United States > Colorado > Thornton
3fourths (1305) Boulder, Colorado | February 25, 2004
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
In the three times I've visited this year, I can't say I was too pleased with my experiences at Total Beverage. In addition to the trailer-trash crowd and cheap-supermarket feel, the selection was not what I expecting. Granted, the selection was good, but I'm not sure I would call it the best in Colorado. It is easy to get to when traveling through Denver, located not more than a couple of blocks to the east of I-25. For such a large store, beer takes up a surprisingly small volume of the store, with most floor and shelf space used for wine. The beer is divided among wall coolers and warm shelves, and while they seem to have a LOT of different bottles, they lack the really rare gems you might want on your way through. Not bad, but don't expect it to be one of the best. They could really benefit from a larger glassware collection.
NachlamSie (600) Denver, Colorado | February 25, 2009| Updated January 5, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
Holy crap. Pretty much any beer available in the area is here and sold in singles. Prices were just as good as any other store I visited. My main beef is that mega stores with such a vast catalogue generally have old dusty bottles on the shelf. But this place seems to have good rotation. A few things I wanted had a shelf tag, but were sold out. Thankfully I didnít have the capacity to bring anything back home, so I limited my shopping greatly. Otherwise, I probably wouldíve drained my bank account here. This is absolutely worth a drive from Denver if youíre looking for some local beers.
theisti (525) Leawood, Kansas | December 22, 2008| Updated September 8, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Huge mega liquor store, clean, well laid out. Easy to find, about 3 minutes east of I25, 10 minutes north of downtown. They had one longish shelf full of quality imports, and domestic micros. The cooler space for micros and imports was pretty limited, and the selections of what they kept cold were a little odd. Rochefort 10 cold, Blind Pig and Pliny warm, for example. Overall, selection was good and the prices seemed about right. I did not see anyone working the floor looking to help out, though the store is laid out well enough that service is not all that important. Worth the trip, on my visit they had a better selection than Argonaut.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
adnielsen (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | February 21, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Fairly large bomber/750 section but you can find all the same stuff at the Westminster location and the Westminster location seems to have some other stuff that this location doesnít. Worth a stop if you need something and youíre on I-25 looking for a quick stop but otherwise, just go to the Westminster location.
Sledutah (369) Utah | July 23, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Big warehouse liquor store with one wall of beer in coolers and on shelves. Decent selection, the prices seemed a little high compared to a few other places Iíve picked up beer.
msante79 (341) Mount Prospect, Illinois | July 25, 2009| Updated August 3, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Very large warehouse type liquor store. Huge cooler section full of box sixers and bombers. They have 3 door cooler single section that fives 27% discount if you mix a six pack. Large selection of bombers and 750ís from Port/ Lost Abbey, Stone, Boulevard, Brewdog, Russian River,Great Divide, New Belgium Lips of Faith and a ton of other quality local breweries. I picked up a mixed sixer and an Arrogant Bastard Pint glass for $14. Not to bad. Would be a regular is I lived in the area.
Terminus (333) Las Cruces, New Mexico | August 20, 2004
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
ya know, i wasnt overly impressed by this place. alot of their stock was gone the day i got there. they do have a very good selection of imports, but the micros seemed lacking. still have avery beast and left hand oak aged imp stout.
notalush (332) Denver, Colorado | July 5, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
In a partially vacant, ghetto-ass shopping center in Thornton (which, by the way, is a pit) - kind of like a low-rent version of the Westminster location - respectable selection, but pales in comparison to the other warehouse liquor stores in the area, despite having just as much space, if not more - no real point in coming here unless you are unfortunate enough to be in this part of Thornton.
fly (224) austin, Tejas, Alabama | September 17, 2004
58 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Decent selection. Totally STIFF feeling. The only excitment (not that youíre looking for it in a liqour store) was from myself and friends. Long expanses of shelving exposing bottles to light. Sigh.
Ernest (165) Boulder, Colorado | January 21, 2004| Updated October 3, 2005
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Unfortunately Rick moved to the wine department and the beer list has suffered (the beer buyer appears to know diddly-squat about good beer, and doesnít put the effort into getting the really choice stuff that Indian Peaks can obtain). So, this place has fallen in my list of recommended beer stores considerably. Liquor Max and Wilburs are the top places in Colorado nowadays.
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