Total Wine & More

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950 Springfield Rd
Union, New Jersey, 07083-8617
United States

(908) 688-2453 | map

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 11
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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Photo of MacMalt
3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is an enormous liquor store on Route 22. It features an extensive selection of American craft beers and European beers. It has a warehouse atmosphere and the parking can be difficult because it's located adjacent to a shopping center. The beer area is not organized very well and it can take some time to find what you're looking for. It's not always easy to find an employee to help.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.26/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

Photo of Givemebeer
1.55/5  rDev -52.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Former employee. Worked here for a year and a half and left on my own power, but I will never shop here because of the way they treat their employees and beer. Over 1 year old IPAs weren't allowed to be pulled off the shelf and dates would be scratched off to hide this. This company is evil. Good workers who were there 5+ years fired for made up reasons.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

This place feels like a wholesale grocery store. The service was pretty bad the only time I asked a question. As I was walking through the individual craft beer bottle section, one of the workers was leaning against some of the cases of beer on his phone. I asked if they had any six packs I could put my bottles into but he just kind of shrugged his shoulders.

There's a great selection at this place although the beer is kind of scattered about the store. I like that foreign beers from Germany, UK, CZ, and Belgium are in the individual bottle section.

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Photo of Samp01
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

They have a very good selection of microbrews, both domestic and imports. Very clean, and prices are very reasonable. They offer Build your own (BYO) 6 pack. They recently roerganized there single beer bottle selection aisle according to style. Service is friendly but staff and employees are not too knowledgable about beers. Overall seems to be well stocked and a fairly good place to buy beer.
Although I did find some expired and out of freshness dated bottles so you need to be wary on some brews.

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Photo of oioio
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I just checked this place out for the first time. It's huge, if I were into wine I'd be in awe there. It doesn't have an incredible atmosphere and feels like a warehouse supermarket stocked with booze, but I'm here to buy beer, so I'm not so concerned about that.

I was definitely happy with the fact that they do singles/mix your own six pack, though you'll be paying twice as much per bottle vs. buying a six pack. Selection was good, much better than Shop Rite Liquors in Westfield, but they were out of stock on a few beers I would have liked to try, they were also out of stock on the one beer I came for (Weihenstephaner Weissbier).

I talked to a manager who was knowledgeable and helpful, but I can definitely understand why people complain about the staff. I was picking out a final selection about 5 minutes before closing time and I heard a loud obnoxious woman screaming "YOU NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE, GO" from the end of the isle. As I walked toward the cashier and as I walked by her she confirmed the fact that they were about to close and again asked me to leave (as I was leaving). I understand it's Saturday and you want to go home, but I'm giving you my money, have some respect! The cashier (who had ignored me when I asked for help earlier) proceeded to slam my beers into the a box, with extra effort. Like I said, the sales person I talked to was helpful (which is why I'm not rating this a 1.0 for service), but they do need to stop hiring cashiers that don't know how to handle what they are selling, and someone should slip that woman a chill pill and a new haircut.

Aside from a few questionable staff members (and let's be honest, can you really expect any better on rt. 22?), I was definitely happy with the selection and prices, and will probably return.

Here's a list of what I got:

Pike - Extra Stout
Stone - Sublimely Self Righteous Ale (IBA)
Lagunitas - Hop Stoopid (IPA)
Victory - Hop Wallop IIPA
Heavy Seas - Loose Cannon IIIPA
Bear Republic - Red Rocket Ale
Wells - Banana Bread Beer
Breckenridge - Vanilla Porter

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Photo of yankeej13
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5

I worked at a liquor store in Union and the only reason I would go to Total Wine was because I could mix my own six pack which I enjoyed.

The layout of the store is a little confusing don't really label anything to well. If you need help....good luck to you. Instead of being approached by staff you need to go and search for them. The cashiers have absolutely no clue what is going on to begin with so don't even try to ask a question about beer!

I did enjoy the selection of the different beers, sad to say there really is nothing cold but if you want to get a bunch of different beers to age for a while this would be the place to go to then.

I always enjoy going in there from time to time to see if they got anything else in that is new. Sad to say they buy up everything in such bulk that alot of the smaller stores really have no chance of getting their hands on it which does bother me.

Overall I enjoy the selection but if they really wanna make a change, get people who know what the heck the stuff is in the store there selling and at least make it look like they want to be there!

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Photo of bonbini26
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

pretty good selection of domestic and imported. Not a huge cold selection. Had some problems here before returning bad beer (bought a Koningshoeven Quad, it was bad...dumped it, returned back to the store with the bottle and cork, and the manager said i should have brought it back with beer still in it, but i didnt want to drive around with an open container and wasn't returning a half empty 30pack of bud light. Needless to say after a few minutes of debating i was finally offered a new bottle.) Also the staff doesn't really know how to handle beer, bought a few belgians here with yeast on the bottom and the cashier proceeded to slam them down on the counter and practically shaking them.

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Photo of ATPete
3.4/5  rDev +4%

Nice store, big big wine selection. The beer selection is good as well. A nice domestic micro singles section always makes for a full 6-pack of new brews. The import singles is decent, a few staple Belgians, Germans and English Ales. Every once in a while a nice esoteric beer pops up (Dutchess De Bourgogne, Cuvee Angelique/Diabolique, Gouden Carolus). Another good wall of micro brew and import 6-packs (4 packs) lays opposite of the singles section and continues longer. Good competitive prices for the 6 packs, the singles could be a little more reasonable. Their cold box is small and has a very limited, mostly big name selection.

My only complaint with this store is some of the staff. I need not go into details for i am sure most of the staff are fine and well educated in wine and beer and are good people to boot.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%

Having visited the total wine and more in nearby West Orange, new jersey, and being very impressed with the overall selection and service, I had high hopes for this one which was a little more of a hike from my house, but decided to make the trip based on my previous good experience from the other locale... overall, the spot in west orange has a better selection with alot more singles and hard-to-find samples and six-packs available... the only plus side was that overall, this place seemed to be a bit less pricey than its west orange counterpart... the customer service was really good, with a few different people asking me if i needed any help... a good, inexpensive place to cop brews...

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Photo of beandip1229
3.5/5  rDev +7%

I had a total wine by me when i lived in Raleigh, which had a much better selection of singles than this place did. This isn't to say that the beer they had in stock was terrible, it was just a very small selection of breweries. Some locals, macros and micros are available for purchase as singles. Plenty of sixers and 4-packs for those of us that like a particular beer. If you're looking for exotic, don't look here. If you're looking to mix you're own six-pack with good craft-beer than definitely stop on in. I think the best way to put the selection would be mainstream craft other words, you'll see dogfish (60, 90, shelter, india brown,) river-horse, sierra nevada, rogue (hazelnut brown, dead guy), victory (hopdevil, pils) etc but not the more extreme beers put out by these breweries.
I'll be headed back once the autumn rolls around to see how the selection more thing...i really wish they did discounts for mix-a-six, that would be a huge plus.

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Photo of ism
4.15/5  rDev +26.9%

Macros, micros, and imports, in kegs, cases, packs, and singles. Thier quarterly catalog lists 200+ micros and imports, and the selection available at the location rotates around that. I spoke to the beer manager and asked about their selection process. It comes down the corporate chain, apparently, with stores more likely to pick up on local breweries (bonus! lots of Flying Fish, Victory, Dogfish Head). I asked if they could get Dogfish Head 120 IPA (they have the 60 and 90) and the manager put in the request for me, said if they can get it they would, and it would take about two weeks. I'll post an update on what happens.

Even with the huge selection, they are missing some of the more esoteric brews listed on BA. For them it seems like it's either being comprehensive with a wide selection, or focus on the rarer selections. In any event, there are other place to fill in that niche.

Some of the less popular, seasonal brews had surpassed the consume-by date by a month. On average, a majority of brews are fresh. The place is rather massive but very clean and orderly.

They have a huge, free Guide to Wine publication which has a just-substantial section on beer. I like the fact that they're doing a bit of beer advocating and education. The fact that they offer pretty much all of their beers as singles attests to that, encouraging consumers to "make your own 6-pack."

Update: Well, it took about 10 months, but they finally got some 120 minute in. Bought the remaining stock, which were singles, and the manager was happy to ring them up as the 4-packs they came from. Haven't seen them since.

Lots of new additions every 2 weeks or so, mostly local breweries. I'm going to see if they can get some Stone.

I also had a problem with a bad batch of Rammstein Blonde a while ago. I had shared the 6-pack with friends and had one bottle left. The manager was a little skeptical that the entire batch was bad since I only brought one bottle back but I explained that I was sharing it and we all dumped it down the drain, and invited him to try the remaining bottle. He then charged back agreeably.

If you want to know about their selection, take a look at my reviews, and if it's from a bottle, it's likely it's from here, minus Stone.

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