Total Wine & More

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Total Wine & MoreTotal Wine & More

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8727 Loch Raven Blvd
Towson, Maryland, 21286-2211
United States

(410) 668-8884 | map

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Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The cheapest beer in the area by far. The cheapest I have found in the mid-Atlantic. In early 2017, it's like Indiana prices in 2013.

Big selection.

Nice staff.

Parking is a nightmare, as is getting in or out. It's right off a highway with a median so you need to strategize your drive.

While large, the selection is not that well curated.

Rotation of stock is bad. I almost bought a Duck Rabbit brown sixer that was at least 18 months old.

If you're around Baltimore, your choices for good beer shops are one of the Total Wine stores, or the Wine Source in Hampden. The Wine Source is more tailored to upper class epicurean types, and the decor is cleaner. They also get in way more rare and one-off stuff from brewers. Total Wine is more middle class. The insides are dingier. It is not fancy looking. And you might buy beer that is wicked stale. But it's CHEAP. And if you know what you're doing you will walk out happy.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

As some others have said, this is a go-to. Beer selection is solid. Occasionally, you'll find some real gems (I was lucky enough to stumble upon a bottle of Stickee Monkee a couple months back. Bottom line is, you want a pretty decent size variety of beers at a good price, TW is your place. And yes, parking can be a nightmare...

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Photo of qchic
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Ok, parking lot can be a clusterf#%, and I've had to park quite a distance around the back of the building. I'm not opposed to walking, but they sell liquids. Liquids are heavy. Sure, there are carts, but then we're taking another trip to return. Honestly, this is not as big a deal as I'm making it sound. I like walking.

It's the biggest liquor store around, and it's a chain that at least has revealed itself with the name change a couple of years ago. There are lots of printed descriptions of everything, and I like to read, but I don't think anyone who works at this location wrote them. There are lots of people with earpieces working throughout the store, less so in the beer section. With the vast selection of beers (the number of singles Is the highlight), I would hope for some beer enthusiasm. I do always get friendly cashiers, and that's not nothing. My biggest peeve with this store is the age of so many beers. I saw a number of IPAs that expired half a year ago, so you really have to check everything. Prices are decent, but I'd rather rely on some of my local shops where it's nice to talk to people who care.

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Photo of ntorch
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Tremendous selection of beers, much like the other Total Wine locations I have visited. Store is well organized with aisles of singles for those looking to bottle shop. Parking is more than adequate but the slope of the lot makes it a challenge to load your car. The only negative is that many of the singles are priced more than the traditional 20% upcharge per bottle. I would come back and shop again if I was in the Baltimore area.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

The big draw to Total Wine is their selection and their prices. They have tons of domestic craft and tons of import craft and plenty of singles for a mixed six pack. Limited releases can be hit or miss, as sometimes they have them and keep them up front and sometimes they just put them on the shelf. If I am looking for something common and am in the area I stop here because the prices cannot be beat. They are kind of the Wal-Mart of adult beverage stores.

The one other thing I like is that you can order online and then go pick up your order. This is a way to see their prices and potentially order sale items.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is the less classy version of the Laurel store.

The parking lot is quite cramped and getting in/out of the place is a little confusing. The inside of the store looks is very yellow and dingy. It feels like a bodega grocery store.

Quality is decent. They have a large selection compared to a lot of other places in MD.

Service is ok, but their specialties are definitely in spirits, wines, and cigars, not beer. However, they can usually point you to something if you have a name already, but not too much for finding new stuff.

They have a decent selection, especially with singles, which is great since they are one of the few places that does mix-sixs in MD.

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Photo of toolg
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Beltway has a large selection of wines and liquor... The beer selection is decent. I have found the staff is not very knowledgeable about their beer, but they will be able to tell you the finer details about the hundreds of wines they have in stock. You will find the beer section if you walk from the entrance straight through the store, past the cash registers. It's the last two rows; 6-packs and singles in the first row, cases in the last row, cold beer to the left. Selection caters more towards the domestics crowd, but they do stock a decent selection of imports and craft brews. Just don't go in looking for a specific brew; they may stock it sometimes but if it's gone nobody will know if and when they will have it again. I'll stop in here if I don't have anything particular in mind and want to choose from a broad selection; and they are convenient to I-695; but there are better beer stores in the area.

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Photo of rhsatterfield
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Beltway used to be Disney World to me. While they have a great selection of liquor and wine, I was kinda disappointed in the beer selection. While it is pretty good, compared with a lot of other places, for all the space they have, they don't have much. Shawan and Honeygo have a better selection to me. You would expect for the amount of sales area, and the boom in craft brew, that they'd try to stock everything. But it can be hit and miss.

The employees don't really talk to you much. If at all. Price was decent for the area.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited after DuClaw one night....mixed experience.

The place is essentially on the lower level of a split level building, and the ceiling seems a little lower than I'd expect. This is essentially a Total Wine with a different name slapped on it. One aisle of craft, but it's a long aisle. Selection wasn't excellent, but they had some interesting DuClaw bottles that Honeygo didn't have. Also picked up a bottle of Dogfish Urkontinent, and the price seemed about right. Service was a spotty, as the guy in the aisle pretty much didn't make eye contact with any of us, and solely focused on one customer. The cashier was a little rude and disappeared for a few minutes to get a SKU on a product...OK then. I'd come back, but Honeygo crushes them across the board.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This used to be my go to place when i first was really getting into craft beer because it was the only place i knew that had "create your own six pack." I kind of got away from it because after a while i felt like the singles section did not change very much, and i had tried a lot of the beers. Recently, i have been finding myself coming back here alot, and the main reason is without a doubt prices.
To me, i feel like the place has gotten a little better over the years. The singles section is bigger, and i feel like they have more seasonals and bombers. It is still not the place i'm going to go to get rare or harder to find beers, but what they do have is always the lowest priced in the area. Recent example, DFH 120 for 8.99 a bottle and Bitches Brew for 11.99. Best i have seen anywhere around here. They have a lot of cases, and a walk in cooler with cold beer and kegs. The service has gotten friendlier, if still not always the most knowledgeable. The one big gripe i have is that the parking lot is small for the size of the store, and gets very crowded especially around holiday weekends. But for everyday buys on six packs and such, i will continue to come here to save a couple bucks.

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Photo of Umbra
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This is an edited review. I've been shopping here on and off for at least 5 years and the place has ebbed and flowed a bit. My last review was damning with respect to their selection, which took a hit. I've since changed that, other things remain the same...

Atmosphere is not bad. They are located directly off of 695 on Loch Raven, which makes them a useful, easy destination for county folk and those popping off of 95 passing through. There large parking lot fits a couple dozen cars. I just wish they had a turn off to make the turn in easier. If coming off 695, you have to pull a frantic U-turn to make it back around. Quality is usually very good. They do good business and the peeps are constantly restocking.

Service is friendly, but there are only a light handful of staff that take care of brews. Most folks are regional wine experts and can't even tell you if they have brand x or y.

Selection has greatly improved over the years. They have the standard brands from a good deal of regional, national, and some Belgian and British mixes. They won't have anything one would consider rare. Prices are pretty good and at least a dollar or so cheaper than the other quality spots around town.

Overall: This is technically my go to spot nowadays. They send out coupons once a month or so that save you a dollar on pricy sixers, which I use to fill up the beer fridge. Things don't sit around, so it seems much fresher and extensive than Wells. I'm lazy, this is 5 minutes away, and I have to dodge hipsters to purchase beers at Wine Source.

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Photo of Perrumpo
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Beltway is easy to get to, huge, and they carry a lot of craft beer. They don't really have hard to find beers, but they're prices are the best around. I did manage to find some Rogue that I hadn't seen elsewhere like 21 Ale and a Yellow Snow mini keg that's pretty awesome.

They do let you create your own six-packs, and they have really great case prices, though their stock fluctuates drastically, particularly with popular cases like DFH 60-min and 90-min.

As a side note, they sell Mayorga coffee, interestingly enough. It's made in Rockville, and I haven't seen it anywhere since Costco stopped carrying it ages ago. Very good coffee with many styles.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

My experience with Beltway has been good. They had a vast selection of beer, many of which I haven't been able to find elsewhere. They also offer 24 packs of my favorite beers as opposed to other locations where its just in 12s. The place is like a grocery store of alcohol that focuses mainly on wine, but we're beer drinkers here and I believe you'll be just as happy. I didn't experience any service except when checking out either. I would recommend this place to anyone in search of alcohol.

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Photo of kurp001
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

For a basic beer run, Beltway isn't a bad place to go. However, their selection seems to shrink every time I go. I know that wine is their specialty, but it's unfortunate that the beer selection seems to be continually shrinking.

I can't really comment on the service; I've never been offered help, but I've never requested it either. My understanding is that most employees are more familiar with wine; it seems that most of them tend to be wandering about more in the wine sections and largely avoid the beer aisle.

The one great advantage to Beltway is the prices; everything is much cheaper than Wells, for example, and while Beltway's selection pales in comparison, I find myself more inclined to go to Beltway simply because it's closer and the prices are substantially better. If Wells' prices were more reasonable, I would undoubtedly be going there instead.

Essentially, Beltway isn't a bad place to go, but it probably isn't worth a long journey if you aren't very close to them.

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Photo of evilquaker
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A decent store, if unexciting. Their prices are good and their selection is decent, but there are only a few beers here that I can't get at Shawan. They have a reasonable selection of singles and a full aisle of sixers and cases. I didn't see any fridge units, but I might have missed it because the place is so huge. Unfortunately, most of that space is filled up with wine, which is clearly their focus. They had plenty of employees around to ask if I had questions, but no one offered to help me (which was fine with me). The store looks and feels like a warehouse, so it's somewhat dingy and drab, but it's worth coming back to.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%

My first thing I noticed was the price. I saw a lot of beers that I can obtain up here in RI for 20-30 cents cheaper on the singals. I mixed a 6 for things I knew I can't obtain up here, but I made sure I paid $1.29. Not givin in to over priced beer here.
Lots of beer, might be 400 beers I think (comparing to a place i know that has over 700).
Tröegs, Allagash, Clipper City, Stone, Victory, Ommagang, and more.
Not a lot of big bombers, or limited, seasonal beers. I picked up Shiner, Youngs, Wild Goose, and Yuengling beers that I have not seen before. I don't know might be worth it if you are in the are, or live by. I wasn't impressed when compared to my RI places that I go to.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.15/5  rDev -19%

First time I visited this place, not a great first impression.
Just rating this based on the beer section.

Q: Sure the cases of beer were with their own make, but when it came to individuals and 6 packs, everything was scattered everywhere. Hard to find what your looking for.

S: It was a Tuesday night at 7. I only saw 1 employee walking around the entire time, my friend and I were never asked if we needed help with anything.

S: They have a lot, a lot, a lot. Their cold selection was lacking but thats ok.

V: Prices were good. Nothing overpriced.

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Photo of jsawicki603
4/5  rDev +2.8%

I have been frequenting this liquor store for over a year now since I moved to Maryland. Like others have said, it is mainly a wine store. Wine really isn't my thing so I make a B line for the singles aisle.
They have a fairly good selection of craft beers here. Many of them from the area (Clipper City, Fordham, Victory, Toeggs). All the singles are available in six packs as well so you can do some sampling and then pick out a six pack of your favorite next time around.
The selection doesn't change that much. They carry some seasonal brews but the main selection rarely changes.
One thing that I do like is in the front of their wine guide (available for free in front) is a list of all the beers that they have available in store. I find it to be a fun little checklist to keep track of the beers I have had and the ones I still need to try.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Part of the Total Wine family of stores (e.g., VA, NJ, DE, etc.), though not the same company. Beltway (and the sister store, Corridor Wine & Spirits in Laurel) are my "go to" places for both discount cases and craft brew/import sixers and singles. Not the selection that some others might have, but high turnover means fresh beer. A wine store by name (and by majority of space), it still carries most of what you might want--unless you're looking for that obscure German altbier or Belgian. Even so, you'd be surprised. And being able to create six packs from virtually anything and everything they sell means you can try everything and anything you want. If you (like me) think there is something fun about shopping for beer with a shopping cart, this is your new favorite place.

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Photo of
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

A little bit out of the way, but worth a trip once in a while. From a quality standpoint, I have never had a bad beer from here, but it probably is worth paying attention to dating and dust as their focus is wine. Service is wine focused, but, like most of us, I usually know what I am looking for, so I don't really worry about it. The one time I made inquiries about special ordering something, they were very helpful. Selection is their strength, particularly in the 12oz. singles. Not the most esoteric varieties, but you can always find something to try. No discount for mixed six-packs. Value is fair, and it is pretty easy to spend some money here. Overall, a good bet if you are after American micros (in singles), for imports, you are probably better off going to Wells.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.85/5  rDev -1%

Stopped here on a trip to Baltimore over the weekend. This place is giant. Their wine selection is ridiculous. There had to have been at least 5000 different kinds of wine. But the beer section wasn't as stellar. It was good, but mostly consisted of local brews. Which is fine, but when you got Well's a few miles away, this selection is limited. All the local breweries were there, but the import selection (especially the Belgians) was nothing special at all. We walked away with a few bottles of Cuvee Rene, which is always nice. Basically tho, this place is fine, but nothing when compared to Well's.

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Photo of drumstik
3.85/5  rDev -1%

Ahhh Beltway Fine Wine. The store that really helped me dive head first into a world of great beer.

This is the supermarket of Wine/Beer/Liquor stores. I have yet to find any place cheaper. It is a wino's paradise and the people who work there are mostly full on wine geeks. There are isles upon isles of liquor and wine.

The beer selection has suffered recently because of the need for more if they didnt have enough of the stuff already...but don't get me wrong they still have a fabulous selection. There is a whole isle + of six packs of all varieties, a few isles bursting at the seams with cases, a great selection of singles, fridges with cold six packs and singles, and a walk in fridge with cold cases and kegs. I could probably fill a half dozen carts each time I go in this place.

This will still be my go to place most of the time although my recent visit to shawan liquors really opened my eyes up to that place.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Just off of 695, this is one of Baltimore's best sources for beer. You're not going to find the insane selection of hard to find imports that Wells has, but you're not going to pay their sometimes insane prices either. Come to this place for a great selection of micros at a great price. I've yet to see anyone who consistently has such low prices. Expect to pay at least $1 a six pack less than you would anywhere else. Their singles selection is fairly extensive, but seems focused on lagers and other stuff thats not all that hard to find. They have some decent imports, like Sterkens Dubbel for $8 a six pack! Their real strength is US micros at a good price. Also, if you like wine, this is your place. Definitely Baltimore's best selection. Staff is pretty friendly, although not extremely knowledgable about beer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev -1%

This place was listed in the yellow pages as having over 1000 different kinds of beer. It's got a lot but I doubt it's 1000. They have a good selection of east coast microbrews and a decent import selection, except their Belgian section could use a LOT of work. It was nice to see some single bottles available to buy, which wasn't the case in the other Baltimore stores. They have some beer cold, but most is out on shelves. The staff was fairly helpful in finding some items. If you're in the Baltimore area, come here for singles of micros, but go elsewhere for your rare imports.

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