls of the huge 25,000 sq/ft building you will find 51 cooler doors packed with over 1,000 different brews. They have dedicated about 25 doors to micros and imports, 2 to bombers, 3 to singles (12oz.), 1 to NA’s, 2 malt beverages, and about 20 to macro swill.

They also have a large section of shelving (30’ long, 2’ deep and 3 shelves high) to singles of all shapes and sizes. I was amazed at this the most. They also feature a large section of bulk sale beers in the same area.

If you are on a tasting frenzy, they give you a chance to choose six singles put them in a six-pack holder and they will ring up at 27% off. That’s a great thing for a BA.

If kegs are your thing they offer about 110 varieties. Not bad huh? They also have CO2 and other keg supplies. I also found out that most keg deposits here are only $12.

After looking at this store from a BA’s point of view I would have to say this is as close to a “5” as I have ever found. I would defiantly encourage everyone to make a trip in and check out the awesome selection and udder size.

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Photo of blitz134
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

Second place I stopped at for beer while in Colorado. I didn't find this place to be as good as it has been touted to be. Although it definately is a pretty good store.

Large supermarket style beer store, beer is on the left in coolers and on the shelves. This place had a fairly good single slection, but not near as nice as what I saw in Boulder at Liquor Mart. They did have a few things that the other store didn't have which was nice but lots I could get elsewhere. I think the 6er selection was pretty nice, but they had a bunch of beers only in 6ers but not singles...which wasn't good for me since I had limited space to devote to beer. I also saw some older beers still on the shelves, some of which would hold up, but some which were really questionable.

Again, reasonably priced and a fair selection. As a tourist I'd like to see a bigger single selection.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.55/5  rDev +14%

In the fall of 2003 I passed by Total Beverage very late on the way home from a friends house near to it on my way back to Denver. It was so impressive from the outside that I just had to come back the next day when it was open. I was *NOT* disappointed!

The beer selection is simply remarkable. We have nothing like this on the east coast. Back in 2003 I easily spent $400.00 on various beers and brought them back east.

Last month on my way back from San Diego to Philadelphia I made sure to stop by Total Beverage. I signed up for a frequent buyer car which I proudly have on my keychain before spending a mere $160.00 on beer that I'm currently enjoying.

The service was not all that great. After I put all of the St. Sebastians Grand Reserve they had into my cart I asked if they had any more and the horrible "everything we have is on the floor" response given. :-(

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Stopped here on my way back to Denver airport. Unfortunately, the fact that I was flying limited my beers purchased to only 12. Had a great selection of many of the Colorado and West Coast beers that I am unable to get here in Georgia, and can only read about on BA. Picked up a Stone Vertical 06-06-06, a couple different Hair of the Dogs (including an old Golden Rose, batch 32), DFH World Wide Stout (an eastern beer we can't get in GA), Avery Grand Cru and a few others.

All beers were available in singles, were clearly marked, and separated on the shelves by micros, domestics, and imports. Although I tried to buy mostly warm beers for the trip home, they had a good selection both on the shelves and in the coolers.

I really can't speak for the service, since I pretty much knew what I wanted and could easily find it. As for price, they all seemd reasonable to me, but I'm comparing it to the high Bible Belt prices we pay in the South...not sure how they compare elsewhere in the West.

All and all, I'm very glad I made the stop, and am still enjoying my purchases.

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Total Beverage in Thornton, CO
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