Total Wine

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  1. whiskey

    whiskey Aspirant (282) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    Good god I'm about to destroy my liver. We just got a Total Wine and I am now paying almost half for things like Ruination and Double Stout. Now also paying less than everyone else's sale price on things like Old Raspy and Dales Pale ale.

    America! Fuck yeah!

    The end.
  2. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (154) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    I am thinking the same thing at this point. I just got fresh a fresh Lagunitas IPA 6 pack for $6...Spokane is a much better place as of yesterday.
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  3. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    Just picked up DFH 75 Minute for $7.99 at Total Wine. I hear most stores sell it for $10+
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  4. Deltoro

    Deltoro Devotee (490) Sep 15, 2012 Florida
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    I just got a 4 pack of hoptimum for $4.They are pretty much the best place to get good beer in town.
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  5. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (5,415) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Are you KIDDIN' ME!!!!! Here in the Mid Atlantic I've been paying north of $14/4 pack!!! :angry: (Even when it was fresh!!!)
  6. whiskey

    whiskey Aspirant (282) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    $4 has to be blow out sale price. I can't imagine that's regular price anywhere.
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  7. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    I stop by Total Wine at least once a week after work. Just picked up a Supplication for 12.99, another Alaskan Baltic Porter, and a build your own six pack. Cheers!
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  8. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Smells like Walmart.
  9. azureoval

    azureoval Aspirant (286) Jan 25, 2010 California

    It was 8.99 regular price at my TW.
  10. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (5,415) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Fiist pump to them for blowing it out at that price. Around here, there's no way in heck they'd drop the price for "old" IPA's (in the mind of the hop head but not the retailer).
  11. Lukie

    Lukie Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2007 Australia

    $30 in Oz for Hoptimum 4's. And that's a good price!
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  12. whiskey

    whiskey Aspirant (282) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    That's what it was a my local grocery store when it was in season.
  13. whiskey

    whiskey Aspirant (282) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    I've thought about that too. But it seems like distributors set the prices. Maybe Total Wine is calling bullshit on the distributors mark ups. Just a thought.
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  14. Deltoro

    Deltoro Devotee (490) Sep 15, 2012 Florida
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    Yeah it was defintely a blowout sale but still amazing such a good beer for so cheap.
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  15. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (856) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    Where I am it's difficult to get sales on beers like Hoptimum, which tend to get sold out while still in season. However, I get SN 12 packs for$12. Good stuff
  16. Beerthrash

    Beerthrash Initiate (161) Dec 13, 2009 California
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    I have mix feelings about total wine. Yes I bought fruet for 27 bucks, while it was 30 in the Provision. What I dont like about tw is there web site is never accurate. Ive gone twice to pick up orders and then they tell they dont have it, and it was beers from.flying dog and port, nothing rare so Im like, wtf?
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  17. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (856) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    In my experience, the website is usually accurate within a certain time span. Usually, if it lists something there and it isn't, it was just recently sold out. Sometimes it is mistaken, but never with anything too important. The website is good for finding when a limited release hits shelves.
  18. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,433) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Total Wine is my go-to beer store. It doesn't suck that it's only a mile from my job. Lunch break beer runs.
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  19. busternuggz

    busternuggz Zealot (528) Mar 9, 2008 California

    They have shifty upselling policies that they make their employees follow (mostly for wine though), and they tend to have lame/uninformed customer service (as far as beer goes), but you can't deny that they get stuff for cheap.
  20. SHODriver

    SHODriver Poo-Bah (1,661) Aug 13, 2010 Louisiana
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    a couple dudes at the TW near me are members of BA and as far as their upselling policies I don't mind much because they've steered me toward some awesome beers that I probably would have never considered.
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  21. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    Gee...that' be bullshit. Their website is completely misleading. They charged my account 2 times for beer es the did not have in stock... 3-4 days to credit back. They still have Zhukov on their site in Plantation from months ago and it never hit the shelf. One mans helpful is another's scam...and Total disservice
  22. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    I agree that their website is often inaccurate and it has nothing to do with the system updating. For example, I order x, y, and z. They call me and tell me they don't have them even though the website says they do. Weeks later, the items are still listed in-stock on the site. This is somewhat of a minor complaint because it's nice they have a website that you can order off of to begn with.

    The $4 hoptimum is the FL clearance price because beer doesn't sell very quickly in FL. Fruet is $32.99 with cases of it in each TW.
  23. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,482) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Total Wine has great prices here and they finally brought AZ up to the 21st century when it comes to normal sized liquor stores. Most of their product moves really fast, and always the highly coveted stuff goes fast so it's never expired in my experience.

    Their Ayinger Celebrator is half the price of a local spot near me. We shouldn't necessarily be blown away by Total Wine - we should be angry at the bending over that the competition has been doing to us before Total Wine.
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  24. jakesingleton

    jakesingleton Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2011 Arizona

    Moving back to AZ next week, and will be less than 10 minutes from the Camelback location. How are they with limited releases? Do you find you still have to seek out smaller bottle-shops to find certain stuff?

    When visiting a few months back, I thought I remember the stocker saying they only carry items if minimum distribution requirements can be met. Seems like that would strike a lot of the smaller scale offerings? What have you found?
  25. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    I can't speak to AZ, but the ones in FL and NJ get some limited releases.
  26. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Meyvn (1,236) Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
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    They have a great selection of singles which is what I usually get a bunch of when I go beer shopping. I do prefer local bottle shops though. I work for their largest competitor where I'm at and still say Total Wine has a better selection. My work's selection is still pretty good though.
  27. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I don't have any hate for TW. Some have a fantastic selection and they always usually have great prices. That being said, I primarily shop at my local mom and pop bottle shops because I like supporting local business, even if it costs a few extra bucks.
  28. dgs

    dgs Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I'd guess that $14/4 pack is PA. I believe it was much less in the regular Mid Atlantic.
  29. MagillaGriller

    MagillaGriller Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012

    No hate for total wine... The store. Big selection. Good prices... Ill go in and shop. The website is bullshit.
  30. hefehead12

    hefehead12 Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2010 North Carolina

    Just paid $3 more for a 4 of Backwoods Bastard than my local bottle shop.
  31. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (497) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    I don't know about beer, but in spirits distributors have to charge the same frontline to all customers. They can offer quantity discounts to get retailers to certian bottle costs and suggested retails but in no way can they dictate prices. Many sub channels like grocery like a fat 50% margin while drug (rite aid, CVS) will run at mid 30s. On special i.e., scan, coupons, (which most crafts don't do) the supplier picks up additional cost in turn for the retailer to run on a leaner margin.

    My point is, Total Wine is in a league of their own, a game changer. They often run on negative margins on hot skus (loss leaders), something the alcohol world is seldom accustomed to. There used to be only one account that could have so much impact to a single brand or portfolio (take a guess who I am referring to). With Total Wine's footprint expanding it is really changing the paradigm. The day's of 50%+ plus retailer margins will be challenged.

    With the second Total Wine opening by me, as a consumer I couldn't be happier for my beer hobby. A fantastic selection, great breweriana, fresh beer and great prices.

    Total Wine is everything Wal Mart isn't. They carry the little guys, care about the customers and don't try to whore everything out to private label. I'm sure a lot of what they have smells to good to be true, but it is. Go there for yourself, just not my local stores. ha.
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  32. ThickNStout

    ThickNStout Poo-Bah (2,104) Mar 8, 2011 Georgia
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    Total Wine has fantastic selection but buyer beware. They certainly do NOT have the best prices across the board, at least not in Georgia. I've been stuck with some super high prices from them, particularly with limited release stuff. 2 examples that come to mind: they were charging 19.99/ 6 pack for Bells Hopslam this past spring (while several smaller shops were selling for 15.99-16.99) and are currently selling Bruery Autumn Maple for 14.99 (instead of the 10.99 I got from a mom n pop store).
    Don't get me wrong, I still frequent Total Wine. I'm just wary of what they charge for some things.
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  33. CasanovaCummins

    CasanovaCummins Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2012 Nevada
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    Here in Las Vegas they have broken the stranglehold held by local "alcohol dynasty", Lee's liquors. It took a big box store to wrest control from the locals to actually provide some competition on price and selection. The Whole Foods have helped quite a bit as well ( and so has a little place called Khoury'sl, but they can't carry any depth of stock and the place gets cleaned out by the beer geeks weekly, making a trip there Hit or Miss ).

    There are a few problems with their methods though. They don't really assign anyone to the beer section alone and spread them out to watch over wine as well ( to push the winery direct stuff with the biggest profit margin ). And they, too, are held hostage by the Three Tier Distibutorship that gets a "piece of the action" ( sounds mobbish. Well, it atually kind of IS ). And they don't seem to realize how much attention to detail could reap them a bigger following ( they aren't much on social media ).

    All in all, they have made more available here than ever before and they do have two or three people who are true beer geeks. My takeaway is mostly positive, with room for improvement.
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  34. GameFreac

    GameFreac Disciple (377) Apr 8, 2011 Georgia
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    I love Total Wine but a lot of their stuff is old and I know more than the manager that works there. He's clueless.
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  35. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (339) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    I'd love a Total Wine in my town. I miss going to them in Richmond. Here, we have 2 small stores that are small operations and have to charge more to make it. I love those stores, but it would be nice to have a bigger selection and lower prices. Right now I pick up a lot of my beer at an amazing Kroger an hour away in Roanoke.
  36. texasdrugaddict

    texasdrugaddict Initiate (0) Oct 11, 2012 New Mexico

    Total Wine has great prices on Scotch. I grab a bottle Taskers for 55$ a few months ago.
  37. raczkowski

    raczkowski Disciple (324) May 16, 2011 Florida
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    total wine has its purpose...when i am looking for new or limited release beer, i check the local shops first, because i would rather give to the small businesses than the big corporations such as TW...many beers florida gets that are limited distro are only sold at total wine, so i have no choice. there are not many intelligent beer employees there, which takes away from the buying experience there. i enjoy going to a store and having the employee tell me what is new that i may like, or suggest something with a particular meal i am eating. total wine does not have the personalized experience that a small town liquor store has....all in all, given their selection, they tend to get the majority of my coin. i can get all the beer i am looking for at one TW that i may have to travel to 3 different stores for.
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  38. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    The best thing is that since theyre corporate they fuck up a lot. I got a 4 pack of Narwhal (which shares a seasonal SKU with Hoptimum) for $4 because they still had the Hoptimum blow out in their system. WHAT!

    They always get special releases. I don't know about that location but the one I go to here in Tucson does. Sometimes its 1 bottle limit and a lot of them you have to go to customer service and ask for (like DFH 120 min, Dissident, Bitches Brew, etc).

    I love and hate Total Wine. I am an avid supporter of local businesses but when my local bottle shops can't keep up with all the releases I've gotta do what I've gotta do. I am the kind of beer drinker that has to constantly be trying something new. I'll buy a special release more than once if I can and I'll occasionally get an old stand by if its for a party or something, but 9/10 times I have to spend my money one something new (its easier for me to justify $8-15 a bottle if its new ;-)) and Total Wine ALWAYS has something new.
  39. whiskey

    whiskey Aspirant (282) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    It's funny you mention that, the gal double scanned my Narwhal and one showed up as Narwhal and the other as Hoptimum.

    I'm still going to hit my local grocery store for special releases and stuff like that. The manager there knows beer and puts things aside for me so I appreciate that. But I'll go to Total Wine for things he just doesn't have the room to stock. I see no need to ever buy another bomber of Ruination for $6.59 when I can get a 4 pack for $8.99...or a $7.99 bomber of Double Jack when I can get a $10.99 4 pack.
  40. antilite

    antilite Initiate (159) Jan 1, 2012 Florida

    TW is not perfect. They cannot be all things to all people, especially BA's. But, they serve a purpose of giving a choice of supply, and that is good. And, I have found their people to be sincere and helpful. Sometimes they are out of stock of what I want, and sometimes the dates are not fresh. But, I always seem to find a brew I have never seen nor tried, so home it comes. I would rather have one around than not. I like stouts and porters. The grocery stores in my town have none but Guinness and YL Black and Tan. And, I agree, their website compares to the excrement of large male farm animals.
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