The best store in Colorado, although Nick and Liquor Max in Loveland are closing in fast. Excellent selection, not so great service (they never have enough cashiers and they are slow). I also once got into an argument with a jerk that worked there for parking my Harley too close to the entrance (it wasnít, the guy just didnít seem to like bikers), although I got a polite response and a discount offer after I complained in an e-mail.
snowtiger (4) Brighton, Colorado | March 2, 2004| Updated December 23, 2004
Very good overall selection and great selection of Belgians, but they miss obvious beers they should get and are very slow to get some others. For instance, they still donít have Oskar Blues Old Chub. They only got one case of Averyís The Beast, and they donít carry Rogue Old Crusty even though I can get it in Boulder.
The more I go to this place the more they piss me off. I asked them when they are getting Great Divideís barley wine (becuase they donít have it) and they told me the distributor was out so they canít get it. How does the biggest liquor store in the state not get first dibs from the distributor?
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.
This is the only store I have found in Colorado worth a vast. Excellent selection, large cooler, clean and open store. My major grip is the selection can be old at times. They seem to put sales on anything they get in huge volume instead of turning over old inventory. You need to visit the store for a while to see what is brought in and what sits on the shelf (the layers of dust on some bottles can be an indicator).
Over all best in Colorado (Applejacks is a joke).
Ernest (207) Boulder, Colorado | January 21, 2004| Updated October 3, 2005
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.
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | January 16, 2004
Excellent selection of micro's & euro's. It's big, roomy and well laid out. A definite beer stop while in the Denver aread
IMO, this particular Total Beverage is one of the best liquor stores in the state of Colorado. Great micro selection and European selection, and it seems to be ever-expanding. They just expanded their singles section, too. Their refrigeration costs must be through the roof, as they have a cooler section that is as big as a grocery store's. Oh, and the place is very spacious and always spotlessly clean. The beer guy there (I think his name is Rick) is really helpful and must have some really good distributor connections. They always seem to get stuff way before other liquor stores in the area. To get there, take I-25 north of Denver to 104th and head east a few blocks to the intersection of 104th and Washington. Total Beverage is next to King Soopers, in the southeast part of the intersection.