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
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.
This store is really close to my house, so I’ve stopped in many times over the last few years. A few years back, beer was clearly an afterthought in this wine store...not so anymore. After a complete overhaul (in the last month or two) to the beer aisles, it now has a huge selection of 6-packs, as well as hundreds of singles arranged so you can actually find things. They put the locals out front and center, which is a nice touch. Previously there was never anyone around with any beer knowledge...now the last couple times I’ve been in I’ve been asked multiple times if I need help and the employees actually know quite a bit about beer. Well done recognizing the growing craft beer market! Sam’s still has a slightly larger selection and does better with seasonals, but this now has the 2nd best beer selection I’ve found in the Triangle.
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.
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.
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.
Nice selection of singles. They seem to push the local North Carolina beers, I good thing I think. They have a good selection, probably 100+ US Micro, a decent selection of Belgians and some interesting Euro stuff. It is primarily a wine store, but they do care about their beer selection. As I was standing there trying to figure out a mixed six, a manager came over and told me if I didn’t see what I wanted in singles they could break any six pack for me. WOW. Hey BevMo you guys here that!
Typical TW location. Huge parking lot. Seemed to have a better selection of seasonals than some other places. Friendly staff. Worth a look.
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.
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.