Big dedicated parking right in front. Ambiance is typical TWM. Service was very good, got some help to find a couple. Selection was good, especially local beers. Some prices were good others were a little high.
A really great beer experience. As an out of town er I found more than 60 local bottles I never had before. Help was friendly and knowledgeable. Simply one great six pack mixing beer time. Lovely. Not only that, but the prices were so cheap.l
GT (672) San Diego, California | November 12, 2012
Eh, it is really right in between Chapel Hill and Durham off of 15-501. Turn into the large Home Debot stripmall off the road obscured by woods. Probably the largest amount of unique "ticks" in the area apart from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham, but the beer is unlikely to be fresh and almost none is refrigerated. Like other reviewers said, their pricing makes no sense so can get tons of new "ticks" for $1-$2 a bottle. Some will be way overpriced though. Your best bet to find beers from obscure countries in the area, but quality is much lower than Sam’s Quik Shop. People working here will know nothing about beer so don’t even bother. Their bottle list online will be somewhat accurate, but it is worth a stop in to grab single bottles of new stuff you want to try and not have to buy an entire sixer.
This is a typical Total Wine with tons and tons of beer with most everything available in singles. The selection is actually slightly smaller than the others I’ve been to, but it’s still got plenty for the beer shopper. Prices are low and the $3.99 sale rack has some steals. This is basically in Chapel Hill, it’s so close to the city border and so far away from downtown Durham. Considering that, it’s probably the best selection in the immediate vicinity.
I actually found this total wine lacking compared to a lot of the other locations I’ve visited. They don’t have the same selection of imported beer with their Belgian section being especially lacking. True you can buy just a bottle and they have a ton of regional craft and a lot of brands that aren’t available elsewhere. (not that they’re terrific or anything.) tis what is tis.
JCB (294) Durham, North Carolina | September 17, 2011
There are a number of reasons to stop in here on the reg, chief among which is the fact that TW carries brands that you can’t otherwise find in the Triangle, like Flying Fish, Pike, and Diamond Knot. But they’ve also got a pretty decent stock beyond this, and if you’re in the area it’s a good place to pop in and pick up a few singles or Stone bombers or the like. And yes: pre-aged Orval.
planbee (38) North Carolina | September 6, 2011| Updated January 29, 2012
This is the best TW I have ever been into. I see that it was renovated not long before my visit. The setup is fantastic and the ambience isn’t bad. The people are friendly and will actually approach you, very helpful too. Most importantly, there is more emphasis on beer here than any chain liquor store I have been to. I hate to admit it, but the selection is top-notch. Lacking in some harder-to-find stuff and imports, sure, but if it is available in NC, they pretty much have it. They have growlers from LoneRider and Carolina Brewery and the local stuff is emphasized along with seasonals. The variety of US craft is just outstanding. And there is just so much stuff! Sam’s and Bestway will always be my go-to stores, but I hit a lot of stores and I don’t think I’ll be going to any other TW in the area again.
Total Wine is hit or miss. Lately I have been missing, but I have found some nice deals here. Sometimes they will put "old beer" that ages very well on sale and you can take advantage. Also, being a primarily wine destination, the beer stock sometimes sits for a while and you can find well aged gems on the shelf. As emacgee mentioned, they do often have beer from breweries we don’t see at the other stores in the area, perhaps by way of some special distributor contract. Service is almost non-existent.
I usually like going into Total Wine just to see what they have that is now old enough to consider aged. Sometimes you can run into old Orval and Lambic and such which is nice because they see it as past date and mark it down rather than up. Pretty big selection with lots of singles. They also have several breweries that no other stores in the state carry: Pike, Scuttlebutt, Diamond Knot, Laughing Dog, and Flying Fish. There are usually one or two things here that arent’ elsewhere in the triangle so its definitely worth a stop.