Ambiance: Corner of a strip mall in Fairfax. The parking lot exit on the intersection street (Pickett, I think) is a bloody nightmare, along with that side of the parking lot. Exited on the main street side and had to pull a u-turn a quarter mile up just to get on to Pickett. But other than the side closest to the store and the Pickett exit, plenty of spaces. Store itself is on the small side for a TW&M, but was well-organized. Service: A handful of TW&M staff around, mostly hauling boxes back and forth. No one approached to ask if we needed help, and the brewery reps or distributors on hand to shelve and front their lineups were actually helpful, although we found ourselves constantly having to move out of their way as they darted in and out in front of us, adjusting this bottle or that shelf tag. Selection: Typically awesome for the TW&M chain. Tons of seasonals and singles. Also a growler fill station with four taps, although no one around to either fill, talk about the beers, or ask for a sample (see above). Value: As always, in the DMV area, you’ll not find a cheaper bottle shop. Overall: Doesn’t compare to the best TW&M in the area, which is McLean. But if you’re west of the beltway, it’s worth checking out.
One of the smaller Total Wines I’ve been to. Good selection of craft beer but definitely check the dates as with other similar stores. Lots of singles. Prices are good and what you’d expect from Total. Large parking lot in a shopping strip with plenty of spaces. Decent stop if you happen to be around this part of Fairfax.
Being an out of towner, so much of what was here were things I’ve never been able to buy up north. That was a good thing.
The staff was AWESOME! The selection was great for an out of towner and the wall of single bottles was exactly what I needed. I wanted 2 bottles of each thing, not 6 so it made buying a lot easier. There weren’t many things I’d consider rare though but they easily have 500 types of beer.
Low rating on quality because a few bottles weren’t fresh..some 6 months past freshness date on a few IPAs but if you keep that in mind, then you’ll be fine.
I also met some local BAs in the area. They were talking about reviews and had driven an hour to get here to do some beer shopping. "Hah, I drove 13!" I said. :)
Well, I like this layout better than the McLean location, and the aisles are wider. The beer selection certainly seemed more extensive than McLean also. I liked the meat and cheese area; that is not offered at all locations. I did not need service, but I was also not offered service. The selection is nice, but not spectacular. The prices are average.
Excellent selection, both of six packs and singles. Received very helpful service... the right blend of suggestions without being overly pushy or judgemental. Pricing seems a little high on the singles, but really is in line with the local market. Recommend when looking for some good beer.
Rauschwerk (12) Fairfax, Virginia | August 9, 2010| Updated August 18, 2010
I work in close proximity to this location, and it’s so far served me pretty well. Selection is plenty vast enough, though if you’re looking for something specific, you may not always find it.